Cam Newton broke Peyton Manning’s rookie record for passing yards last season. Sunday, Newton has a chance to pass Manning as the NFL’s leader for passing yards by a QB in his first two seasons. It’s an impressive list:
1 Peyton Manning, 7,874 yards, 1998-99: In his second season, Manning dropped his interceptions from 28 to 15, made the Pro Bowl, and led the Colts to a 13-3 record.
2 Cam Newton, 7,672 yards, 2011-12: Like Manning, Newton has cut his interceptions, from 17 to 11 entering Sunday’s game. Newton is the only player in NFL history to reach 7,000 passing yards, with 30 passing TDs and 20 rushing TDs his first 2 seasons.
3 Dan Marino, 7,294 yards, 1983-84: Marino became the NFL’s first 5,000-yard passer his second season in Miami, and made the only Super Bowl appearance of his Hall-of-Fame career.
4 Drew Bledsoe, 7,049 yards, 1993-94: Bledsoe had career highs with 4,555 passing yards and 27 INTs his second season, and took the Patriots to the playoffs.