Another Favre Season Could Put All-Time Records Out of Manning's Reach

Tyrell JenkinsContributor IFebruary 10, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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As Brett Favre decides his future with the Minnesota Vikings, another NFL Quarterback may be paying close attention. Peyton Manning's road to snatching away some of Favre's all-time records will get much bumpier if the 40 year-old decides to don the Vikings Purple jersey another season.

Favre currently owns the big QB passing records including attempts, completions, yards, and touchdowns. Manning was able to gain some ground on Favre in 2009. How much? He gained a "whopping" 30 completions, 40 attempts, 298 yards, and zero touchdowns. Obviously, Favre needs to retire for Manning to start gaining real ground on these all-time records.

Listed below are the stats Peyton Manning would need to average for the specified years to start passing Favre's records. With amazing numbers, he may begin passing him as early as four years from now. However, most of these records will be passed in five to six years. An asterisk denotes the point that exceeds Manning's current yearly averages.

4 More Years (2013 Season) Age 37: Completions 463 Attempts 820 Yards 4,800, TD 33

5 More Years (2014) Age 38: Completions 370 Attempts 656 Yards 3,840*, TD 26*

6 More Years (2015) Age 39: Completions 308* Attempts 546 Yards 3200*, TD 22*

7 More Years (2016) Age 40: Completions 264* Attempts 469* Yards 2743*, TD 19*

A rough estimate of each major record passing from Favre to Manning would go something like this:

All-Time TD Leader: End of 2013 Season/Early 2014 Season

Passing Yards: Mid to Late 2014 Season

Completions: 2015 Season

Attempts: 2016 Season

If Favre plays another year - Tack a year on to these predictions.

If there is a lockout in 2011 - Tack another year on.

A 2010 season for Favre and a lockout would force Manning to play into his 40's to grab away the majority of Favre's records.

One record Manning will never take away is Favre's interception record. If Favre plays in 2010, there would be another record achieved that Manning would also be safe from - Most Sacks.

Oh, and there is that "consecutive start" title. Favre has started 285 consecutive games and Manning in 192. 93 games is five seasons and 13 games to tie. If we saw Favre's last game, Manning will break this record in the 2014 Season in the 14th game at 38 years old. And this record is the easiest to understand how difficult another Favre season could result in... If Favre plays and there is a lockout, this leads to the distinct possibility that date would be moved back to the 14th game of the 2016 season with Manning at 40. It is a one-two punch that would be difficult to overcome.


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