NFL Records on Pace to Be Broken in 2015
28 Sep, 2015
We might only be approaching Week 4, but we have already learned a ton during the 2015 season, including which players are on pace for monster seasons. It’s both difficult and typically irresponsible to project a player’s season-long totals after only a portion of the season, especially after just three games, but that doesn’t make it any less fun.
Here are five NFL records that will be broken if these players keep up their extraordinary pace:
Tom Brady threw for 5,235 yards in 2011, a total that would have set the NFL record but Drew Brees topped it with 5,476 that same season. Brady’s marked currently sits third behind Brees and Peyton Manning, who racked up 5,477 yards in 2013, but the Patriots signal-caller is on pace to top it in 2015. He has thrown for 1,112 yards, putting him on pace for 5,930 for the season.
There are four players on pace to break Marvin Harrison’s 143-reception mark from 2002: Julio Jones (34), Julian Edelman (30), Antonio Brown (29), and Keenan Allen (29). Jones would finish with 181 catches while Edelman (160), Brown (155) and Allen (155) would also comfortably top Harrison.
Randy Moss’ 23-touchdown season in 2007 appears to be one of the more breakable single-season records due to offense-friendly rules. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has five scores through three games, which would put him comfortably above Moss at 26. However, we’re willing to bet the farm that Fitzgerald doesn’t come close to sniffing Moss’ mark.
Calvin Johnson fell just shy of the 2,000-yard receiving mark in 2012 but still set the NFL record, finishing the season with 1,964 yards. In 2015, both Julio Jones (440) and Antonio Brown (436) are on pace to demolish that mark, with Jones projected at 2,346 yards and Brown at 2,325 yards.
And finally one for the defense: Don Hultz recovered nine opponent fumbles for the Vikings in 1963 but Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is on pace to obliterate that mark. The veteran has already pounced on three fumbles in 2015, a number that would give him 16 for the season.
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