Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are leading the way among several NFL players and teams who can put their names atop the list of single-season records in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Here’s a look at records that have already been set this season, or that could be set on Sunday:
Passing yards gained
Peyton Manning is at 5,211, putting him within a typical Peyton Manning game of breaking Drew Brees’s record of 5,476, set in 2011.
Most touchdown passes
Peyton Manning has 51 so far this season, breaking Tom Brady’s previous record of 50, set in 2007, with one game to go. Manning may pad that record with a few more touchdown passes on Sunday.
Most 400-yard passing games
Peyton Manning has four this season, tying Dan Marino’s record, set in 1984. If Manning gets a fifth 400-yard game on Sunday, he’ll have this record all to himself.
Most 300-yard passing games
Peyton Manning has 12 so far this season. Drew Brees’s record is 13, set in 2011, so Manning can tie this record on Sunday.
Most games, four or more touchdown passes
Peyton Manning has already broken this record, with eight 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 118.7, 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 43.82 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 71-for-71 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 breaking all of those records if the Broncos score four touchdowns on Sunday.
The Broncos have scored 572 points this season and have a good chance of breaking the record of 589, set by the 2007 Patriots.
The Broncos have scored 72 touchdowns this season and have a good chance of breaking the record of 75, set by the 2007 Patriots.
The Broncos have kicked 71 extra points this season and have a good chance of breaking the record of 74, set by the 2007 Patriots.
Passing first downs
The Broncos have 274 passing first downs this season, giving them a good chance at the record of 280, set by the Saints in 2011.
Most first downs allowed
The Cowboys’ defense has allowed 367 first downs, meaning that if they melt down against the Eagles on Sunday night they’ll break the all-time record of 406, set by the 1981 Baltimore Colts.
Most passing first downs allowed
The Cowboys’ defense has also allowed 219 passing first downs, meaning that if they melt down against the Eagles on Sunday night they’ll break the all-time record of 246, set by the 2011 Packers.
Most passing yards allowed
The Cowboys’ defense has allowed 4,360 passing yards this season, meaning that if they melt down against the Eagles on Sunday night they’ll break the all-time record of 4,796, set by the 2011 Packers.
Here’s one you never would have guessed: The Jaguars have scored three safeties this season. The NFL record is four, first set by the 1927 Cleveland Bulldogs and equaled four times since then. So if the Jaguars get one more safety, they’ll have a share of an NFL scoring record. (Jacksonville’s safeties came on a holding penalty on Chance Warmack in the end zone against the Titans, a penalty on Brandon Weeden for illegally kicking a loose ball in the end zone against the Browns and a blocked punt out the end zone against the Chiefs.)