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2012 NFL Records Watch: AP chases Dickerson, CJ2K Part Deux

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

It's already been an historic NFL season in 2012: Indianapolis' Andrew Luck set the rookie record for passing yards, and Detroit's Calvin Johnson set the single-season record for receiving yards.

Both of those records fell in Week 16, and now there's ample chance for further records to drop this week as well. Let's look at some of them.

Most Single-Season Rushing Yards
Minnesota's Adrian Peterson set out Sunday with several things in his sights: the playoffs, 2,000 rushing yards and Eric Dickerson. Starting with an NFL-leading 1,898 rushing yards this season, Peterson has eclipsed 2K (becoming just the seventh player to do that) and is closing in on the record (2,105 yards) that Dickerson set in 1984. Follow Peterson's progress here

Single-Season Sack Record
You don't need to dig deep in your memory to remember Brett Favre laying down for Michael Strahan, giving the sack-master turned talk-show host 22.5 for 2001, the current single-season record. Nine times since sacks have been kept has someone gone over 20 in a season, including Houston's J.J. Watt this very season. With a week to go, Watt needs to sack Luck 2.5 times to break Strahan's record. Watt sacked Luck three times in Week 15. the 49ers' Aldon Smith also has a shot at the record: Smith needs 3.5 sacks against the Cardinals on Sunday to break Strahan's record. He produced two sacks the last time the teams played. Follow Smith's progress here

UPDATE: Watt fell well short of the record in a woeful defensive effort from the Texans.

2,000 Receiving Yards

Technically, every single yard that Johnson picks up from here on out is a new single-season receiving record, but the number that Megatron has his eyes on is 2,000. Jerry Rice lamented that he never got 2,000 receiving yards, and Johnson (perhaps you prefer CJ2K?) would be the first wideout to ever topple the number. Mega needs just 108 yards to hit 2K, and it looks like a good bet, even though the Lions are playing for nothing and the Bears are still hoping to backdoor their way into the playoffs.

UPDATE: Megatron came within striking distance of 2K but fell short.

Single-Season 100-yard Receiving Games
More Megatron! When Johnson broke Rice's record in Week 16, he also tied Michael Irvin's record for most 100-yard receiving games in a season with 11. Were he to pick up 100 yards on Sunday, he would own that record (and, likely, the CJ2K moniker).
UPDATE: Johnson also failed in his attempt for this record

Touchdown Passes by a Rookie
Not that Russell Wilson needs to cement his status as a Rookie of the Year candidate any further, but it wouldn't hurt if the Seahawks' quarterback became the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 26 touchdown passes in his rookie season. Wilson has 25 touchdown throws this year, which already puts him in pretty exclusive company. Two more on Sunday would break Peyton Manning's record of 26. Follow Wilson's progress here

Most Pass Completions by a Rookie
Luck already "broke" an ignominious record of sorts last week, shattering the rookie record for passing attempts in a season with 599 and a week remaining. Sam Bradford (590) and Peyton Manning (575) are the only two rookies above 550 in NFL history. This Sunday, Luck will cross the 600-pass-attempt plateau, topple Peyton's 326 completions and, with 30 more of them on Sunday, beat Bradford's record of 354.
UPDATE: Luck broke Manning's Colts record but not Bradford's

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