Cooper Kupp is on pace to threaten all-time receptions, receiving yardage record

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In the first season of 17 games, a pair of all-time records arising from a 16-game season could fall.

Rams receiver Cooper Kupp, with 13 catches for 123 yards on Monday night, has put himself in position to challenge the single-season reception and receiving yardage records.

As to the former, Saints receiver Michael Thomas set it in 2019, with 149 catches. Kupp, with 113 receptions in 13 games, is on pace to finish with 148 (technically, 147.7). And with 1,489 receiving yards in 13 games, Kupp is on pace for 1,947 receiving yards — 17 short of the record set by former Calvin Johnson nine years ago.

Kupp’s quarterback now, Matthew Stafford, was Johnson’s quarterback then. And to the extent that the Rams have more than a little sizzle to go with a meal that at times has been more Salisbury than steak, they’re surely aware of Kupp’s pace and willing to try to help him get to one or both records.

Some will say that any records set in a 17-game season should carry an asterisk. However, no one said a word when records based on a 14-game season began to fall after the shift to 16 in 1978.

Regardless, it’s no surprise that Kupp currently is the favorite (+125) to win the offensive player of the year award. And he’s at +10000 to win the MVP.

Could Kupp win the MVP award? The Rams would need to win the NFC West, and Kupp would need to break one or both of those records. Even then, remember that no receiver has ever won the award.

A defensive tackle? Yes, Alan Page in 1971. A linebacker? Yes, Lawrence Taylor in 1986. A kicker? Actually, yes. Mark Moseley, in 1982. But no receiver has ever won it. Then again, Kupp may end up having a season that no other receiver has ever had.

27 responses to “Cooper Kupp is on pace to threaten all-time receptions, receiving yardage record

  1. I find it a bit unbelievable that no one mentioned anything in 1978 when records started to fall when they played more games.

    But, the new records became the norm, as these will. The asterisks will be there, but it doesn’t diminish either accomplishment.

  2. When will we learn that stats and value aren’t the same things? No one watched that game last night and thought Cooper Kupp had more value than Donald. The dude started the game sacking the QB, finished with three sacks, and his tipped ball in the red zone led to an INT. His 3rd sack closed out the game. Stats does not equate value.

  3. of course people complained when it went to 16, how disingenuous of you, or perhaps, the memory isn’t what it used to be?

  4. Of course people said something about this when the NFL went to 16 games. Specifically in 1984 when Eric Dickerson was chasing O.J.’s 2003 rushing yards which he did in 14 games.

  5. Brady will win the MVP….his team will win the SB ….and a certain poster here will have a breakdown

  6. The problem with the Ewwin Donald sycophants is they pay attention to his regular season stats and ignore he totally disappears (or goes on vacation) during the playoffs. Kupp is a true performer – not some stat padding regular season fraud like Donald.

  7. Records of this type should be in the ‘average per game’ format, with a minimum number of games played, like 12. That would make the number of games played a little more irrelevant.

  8. I really hate 17 games. They need to go back to 16, add a second bye to extend the season and go down to 2 preseason games. I can probably live with 7 playoff teams though…

  9. Kupp currently leads the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving TDs. He’s on pace to join a rare group of receivers to lead the league in all three categories in a single season — the Triple Crown of receiving.

    Jarry Rice: 1 time.
    Lance Alworth: 1 time (AFL)
    Raymond Berry: 1 time
    Don Hutson: 5 times

  10. Haha people complained just as much when they went to 16 games as now, it’s just there was no social media, no internet and very few talk radio stations that talked sports. So you only read about it when newspaper columnists wrote something. And as a football fan I love the 17 game schedule! The only thing better will be an 18 game one!

  11. Talk about privilege. The Rams have had Woods and now OBJ and they keep throwing Kupp the ball so he can pad his stats regardless of whether the team is winning or losing. During the Rams’ losing streaks, Cupp’s attitude was “I got mine, so what?” It’s pathetic.

  12. Baseball originally ruled that in order to break babe Ruth’s single season home run record of 60,it had to be done in the teams first 154 games.(length of season when the babe played) instead of the 162 games now.but they eventually changed it.

  13. I hope one of YouTubers I follow has a video that explains why a kicker won the MVP in 1982.

  14. ftheaclu says:
    December 14, 2021 at 12:51 pm
    Talk about privilege. The Rams have had Woods and now OBJ and they keep throwing Kupp the ball so he can pad his stats regardless of whether the team is winning or losing. During the Rams’ losing streaks, Cupp’s attitude was “I got mine, so what?” It’s pathetic.

    ———
    Weak…..very weak….

  15. ftheaclu, you obviously do not follow Kupp at all. If you know ANYTHING about him, you know he is the furthest from “I got mine” than a 2021 receiver can be. The ultimate team guy, just like Woods is. It’s why that group has been so easy to cheer for.

  16. Based on this article, I had to throw a hundo on Kupp winning the MVP at +15000. How can you not?

  17. A kicker won the MVP in 1982 because it was a strike shortened season and weird things happen like that when weird things happen like that.

    Mosley was clutch all season with a bunch of last second kicks and led the Skins to the playoffs and a Super Bowl win.

  18. Imagine just ‘accruing stats’ while incidentally going about your day and your job, and retroactively having analysts point out standout statistical stretches of your life to receive trophies and fanfare as a result! Most stats are meaningless, and just players going about their jobs.

  19. “Some will say that any records set in a 17-game season should carry an asterisk.”

    Not an asterisk, but watered down in comparison. There is an upside – it still shows sustained excellence over a season – but it will always mean less getting to the old number, until all the old numbers have been exceeded.

  20. I wonder why in some sports you count totals (touchdowns, yards, goals in soccer, homeruns) and in others you count averages. I doubt that very many know who had the most total points in the NBA in a given season. Of course if you went with averages in the NFL, you would not have this discussion. I do like the totals though.

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