Most receiving yards
The first Week 18 in NFL history may also include several league records being broken. Let’s take a look at which single-season records could fall and the players who could break them.
Current record holder: Calvin Johnson (1,964 yards in 2012)
Cooper Kupp enters Sunday’s game against the 49ers with 1,829 yards through 16 games. He’ll need 136 yards to break the record held by Johnson, who this past summer was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kupp caught 11 of 13 targets for 122 yards in the Rams’ Week 10 win over the 49ers.
Current record holder: Michael Thomas (149 in 2019)
Kupp’s 138 catches this season is already the third-highest total in NFL history. Kupp, who will need 12 catches this weekend to break Thomas’ record, has caught more than 11 passes in a game on one occasion this season; he caught 13 of 15 targets in the Rams’ Week 14 win over the Cardinals.
Current record holder: Michael Strahan (22.5 in 2001) Despite missing two games earlier this season, T.J. Watt has gotten himself to within one sack of tying Strahan’s record after recording four sacks of Baker Mayfield during Monday night’s win over the Browns. Of Watt’s 21.5 sacks, only 5.5 have come away from Heinz Field. Watt has not recorded a sack in any of his last three road games. He did collect 3.5 sacks off of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens (the Steelers’ opponent this Sunday) back in Week 13.
Most completions Current record holder: Drew Brees (471 in 2016)
Tom Brady enters Sunday’s game with 456 completions through 16 games. Needing 16 more completions to break Brees’ record, Brady has completed at least 18 passes in every game this season. Brady completed 18 passes against Sunday’s opponent — the Carolina Panthers — when the two teams faced each other back in Week 16. Most passing yards
Most attempts Current record holder: Matthew Stafford (727 in 2012)
Brady needs 488 passing yards on Sunday to break the mark held by his former rival. The last time Brady threw for that many yards in a game, it was when he threw for a Super Bowl record 505 yards in New England’s 41-33 loss to Philadelphia. Brady’s most prolific passing performance this season was back in Week 3, when he threw for 432 yards in a 10-point loss to the Rams. Current record holder: Peyton Manning (5,477 in 2013)
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