The NFL finally got to see its first 2,000-yard receiver. The club over 5,000 yards may be ready to induct a few more members with Peyton Manning’s single season record 5,477 yards possibly in danger.
Accomplishing the 1,000 yard rush or receiving season will be more general and a little more devalued.
With the NFL increasing its season to 17 games for the first change in season length since going from 14 to 16 games in 1978, multiple records and milestones could soon be threatened by more players.
The offensive boom in recent years that has made comparisons of signs from the 1970s and 80s with today’s game a futile exercise will only become less useful as players in the 17-game era post bigger stats than the stars. star in the last decade.
Here are some of the records and milestones that were most affected by the change:
CLUB 5,000 YARD
And Marino spent years as the only member of the club to cross 5,000 yards, having pitched 5,084 yards in 1984 for Miami when the 3,000-yard season was seen as a major accomplishment.
No one joined him in the group until Drew Brees threw 5,069 yards in 2008. Brees would continue to throw at least 5,000 yards in a season four times as many, breaking Marino’s record of 5,476 yards in 2011.
The mark didn’t last long with Peyton Manning passing him 1 yard away in 2013 and a total of 12 seasons of 5,000 yards.
To exceed Manning’s target, a pitcher must throw a little over 322 yards per game in 17 season games. It is a record that has been set nine times in the last 10 seasons, putting that record in serious jeopardy.
QUESTION FOR 2,000
In an era where records have fallen with frequency, the one mark that hasn’t been achieved is 2,000 yards received in a season. Calvin Johnson became the closest to 1,964 yards in 2012.
To reach 2,000 yards in a season, a player must receive an average of more than 117 yards per game. Doing so won’t be easy with Johnson the only player to average that much in over 16 games. But Julio Jones came in less than that in 2015 and Josh Gordon reached that peak playing only 14 games in 2013.
GOAL 1,000 YARD
The season mark of a successful hurrying or receiving is often considered to be 1,000 yards. While that round figure lost little value in 16 games a season compared to 14, it’s still a short way to measure success.
The targets will only be easier to achieve now with the extra play to get there, reducing the yards per game required from 62.5 in 16 games to 58.9 in the 17-game campaign.
The 29-player record records a 1,000-yard receiving season in 2019, a mark that was achieved only 14 times in the eight seasons before the NFL progressed to 16 games in 1978.
The debate surrounding Michael Strahan’s single-season sack record 22 1/2 in 2001 may no longer be necessary if someone uses the extra play to pass him. Strahan broke Mark Gastineau’s record 22 goals with help from Brett Favre dives in the final game of the season.
Since Strahan broke the record, there have been six 20-sack seasons in the NFL with Justin Houston (2014) and Jared Allen (2011) being the closest to breaking Strahan’s record with 22 each in a season.
The last player to come close is Aaron Donald with 20 1/2 in 2018.
ONE YEAR LATEST
Tennessee running back Derrick Henry may already hold the record for single season rushing if 17 season games are in place in 2020. Henry ran for 2,027 yards last season, just 79 less than Eric Dickerson’s break mark of 2,105 sets in 1984.
After Dickerson and OJ Simpson were the only backs to hit the 2,000-yard mark until 1996, five players achieved it in the 16-year span from 1997-2012 with Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis, Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson all doing so. cut.
One record that remains to be secured even with extra play is the single season interception mark of 14 set by Night Train Lane in 1952.
The NFL had the second-fewest number of interceptions in the Super Bowl last season with 395 beaten by just 349 in 1982 when less than half of its many games were played due to strikes and fewer teams.