Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes is on pace to break the NFL’s all-time record for points in a season. But he’s skeptical that he’s going to do it.
Tynes has 94 points halfway through the season, with 24 field goals and 22 extra points, which puts him on pace to set a new NFL record with 188 points. However, Tynes says that the game situations that have led to him scoring a lot of points over the first half of the year aren’t likely to repeat themselves over the second half of the year.
“It’d take a very similar first half,” Tynes told the New York Post. “I don’t know if that’s going to be duplicated.”
The highest-scoring season in NFL history belongs to former Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who scored 186 points on 31 touchdowns in 2006. When Tomlinson set that record, he was breaking a 46-year-old mark set by former Packers running back and kicker Paul Hornung, who in 1960 scored 15 touchdowns, 15 field goals and 41 extra points. Hornung’s 176-point season is still No. 2 in NFL and still the most impressive scoring season by any player ever when considering the context: Hornung did it in a 12-game season in which the highest-scoring team in the league had 362 points. Tomlinson broke Hornung’s record in a 16-game season in which 10 teams scored more than 362 points.
The record for points in a season by a kicker was set by San Francisco’s David Akers last year, when he scored 166 points on 44 field goals and 34 extra points. That’s a record Tynes has a good chance of breaking.