I heard in the radio that prior to this year, QBs have only passed for 4,500 plus yards 23 times in league history. Right now, five QBs have surpassed that mark - Brees, Brady, Rodgers, Manning, and Stafford. Philip Rivers is 186 yards away from that mark and Matt Ryan is 429 yards away. That means by the end of this weekend there could be seven QBs to reach that mark this year which is over 23% of the QBs who reached that mark in league history. People talk about how bad the Pats' defense is (although they don't look around the league and see there are a lot of bad defense), but the poor defensive play this season around the league is a product of the offensive explosion that is going on. I mean a mediocre QB like Mark Sanchez who has trouble hitting the side of a barn five feet away has over 3,200 yards, it shows that defenses around the league are suffering from this offensive explosion. If it is a historically good year for offenses in the league, it is logical that it is a historically bad year for the defenses around the league. It isn't because they all played the Pats' defense. In fact, of all the QBs who have surpassed 4,500 yards, only one actually played the Pats (Manning) and ironically, it was his third worse performance of the year in terms of passing yards (250 yards).