The 5,000-yard club could become crowded quickly in 2012.
In NFL history, only four men—Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Dan Marino and Matthew Stafford—have passed for 5,000 yards in a season, but three of those four accomplished the feat in 2011. Brees became the only repeat member having also crossed the mark in 2008, and other than Marino, every member of the group has a chance to eclipse 5,000 yards again in 2012.
Also notable, Aaron Rodgers had a shot at the mark himself, but he sat out in Week 17 against a Detroit Lions defense that almost gave up 5,000 yards in one week to Matt Flynn. Eli Manning, too, only finished 67 yards from the mark despite an up-and-down regular season.
The current climate of "pass first, ask questions later" is the perfect breeding ground for an offensive explosion in 2012, so who has a chance to reach the 5,000-yard mark?