Records might be made to be broken, but they certainly don't go down without a fight. We take a look at a few...and just a few...NFL records that are in danger of falling this 2014 season.
Take Calvin Johnson's single-season receiving yardage mark of 1,964 yards set in 2012. We tried to figure out a way for that to fall, or even have someone break the 2,000-yard plateau for the first time.
There are too many factors working against that, though:
- Megatron has too much competition on the Detroit Lions roster now with Golden Tate signing as a free agent and Eric Ebron being the first tight end drafted this May.
- Josh Gordon is facing a suspension.
- A.J. Green's quarterback, Andy Dalton, isn't great, and the Cincinnati Bengals are going with a power-running attack.
- Demaryius Thomas' Denver Broncos have too many other targets.
- Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery cut into each other's production with the Chicago Bears.
- Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys or Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons are possible 2,000-yard candidates, but we just cannot bring ourselves to expect them to stay healthy for a full 16 games.
We won't look to defense this year either, even if the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl-winning formula might make that en vogue. We leave defense out of the discussion.
It is not a bias toward offense—although the point-happy, play-happy, pass-happy NFL is leaning that way. We just don't see any of those defensive records getting touched at this point:
- Charles Woodson, 37, needs two interception returns for touchdowns to pass Rod Woodson's career mark of 12. Meh, not going to get there.
- J.J. Watt, 25, could be a candidate to challenge Michael Strahan's record of 22.5 sacks, which was controversial because Brett Favre took a dive for the final one in 2001. But the Houston Texans drafted pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who could beat Watt to the quarterback more than a few times this season.
- Jared Allen, now of the Chicago Bears, needs just one more safety to set the career mark of five, but those are rare plays that are difficult to expect. Heck, Allen is tied for the record right now with four, but in 10 seasons. They don't come around that often, so we won't expect that one to fall.