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Can Aaron Rodgers throw for 6,000 yards this season?

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Green Bay Packers starter Aaron Rodgers (4,643) did not, but last year's MVP sat out the season finale. In that game, Matt Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns against a frazzled Detroit Lions secondary. You do the math.

Vic Ketchman of the Packers' official site believes Rodgers will fly past 5,000 on his way to 6,000 yards in 2012.

"I not only think it's attainable," Ketchman wrote, per "I think it's predictable. ... If the Packers play in more shootout type games, as the Lions game was, I think Rodgers would be a strong candidate to crack the 6,000-yard mark. He clearly can play that kind of game."

Seven of the top 10 single-season passing yardage leaders have come over the past five years. With today's young quarterbacks operating pass-heavy offenses -- in Rodgers' case, with almost no running game -- 6,000 yards is the next frontier.

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