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Several single-season records may fall on Sunday

Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, AP

With the NFL season coming to a close on Sunday, several players are on the verge of earning top spots in the NFL Record and Fact Book for their performances in 2012. Let’s take a moment to appreciate some record-setting performances this season.

First, here are some single-season records that have already been broken this year:

Most receiving yards: Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has 1,892 yards this season, topping the old record of 1,848, set by Jerry Rice in 1995. On Sunday we’ll see whether Johnson can be the first player in NFL history to top 2,000 receiving yards.

Most 50-yard field goals: Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh broke the NFL record previously owned by Morten Andersen and Jason Hanson, with nine 50-yard field goals this season.

Most punts inside the 20: Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt got his 42nd punt inside the 20 on Sunday, tying an NFL record. That was only the record for a few hours before Cardinals punter Dave Zastudil broke it by landing six punts inside the 20-yard line on Sunday against the Bears, upping his season total to a new NFL record of 44. Zastudil may add to his record on Sunday, or Colquitt may surpass him, giving us a reason to watch two good punters on two bad teams on Sunday.

Most passing yards, rookie: Andrew Luck has 4,183 passing yards this season, topping Cam Newton’s year-old record of 4,053.

Most passing attempts, rookie: Luck owns this record, too, with 599 attempts this season, topping Sam Bradford’s two-year-old record of 590.

Here are the single-season records that could be broken on Sunday:

Highest passer rating, rookie: Ben Roethlisberger owns this record at the moment, with a 98.1 rating in 2004. But Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is currently on pace to break that record, with a 104.1 rating, while Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is at 98.0 and could break it as well.

Highest completion percentage, rookie: Roethlisberger owns this record, too, at 66.44 percent, and Griffin is right behind him, at 66.40 percent.

Lowest percentage, passes had intercepted, rookie: Charlie Batch owns this record, with 1.98 percent of his passes intercepted (six interceptions on 303 attempts) as a Lions rookie in 1998. Griffin has thrown interceptions on just 1.33 percent of his passes this season (five interceptions on 375 attempts), so this record will belong to Griffin unless he throws at least three interceptions against the Cowboys on Sunday.

Most touchdown passes, rookie: Wilson has 25 touchdown passes this season, one away from Peyton Manning’s record of 26. Have you noticed there are some pretty good rookie quarterbacks this year?

Most completions, rookie: Luck has 325 completions this season, putting him third all time. He needs just two completions on Sunday to pass Peyton Manning for second place all time (326) and needs 30 completions to break Sam Bradford’s record of 354.

Most sacks: Houston’s J.J. Watt has 20.5 and San Francisco’s Aldon Smith has 19.5, putting them both in striking distance of Michael Strahan’s record of 22.5.

Most 100-yard receiving games: In addition to breaking the single-season yardage record, Calvin Johnson has tied the single-season 100-yard game record. Johnson has 11 games of at least 100 receiving yards this season, equaling Michael Irvin’s NFL record, and Megatron can get the record all to himself with a 12th 100-yard game on Sunday.

Most pass attempts: Detroit’s Matthew Stafford has 685 attempts this season, putting him seven passes away from breaking Drew Bledsoe’s single-season record of 691.

Highest net punting average: Saints punter Thomas Morstead is currently averaging 44.4 net yards per punt. He’s well on his way to breaking the all-time record, which the 49ers’ Andy Lee set last year when he averaged 43.99 yards per punt.

Most fair catches: Jets punt returner Jeremy Kerley has fair caught 33 punt returns this season, tying the all-time record set by Brian Mitchell of the Eagles in 2000. Mitchell is the NFL’s all-time leader for most punt returns and most punt return yards, and he probably wouldn’t mind giving up an unimportant record like most fair catches in a season — the kind of weird record it would make sense for someone on this weird Jets team to own.

Most interception return touchdowns: Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins has three interception return touchdowns this season, tying Hall of Famers Lem Barney and Ronnie Lott for the most ever by a rookie. If Jenkins has another pick-six on Sunday, he’ll have the rookie record all to himself and a share of the all-time record of four in a season.

Most rushing yards: This is the big one. Peterson has 1,898 yards this season, putting him 208 away from breaking Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,105, set in 1984. According to NFL information man Randall Liu, the NFL single-season records for rushing yards and receiving yards have only been set in the same season once, and that was in 1932 — the first year the NFL began recording single-season statistical records, when by definition every record was set. With Johnson already having the receiving record and Peterson having a shot at the rushing record, this could be the year that those records are set simultaneously once again.

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46 Responses to “Several single-season records may fall on Sunday”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 27, 2012 2:27 PM

    Also, Mark Sanchez will try to extend his all-time NFL record number of butt fumbles to 2.

  2. blacknole08 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:37 PM

    I would LOVE to see Russell Wilson break Peyton’s rookie record and also get to 3000 yards passing. To me, he is the offensive ROTY. Nothing against Luck or RG3 — they are both dynamic and great in their own right, but fans expected them to be great. Luck was billed as the next Elway, RG3 a Troy Aikman-like clone with athleticism and plenty of speed.

    Wilson, though, had questions about his height, vision as far as seeing over his OL, among other things. But you can’t question his heart, work ethic, or leadership. He actually took a job from a high priced FA where Luck and RG3 were starters from day one.

    Again, no disrespect to RG3 or Luck, because they are both great. But Wilson deserves the honors.

  3. clw1906 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:38 PM

    You forgot Kai Forbaths consecutive FGs made streak by a first time kicker.

    Michael David Smith: I’m limiting this to official records listed in the NFL Record and Fact Book. That particular record isn’t in the official record book.

  4. milesrunner262 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:46 PM

    What about Jason Witten’s record for receptions by a TE? Also not in the book?

    Michael David Smith: Yep, same thing — the record book doesn’t divide records by position group (tight end, running back, receiver).

  5. AlanSaysYo says: Dec 27, 2012 2:47 PM

    Some of those QB records lose their luster when you consider who currently holds them. Bledsoe had a 73.6 QB rating the year he set the record for attempts. Wooo?

    In general, some of those are equal parts accomplishment and embarrassment. Most punts inside the 20 should automatically get your offensive coordinator fired.

  6. patfic15 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:49 PM

    MDS, I notice only you comment on comments. Do your peers know how? Or are you simply more engaged?

    Michael David Smith: I like the give-and-take, and as managing editor, I’m supposed to be a little more engaged as far as overseeing things like our comment section.

  7. blowpackblow says: Dec 27, 2012 2:51 PM

    Christian Ponder is also going for a personal record, he will attempt to get a passer rating of above 40.

  8. csilojohnson says: Dec 27, 2012 2:53 PM

    Quite a few of those are impressive. Most due to a different game being played now a days. Poor Marino. It is a huge discredit to past accomplishments that a post Goodell record book had not been created.

  9. dwoofer says: Dec 27, 2012 3:00 PM

    Most QB’s in one season: Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals.

  10. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:01 PM

    Russell Wilson, 5’10″, drafted in the 3rd, deserves rookie of the year honors.

  11. omegalh says: Dec 27, 2012 3:02 PM

    All these passing records are like steroid baseball records. Its too easy to pass now.

  12. jmac34 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:03 PM

    Isn’t Randall Cobb close to the all-purpose yards record?

    Michael David Smith: Cobb is 355 yards away from Sproles’ record. So if he’s going to break the single-season record he’ll also need to break the single-game record (336).

  13. randolph32 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:03 PM

    Of all the records listed I’d like to see STRAHAN’s broken…remember when Favre fell down so he could get the final sack in the final game that year?

  14. skinsfan91 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:10 PM

    RGIII’s rookie stats are the most impressive among those rookie QB stats.

    Highest passer rating
    Highest completion percentage
    Lowest percentage, passes had intercepted.

    All rookie records.

    That’s qb’ing at a high level. If Luck had the most attempts and the most yards as well as at least one of RGIII’s records, such as, completion percentage. Then i’d be impressed.

  15. silverhornet says: Dec 27, 2012 3:11 PM

    MDS, do you keep track of the most responses by a moderator in the comments section? And isn’t this article approaching the record?

  16. giantssb42champs says: Dec 27, 2012 3:11 PM

    “Most QB’s in one season: Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals.”

    Actually the Eagles in the 90s and more recently the Panthers (Matt Moore, Jake Delhomme, David Carr, Vinny Testaverde) not only had four starting QBs in a season but four starters who won games, amazingly enough.

  17. lightcleric says: Dec 27, 2012 3:11 PM

    I know it’s not an individual record, but “Most yards allowed in a season: New Orleans Saints” is probably going to happen :(

  18. boyshole25 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:12 PM

    Seahawks defense most players with positive amphetamine tests That’s a record right?

  19. axespray says: Dec 27, 2012 3:15 PM

    most fair catches ?
    ….That’s the lamest record ever

  20. tundey says: Dec 27, 2012 3:18 PM

    If you overcome substantial odds, should you automatically get ROY for that? Russell Wilson has been great and if there was an award for “Best Value for Money”, I’ll pick up. But RG3 has simply been great for the Redskins. Seattle has a top-5 defense while the Redskins & Colts have dreadful defenses.

  21. blacknole08 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:19 PM

    dwoofer says: Dec 27, 2012 3:00 PM

    Most QB’s in one season: Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals.

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    My Panthers had 4 in the 07 season. LOL Testaverde even won us a few games that year.

  22. marvsleezy says: Dec 27, 2012 3:22 PM

    C.J. Spiller’s 6.48 YPC on 183 carries is the highest single-season average of any player w/that many carries. – So, thats not an official record?

  23. roddytorock84 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:26 PM

    691-685=6

  24. dcbraun1 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:32 PM

    Is Wes Welker’s 5 100-reception seasons record not an official record either?

  25. juliodamfoolio says: Dec 27, 2012 3:32 PM

    boyshole25 says:
    Dec 27, 2012 3:12 PM

    Seahawks defense most players with positive amphetamine tests. That’s a record right?

    Ha! Nice one.

    I believe Tebow has destroyed the record this year for being talked obsessed about by the most ESPN idiots (859) for the least number of reasons (0).

  26. norcalmafia says: Dec 27, 2012 3:36 PM

    Since when the hell were theyre so many Seahawk fans? Last time I looked they were like the 28th most popular team of 32..Now theyre the darlings of the nfl one of the greatest franchises…..lol

  27. jfrogwi says: Dec 27, 2012 3:38 PM

    No doubt an impressive group of quarterbacks this year. I’d give my vote for offensive ROTY to RGIII based on his stat line. Expectations are irrelevant, production is what counts for an award like this, and I believe he produced more than the other guys. I’d give Wilson a close second place though. I don’t believe any non-QB is in the conversation this year.

    While I’m at it, Adrian Peterson is my MVP if he gets his team into the playoffs (Andrew Luck otherwise). Peyton Manning is my come back player of the year. AD is not eligible for this award, he wasn’t away from the game long enough in my opinion. And Peyton isn’t given more consideration for MVP because his team won a playoff game a year ago with Tebow at the helm.

    Defensive ROTY is a close call, but I give it to Janoris Jenkins.

  28. kleppnasty says: Dec 27, 2012 3:40 PM

    MDS. You end by calling Peterson’s attempt “the big one”. Are you thinking that’s the best record of the bunch due to difficulty or are you just acknowledging that passing records in a pass first league are easier to reset than rushing records?
    I think that it is def impressive since the leagues is set up to pass more often than ever before. But no offense to Peterson and Dickerson who are in the short list of best ever, but whenever you can beat the single undisputed best WR in a meaningful record, than that to me is at least as impressive if not more impressive than any other record. What Johnson is doing really needs to get more publicity b/c he is the only weapon they have and is still able to set records.

  29. dgreen28hof says: Dec 27, 2012 3:44 PM

    RGIII also has 20 touchdowns to 5 intercepts. This is a differential of 15.

    The rookie record for TD/INT differential is currently 14 by Dan Marino in 1983…

    From Wikipedia: Best touchdown pass–interception differential, rookie season: 14 (20–6) Dan Marino, 1983

  30. onlyopinionthatmatters says: Dec 27, 2012 4:08 PM

    tony romo is going to probably put up 2k yards passing against the deadskins, so we can go ahead and put a check next to that record being broke! and along with that record hell obviously throw the most TD’s in a game..and the fartskins will have the biggest collapse with the most overated #2 draft pick ever..stick with the subway commercials and give up on football!

  31. hehateme2 says: Dec 27, 2012 4:27 PM

    An impressive list of records. And then there were the jests only entry of:

    “Most fair catches: Jets punt returner Jeremy Kerley has fair caught 33 punt returns this season, tying the all-time record set by Brian Mitchell of the Eagles”

    SOJ. I liked the comment on the possible 2nd butt fumble by sanchez. ROFL still thinking of that one!

  32. buckybadger says: Dec 27, 2012 4:48 PM

    Passing records these days mean nothing. They are all falling and it is because of the rule changes. Just like the NFL saw a huge influx in passing stats in 1978 we are seeing it again today. I would take most of these records with a grain of salt.

  33. beastmode5150 says: Dec 27, 2012 4:53 PM

    boyshole25 says:
    Dec 27, 2012 3:12 PM
    Seahawks defense most players with positive amphetamine tests That’s a record right?
    ———————————————————–
    The record is 1? Hmmm

  34. dericivy says: Dec 27, 2012 4:54 PM

    RGIII also has 20 touchdowns to 5 intercepts. This is a differential of 15.

    The rookie record for TD/INT differential is currently 14 by Dan Marino in 1983…

    From Wikipedia: Best touchdown pass–interception differential, rookie season: 14 (20–6) Dan Marino, 1983

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    Russell Wilson has 25TD’s to 10INT’s, so his differential currently stands at 15 as well.

    Stop overlooking the short kid.

  35. skins21 says: Dec 27, 2012 4:55 PM

    RGIII also leads the league in yards per passing AND rushing per attempt. Has that ever been done before?? I’m thinking no.

  36. dmiller68 says: Dec 27, 2012 5:11 PM

    If you overcome substantial odds, should you automatically get ROY for that? Russell Wilson has been great and if there was an award for “Best Value for Money”, I’ll pick up. But RG3 has simply been great for the Redskins. Seattle has a top-5 defense while the Redskins & Colts have dreadful defenses.

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    However, we had a top defense and RB for the last two years and we where 7-9 both of those. Russell has in all likelyhood taken the team to 11-5. The Seahawks are now a real force in the league even with all the haters. I do like him for ROTY but I will understand if RG3 gets it. He had the more even year if you will. The Seahawks had Russell on a tight leash the first 5 games. It would be a run away if the play book was open those first 5 games. I do believe the following needs to happen for Russell to win it.

    1. He breaks the TD record and increases his QB rating again this week.

    2. Washington loses. If Washington does not make the playoffs then I think Russell should be a lock. (Not saying it is going to happen)

  37. dericivy says: Dec 27, 2012 6:13 PM

    Russell Wilson has faced a harder schedule, and has a higher strength of victory as well.

    Just another consideration, considering Luck faced the easiest schedule.

  38. foxdizzzl says: Dec 27, 2012 6:23 PM

    You take away Russell Wilson’s INTs that were at the fault of the WRs and his QB rating is over RG3′s at this point. He’s probably thrown 5 picks that were actually HIS fault.

  39. kleppnasty says: Dec 27, 2012 6:40 PM

    foxdizzzl

    you can’t start playing the what if game. If you take away the INTs that were the WRs faults, you have to start taking away the TDs that should have been INTs if not for the WRs (see GB and the other Hail Mary TDs he has had this season)

  40. travishenryskid says: Dec 27, 2012 6:48 PM

    Spiller gets snubbed again! Highest YPC ever with that many carries. Probably the most impressive of all the records and not even a mention! I feel so sorry for anyone drafted by the Bills. You can make history and nobody even notices, and you can’t even get into the lousy Pro Bowl. It would be funny if it wasn’t so depressing.

  41. redskins8310 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:16 PM

    Russell Wilson has the # 1 defense in the nfl. He has not had a 300 yard game . Mark Sanchez would look mvp of the NFL like on Seahawks .Give this kid a 15 rank defense and he wouldn’t be in any conversations about Rookie of the Year or Playoffs. Short fields make it easier to score touchdowns.

  42. purplebleeder says: Dec 28, 2012 12:08 AM

    Harrison Smith has 2 pick 6′s this year too. Is he not a rookie? I could have sworn he played college ball last year.

  43. rg3isvictory says: Dec 28, 2012 4:59 AM

    RG3, Russel Wilson, Andrew Luck or Alfred Morris can have cases made for them as ROY. You really can’t go wrong. I’m partial to Redskins players but I’d trade ROY for another Superbowl victory. I imagine RG3 would prefer that hardware as well.

  44. rg3isvictory says: Dec 28, 2012 5:06 AM

    Am I crazy for saying that Russel Wilson should be ranked over Luck and 2nd to RG3 if the Skins become division Champs? Otherwise I think the Skins not making the playoffs drops RG3 to 3rd with Russel taking ROY honors and Luck coming in 2nd.

  45. randomguy9999 says: Dec 28, 2012 5:21 PM

    Luck will be a franchise QB 5 years after RG3 is forced into retirement by injuries….

  46. muchris says: Dec 30, 2012 12:48 AM

    Chiefs: Fewest QBs in a season…

    Trust me!

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