The NFL 2012 regular season has already been filled with a wide array of records, and more can be set this weekend. Television viewership is setting all time records while the league is setting a variety of records each and every week with new stars entering the league. However, some veteran players could find themselves moving up in the record books after this weekend’s slate of games.
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning- With two touchdowns this weekend, Manning could move into second place all-time for the most touchdown passes thrown all time with 421 scores, inching above Dan Marino. Brett Favre currently leads the NFL with 508 all-time touchdown passes. Manning would be 87 scoring passes behind Favre, a mark that might be safe for Favre, given Manning’s age.
Manning could eclipse two of Dan Marino’s records this weekend. With another win Sunday, Manning would tie Marino for the third most wins as a starter, 147, but currently holds a higher winning percentage as a starter. Ironically, with three more wins, Manning will lap current Broncos Vice-President John Elway for the second most wins in NFL history, who currently sits at 148.
Dan Marino’s records continue to be under attack this year with the NFL instituting their liberal passing rules. Drew Brees, who continues his game streak of consecutive games with touchdown passes, could tie Dan Marino with another 300 yard performance on Sunday. Brees already shattered Marino’s single season passing yardage record which stood for decades, but with a 300 yard effort against the Falcons, he’ll notch his 63rd 300 yard game.
Don’t forget about Tom Brady of the New England Patriots. With a 300-yard effort against the Buffalo Bills, he will move into a tie with Dan Fouts for the sixth-most games passing for 300 yards at 51 games.
Only seven players have recorded 100 career touchdowns in the league, and an eighth player could join the list this weekend. Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez is sitting at 99 scores and could join the group with Tim Brown and Steve Largent at 100 touchdowns. With Jerry Rice leading the record books (197) , followed by Randy Moss (155), Terrell Owens (153), Cris Carter (130), and Marvin Harrison (128), Gonzalez is the only tight end on the list and is an immediate addition to the Hall of Fame once he decides to retire.
Lest we forget the defensive side of the ball. With one more sack, Dallas Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware, he can tie Bruce Smith and Lawrence Taylor with seven consecutive seasons of 10 or more sacks. Ware leads the NFL in sacks since the 2006 NFL regular season. Former Minnesota Vikings DL John Randle has eight seasons and DE Reggie White leads the NFL record books with nine seasons.
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