By Ken Crippen
Pro Football Researchers Association

Historical Question of the Week

What current franchise can loosely be traced to the Dayton Cadets?
(The answer is at the end of this article)

Individual Single-Season Historical Records in Jeopardy

As the season progresses, I will keep an eye out for individual single-season records that could fall. Toward the end of the season, I will look at team records.
As it stands right now, we are on pace to break eight individual single-season records. As Luis DeLoureiro noted earlier in the week, Dan Marino's yards record is in real jeopardy -- but Drew Bledsoe, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning could also lose their marks (in Brady's case, to himself).
Projected 2011 Totals Att Comp Yards TD INT
Tom Brady 652 436 6,212 52 20
Drew Brees 696 480 5,640 40 16
Cam Newton 652 388 5,544 20 20
Aaron Rogers 564 412 5,300 48 8
Philip Rivers 628 428 5,144 20 24
Tony Romo 608 396 5,092 28 20
*Red denotes projected record
Current NFL Records:
Attempts: 691 – Drew Bledsoe (1994)
Completions: 450 – Peyton Manning (2010)
Yards: 5,084 – Dan Marino (1984)
Touchdowns: 50 – Tom Brady (2007)
Interceptions (Most): 42 – George Blanda (1962)
Interceptions (Least): 4 – Tom Brady (2010)
Projected 2011 Totals Att Yards TD Fumble Rusher Rating
Darren McFadden 300 1,872 12 4 115.76
*Red denotes projected record
Current NFL Records:
Attempts: 416 – Larry Johnson (2006)
Yards: 2,105 – Eric Dickerson (1984)
Touchdowns: 28 – LaDainian Tomlinson (2006)
Projected 2011 Totals Rec Yards TD
Wes Welker 160 2,464 20
Steve Smith 96 2,120 8
Calvin Johnson 96 1,284 32
*Red denotes projected record
Current NFL Records:
Receptions: 143 – Marvin Harrison (2002)
Yards: 1,848 – Jerry Rice (1995)
Touchdowns: 23 – Randy Moss (2007)
Projected 2011 Totals Sacks
Jason Babin 26
Jared Allen 26
*Red denotes projected record
Current NFL Record: 22.5 – Michael Strahan (2001)
Projected 2011 Totals INT
Kyle Arrington 12
Morgan Burnett 12
*Red denotes projected record
Current NFL Record: 14 – Night Train Lane (1952) (12-game season)

Historical Records from Week 4

Devin Hester – His 69-yard punt return in the second quarter of Chicago’s 34-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers gave Hester sole possession of the NFL record for punt return touchdowns. The previous record of 10 was set by Eric Metcalf in 2001.
Larry Fitzgerald – Set franchise records for both career receiving yards and career 100-yard games with his eight catches for 102 yards in Arizona’s 31-27 loss to the New York Giants.
Joe McKnight – Set a New York Jets franchise record with his 107-yard kick return in their 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The previous record for the Jets was 106 yards, set by Brad Smith in their December 27, 2009 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The all-time NFL record is 108 yards, held by Randall Cobb. That record was set September 8, 2011, when his Green Bay Packers beat the New Orleans Saints 42-34 in the opening game of the season.

Detroit Lions – The Lions set a franchise record with their fifth straight road victory with their 34-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Last year, the Lions set a franchise record of 26 straight road losses at this same stadium.

This Week in NFL History

October 2, 1950:
Bob Shaw caught five touchdowns as the Chicago Cardinals beat the Baltimore Colts 55-13. Quarterback Jim Hardy had eight interceptions, but also tossed six touchdowns in the victory. The record for touchdown passes was seven, set by Sid Luckman in the November 14, 1943 game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants. The record still stands to this day, however, five others have tied it since.
  1 2 3 4 F
Baltimore Colts 0 13 0 0 13
Chicago Cardinals 7 0 20 28 55
Scoring Summary:
ChiC Shaw 40-yard pass from Hardy (Harder Kick)
BAL Zalejski 6-yard run (Kick Failed)
BAL Rich 86-yard punt return (Grossman Kick)
ChiC Polsfoot 58-yard pass from Hardy (Harder Kick)
ChiC Shaw 9-yard pass from Hardy (Harder Kick)
ChiC Shaw 19-yard pass from Hardy (Kick Failed)
ChiC Trippi 1-yard run (Yablonski Kick)
ChiC Trippi 18-yard run (Yablonski Kick)
ChiC Shaw 18-yard pass from Hardy (Yablonski Kick)
ChiC Shaw 28-yard pass from Hardy (Yablonski Kick)
Shaw’s record still stands today, however it has been tied twice:
-Kellen Winslow on November 22, 1981, when his San Diego Chargers defeated the Oakland Raiders 55-21.
-Jerry Rice on October 14, 1990, when his San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 45-35.

The previous record of four was set by Don Hutson on October 7, 1945 when his Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions 57-21.

Historical Question of the Week

The 1913 Dayton Cadets were a semi-pro team out of Ohio and won the city championship by defeating the Dayton Oakwoods. In 1916, the Cadets changed their name to the Dayton Triangles and seemed to be fully professional by that time. The Triangles would go on to become one of the founding members of the American Professional Football Association, which was renamed the National Football League in 1922. After the 1929 season, the Triangles were sold to a group in Brooklyn, who renamed them the Dodgers. Now things are going to start to get hairy.
The Dodgers were renamed the Tigers in 1944. They merged with the Boston Yanks in 1945 and played under the Yanks name that year. Dan Topping, owner of the Dodgers since 1937, split with the Yanks and took his team to the upstart All-America Football Conference (AAFC). However, as far as the paperwork was concerned, since Topping was leaving the NFL, he needed to forfeit his franchise. The players from the Dodgers were awarded to the Boston Yanks, but most ignored this and went with Topping to the AAFC. Topping called his new team the New York Yankees. Keep in mind that the Brooklyn Dodgers of the AAFC was not the same franchise as the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL. The New York Yankees were the Brooklyn Dodgers. Confused yet? It gets better.
In 1949, Ted Collins, the owner of the Boston Yanks of the NFL moved his team to New York. He cancelled his Boston franchise and was awarded a New York franchise, which he named the New York Bulldogs. Also that year, the Brooklyn Dodgers of the AAFC merged with the New York Yankees. After the 1949 season, the AAFC folded and the NFL accepted the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Colts into their league. What is usually left behind in the merger talks, was the combining of the New York Yankees (which were the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers) and the New York Bulldogs (which were the Boston Yanks). In reality, it was Ted Collins that purchased the bulk of the contractual rights to the Yankees players. The Yanks were short-lived and folded after the 1951 season. However, a couple of owners from Texas purchased the old New York Yanks and relocated them to Dallas…and…Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Let me explain. Midway through the 1952 season, the attendance at Dallas home games was so terrible that the team became a “road” franchise that operated out of Hershey. The Dallas Texans ceased to exist after the 1952 season. However, Carroll Rosenbloom and his partners purchased the franchise and called his team the Baltimore Colts. Rosenbloom and Robert Irsay (owner of the Los Angeles Rams) essentially swapped franchises in 1972 (each bought the majority share of the other’s franchise).

Irsay moved his team to Indianapolis in 1984 and has remained there ever since. Officially, the NFL does not recognize this lineage. You make the call.