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Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco Will Throw for 5,000 Yards

Five thousand yards might not be the same ridiculous milestone that it once was. Prior to the 2011 season, only two quarterbacks had ever thrown for 5,000 in a season — Drew Brees in 2008 and Dan Marino in 1984. In 2011, three players — Brees, Matt Stafford and Tom Brady — eclipsed the mark. If the preseason has been any indication, both the Ravens and Falcons will be passing, passing, and passing in 2012. Ryan’s got a new offensive coordinator in Dirk Koetter, two elite wide receivers, and a dome environment. Flacco? 5,000 yards? Sounds crazy, right? Well, the new father has looked dazzling all summer, possesses a bona fide emerging star in Torrey Smith as a deep threat and owns the respect of his locker room. Ryan and Flacco are going to have big seasons. Alas, Ryan fails to win a playoff game and Flacco fails to get to the Super Bowl. Some things don’t change. - Peter Schrager (AP Photos)

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