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Monday, December 6, 2010
Rivers and Orton still off 5,000-yard pace

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and Denver quarterback Kyle Orton remain off pace for the 5,000-yard passing plateau.

Rivers, who threw for 280 yards in a loss to Oakland on Sunday, has thrown for 3,642 yards. He is on pace to throw for 4,856 yards. He trails the Colts’ Peyton Manning for the NFL lead in passing yardage.

Orton entered the week leading the NFL in passing yards, but he threw for just 117 yards in a loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He is fourth in the NFL with 3,487 passing yards. He is on pace to throw for 4,649 yards this season.

Only Miami’s Dan Marino (5,089 yards in 1984) and New Orleans’ Drew Brees (5,069 in 2008) have thrown for more than 5,000 yards. Rivers and Orton’s chances of joining them has gotten smaller with four games remaining.