Sunday, December 23, 2012
Next up: Adrian Peterson?
By Kevin Seifert
Here in the NFC North, we are half way to a feat that hasn't occurred in 80 years of football record-keeping.
Saturday night, Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson broke the NFL's single-season record for receiving yards. Johnson has 1,892 receiving yards with one game left to play.
Sunday, Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson will get the first of two opportunities to eclipse the league's single-season record for rushing yards. Peterson is 294 yards away from breaking Eric Dickerson's mark of 2,105 yards in a season.
According to the NFL, the only time the single-season rushing and receiving records were set simultaneously was 1932, which also happened to be the first year records were kept. (For those interested: Boston’s Cliff Battles had 576 rushing yards and Green Bay's Johnny McNally rang up 326 receiving yards.)
So there's that.
As we did Saturday night, we'll monitor Sunday's action from NFC North blog headquarters and post to the blog accordingly throughout the afternoon and evening.
(Hat tip to Randall Liu of the NFL's communications office for the research.)