These last couple of weeks are going to be awesome for many reasons, but I’m really excited to see how many records are broken. The biggest is Adrian Peterson’s quest to break Eric Dickerson’s 28 year old record of 2,105 yards rushing in a single season (how old am I!? Why must we age!). He needs 294 yards rushing in the next two games to break it. That sounds nearly impossible for mortal man, but cyborg Peterson has averaged 164 yards a game over the last eight weeks. Of course he faces the Houston Texans who have been one of the best rush defenses in the league this season. Also of course, Vick Ballard was able to top 100 yards on them last week and Peterson, as I alluded to earlier, is no mortal man. He destroyed the Seattle run defense in Seattle who have given up just 57.4 yards rushing per game, 3.3 yards per carry and 1 touchdown in their five home games excluding Peterson’s. Instead of those paltry numbers, Peterson carried the ball 17 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Can he do that against Houston, in Houston? He no doubt can, but we’ll have to wait to see if he does. In week 17 he faces a Green Bay defense he just lit up for 210 yards, so he could have an average game for him in Houston and still be set up pretty well.
Calvin Johnson is almost assured of breaking Jerry Rice’s record for most receiving yards in a season barring injury. He needs just 182 yards in his next two games to top Rice’s 1995 record of 1,848 yards. He’s averaging 119 yards per game on the season and over the last seven games is averaging 147 yards per game. I’d take any bets on him breaking the record. The Falcons and Bears pass defenses are both good and will put up a fight, but with Burleson, Young Sr. and Broyles out, Johnson will continue to see an inordinate amount of targets.
Michael Strahan’s record of 22.5 sacks in a season is also in jeopardy. Both Aldon Smith and J.J. Watt are sitting on 19.5 sacks for the season. Watt faces the Vikings and the Colts who are ranked 14th and 24th in sacks allowed and Smith faces the Seahawks and Cardinals who are ranked 8th and 32nd. Smith probably has the edge with a final game against the Cardinals who have no offensive line, but it should be a close race and fun to watch!
Jason Witten could easily break Tony Gonzalez’s record for tight end receptions in a season this week. Gonzo’s record is 102 and Witten has 97 receptions with two games left versus the Saints and Redskins who are 28th and 32nd in receptions allowed to tight ends irrespectively. This one is a done deal save a spleen explosion or the Mayans being off by a few days.
Randall Cobb is also going for a pretty prestigious record of becoming the first player in NFL history to have over 1,000 receiving yards and 1,ooo kick return yards in a season. He needs 108 receiving yards and just 36 kick return yards to hit that mark, so yeah, he’ll do that.
So this should be a fun two weeks of football, even in the dreaded week 17 doldrums. Good luck this week and ask me stuff in the comments and I will answer with stuff that hopefully help you win something or other.