By Ken Crippen
Pro Football Researchers Association


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 seven individual single-season records.
 
Passing:
Projected 2011 Totals Att Comp Yards TD INT
Tom Brady 627 425 5,996 44 19
Drew Brees 700 486 5,660 38 16
Aaron Rogers 576 412 5,507 44 6
Cam Newton 620 361 5,152 22 19
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)
 
Rushing:
Projected 2011 Totals Att Yards TD Fumble Rusher Rating
Darren McFadden 291 1,660 9 3 106.30
*Red denotes projected record
 
Current NFL Records:
Attempts: 416 – Larry Johnson (2006)
Yards: 2,105 – Eric Dickerson (1984)
Touchdowns: 28 – LaDainian Tomlinson (2006)
 
Receiving:
Projected 2011 Totals Rec Yards TD
Wes Welker 144 2,368 16
Steve Smith 86 1,948 9
Calvin Johnson 92 1,443 28
*Red denotes projected record
 
Current NFL Records:
Receptions: 143 – Marvin Harrison (2002)
Yards: 1,848 – Jerry Rice (1995)
Touchdowns: 23 – Randy Moss (2007)
 
Sacks:
Projected 2011 Totals Sacks
Jared Allen 27
*Red denotes projected record
 
Current NFL Record: 22.5 – Michael Strahan (2001)
 
Interceptions:
Projected 2011 Totals INT
{None In Position}  -
*Red denotes projected record
 
Current NFL Record: 14 – Night Train Lane (1952) (12-game season)
 
 

Historical Records from Week 5
 

Michael Vick – Vick broke Randall Cunningham’s career rushing record (for a quarterback). Vick’s total is now 4,948 yards, breaking Cunningham’s record of 4,928 yards.
 
Sebastian Janikowski – Janikowski tied an NFL record of kicking three 50+-yard field goals in one game. The record was set my Morten Anderson in 1995, and has been tied by Neil Rackers in 2004, Kris Brown in 2007 and Conner Barth in 2009.
 
Detroit Lions – The Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 1956. The following year, they won their last NFL Championship.
 

This Week in NFL History
 

This week in NFL history is all about punting.
 
October 9, 1977:
Eddie Brown set an NFL record with 11 punt returns in a single game as his Washington Redskins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-0. The previous record was set September 10, 1967 as Roger Bird returned nine punts for 143 yards as his Oakland Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 51-0.
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Washington Redskins 10 0 0 0 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 0 0 0 0
 
Scoring Summary:
WAS Moseley 44-yard field goal
WAS Thomas 6-yard run (Moseley Kick)
 
 
October 11, 1981:
LeRoy Irvin set an NFL record with 207 punt return yards (on six punt returns) as his Los Angeles Rams beat the Atlanta Falcons 37-35. Two of the returns were for touchdowns. The previous record was set September 15, 1968 as George Atkinson returned five punts for 205 yards when his Oakland Raiders beat the Buffalo Bills 48-6.
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Los Angeles Rams 13 7 7 10 37
Atlanta Falcons 0 21 7 7 35
 
Scoring Summary:
LA Irvin 75-yard punt return (Corral Kick)
LA Corral 25-yard field goal
LA Corral 37-yard field goal
ATL Andrews 25-yard run (Luckhurst Kick)
ATL Miller 11-yard pass from Bartkowski (Luckhurst Kick)
ATL Jenkins 23-yard pass from Bartkowski (Luckhurst Kick)
LA Childs 1-yard pass from Rutledge (Corral Kick)
LA D. Hill 36-yard pass from Rutledge (Corral Kick)
ATL Jackson 8-yard pass from Bartkowski (Luckhurst Kick)
ATL Andrews 2-yard run (Luckhurst Kick)
LA Irvin 84-yard punt return (Corral Kick)
LA Corral 25-yard field goal
 
 
October 11, 1998:
Leo Araguz set two NFL records: 16 punts in a game and 709 yards punting in a game. On that day, his Oakland Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 7-6. The previous record of most punts in a game was set December 6, 1987 when John Teltschik punted 15 times as his Philadelphia Eagles lost 23-20 to the New York Giants. The previous record of most punting yards in a game was set September 10, 1967 as Bob Scarpitto punted 565 yards as his Denver Broncos lost 51-0 to the Oakland Raiders.
 
  1 2 3 4 F
San Diego Chargers 0 3 0 3 6
Oakland Raiders 0 0 0 7 7
 
Scoring Summary:
SD Carney 39-yard field goal
SD Carney 48-yard field goal
OAK Jett 68-yard pass from Wilson (Davis Kick)

 

Historical Game of the Week
 

In honor of Monday night’s game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, the Historical Game of the Week will focus on their first meeting.
 
Date: October 22, 1930
Location: Universal Stadium
Attendance: 7,500
 
The 1930 season was the first for the Portsmouth Spartans (now, the Detroit Lions) in the NFL. The Chicago Bears were inaugural members in 1920. However, it was the Spartans who took the victory 7-6 and moved to 4-1-1 on the season, while the Bears fell to 2-3-1.
 
In the second quarter, the Spartans recovered a Carl Brumbaugh fumble on the Chicago 40-yard line. From there, Portsmouth steadily drove to the six yard line, where Father Lumpkin breaking across the goal for a touchdown. Bill Glassgow kicked the extra point, which provided the margin of victory. Late in the game, Joey Sternaman tossed a short three-yard pass to Luke Johnsos for a touchdown. However, Sternaman’s kick went wide of the goalposts, preserving the win for the Spartans.
 
Despite the good start to the season, Portsmouth fell apart and finished the season 5-6-3 and in seventh place in the standings. Chicago, however, went on a winning streak, finishing the season 9-4-1 and in third place in the standings.
 
  1 2 3 4 F
Chicago Bears 0 0 0 6 6
Portsmouth Spartans 0 7 0 0 7
 
Scoring Summary:
POR Lumpkin 6-yard run (Glassgow Kick)
ChiB Johnsos 3-yard pass from Sternaman (Kick Failed)