Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson and others on their way to challenge some great NFL records

November 12, 2021

Records are bound to be broken. In the NFL, four of the biggest season-based records could be rewritten by the end of the 2021 season.

While the 2021 season has 17 games for the first time, up from 16 last, some of the records could be broken even without the additional game on the schedule.

Not surprisingly, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is on the list, challenging Peyton Manning’s record for most passing yards in a season.

It’s not just about records on offense, either. Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has his eyes on Michael Strahan’s one-season sack record.

Let’s take a look at the four records that could be broken:

Tom Brady, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: Most passing yards in one season

Current record holder: Peyton Manning (5,477 yards in 2013)

Brady’s current average yards per game: 331.2 yards per game

Average needed to break it: 314 yards

Projected total: 5,631 yards

So far in 2021, Brady ranks in the top two in the league in total QBR, passing yards per game and touchdown passes, according to research from ESPN Stats & Information.

He has thrown for 2,650 yards in the first eight games of the season, with a season-high 432 against the Los Angeles Rams.

Brady, a 22-year veteran, could set his personal best this season. In 2011, he threw for 5,235 yards, averaging 327 yards per game. Brady had 25 touchdowns in the first half of this season and could eclipse his personal best of 50 touchdowns in 2007.

Record: Most yards per catch in a season

Current record holder: Calvin Johnson (1,964 yards in 2012)

Kupp’s current average of yards per gamee: 113.2 yards per game

Average needed to break it: 118.1 yards

Projected total: 1,924 yards

Kupp has been wide receiver for Rams QB Matthew Stafford, and LA is 7-2 so far this season. Kupp and Jerry Rice are the only two receivers to record more than 1,000 receiving yards and 10 or more touchdowns in the first nine games of a season.

A third-round pick in the 2017 draft by the Rams, Kupp has 74 receptions for 1,019 yards, as well as 10 touchdowns.

When Kupp faces San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel on Monday Night Football this week, it will be the first meeting to involve two players averaging at least 110 receiving yards per game in Week 7 or more. late in NFL history. Kupp’s stake in the goals could change. On Thursday, the Rams announced they had signed free agent catcher Odell Beckham Jr.

Record: Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season

Current record holder: Lamar Jackson (1,206 yards in 2019)

Jackson’s current average yards per game: 71 yards per game

Average needed to break it: 70.8 yards

Projected total: 1,207 yards

Jackson’s 2021 season looks a lot like his previous two seasons. In 2019, he ran for a record 1,206 yards, breaking Michael Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season. Jackson is the only quarterback to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season twice.

With 639 rushing yards in nine games, Jackson leads his team with the most rushing yards. Baltimore is 6-3 and first in the AFC North, and Jackson has thrown or run for a touchdown in 45 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

In the Week 9 win over the Minnesota Vikings, Jackson recorded his twelfth 100-yard rushing game (including the postseason), which set an NFL record for quarterbacks. In his fourth season in the NFL, Jackson surpassed Vick, who had 11 such games in his 13-year career. Jackson has produced 10 100-yard rushing games during the regular season, tying Vick.

Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns

Record: Most catches in one season

Current record holder: Michael Strahan (22.5 sacks in 2001)

Garrett’s current average catches per game: 1.3 sacks per game

Average needed to break it: 1.3 bags

Projected total: 22 bags

Garrett, one of the best, if not the best, pass-rushers in the AFC, not only leads the NFL in sacks with 12, but also tackles for losses (12) and catching yards (66).

Garrett is already over his 2019 (10) and tied his 2020 sack total, just nine games in the 2021 season.

There’s a reason Garrett was like the “Sack Reaper” for Halloween, after all.

ESPN’s Statistics and Information research was used in this story.