One more game puts NFL records at your fingertips – Macomb Daily
By JOSH DUBOW
Derrick Henry now has an extra game to help him surpass Eric Dickerson’s 37-year-old record.
The 2000-yard first-season receiving quest just got a little easier for big play threats like Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins.
And who knows what Patrick Mahomes can do in the record books now that he has 17 games to rack up yards and touchdowns?
The NFL’s jump to 17 games in 2021 set records that could have seemed unbreakable a little more accessible with an extra game to do so.
Here’s a look at a few brands that might be out of date with a couple that should always be safe:
Dickerson broke OJ Simpson’s single-season running record by 2,003 yards when he ran for 2,105 in 1984 for the Rams.
Six more players have crossed 2,000 so far this season, but Dickerson’s closest came in 2012 when Adrian Peterson fell within 8 yards to match him.
Henry ran for 2,027 yards last season averaging 126.7 per game. If he had gotten that many in a 17th game, he would have passed Dickerson by nearly 50 yards.
TWO THOUSAND BARRIER
Calvin Johnson set the single-season receiving record with 1,964 yards in 2012, but even with the passing passes, no one hit 2,000.
Julio Jones came closest since Johnson with 1,871 yards. That pace would have been enough to break Johnson’s mark with a 17th game, but would have left him around 13 yards below 2,000.
But if teams continue to throw the ball at the current rate, the 2,000-yard barrier could be within reach.
Buffalo’s Diggs led the NFL last year with 1,535 receiving yards.
There have been 12 times a quarterback has passed 5,000 passing yards in a season, with recently retired Drew Brees having done so five times himself.
Brees set the record with 5,476 yards in 2011, only for Peyton Manning to beat him by a yard two years later.
Three quarters have hit the 5,000 mark in the past three years, with Mahomes and Ben Roethlisberger in 2018, Jameis Winston in 2019. All three were on the verge of nearly eclipsing Manning’s mark with one extra game.
Manning also established the TD mark with 55 in that 2013 season. Mahomes hit 50 in 2018 when he threw for 5,097 yards and could threaten both marks with Game 17.
BAG OF BAGS
Michael Strahan set the sack record in 2001 – with the help of a Brett Favre dive – when he rolled 22 1/2 to beat Mark Gastineau’s mark of 22 set in 1984.
Jared Allen (2011) and Justin Houston (2014) have both tied Gastineau’s 22 in recent years, with Aaron Donald and JJ Watt closing in at 20 1/2.
A 17th game could help someone pass Strahan and eliminate the record controversy that was only achieved when Favre just fell to the ground in the dying minutes of the season finale.
The 4,000-yard passing season has become mainstream in recent years, even with just 16 games as the game opened and teams passed more than ever. In total, there have been 198 4,000-yard seasons in NFL history, with seven franchises having at least 10 and the Packers and Colts having 16 each.
There’s only one team that hasn’t crossed that mark: the Chicago Bears. It might be difficult for the Bears to end this drought even with 17 games, as Andy Dalton starts the season as a starter, but could lose the job at some point to rookie Justin Fields.
The Bears are hoping Fields will someday get there and surpass Erik Kramer’s franchise record of 3,838 yards in 1995.
There are a handful of records that will be hard to break with 17 games, but perhaps no more than Night Train Lane’s mark of 14 interceptions in 1952. No one has even hit 11 in a season since Everson Walls in 1981. because the quarters have become much more careful with the ball.
Last year, Miami’s Xavien Howard became the first player since 2007 with 10 in a season, but even Game 17 is unlikely to be enough.