What Records Will Be Broken in the NFL in 2012?
Some NFL records, like Brett Favre's streak of 297 consecutive career starts, could never conceivably fall. Others, like Johnny Unitas' streak of 47 games with at least one touchdown pass, are quite vulnerable (Drew Brees will head into Week 1 with 43). The NFL seems to make (or rewrite) history every year. Why not fancy a guess or two on which records could fall in 2012?
One record that just went up—Brees' single-season smashing of Dan Marino's 1984 passing mark of 5,084 yards—might already be due for an edit. No fewer than three quarterbacks finished 2011 with 5,000 passing yards or more, and Eli Manning was a very close fourth (4,933).
Of the aforementioned three, Lions quarterback Matt Stafford might have the best chance to break the mark: he has the best receiver in football on his side in Calvin Johnson and he plays his home games in a dome. Of Stafford, Brees and New England's Tom Brady, Stafford is also the youngest, and presumably will have the most cracks at Brees' 5,476 yards in the air.
Another vulnerable single-season record is Michael Strahan's official 22.5 sacks in 2002. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen nearly broke the mark last season, reaching 22. And that really sucks for Allen, because it wasn't as if there was half of a quarterback just laying around to get tackled in that last Vikings game.
But seriously, Allen will have another go at the record in 2012, and considering the strong second half that nearly pulled him even with Strahan last year, it's entirely possible.
Senior NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller and I discuss our favorite possibilities for broken records in our latest debate. And not to sound like a broken record here, but enjoy our video above and leave us your thoughts in the comments...in the comments...in the comments.
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