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July 30, 2008

NFL: NFC News


ARIZONA: Wide receivers LARRY FITZGERALD (1,660) and ANQUAN BOLDIN (1,464) are on pace to each post 1,000 yards receiving for the second time (2005). Boldin and Fitzgerald each have two 100-catch seasons and can join JERRY RICE (4), MARVIN HARRISON (4) and HERMAN MOORE (3) as the only players in history with at least three 100-catch seasons…Running back EDGERRIN JAMES has rushed for 277 yards and is on track (1,108) for the eighth 1,000-yard season of his 10-year career…Quarterback KURT WARNER is on pace for a club-record 4,888 passing yards (4,614, NEIL LOMAX, 1984), 32 touchdowns (28, CHARLEY JOHNSON, 1963 and Lomax, 1984), and can become the first Cardinals quarterback to post a passer rating of 100.0 (100.8).

ATLANTA: In his first season with the Falcons, running back MICHAEL TURNER leads the NFL with 422 rushing yards, including a team-record 220 yards in Week 1. Turner is on track for 1,688 rushing yards and can join JAMAL ANDERSON (1,846 in 1998) and GERALD RIGGS (1,719 in 1985) as the only Falcons to rush for 1,600 yards in a season…Wide receiver RODDY WHITE is on pace for 1,288 yards and would become the first Falcon to post consecutive 1,200-yard seasons…Defensive end JOHN ABRAHAM leads the league with 6.0 sacks and seeks to challenge PATRICK KERNEY’s team record of 13.0 set in 2004…Kicker JASON ELAM has scored 36 points and looks to break the club mark of 138 (JAY FEELY, 2002).

CAROLINA: Quarterback JAKE DELHOMME is on track for his fourth career 3,000-yard season (3,440)…Wide receiver MUHSIN MUHAMMAD leads the team with 22 receptions and aims to become the first player in franchise history with four 90-catch seasons. Muhammad’s 287 receiving yards lead the team and he can join STEVE SMITH as the only players in club history with four 1,000-yard seasons. Smith has four such seasons and seeks his fifth 1,000-yard season…Running backs DE ANGELO WILLIAMS and rookie JONATHAN STEWART aim to become the first Panthers tandem to rush for 800 yards apiece. Williams leads the team with 201 yards and Stewart is second with 197…Defensive end JULIUS PEPPERS aims for his fifth season with at least 10 sacks.

CHICAGO: Rookie running back MATT FORTÉ leads the team with 347 rushing yards and is on pace for 1,388. Forté would become the first Bears rookie to rush for 1,300 yards and would join Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON as the only players in franchise history to rush for 1,350 yards in a season. Forté ranks second in the NFL with 494 scrimmage yards and can become the second player in team annals (Payton) to record 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season…Quarterback KYLE ORTON is on track for 3,064 passing yards, which would be his first career 3,000-yard season and the sixth such season in Bears history…Defensive ends ALEX BROWN and ISRAEL IDONIJE lead the team with two sacks and each is on pace to set career highs with eight.

DALLAS: The Cowboys have scored 120 points and are on pace for a team-record 480, besting the 479 points scored by the 1983 team…Quarterback TONY ROMO has posted a 99.0 passer rating, which would be the second highest in team history (104.8, ROGER STAUBACH, 1971). Romo can become the first Cowboys QB to post a rating of at least 95.0 in three consecutive seasons…Running back MARION BARBER is on pace for a career-best 1,244 yards and can become the first Cowboy to rush for 1,200 yards since EMMITT SMITH in 2000…JASON WITTEN is on track for 108 receptions and 1,452 yards, both records for an NFL tight end…Wide receiver TERRELL OWENS is on pace for 16 receiving touchdowns, which would surpass the team mark (15) he set last year…Linebacker DE MARCUS WARE leads the team with four sacks and can set a club record with 16.

DETROIT: Quarterback JON KITNA has thrown for 684 yards in three games and is on pace for 3,648 yards. That would mark Kitna’s third consecutive season with at least 3,500 yards and only the fourth in team history…Wide receiver CALVIN JOHNSON has 17 catches for 276 yards. Johnson (1,472) is on track to join HERMAN MOORE (1,686 in 1995) and BRETT PERRMIAN (1,488 in 1995) as the only Lions with 1,400-yard seasons…Running back KEVIN SMITH leads the team in rushing and can become the first rookie since KEVIN JONES in 2004 to lead the club in that category...Defensive end DEWAYNE WHITE has a team-best two sacks and is on track for his first 10-sack season.

GREEN BAY: In his first year as the team’s starter, quarterback AARON RODGERS is on pace for 3,844 yards and has a 91.4 passer rating. Rodgers can become the fourth quarterback in team history to pass for 3,500 yards in a season, joining LYNN DICKEY, BRETT FAVRE and DAN MAJKOWSKI. Favre and Pro Football Hall of Famer BART STARR are the only Packers to post a passer rating of at least 90.0 in a season…Wide receiver GREG JENNINGS leads the NFL with 482 receiving yards and is on track for 100 catches and 1,928 yards. That yardage total would be the most in team history (1,497, ROBERT BROOKS, 1995) and Jennings would be the first Packer to lead the league in the category since ANTONIO FREEMAN in 1998 (1,424)…Safety NICK COLLINS and cornerback CHARLES WOODSON each have three interceptions and are on pace for 12. The team record is 10, set in 1943 by IRV COMP.

MINNESOTA: Running back ADRIAN PETERSON, the 2007 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, led the NFC with 1,341 rushing yards last year. He currently ranks second in the NFL with 420 yards and aims to become the first player to lead the NFC in rushing in each of his first two seasons since Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (1989-90). No Viking has ever led the NFC in rushing in back-to-back seasons…Defensive end JARED ALLEN led the league with 15.5 sacks last year with Kansas City. Allen has two sacks this year and will look to join DOUG MARTIN (1982), CHRIS DOLEMAN (1989) and JOHN RANDLE (1997) as the only Vikings to lead the NFL in sacks.

NEW ORLEANS: Quarterback DREW BREES leads the NFL with 1,343 yards and is on track for an NFL-record 5,372 yards. Brees is on pace for his third consecutive 4,000-yard season and is the only quarterback in franchise history to reach the 4,000-yard plateau. Brees has a 106.9 passer rating and can become the first Saint to post a 100.0 rating in a season…Running back REGGIE BUSH is tied for the NFL lead with 31 receptions and is on pace for a team-record 124 catches, which would be the most in league history by a running back. Bush can become the first running back in NFL annals with 100 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in a season…Defensive end CHARLES GRANT leads the club with three sacks and is looking for his third career 10-sack season.

NEW YORK: The Super Bowl XLII champions are a perfect 3-0 and remain the only unbeaten team in the NFC. New York has outscored opponents by 40 points, the biggest net differential in the conference. The Giants have scored 83 points and will challenge the team record of 448 (1963)…Quarterback ELI MANNING is on pace for his first career 4,000-yard season (4,080) and the third in team history (PHIL SIMMS, 1984 and KERRY COLLINS, 2002)…Running back BRANDON JACOBS has 244 rushing yards and is on track for 1,301 yards. Jacobs would join TIKI BARBER and JOE MORRIS as the only Giants to reach the 1,300-yard mark…The defense has 13 sacks and is on pace for a team-best 69 (68 in 1985). Defensive tackle FRED ROBBINS (4.0) and defensive end JUSTIN TUCK (3.0) lead the team in sacks and are aiming for career-bests in the category.

PHILADELPHIA: Earlier this season, quarterback DONOVAN MC NABB (177) passed RON JAWORSKI (175) for the most touchdown passes in team history. McNabb is on pace for a career-high 4,400 yards, which would be the first 4,000-yard season in club annals…Running back BRIAN WESTBROOK has 30 career rushing touchdowns and 25 receiving TDs. With five receiving touchdowns, Westbrook will become the sixth player in NFL history with 30 rushing and receiving scores…Rookie wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON is on track for 88 catches and 1,308 yards. Both would be club rookie records…The Eagles have 17 sacks and are on pace for 68. The team record is 62, set in 1989. Defensive end JUQUA PARKER leads the club with 3.5 sacks and is closing in on a career-high in the category (6.0 in 2006).

ST. LOUIS: Running back STEVEN JACKSON leads the Rams with 269 rushing yards and 211 receiving yards. Jackson, who had 2,334 yards in 2006, has 480 scrimmage yards and aims to become the third player in team history with multiple 2,000-scrimmage-yard seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON and MARSHALL FAULK…Wide receiver TORRY HOLT aims for his ninth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. Holt can join JERRY RICE (14), TIM BROWN (9) and JIMMY SMITH (9) as the only players with nine 1,000-yard seasons…Rookie defensive end CHRIS LONG, the second overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, is tied for the team lead with two sacks and can surpass the team rookie record of six set in 1995 by KEVIN CARTER.

SAN FRANCISCO: Running back FRANK GORE leads the NFL with 525 scrimmage yards (369 rushing yards and 156 receiving yards). Gore is on pace for 2,100 scrimmage yards, which would be the second most in team history behind his 2,180 yards in 2006. The four-year veteran would join ROGER CRAIG as the only 49ers with two 2,000-yards seasons…In his first season as the starter, quarterback J.T. O’SULLIVAN has posted a 90.0 passer rating and can join JOHN BRODIE, JEFF GARCIA and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOE MONTANA and STEVE YOUNG as the only QBs in club history with a 90.0 rating. O’Sullivan is on pace for 3,848 passing yards and would join Garcia, Montana and Young as the only 49ers with at least 3,800 passing yards…Linebacker PARYS HARALSON (3.0) seeks to become the first 49er with 15 sacks since CHRIS DOLEMAN in 1998.

SEATTLE: The Seahawks have won the NFC West each of the past four years and are looking for their fifth consecutive division title…Quarterback MATT HASSELBECK aims for his team-record sixth career 3,000-yard passing season… Running back JULIUS JONES, who was acquired this offseason after spending the previous four years with Dallas, leads the team with 312 rushing yards in three games. Jones is on pace for 1,664 yards and would join SHAUN ALEXANDER as the only Seahawks to eclipse the 1,600-yard mark…Rookie tight end JOHN CARLSON leads the club with 12 receptions and 168 yards. Carlson is on track for 64 catches and 896 yards, which would both be team records for a tight end…Defensive end PATRICK KERNEY has three sacks and looks to challenge the club mark set by MICHAEL SINCLAIR (16.5, 1998).

TAMPA BAY: The Buccaneers have won three in a row led by quarterback BRIAN GRIESE, who has passed for 716 yards in those games. Griese is on track for his first career 3,500-yard season…Running back EARNEST GRAHAM is on pace for a career-high 1,336 rushing yards, which would be the second-best total in team history (1,544, JAMES WILDER, 1984)…Defensive end GAINES ADAMS and linebacker BARRETT RUUD lead the team with two interceptions apiece. Adams needs one more pickoff to set a franchise mark for interceptions by a defensive lineman. Ruud is on pace to pass DERRICK BROOKS (5) and CECIL JOHNSON (5) for the most interceptions by a linebacker in team annals.

WASHINGTON: Quarterback JASON CAMPBELL is on track for 3,512 passing yards, which would be the highest such total by a Redskins quarterback since 1999 (BRAD JOHNSON, 4,005). Campbell currently ranks second in the NFC with a 102.2 passer rating and aims to join Pro Football Hall of Famer SAMMY BAUGH as the only players in club history with a rating of at least 100.0…Running back CLINTON PORTIS has 369 rushing yards and looks to challenge his team record of 1,516 set in 2005…Wide receiver SANTANA MOSS is on pace to set franchise records in receptions (108) and receiving yards (1,684)…Rookie safety CHRIS HORTON leads the club with three interceptions and is on track for 12, which would be the most by a Redskin since 1964 (PAUL KRAUSE, 12).

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