Broncos lead the way in re-writing NFL record book

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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:

Player records

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.


Team records

Points
The Broncos have scored 572 points this season and have a good chance of breaking the record of 589, set by the 2007 Patriots.

Touchdowns
The Broncos have scored 72 touchdowns this season and have a good chance of breaking the record of 75, set by the 2007 Patriots.

Extra points
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.

Safeties
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.)

23 responses to “Broncos lead the way in re-writing NFL record book

  1. 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.

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    hmm, only way he can do that is if he gets a QB rating of 179.5 – what he needs to raise the average QB rating from 118.5 to 122.5 over 16 games.

    Here’s the math

    ((118.5 * 15) + X )/ 16 = 122.5

    (118.5 * 15) + X = 122.5 * 16

    X = (122.5 * 16) – (118.5 *15)

    X = 179.5

    Somehow I don’t think that’s gonna happen given that the max QB rating in a game is somewhere around 151.5.

    Michael David Smith replies: Your math is wrong, dccowboy.

  2. These records should be separated from the older records because of the drastic shift in the rules. You can’t breathe on a receiver without drawing a PI flag these days, restricting DBs which of course leads to more room for receivers to rack up yards. Not to mention Peyton and Polian were the ones that whined their way into the league creating the illegal contact penalty because the Patriots shut them down by being physical with his receivers. I’m really not that impressed with the year he’s had because of the way the rules have trended

  3. Sorry,not that impressed. Stevie Wonder could pile up those records with a glut of top receivers like he has. Do it with receivers like Brady has and I’ll bow down and kiss your ring.

    Michael David Smith replies: Yeah, Brady’s receivers really sucked when he set the TD record. Randy Moss and Wes Welker. What a couple of bums.

  4. *kick-offs have been moved to the 35 yard line thus making teams go 80 yards almost every posession for a TD.

  5. Thanks to not being able to touch a receiver in the ‘new’ NFL and with the Donkey receivers pushing off almost every play is the reason why they’re always wide open for that money-grubbing egomaniac one and done loser.

  6. Andrew Luck is 7 passing yards away from setting the record for most passing yards in the first two years of a career. I expect him to get that one.

  7. Wow….I was going to make a comment about the near impossibility of the cowboys allowing 40 1st downs in a game…..and then I saw that they already allowed the saints to do just that last month. I knew the saints had crushed them but JEEZ…..40 1st downs. That is insane.

  8. The fact that the NFL has become the NBA when it comes to trying to play defense makes me only mildly impressed by these records. Sad. Still a heck of an offensive season though that will very likely end with a loss in January.

  9. Foles would need to have a great game to top the passer rating record, but it’s certainly possible.
    For example, a stat line of 22-28 for 320 yards, 4 TDs, and 0 picks would give him 122.6 on the season.

    With a repeat of his performance vs Oakland (very highly unlikely, of course) he would finish just shy of 127.0.

  10. I guess if you can’t win in January you have to break every record possible against junk teams to stay relevant. Up 30 against the number 32 team in the league? Let’s pad those stats! look at Peytons stats against teams with a winning record. I guess those were just bad days. Lol

  11. Everytime Brees breaks an NFL record, people shrug “its a passer’s league”, “modern rules favor QB’s” etc. Hope those people stick with that line when Manning breaks them.
    I’m still amazed by them.

  12. Every one talks horse manure about Peyton and his records this year. What you should compare them to is the rest of league this year. If it is such a pass happy skewed league, shouldn’t everyone else be right there with him? Apples to apples, he is far above the rest of the league.

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