Records are made to be broken, and only five weeks into the NFL season they're already starting to drop like flies. Here's five that could be history this season.
Before we mention records that could be broken, we should touch on one that already has been. Johnny Unitas’ 52-year-old record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass was smashed after Drew Brees reached 48 consecutive games with a touchdown pass to Devery Henderson in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers.
Brees already took the single-season passing record from Dan Marino, and he's on pace to take the most 400-yard passing games from him as well.
Reggie Wayne is no spring chicken when it comes to NFL years, but he's quietly on pace to break the record for single-season receptions as well as receiving yards. Those records are held by Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice respectively, so Wayne is in pretty good company.
If you’re ever wondering how the Houston Texans have a top-10 defense, look no further than defensive end J.J. Watt. Watt has a monster presence on the field, and his stats back it up: 7.5 sacks in five games put the Wisconsin grad on pace to break Michael Strahan’s single-season record by 1.5 sacks.
Robert Griffin III is known for his electrifying runs, but his passer rating might be his best-kept secret. RGIII is completing 69.1 percent of his passes with a 4-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Even more impressive is that Griffin is on pace to break Ben Roethlisberger’s previous rookie QB rating of 98.1 by three, putting him in triple-digit territory.
The Philadelphia Eagles weren't breaking many records in 1970, but they did manage to set one: Running back Lee Bouggess holds the record for lowest yards per carry at 2.52.
No one is really shocked by that one, but the fact that Chris Johnson is averaging 2.87 yards per touch this season is a little harder to fathom. Hard to believe, considering Johnson broke the single-season yards-from-scrimmage record just a few short years ago. Averaging 2.1 yards per carry in four of his five starts, Johnson has a realistic shot to break the 42-year-old record for futility.
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