#6 Warren Moon, 217.9 yards per game
Very little separated places 4 and 8 on the list, and Moon was able to just sneak in. He started his career with the Oilers, and considering the high-octane passing attack the team developed around Moon it's perhaps surprising he had 'only' 217.9 yards a game.
Bonus fact: The only undrafted player on the list after starring for the Washington Huskies, although he quickly went on to be a star in the CFL.
#5 Phil Simms, 218.7 yards per game
If you had asked me which NY quarterback of the 1980s had the most passing yards per game I probably would've guessed Ken O'Brien of the Jets. However, he only came in eighth on the list with 214.5. Simms, from tiny Morehead State, was never a spectacular gunslinger but his peerless performance in Super Bowl XXI is a masterclass in controlled quarterbacking. He doesn't get the credit he deserves (and certainly faced vitriolic criticism in the early '80s), but some of that may be due to him being such an annoying broadcaster now.
Bonus fact: Was the highest overall pick (7th in 1980) of anyone in this list.
#4 Lynn Dickey, 219.4 yards per game
Super Bowl MVP or a Hall of Famer. He was no Starr, Favre or Rodgers. He's probably not even as good as Majikowski, but this Packers QB passed for more yards per game than all but three NFL legends in this decade. Green Bay were a bottom feeder for most of the '70s and '80s, and Dickey's Packers never won more than eight games in a season with him as starting QB in this decade (despite him being an All Pro in 1983 with what was until 2011 a team record of 4,458 yards). So how did the Kansas State standout rank so highly? Thank James Lofton. The Hall of Fame receiver put up tremendous numbers through the '80s, making even the likes of Dickey look legendary.
Bonus fact: Started the fewest 1980s games (81) of anyone in this list.
#3 Joe Montana, 229.3 yards per game
Bonus fact: Attempted more passes (4,036) than anyone else in the 1980s.
#2 Dan Marino, 270.4 yards per game
Over the course of the 1980s, Marino passed for more than 40 yards per game more than Montana did. That's pretty incredible. Of course, the Dolphins were a far less balanced team than the 49ers back then, plus San Francisco were usually eating up the clock in the fourth quarter rather than passing. Or often the third quarter. Regardless of the circumstances, without a transcendent talent such as Marino, 270 passing yards per game was a pipe dream in the 1980s. The NFL was far less of a passing league back then, with receivers and quarterbacks afforded far less protection.
Bonus fact: Threw more TDs (220) than anyone else in the 1980s.
#1 Dan Fouts, 280.2 yards per game
Bonus fact: Threw more interceptions (141) than anyone else in the 1980s.