Another NFL season is underway and so far we are a solid ten weeks into the thick of things. May questions have been asked and few have been answered, however one thing will always be certain to tell us some information: statistics. So for this special little ditty, I’m going to be taking a look at some of the career milestones that the cream of the crop are approaching and will more than likely surpass in this season alone.
- Drew Brees needs to pass for a little over 1100 yards in the next seven weeks in order to clinch his rightful spot as a QB with 65K+ passing yards in his career. That’s pretty good for a cannon arm such as himself.
- Tom Brady only needs 330+ yards to secure 60K+ passing yards in his storied career. If he hadn’t sat out four games he would be well-past this mark already.
- Philip Rivers only needs a little under 670 yards to boast 45K+ in his career. That’s a pretty easy achievement to obtain at this juncture in the season if he manages to stay healthy.
- Aaron Rodgers needs less than 200 yards in order to reach the 35K+ mark for passing yards in his career.
Fun Fact: Drew Brees is third on the all-time passing yards leaderboard and is only behind Peyton Manning and Brett Favre who both posted over 71K+ passing yards in their careers.
- Tom Brady only needs 10 passing touchdowns in order to reach the 450 mark on his career. Considering his past effectiveness in November and December, this is certainly doable and would be an explosive way to cap a season.
- Ben Roethlisberger only needs 8 touchdowns in order to reach the 300 mark in his career. He’s been posting some big numbers lately and it’s certainly not out of the question at all.
- Ryan Tannehill only needs 3 more touchdowns in order to finally hit the century mark for touchdowns in his career. Considering the current resurgence of the Dolphins’ offensive unit, it’s not out of the question.
Fun Fact: Tony Romo only needs 3 more touchdowns to reach 250 for his career, so should Dak Prescott wind up hurt or benched in the future it’s not out of the question for him to reach both 35K passing yards (only 840+ away) and 250 TDs.
- Frank Gore only needs 360+ rushing yards to hit the career 13K mark. That’s doable if he can pour on the coal and keep grinding out gains this season.
- LeSean McCoy is a few big days shy of the 9K career rushing yards mark if he can post another 630 yards this season. It’s a slight stretch but then the offense often leans heavy on the run and gets big things done.
- Ryan Matthews only needs 4 yards in order to surpass the 5K rushing yards mark. That’s a drop in the pond.
- Alfred Morris isn’t doing too poorly for a second down back behind Ezekiel Elliott, even if he was the king of the Redskins halfback slot. He’s only 80+ yards away from hitting the 5K mark as well.
Fun Fact: If Adrian Peterson weren’t hurt, he would almost certainly hit the 12K career rushing yards mark as he is a mere 275 yards shy currently. He is also only 3 TDs away from hitting the century mark.
- Frank Gore could prove useful in several key redzone situations and as a result could potentially grind out the last 6 TDs he needs to hit the 80 TD mark on his career.
- Cam Newton may be a QB but don’t tell him he can’t run. Currently he is only 3 TDs away from hitting the 50 mark for his career. That’s only five less than where RBs such as Matt Forte currently reside.
Fun Fact: Adrian Peterson is only two TDs behind Barry Sanders on the all-time leaderboard and has played in thirty less games than Sanders did in his career. Shaun Alexander and Marshall Faulk both retired with 100 TDs in 123 and 176 games respectively- AP has played in 122 games.
- Brandon Marshall only needs 120+ yards to make it to the 12K receiving yards mark and it’s not entirely out of the question despite the questionable Jets offense.
- Jason Witten only needs a little over 300 yards in order to hit the 12K mark for his career and considering his impact not long ago, he shouldn’t be too far off the mark this season.
- Antonio Brown only needs 70+ more yards to hit the 8K career receiving yards mark. That’s an easily attainable achievement when you’re the number one receiver for a team.
- Mike Wallace only needs 20 yards to hit the 7K mark for receiving yards in his career.
Fun Fact: Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens are the top two receivers with the most receiving yards in NFL history and both averaged 14.8 yards per reception. However, JR has nearly 7000+ more yards and 500 more receptions to go with nearly 80 more games.
- Anquan Boldin only needs 1 more TD in order to reach the 80 receiving TDs mark for his career.
- Steve Smith only needs 2 more TDs in order to hit the 80 mark and is also currently the receiver with the most receiving yards in the league.
- Rob Gronkowski only needs 2 more TDs in order to hit the 70 mark for his career and since he is such a big factor in New England’s offense this is pretty much a given.
- Vincent Jackson and Jordy Nelson both respectively need 3 TDs in order to hit the 60 mark for their careers with both Tampa Bay and Green Bay.
- Jimmy Graham needs 4 TDs in order to hit the 60 mark for his career and if he continues to be a threat to opponents and asset for the Seahawks he can do that this season.
- AJ Green only needs 1 more TD in order to hit the 50 receiving TDs mark for his career.
Fun Fact: If Antonio Gates can be more reliable and not as injured, he only needs 60+ yards to hit the career 11K mark and 1 more TD to hit 110. Currently the only active player closest to him in receiving TDs is Larry Fitzgerald with 103.
- Julis Peppers is half of a sack away from hitting the 140 mark for the entirety of his career. DeMarcus Ware only needs three and a half more sacks to hit the same mark.
- Mario Williams only needs three more sacks to reach the century mark for his career. Elvis Dumervil needs four sacks to reach the same mark.
- Trent Cole needs one and a half sacks to hit the 90 career sacks mark whereas Tamba Hali two and a half sacks to reach the same mark.
- James Harrison needs one a half sacks in order to reach the 80 career sacks mark. Cameron Wake needs three sacks and JJ Watt needs four.
- Von Miller is half of a sack away from reaching the 70 career sacks mark.
- Brian Orakpo and Justin Houston are both four sacks away from reaching the 60 career sacks mark.
- Connor Barwin is half of a sack away from hitting the 50 career sacks mark. Geno Atkins, Aldon Smith, Antonio Smith, and Cullen Jenkins are all two and a half sacks away respectively. Ndamukong Suh is three sacks away from the same mark while Everson Griffen is four sacks away.
Fun Fact: The only player to ever record 200 career sacks is Bruce Smith who did so in 19 years of play and 279 games. He had a career high 19 sacks in one season during the 1990 season.
- Richard Sherman only needs 1 interception in order to reach the 30 career interceptions mark and that is easily attainable this season.
- Brent Grimes and Darrelle Revis both need two interceptions in order to reach the 30 career interceptions mark.
Fun Fact: Ed Reed is seventh on the all-time interceptions leaderboard and is the only player to have played for less then fourteen years. He played 174 games and notched 64 interceptions.