Drive for 5,000 yards off pace

The drive for 5,000 by two AFC West quarterbacks has fallen off the pace.

There have been just two 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history. Miami’s Dan Marino threw for 5,084 yards in 1984 and New Orleans’ Drew Brees threw for 5,069 yards in 2008. Denver’s Kyle Orton and San Diego’s Philip Rivers can still reach the plateau, but they need some big games in the final five weeks of the season.

Orton took over the NFL passing yardage lead with 347 yards in a 36-33 loss to St. Louis. Rivers had just 185 yards passing in a 36-14 win over Indianapolis. Yes, it’s not all about yards.

Orton has thrown for 3,370 yards in 11 games. He is on pace for throw for 4,902 yards this season. Rivers, a leading MVP candidate, has thrown for 3,362 yards. He is on pace to toss for 4,889 yards.

Again, 5,000 passing yards is not out of the question for either Orton or Rivers. But they have some work to do.