NFL Midseason Projections

NFL Midseason Projections

Aaron Rodgers isn't the only player having a historic season. Through eight games, here are some of the record-setting and eye-popping stats being posted around the league.

NFC

ARIZONA: WR LARRY FITZGERALD leads the team with 646 receiving yards and is on pace for 1,292 yards. It would mark Fitzgerald's sixth career 1,000-yard season, the most in franchise history. He can also extend his team-record streak of consecutive 1,000-yard seasons to five…RB BEANIE WELLS has seven rushing touchdowns in seven games and is on track to pass JOHN DAVID CROW's team record of 14 set in 1962…Rookie PATRICK PETERSON is the first player in NFL history with three punt-return touchdowns in his first eight career games. He needs one PR-TD to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JACK CHRISTIANSEN (1951), RICK UPCHURCH (1976) and DEVIN HESTER (2007) for the most ever in a season. Peterson would also join Christiansen as the only rookies to accomplish the feat. In only eight games, Peterson has already tied the team record for career PR-TDs set by Pro Football Hall of Famer OLLIE MATSON and VAI SIKAHEMA.

ATLANTA: QB MATT RYAN has 1,958 passing yards and aims for the second 4,000-yard season in franchise history (JEFF GEORGE, 4,143 in 1995)…WR RODDY WHITE has 501 receiving yards and is on pace for his team-record fifth 1,000-yard season. WR JULIO JONES has 489 receiving yards in six games and is on track for a club rookie-record 1,141 yards. TE TONY GONZALEZ has 39 catches and needs 11 to join Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (17) as the only players in NFL history with 14 50-reception seasons…RB MICHAEL TURNER is on pace to rush for 1,384 yards and 14 touchdowns. He would become the first Falcon to rush for at least 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns in three different seasons and the first to record at least 10 rushing touchdowns in four consecutive seasons. Turner has 46 rushing touchdowns and needs three to pass GERALD RIGGS (48) for the most in franchise history.

CAROLINA: No. 1 overall pick QB CAM NEWTON is on pace for 4,786 passing yards, which would surpass the current rookie record (PEYTON MANNING, 3,739 in 1998) by more than 1,000 yards (1,047). Newton is on track to tie CHARLIE CONERLY (22) for the second-most passing touchdowns by a rookie. He has rushed for seven touchdowns, tied for the most by a rookie quarterback since the 1970 merger (VINCE YOUNG, 2006)...WR STEVE SMITH leads the NFC with 918 receiving yards and is on track for 1,836. It would be the second-most in a single season in NFL history, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE's 1,848 receiving yards in 1995….DE CHARLES JOHNSON needs 3 sacks to join JULIUS PEPPERS and KEVIN GREENE as the only Panthers with two consecutive 10-sack seasons…CB CHRIS GAMBLE has 25 career interceptions and needs one to pass ERIC DAVIS (25) for sole possession of the franchise mark.

CHICAGO: RB MATT FORTÉ leads the NFL with 1,241 scrimmage yards (805 rushing, 436 receiving) and is the first Bear with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first four seasons; Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS had 1,000 scrimmage yards in each of his first three seasons. Forté is on pace to become the first player in NFL history with at least 1,600 rushing yards and 800 receiving yards in a single season and looks to challenge CHRIS JOHNSON's league record of 2,509 scrimmage yards (2009). Forté is on track to join Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON as the only Bears to rush for at least 1,600 yards in a season…QB JAY CUTLER has 1,910 passing yards and looks to become the first quarterback in franchise history to pass for 4,000 yards in a single season…PR-KR DEVIN HESTER has 16 combined kick-return touchdowns and 11 punt-return touchdowns, both NFL records.

DALLAS: QB TONY ROMO has thrown for 2,238 yards and looks to surpass his team single-season record of 4,483 yards set in 2009…TE JASON WITTEN aims for the fourth 90-catch season of his career, which would tie TONY GONZALEZ for the most in NFL history by a tight end. Witten is on pace for 1,096 yards and looks to join Gonzalez as the only tight ends to record at least 90 catches and 1,000 yards in four different seasons…RB DE MARCO MURRAY, who set a team single-game record with 253 rushing yards in Week 7, leads NFL rookies with 539 yards and is on track to set the club rookie record currently held by Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY DORSETT (1,007 in 1977)…LB DE MARCUS WARE, who has already recorded his sixth consecutive season with at least 10 sacks, is on pace for 24 sacks, which would pass MICHAEL STRAHAN (22.5 in 2001) for the most in a single season in NFL history.

DETROIT: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD is on pace to set single-season club records for passing yards with 4,358 (SCOTT MITCHELL, 4,338 in 1995) and passing touchdowns with 38 (Mitchell, 32 in 1995)…WR CALVIN JOHNSON leads the NFL with 11 touchdowns catches and is the second player to have at least 11 receiving TDs through his team's first eight games of a season since the 1970 merger (RANDY MOSS, 11 in 2007). Johnson is on pace to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (22 in 1987) for the second-most touchdowns receptions in a season, one behind Moss' record of 23 set in 2007. He needs five TD catches to pass CLOYCE BOX (15 in 1952) for the most in a season in team history. Johnson has 804 receiving yards and is on track to join HERMAN MOORE (1,686 in 1995) as the only Lions with 1,600 yards in a season…CB CHRIS HOUSTON has two interception-return touchdowns and needs one to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer LEM BARNEY's single-season club record (three in 1967).

GREEN BAY: The Packers are the third defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 8-0 (1990 49ers, 1998 Broncos)…QB AARON RODGERS is the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 2,600 yards (2,619) and 24 touchdowns in a team's first eight games. He is also the only player in league annals to post a passer rating of at least 110 in each of the first eight games to start a season. Rodgers leads the NFL with a 129.1 passer rating, on pace to become the highest single-season mark all-time. He is on track for 5,238 passing yards, which would be a new league mark (Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO, 5,084 in 1984)…For the first time in team history, the Packers could have four different players – WR GREG JENNINGS (six), TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY (five), WR JORDY NELSON (five) and WR JAMES JONES (four) – each have 10 touchdown receptions…CB CHARLES WOODSON is on pace for 10 interceptions, which would tie IRV COMP (10 in 1943) for the club's single-season record.

MINNESOTA: RB ADRIAN PETERSON has rushed for 798 yards and nine touchdowns. He is on track for 1,596 yards and 18 touchdowns and would join LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (seven seasons) as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of their first five seasons. Peterson's 18 rushing touchdowns would tie his single-season club record (2009) and his 1,596 rushing yards would rank second in franchise history (Peterson, 1,760 in 2008)…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN had a 103-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 1 and his four career kickoff-return touchdowns are the most in team history…DE JARED ALLEN, who has already posted his fifth consecutive season with at least 10 sacks, leads the NFL with 12.5 sacks and is on pace to pass MICHAEL STRAHAN (22.5 in 2001) for the most in a single season in NFL history.

NEW ORLEANS: QB DREW BREES leads the NFL with 3,004 passing yards and is the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards through the first nine games of a season. Brees has completed at least 20 passes in an NFL-record 29 consecutive games and has a touchdown pass in 36 contests in a row, tied with BRETT FAVRE for the second-longest steak all-time (Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS, 47)…TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 791 yards and is on track for 1,406 receiving yards, which would be the most all-time for a tight end (Pro Football Hall of Famer KELLEN WINSLOW, 1,290 in 1980). With 55 catches, Graham can challenge TONY GONZALEZ's single-season mark of 102 set in 2004…RB DARREN SPROLES is on pace for 99 receptions and 792 receiving yards, both of which would be single-season franchise records for a running back (REGGIE BUSH, 88 catches for 742 yards in 2006)…S ROMAN HARPER has 5.5 sacks and is on track to pass ADRIAN WILSON (eight in 2005) for the most in a season by a DB.

NEW YORK: QB ELI MANNING is on pace for 4,754 passing yards, which would be the most in a single season in team history (KERRY COLLINS, 4,073 in 2002). It would also mark his club-record third 4,000-yard passing season. Manning, who has 15 touchdown passes, is on pace for his second consecutive season with at least 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. He is the only Giant to pass for 4,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season…WR VICTOR CRUZ leads the team with 588 receiving yards and WR HAKEEM NICKS ranks second with 575 yards in seven games. Cruz and Nicks are on track to become the first pair of Giants teammates to each record at least 1,000 receiving yards in the same season…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 9.5 sacks and looks to join MICHAEL STRAHAN (NFL-record 22.5 in 2001) and Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (20.5 in 1986) as the only players in club history to record 20 sacks in a season.

PHILADELPHIA: RB LE SEAN MC COY ties for the NFL lead with 11 touchdowns (nine rushing, two receiving) and is the first running back since Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (1999) to score a TD in each of his team's first eight games. McCoy is on pace for single-season club records with 1,650 rushing yards (WILBERT MONTGOMERY, 1,512 in 1979), 18 rushing touchdowns (Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE VAN BUREN, 15 in 1945) and 22 total TDs (Van Buren, 18 in 1945)…QB MICHAEL VICK has 2,065 passing yards and can become the first Eagle to pass for 4,000 yards in a season. Vick, who has 456 rushing yards, is on pace for 4,130 passing yards and 912 rushing yards. No QB in NFL history has thrown for 4,000 yards and rushed for 500 yards in a single season…WRs JEREMY MACLIN (606), DE SEAN JACKSON (503) and JASON AVANT (432) all seek 1,000-yard receiving seasons. The Eagles have never had multiple 1,000-yard receivers in the same season.

ST. LOUIS: QB SAM BRADFORD, the 2010 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, has passed for 1,432 yards in six games. Bradford, who had 3,512 passing yards last year, is on pace to join PEYTON MANNING (1998-99) as the only players in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards in each of their first two seasons…RB STEVEN JACKSON has rushed for 579 yards and is on track for his seventh consecutive 1,000-yard season, which would extend the longest streak in club history. Jackson, who has four rushing touchdowns this season, ranks third in team history with 51 career rushing TDs, trailing Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK (58) and ERIC DICKERSON (56)…DE CHRIS LONG has seven sacks and aims to join KEVIN CARTER (17 in 1999) and KEVIN GREENE (16.5 in 1988 and 1989) as the only Rams to record at least 15 sacks in a single season.

SAN FRANCISCO: The 49ers became the first team since the 1920 Buffalo All-Americans to score a rushing touchdown and not allow a rushing TD in each of the first seven games…RB FRANK GORE has rushed for at least 100 yards in a team-record five consecutive games. Gore is on pace for 1,564 rushing yards and would become the first player in club history to record two 1,500-yard rushing seasons (team-record 1,695 in 2006). It would also mark his franchise-best fifth 1,000-yard season. Gore has 7,196 career rushing yards and needs 149 yards to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE PERRY (7,344) and become the franchise's all-time leading rusher…QB ALEX SMITH has a 97.3 passer rating and looks to join Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA and STEVE YOUNG as the only 49ers to post a 100+ passer rating in a season…LB ALDON SMITH is on pace for 13 sacks, which would be the most by a 49ers rookie.

SEATTLE: QB TARVARIS JACKSON has passed for 1,556 yards in seven games and is on target for 3,334 passing yards. Jackson can join Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON (3,678 in 1997) as the only Seahawks quarterbacks to pass for at least 3,000 yards in their first season with the club…WR DOUG BALDWIN has 434 receiving yards and needs 338 to pass JAMES JETT (771 in 1993) for the most receiving yards by an undrafted rookie since 1970. WR SIDNEY RICE has 435 receiving yards in six games and is on track for 1,015 yards. Rice would join JOEY GALLOWAY (1,039 in 1995) as the only players in franchise history to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in their first season with the Seahawks…DE CHRIS CLEMONS, who had a career-high 11 sacks last year, has five sacks and can become the first Seahawk to record at least 10 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the team.

TAMPA BAY: QB JOSH FREEMAN has 2,004 passing yards and is on pace for the first 4,000-yard season in franchise history. The club's single-season mark is 3,811 yards set by BRAD JOHNSON in 2003. Freeman, who had 3,451 yards last year, can join Johnson (2001, 2003) as the only Buccaneers with two seasons with at least 3,400 passing yards. Freeman would also be the first player in club history to accomplish the feat in back-to-back years…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has rushed for 400 yards in six games this season. Blount, who rushed for 1,007 yards as a rookie last year, aims to become the third Buccaneer to rush for at least 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He would join JAMES WILDER (1984-85) and ERRICT RHETT (1994-95)…TE KELLEN WINSLOW has 35 catches and aims for his third consecutive season with at least 65 receptions. He is the only TE in team history to catch at least 65 passes in a season.

WASHINGTON: TE FRED DAVIS leads the team with 40 catches and 559 yards and averages 14 yards per catch. Davis is on pace to join Pro Football Hall of Famer KELLEN WINSLOW (89 catches, 1,290 yards, 14.5 average in 1980) as the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 80 catches, 1,000 yards and a 14+ average in a single season. Davis can become the first tight end in team history with a 1,000-yard season and seeks to pass CHRIS COOLEY (83 in 2008) for the most receptions by a Redskins tight end in a single season…Rookie RB ROY HELU set a franchise single-game record with 14 receptions (105 yards) in Week 9. The previous record of 13 catches had been held by Pro Football Hall of Famer ART MONK (twice) and KELVIN BRYANT…LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 5.5 sacks and needs three sacks to join DEXTER MANLEY and CHARLES MANN as the only Redskins to record at least 8.5 sacks in three consecutive seasons.

AFC

BALTIMORE: The Ravens are tied atop the AFC North with a 6-2 record and focused on a return to the postseason for the fourth consecutive season…QB JOE FLACCO looks to become the first quarterback ever to start a postseason game in each of his first four seasons in the Super Bowl era…RB RAY RICE has continued his role as a dual threat again this season. Rice has 948 scrimmage yards and is on pace (1,896) to become the first Raven with at least 1,700 scrimmage yards in three consecutive seasons…On defense, the Ravens lead the AFC in sacks (26) through Week 9 and are on target (52) to register the second-most sacks in franchise history (60 in 2006).

BUFFALO: QB RYAN FITZPATRICK is on track (1,930; 3,860) to become the third Buffalo quarterback to pass for more than 3,800 yards in a season, joining DREW BLEDSOE (4,359 in 2002) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM KELLY (3,844 in 1991)…Former undrafted free agent RB FRED JACKSON leads the AFC with 803 rush yards and is on target (1,606) to become only the second Bill with 1,600 rush yards in a season (O.J. SIMPSON, 2,003 in 1973; 1,817 in 1975). Jackson is also on pace (1,194; 2,388) to record the fourth-most scrimmage yards in NFL history (CHRIS JOHNSON, 2,509 in 2009; MARSHALL FAULK, 2,429 in 1999; TIKI BARBER, 2,390 in 2003)…Buffalo's defense has an AFC-best 15 interceptions this season and can challenge for the most in franchise history (36 in 1962; 33 in 1960; 32 in 1965).

CINCINNATI: Rookie QB ANDY DALTON has led the Bengals to five consecutive wins and a 6-2 record (tied for first place in AFC North) at the halfway mark. Dalton needs four wins to join BEN ROETHLISBERGER (13 in 2004), JOE FLACCO (11 in 2008), MATT RYAN (11 in 2008) and KYLE ORTON (10 in 2005) as the only rookie quarterbacks to have at least 10 wins in a season in the Super Bowl era...Rookie wide receiver A.J. GREEN, who was selected No. 4 overall, leads NFL rookies in catches (40) and receiving yards (599) and is on pace (80 receptions, 1,198 receiving yards) to surpass CRIS COLLINSWORTH (67 receptions, 1,009 receiving yards in 1981) for the most receptions and receiving yards by a rookie in franchise history.

CLEVELAND: The Browns have committed to building through the NFL Draft, and that begins with 2010 third-round pick COLT MC COY. The Texas product has passed for 1,764 yards this season and is on track (3,528) to become the fourth Browns quarterback to reach 3,500 yards (DEREK ANDERSON in 2007, BERNIE KOSAR in 1986 and 1989, BRIAN SIPE in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983) in a season...Rookie WR GREG LITTLE ranks second among NFL rookies with 31 receptions and can challenge the Browns rookie reception record (KEVIN JOHNSON, 66 in 1999)…Second-year CB JOE HADEN leads the NFL's No. 1 ranked pass defense (165.3 yards per game) with 10 passes defensed.

DENVER: QB TIM TEBOW is 2-1 since being named the starter in Week 7 and has the Broncos in the thick of the AFC West race…Denver newcomer RB WILLIS MC GAHEE has 623 rushing yards in seven games and is on pace (1,335) to surpass his career-high of 1,247 in 2005 (with Buffalo). McGahee needs 377 rushing yards to become the first Denver running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 2006 (TATUM BELL, 1,025)…WR ERIC DECKER is tied for an AFC-high with six touchdown catches and is on track (12) to tie ROD SMITH (12 in 2000) and LIONEL TAYLOR (12 in 1960) for the third-most touchdown receptions in a season in franchise history…Rookie LB VON MILLER is on track (6.5; 13) to surpass MIKE CROEL (10 in 1991) for the most sacks by a Denver rookie since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Miller can also challenge JEVON KEARSE's NFL rookie sack record of 14.5 in 1999.

HOUSTON: The Texans are in first place in the AFC South with hopes of reaching the postseason for the first time in franchise history…RBs ARIAN FOSTER (656; 1,312) and BEN TATE (623; 1,168) lead the AFC's top rushing attack (155.1 rush yards per game). Foster and Tate are on track to become the NFL's first running back duo to register 1,000 rushing yards apiece in a season since the Panthers' tandem of JONATHAN STEWART (1,133) and DE ANGELO WILLIAMS (1,117) in 2009…Texans defensive coordinator WADE PHILLIPS has led a resurgence on the defensive side of the ball for a club that finished with the 30th-ranked defense a year ago. Through Week 9, Houston has allowed an NFL-low 274 yards per game. LB BRIAN CUSHING leads the team with 61 tackles and can lead the Texans in tackles for the second time in three years.

INDIANAPOLIS: Selected as a Pro Bowl starter each of the past two years, veteran WR REGGIE WAYNE has 39 receptions and aims to register at least 80 catches for the seventh consecutive season…Rookie RB DELONE CARTER leads the team in rushing yards (313) through Week 9 and ranks second among AFC rookies (DANIEL THOMAS, 314)…All-Star DE DWIGHT FREENEY has 4.5 sacks and aims to reach the double-digit mark in four consecutive seasons for the second time in his career (2002-2005). LB PAT ANGERER leads the team with 97 tackles and is on target to record 100+ for the first time in his career.

JACKSONVILLE: Rookie QB BLAINE GABBERT, who continues his development as an NFL quarterback, has a reliable option in All-Star RB MAURICE JONES-DREW. Jones-Drew ranks second in the AFC with 740 rushing yards and is on track (1,480) for the second-most rushing yards in a season by a Jaguar (FRED TAYLOR, 1,572). A second-round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, Jones-Drew (57) needs six rushing touchdowns to surpass Taylor (62) for the most career rushing touchdowns in club history…LB PAUL POSLUSZNY leads the team with 66 tackles and is on pace (132) to register 100+ tackles for the second consecutive season.

KANSAS CITY: Head coach TODD HALEY is focused on leading the Chiefs to back-to-back division titles for the first time in franchise history...Fifth-year WR DWAYNE BOWE has totaled 646 receiving yards and is on pace for a career-best 1,292. On defense, LB TAMBA HALI has six sacks and is on track (12) to join MIKE BELL, NEIL SMITH and Pro Football Hall of Famer DERRICK THOMAS as the only players with double-digit sacks in back-to-back seasons in Chiefs history…CB BRANDON FLOWERS has team-high four interceptions and can lead the Chiefs in the category for the second time in three years (five in 2009).

MIAMI: Acquired via trade by the Dolphins in July, RB REGGIE BUSH has started to heat up. Bush is on track (591; 1,182) to reach 1,100 scrimmage yards for the second season in his career (1,307 in 2006)…WR BRANDON MARSHALL (46) needs 54 receptions in the remaining eight games to join MARVIN HARRISON and Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE as the only players to have 100 receptions in four seasons in NFL history (WES WELKER is also on pace)…LB CAMERON WAKE is on track (5.5; 11) to reach double-digit sacks for the second straight season (14 in 2010). LB JASON TAYLOR (134.5) needs 7.5 sacks to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN RANDLE (137.5) and RICHARD DENT (137.5) and MICHAEL STRAHAN (141.5) for the fifth-most all-time.

NEW ENGLAND: Two-time MVP QB TOM BRADY leads the AFC with 2,703 passing yards and is on track (5,406) to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (5,084 in 1984) for the most passing yards in a season in NFL history (DREW BREES is also on pace). Brady set the NFL single-season mark with 50 touchdown passes in 2007 and is on pace (20; 40) to join Marino (48 in 1984; 44 in 1986) as the only QBs in NFL history to have two seasons with 40+ touchdown passes…WR WES WELKER is on track (960; 1,920) to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (1,848) for the most receiving yards in a season in NFL history. The veteran wideout also leads the NFL with 66 catches and is on pace (132) for the second-most receptions in a season in league history, trailing only MARVIN HARRISON (143 in 2002).

NEW YORK JETS: The Jets hope to capture their first AFC East title since 2002…QB MARK SANCHEZ is on target (1,775; 3,550) to join KEN O'BRIEN (3,888 in 1985; 3,690 in 1986), JOE NAMATH (4,007 in 1967) and VINNY TESTAVERDE (3,732 in 2000) as the only Jet QBs to reach the 3,500-yard passing mark in a season. Sanchez has 13 touchdown passes and is on track (26) to challenge Testaverde's club record of 29 TD passes in 1998…RB LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (13,533) needs 130 rushing yards to surpass JEROME BETTIS (13,662) for the fifth-most rushing yards all-time…Pro Bowl CB DARRELLE REVIS (four) needs three interceptions to surpass his career-high of six in 2009.

OAKLAND: The Raiders seek to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since Super Bowl XXXVII…Newly-acquired QB CARSON PALMER will lean on RB DARREN MC FADDEN to set the tone on the ground. McFadden has 614 rushing yards in seven games and is on track (1,315) to join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARCUS ALLEN (1,759 in 1985) as the only players in franchise history to post a 1,300-yard rushing season. McFadden, who rushed for 1,157 in 2010, can join Allen as the only players in Raider history with consecutive 1,100-yard rushing seasons…On special teams, second-year KR-WR JACOBY FORD had a 101-yard kickoff-return touchdown in Week 6 and holds the franchise record with four career kickoff return-touchdowns.

PITTSBURGH: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is on track (2,632; 4,679) to break his franchise single-season record of 4,328 passing yards in 2009…WR MIKE WALLACE has 868 receiving yards through nine games and is on target (1,543) for the most receiving yards in a season in Steelers history (YANCY THIGPEN, 1,398 in 1997)…On defense, LB LA MARR WOODLEY has an AFC-best nine sacks in eight games and is on track (16.5) to surpass teammate JAMES HARRISON (16 in 2008) for the most sacks in a season in club history. Woodley can become the first Steeler to register four seasons with 10+ sacks in franchise history (11.5 in 2008; 13.5 in 2009; 10 in 2010).

SAN DIEGO: QB PHILIP RIVERS ranks third in the AFC with 2,469 passing yards this season and is on pace (4,938) to join PEYTON MANNING (six, 1999-2004; five 2006-2010) and DREW BREES (five, 2006-10) as the only quarterbacks ever with at least four straight seasons with 4,000 passing yards. Rivers (147) needs three touchdown passes to become the third player in Chargers history with 150 career touchdown passes (DAN FOUTS, 254; JOHN HADL, 201)…Rivers' top receiving threat, All-Star TE ANTONIO GATES (554), needs 33 catches to surpass CHARLIE JOINER for the most career receptions in franchise history…S ERIC WEDDLE is tied for an NFL-best with five interceptions and is on target (10) to tie CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE (10 in 2007) for the most interceptions in a single-season by a Charger.

TENNESSEE: Titans newcomer MATT HASSELBECK has 2,014 passing yards this season and is on track (4,028) to reach 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his 13-year NFL career. Hasselbeck has 13 touchdown passes in eight games and can challenge his single-season career-best of 28 touchdowns in 2007…On defense, CB JASON MC COURTY has started all eight games at cornerback opposite of CB CORTLAND FINNEGAN. A former sixth-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, McCourty leads the team with two interceptions.


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