If nothing else, Week 15 in the National Football League has taught me that this is definitely the year of the quarterback.
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Then there's Drew Brees and Tom Brady, who both thrust themselves right into the MVP race with brilliant performances in blowout wins on the road over the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos respectively.
At least one, if not all three of these guys is going to break Dan Marino's single-season record for yards passing, which currently stands at 5,084. It's not the first time that Brees and Brady have flirted with that magic number either. Bress came up just 15 yards short back in 2008, while Brady finished 278 yards shy of the mark during his 2007 MVP season.
Many have speculated that offensive numbers are up this year due to the shortened training camp caused by the strike. However, I don't believe in the case of these players, it would have mattered one way or another.
These three are playing at a level the likes of which the NFL has rarely seen, and in the same season no less. On any given Sunday, an argument can be made for any one of the three to be the best in the league, and it would be hard to argue otherwise. That is, of course, unless you're arguing for one of the other two. Seriously, how many times in league history have three guys been playing at such a high level simultaneously? None that I recall.
All three are going to throw for over 5,000 yards. All three are going to have a quarterback rating well over 100. Furthermore, all three are going to have their teams right in the thick of the Super Bowl hunt once the playoffs get underway. Coincidence? I think not.
If the NFL has taught me anything over the years, it's that everything you think you know, is probably wrong. The Packers looked unbeatable. The Colts looked incapable of winning. Tim Tebow looked incapable of losing. All those things turned out to be false, and they were all disproved in about a six-hour span.
Still, I think it's a pretty safe bet that at the end of Super Bowl XLVI, either Brees, Brady, or Rodgers will be standing on a podium hoisting up the Lombardi Trophy.
Now, the only question is, which one will it be?
Let the debate begin...