A look at Week 16 in the NFL, by the numbers:
Need any more proof the NFL is a passing league? A year after three quarterbacks passed for more than 5,000 yards -- one more than had done it previously in NFL history -- three more (actually two are holdovers from 2011) are within reach of the once rare mark with one week to go. Drew Brees needs 219 passing yards (he's averaging 318.7 per game this season), Matthew Stafford is 305 yards away (313.0), and Tony Romo needs 315 (312.3). If the Cowboys lose in Week 17, all three will miss the playoffs.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown for 4,355 yards this season. In 16 games last year, the Broncos produced 2,708 passing yards with Kyle Orton (979) and Tim Tebow (1,729) under center. Interestingly, the Broncos became only the eighth team since the 1970 merger to win back-to-back division titles with different primary starting quarterbacks.
The New England Patriots have scored 529 points this season. They are the first franchise in NFL history to score 500-plus points in four different seasons. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs have scored a combined 420 points … in 31 games over the past two seasons (212 in 2011, 208 over 15 games in 2012).