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Several NFL single-season individual records could fall in 2013

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter of their NFL football game in Denver Reuters

Here’s a list of NFL individual single-season records that could be broken or tied this season:

Passing yards gained
Peyton Manning is currently at 4,811, putting him a couple good games away from breaking Drew Brees’s record of 5,476, set in 2011.

Most touchdown passes
Peyton Manning has 47 so far this season. Tom Brady’s record is 50, set in 2007.

Most 400-yard passing games
Peyton Manning has three so far this season. Dan Marino’s record is four, set in 1984.

Most 300-yard passing games
Peyton Manning has 11 so far this season. Drew Brees’s record is 13, set in 2011.

Most games, four or more touchdown passes
Peyton Manning has already broken this record, with seven such games this season. The previous record was six, set by Dan Marino in 1984 and tied by Manning in 2004.

Highest passer rating
Nick Foles leads the league with a passer rating of 117.0, which puts him within striking distance of Aaron Rodgers‘ NFL record of 122.5, set in 2011.

Most games, 200 or more yards receiving
Josh Gordon and Alshon Jeffery both have two so far this season. Charley Hennigan’s NFL record is three, set in 1961. (Hennigan played for the Houston Oilers of the AFL, but the NFL has incorporated all AFL records.)

Highest net average, punting
Johnny Hekker of the Rams is currently averaging 43.81 net yards per punt. Andy Lee’s NFL record is 43.99, set in 2011.

Most kicking points after touchdown
Broncos kicker Matt Prater is 67-for-67 this season. Stephen Gostkowski went 74-for-74 in 2007, setting the records for most extra points, most extra points attempted, and most extra points without a miss. Prater has a chance at all of those records.

Most field goals
Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is currently at 35 field goals this season. David Akers owns the record, with 44 in 2011. Ordinarily I’d say it’s unrealistic to think Tucker could kick 10 field goals in the next two weeks, but considering he kicked six on Monday night, anything is possible.

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31 Responses to “Several NFL single-season individual records could fall in 2013”
  1. imsmarterthanyou says: Dec 17, 2013 11:36 AM

    Alshon Jeffery also has two, 200 yard receiving games.

    Michael David Smith: You are correct. Gordon and Jeffery both have a shot at the record
    .

  2. bucrightoff says: Dec 17, 2013 11:38 AM

    Tucker has a pretty good shot to break the record. Joe Flacco isn’t very good and pretty much can only produce FG drives anyways. They might need Tucker to hit like 10 FGs the next two weeks to win.

  3. jamaalcharlesincharge says: Dec 17, 2013 11:39 AM

    Jamaal Charles is about be be the first RB in the history of the game to have 10 recieving td’s and rush for 10 td’s in a single season. Dude is a BEAST. Best combination of speed, quickness and balance of anyone who ever played the game in my opinion.

  4. Stupid Lions Fan says: Dec 17, 2013 11:42 AM

    Big deal. We’ll see this every year until they let the defense play defense again and don’t throw a flag and fine every time someone is hit too hard, even if it’s legal.

  5. mataug says: Dec 17, 2013 11:42 AM

    Also, I don’t see any defensive player record in the list and that’s the way the NFL likes it :)

  6. Go-Hawks! says: Dec 17, 2013 11:48 AM

    I can’t recall how many punt return yards the Giants had against the Seahawks. Are Jon Ryan and the Seahawks special teams still in the hunt for the record of least return yards allowed?

  7. malab377 says: Dec 17, 2013 11:56 AM

    With the Chiefs at 11-3 and the Patriots at 10-4, Manning could play the entire game on week 17, instead of only few snaps. Yards and TD records will fall.

  8. hinksonri says: Dec 17, 2013 11:59 AM

    So none of this has ANYTHING to do with changes to how defensive players can hit you?

    I believe this is more of the intention from the NFL head office.. More records go down, more viewership = more revenue..

    Rewriting history to line pockets is so pathetic..

  9. ma5terbla5t3r says: Dec 17, 2013 12:04 PM

    Hmmm…let’s break this down. Seven out of ten of the abovementioned records are related to the passing game. This drives me more crazy than the seemingly arbitrary way that fines are dished out for tough hits.

    This can be traced back to one game: 2003-2004 season AFC Championship game – Colts v. Pats. The Colts had that high flying passing attack, but it was snowing hard in Foxboro. A cursory fan could tell you that you have to run in the snow and that the passing attack will be hampered. The Colts got whipped all over the field and Manning threw 4 INTs.

    Post-game…”Colts players would later publicly complain that the game officials did not properly call illegal contact, pass interference, and defensive holding penalties on the Patriots’ defensive backs. This, and similar complaints made by other NFL teams, would prompt the NFL during the 2004 offseason to instruct all of the league’s officials to strictly enforce these types of fouls.”

    I call this the Peyton Manning Rule brought to you by Roger Goodell. There used to be a time where receivers had to be men and break coverage at the line. There used to be a time where post-game comments in games like this would sound more like “we just couldn’t run the ball and you need to in snowy conditions.” But no…the NFL changed the rule based on one whining QB and one game. I never actually saw holding on a CB called before Mr. December-January Choker complained any time other than a CB tackling a WR at the line.

    This situation completely plays in to Goodell’s vision of the NFL. He thinks the average “fan” wants to see games with scores like 235785-143434. This again shows nothing less than his fundamental misunderstanding of what the average fan wants: actual tackle, solid defense, tough offense, FOOTBALL.

    I’m sure Manning will find another rule to complain about after they lose the first game they play in the playoffs. What will it be? Ban CBs? Safeties have to play on the line of scrimmage?

  10. spfootballfan says: Dec 17, 2013 12:21 PM

    @Go-Hawks!: Yes. Giants returned 1 punt for 4 yards. that puts them at 19, on pace to break the record of 22 set by the 1967 Green Bay Packers, and to shatter the 16 game record of 49 set by the 2008 Atlanta Falcons. However, they still have Patrick Peterson and Tavon Austin on their schedule, two very explosive returners.

  11. weepingjebus says: Dec 17, 2013 12:31 PM

    I haven’t watched the NBA since that crooked ref got busted, but can’t escape the ticker scrolls. Last night I saw a couple for final scores like 130-92, 122-85, etc. Sounds thrilling. Turning the NFL into something like this makes no sense.

  12. rammmjammm says: Dec 17, 2013 12:32 PM

    And Johnny Hekker isn’t even a thought for most folks Pro Bowl punter vote…

    Vote Quinn and Hekker to Hawaii!!!

  13. blacknole08 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:37 PM

    I know this is not individual persay but how many teams can say they started 4 quarterbacks and possibly won the division? The Packers are looking like that team.

  14. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:37 PM

    Anybody else notice these are all because kickoffs from the 35 have all but eliminated returns for everyone has to drive 80 yards for a TD now?

  15. texansdude says: Dec 17, 2013 12:39 PM

    Matt Schaub set the pick six record! We are so very pleased down here in Houston.

  16. yaryers says: Dec 17, 2013 12:42 PM

    Philip Rivers also has three 400+ yard passing games, and he is also within reach (although it’s a long shot) of the single season completion percentage recrod.

  17. jt1138 says: Dec 17, 2013 12:55 PM

    With Passer Rating, the difference is that Foles started/played in 9 games so far. Rodgers did 15 of the 16.

  18. kimbo71006 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:10 PM

    Let’s not forget the most first downs in a game that the Saints set against the Cowboys–don’t think “Manning” will be breaking that one anytime soon!

    Notice how a few of these records are held by Brees of the Saints?

    Yeah–and you guys think they are a bad team, whatever!

    GEAUX SAINTS!!

  19. cheapglazers says: Dec 17, 2013 1:17 PM

    “So none of this has ANYTHING to do with changes to how defensive players can hit you?

    I believe this is more of the intention from the NFL head office.. More records go down, more viewership = more revenue..

    Rewriting history to line pockets is so pathetic..”

    Amen.

  20. evilglazers666 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:19 PM

    (Frazier28/7 says:
    Dec 17, 2013 12:37 PM
    Anybody else notice these are all because kickoffs from the 35 have all but eliminated returns for everyone has to drive 80 yards for a TD now?)

    ——– Yes, all fans know that starts are inflated now and that past records and statistics will be overlooked. This happened when we added two games to go from 14 to 16 too!

  21. mrone50 says: Dec 17, 2013 1:29 PM

    “”ma5terbla5t3r says:Dec 17, 2013 12:04 PM

    Hmmm…let’s break this down. Seven out of ten of the abovementioned records are related to the passing game. This drives me more crazy than the seemingly arbitrary way that fines are dished out for””

    Well put sir

  22. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Dec 17, 2013 1:30 PM

    Several Seahawks are also in the running for most PEDs used in a season.

  23. dmnirican says: Dec 17, 2013 1:32 PM

    ma5terbla5t3r says:
    “…This, and similar complaints made by other NFL teams, would prompt the NFL during the 2004 offseason to instruct all of the league’s officials to strictly enforce these types of fouls.”

    I call this the Peyton Manning Rule brought to you by Roger Goodell…”

    Goodell didn’t become commish until the ’06 season. Better luck next time on your conspiracy theory…

  24. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 17, 2013 1:50 PM

    Russell Wilson is CURRENTLY setting the record for most wins though two seasons. But who gets excited about wins in Goodell’s National Fantasy Football League?

  25. ma5terbla5t3r says: Dec 17, 2013 2:01 PM

    dmnirican:

    I know Goodell wasn’t the commish. The point I’m trying to make is that the NFL has become so heavy on offense and has so de-emphasized defense that both of those clowns are to blame. Peyton has been the “golden boy”, Mr. Advertisement, “Greatest Ever” since he set foot in the league. All those passing records, one SB to show for it. I say the same thing about Rodgers (and I’m a Packer fan); in the end, the ring is the only thing that counts. I never saw the kind of drastic defensive rule changes before Manning. There is a reason Marino’s records stood for so long: supreme passer plus talented, tough receivers.

    The Goodell “connection” you point out was poorly worded on my part. I can see why you thought I made a dumb connection. However, the “illegal contact” penalty (Manning) plus the slew of anti-defense fines and penalties (players now have about three square inches to hit without drawing a penalty) from Goodell are turning this league into an arena league. I should have said “Peyton Manning Rule, Supplemented by Roger Goodell.”

  26. ma5terbla5t3r says: Dec 17, 2013 2:13 PM

    I should also point out that Goodell is a hypocrite when it comes to these offensive penalties.

    Again, all-time great receivers can break contact at the line and catch the ball when someone is essentially hand-checking when the ball is in the air. Rice, Megatron, Irvin, etc. were/are TOUGH.

    Nowadays, the high flying, less marginally talented braggarts are the ones that benefit from these pro-offense rules. Think Ochocinco, Keyshawn. They are not tough guys, but they love to show off and celebrate. Goodell has paved the way for undiciplined weaklings to get in the league…and then penalizes them for excessive celebration when that’s exactly what undiciplined weaklings do to get attention!

    He subsidized a problem, but he doesn’t like the end result. What kind of sense does that make?

  27. cdollaz says: Dec 17, 2013 3:04 PM

    Has anyone broken Jerry Jones’ record for most nose picks caught on camera yet?

  28. cdollaz says: Dec 17, 2013 3:05 PM

    The Broncos play the Texans this week, so you can go ahead and write those Peyton Manning possibilities down in permanent ink.

  29. fazsha says: Dec 17, 2013 4:56 PM

    I wonder if the Bears will set the record as the Super Bowl champion with the worst rushing defense – dead last.

  30. captbuff says: Dec 17, 2013 5:38 PM

    “ma5terbla5t3r says:
    Dec 17, 2013 2:01 PM
    dmnirican:

    I know Goodell wasn’t the commish. The point I’m trying to make is that the NFL has become so heavy on offense and has so de-emphasized defense that both of those clowns are to blame. Peyton has been the “golden boy”, Mr. Advertisement, “Greatest Ever” since he set foot in the league. All those passing records, one SB to show for it. I say the same thing about Rodgers (and I’m a Packer fan); in the end, the ring is the only thing that counts. I never saw the kind of drastic defensive rule changes before Manning. There is a reason Marino’s records stood for so long: supreme passer plus talented, tough receivers.

    The Goodell “connection” you point out was poorly worded on my part. I can see why you thought I made a dumb connection. However, the “illegal contact” penalty (Manning) plus the slew of anti-defense fines and penalties (players now have about three square inches to hit without drawing a penalty) from Goodell are turning this league into an arena league. I should have said “Peyton Manning Rule, Supplemented by Roger Goodell.””

    ———–

    “In the end, the ring is the only thing that counts.”

    Good thing you used Marino as the definition of “supreme passer” then.

  31. russellwilsonismymvp says: Dec 18, 2013 1:09 PM

    Kaepernick is breaking the record for most retweets in a single season.

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