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5 quarterbacks likely to lead NFL in passing this season

The new-fangled rushing quarterback might be coming into fashion in the NFL, but passing is still a signal-caller’s main weapon. We take a look at 5 quarterbacks in line to dominate the field with their passing this season.

5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Why is Stafford on this list? Well, he was on pace to throw for 5,000 yards last year before going down with an injury. He’s also thrown for 5,000 yards in the past, and the Lions have talented players around him in receivers Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay, along with tight end T.J. Hockenson. Stafford is the long shot of this group, but he’s talented enough to do it.

4. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Prescott might be a surprise name on the list, but consider the following: last year, Prescott threw for more than 4,900 yards. This year, the Cowboys aren’t subtracting any meaningful weapons and yet added first-round receiver CeeDee Lamb to the group. With new head coach Mike McCarthy running the show, Prescott should be given ample chances to throw.

 

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Don’t be surprised if Prescott ends up pacing the league. He does, after all have some of the best receivers anybody could ask for surrounding him.

3. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brady is 43 years old, but he has the talent and weaponry to make it happen. The Buccaneers are loaded with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the outside, and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate. Brady also has Bruce Arians at head coach, who would be remiss if he didn’t take a bevy of downfield shots every game.

Tampa Bay is going to stretch the field often, and look for Brady to take advantage of the best supporting cast he’s had in years.

2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Brees has thrown for more than 5,000 yards on five occasions. While he’s no longer the player he once was, the 41-year-old has a real chance to lead the NFL in passing one more time before hanging up the cleats.

 

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New Orleans is comically loaded with last year’s receiving leader Michael Thomas and free-agent signing Emmanuel Sanders outside the numbers. Tight end Jared Cook is one of the more underrated players at his position, while running back Alvin Kamara doubles as a quality receiver.

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Who else? Mahomes has the best weapons in football with receivers Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and second-year man Mecole Hardman, tight end Travis Kelce and rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Factor in head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy running the show, and Mahomes is going to lead an all-time aerial circus. Nobody is more talented than Mahomes, and nobody is positioned better to dominate in 2020.

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