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November 10, 2010

NFC Mid-Season Stats/Projections


ARIZONA: The Cardinals lead the league with eight total return touchdowns, tied for the most in a single season in team history (1961 and 2007). Arizona is on track to set a new single-season NFL record, surpassing the 13 total return touchdowns by Seattle in 1998…KR LA ROD STEPHENS-HOWLING has two kick-return touchdowns, tied for the most in a single season in team history with Pro Football Hall of Famer OLLIE MATSON (1952 and 1958) and LES GOBLE (1954). He has three career kick-return touchdowns, the second-most in franchise annals (Matson, six)…WR LARRY FITZGERALD leads the team with 42 catches and has 565 career receptions. He needs 22 catches to pass ANQUAN BOLDIN (586) for the most in team history. Fitzgerald, who has 510 yards this year, needs 423 receiving yards to become the second Cardinal with 8,000 (ROY GREEN, 8,496).

ATLANTA:
QB MATT RYAN has 1,949 passing yards and aims for the second 4,000-yard season in franchise history (JEFF GEORGE, 4,143 in 1995)…WR RODDY WHITE leads the NFC with 58 receptions and 796 receiving yards. He is on track to set club records in both categories with 116 catches (TERANCE MATHIS, 111 in 1994) and 1,592 receiving yards (White, 1,382 in 2008). White seeks to become the first Falcon to lead the league in receptions…RB MICHAEL TURNER is on pace to rush for 1,388 yards and 10 touchdowns. It would mark the second time (2008) he has rushed for at least 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns as a Falcon and Turner would join GERALD RIGGS (1984 and 1985) as the only players in team history with two such seasons…DE JOHN ABRAHAM (16.5 sacks in 2008) has six sacks and can join PATRICK KERNEY (2001 and 2004) as the only Falcons with multiple 12-sack seasons.
 
CAROLINA: WR STEVE SMITH leads the team with 27 catches and 318 receiving yards. He has 8,943 career scrimmage yards and needs 377 yards to pass MUHSIN MUHAMMAD (9,319) for the most in franchise history…RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS is the club’s leading rusher with 361 yards and is the franchise leader with 4,211 rushing yards. He needs 78 receiving yards (922) to become the first player in team history with 4,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards…S CHARLES GODFREY ties for fifth in the NFL with a career-high four interceptions and is on pace to tie the single-season club record of eight set by DOUG EVANS in 2001…CB CHRIS GAMBLE has 24 career interceptions and needs two to pass ERIC DAVIS (25) for the franchise mark.

CHICAGO: RB MATT FORTÉ has 401 rushing yards and 315 receiving yards. He is on pace to join Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON (1983) as the only players in franchise history with at least 800 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in a single season. Forté has three rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns. He is on track to join Pro Football Hall of Famer GALE SAYERS (1965) as the only Bears with at least six rushing touchdowns and six receiving touchdowns in a single season…QB JAY CUTLER has passed for 1,671 yards in seven starts and is on pace for his second consecutive 3,500-yard season with the Bears. Cutler (3,666 in 2009) and ERIK KRAMER (3,838 in 1995) are the only quarterbacks in team history with at least 3,500 passing yards in a season…PR-KR-WR DEVIN HESTER has 13 combined kick-return touchdowns in his career, tied with BRIAN MITCHELL for the most in NFL history. 

DALLAS: WR MILES AUSTIN leads the team with 657 receiving yards and is on track for 1,314. Austin, who had 1,320 yards last year, would join Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (1991-93) as the only Cowboys with back-to-back seasons with at least 1,300 receiving yards…TE JASON WITTEN has 45 receptions and is on pace for 90. It would mark the third 90-catch performance of his career (2007 and 2009) and he would join TONY GONZALEZ (2000, 2004, 2007 and 2008) as the only tight ends in NFL history with three such seasons…Rookie WR-PR DEZ BRYANT has 38 receptions and needs nine to pass Pro Football Hall of Famer BOB HAYES (46 in 1965) for the most catches by a rookie in team history. Bryant has scored six total touchdowns (four receiving, two punt returns) and seeks to match the club rookie record of 13 set by Hall of Famers Hayes (1965) and TONY DORSETT (1977).  

DETROIT: WR CALVIN JOHNSON has eight receiving touchdowns and is on pace to pass CLOYCE BOX (15 in 1952) for the most TD receptions by a Lion in a single season. He is on track for 78 catches, 1,102 yards and 16 touchdowns and seeks to record only the third season in team history with at least 75 receptions, 1,100 yards and 10 TD receptions. The only Lions to accomplish the feat are HERMAN MOORE (1995) and Johnson (2008)…RB JAHVID BEST leads all rookies with 41 receptions and needs 14 to pass ROY WILLIAMS (54 in 2004) for the most catches by a Lions rookie. Best has scored five TDs (four rushing, one receiving) and can become the first rookie in team annals with at least 10 TDs since Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS (14 in 1989)…DT NDAMUKONG SUH leads all rookies with 6.5 sacks and is on pace to set the NFL record for most sacks by a rookie defensive tackle (10.5, DANA STUBBLEFIELD, 1993).

GREEN BAY: QB AARON RODGERS has 2,300 passing yards and is on pace for 4,088. That would mark his third consecutive 4,000-yard season and Rodgers would be the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards in each of his first three seasons as the starter…WR GREG JENNINGS has 551 receiving yards and six touchdowns and aims to become the seventh player in franchise annals with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in a single season. The last Packer to accomplish the feat was JAVON WALKER in 2004…LB CLAY MATTHEWS leads the NFL with 10.5 sacks. He looks to challenge the single-season club record of 19.5 set by TIM HARRIS in 1989. Matthews can become the first Packer to lead the NFL in sacks. The only Packers to lead the NFC in sacks are Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (1993 and 1998) and AARON KAMPMAN (2006).

MINNESOTA: RB ADRIAN PETERSON leads the NFC with 857 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He is on track to join Pro Football Hall of Famer EARL CAMPBELL (1978-81) as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first four seasons. Peterson seeks to challenge the franchise’s single-season rushing mark of 1,760 yards, which he set in 2008. He leads the NFC with 1,114 scrimmage yards and is on pace for the first 2,000-scimmage yard season in club annals…WR PERCY HARVIN has 40 catches for 519 yards and looks to become the sixth Viking to record at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season…QB BRETT FAVRE has 1,896 passing yards and needs 1,104 yards to register the 19th 3,000-yard season of his career, the most in NFL history.

NEW ORLEANS:
The defending Super Bowl champions are tied for the league lead with six wins and enter the bye week with a 6-3 mark…QB DREW BREES leads the NFC with 2,587 yards and is on pace for his fifth consecutive 4,000-yard season. Brees is the only quarterback in franchise history to pass for 4,000 yards and currently owns the top four single-season passing performances in club annals. He has an NFC-best 18 touchdown passes and aims to set a new club record. The current mark is 34 touchdown passes set by Brees in 2008 and 2009…WR MARQUES COLSTON leads the team with 54 receptions and 592 receiving yards. He looks to challenge his own team record of 98 catches in a season (2007) and is on pace for his fourth 1,000-yard season. Colston would join JOE HORN (four) as the only Saints with four 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

NEW YORK: QB ELI MANNING is on pace for 4,150 passing yards, which would be the most in franchise history (KERRY COLLINS, 4,073 in 2002). He has 17 touchdown passes and looks to challenge the club record of 36 set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A. TITTLE in 1963. Manning can become the first Giants quarterback with at least 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns…WR HAKEEM NICKS ties for the NFL lead with nine receiving touchdowns and is on track to pass HOMER JONES (13 in 1967) for the most in a single season in team history. Nicks has 51 catches and 653 yards and aims to set club records in both receptions (STEVE SMITH, 107 in 2009) and receiving yards (AMANI TOOMER, 1,343 in 2002)… RB AHMAD BRADSHAW is on pace to rush for 1,530 yards and 10 touchdowns. He would join JOE MORRIS (1986) and TIKI BARBER (2004) as the only Giants to rush for at least 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in a season.

PHILADELPHIA: QB MICHAEL VICK leads the league with a 105.3 passer rating, which would be the highest mark in team history (DONOVAN MC NABB, 104.7 in 2004). Vick has rushed for 261 yards and can join Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (1992) as the only quarterbacks to post a 100+ passer rating and rush for at least 500 yards in the same season…WRs JEREMY MACLIN (506) and DE SEAN JACKSON (504) top the team in receiving yards. If both players reach 1,000 yards, it would mark the first time in franchise history that two players each recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in the same season…RB LE SEAN MC COY is on pace for 1,144 rushing yards and 602 receiving yards. He would join BRIAN WESTBROOK (2006 and 2007) as the only Eagles to register at least 1,000 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards in a season…CB ASANTE SAMUEL has five interceptions and aims to pass BILL BRADLEY’s club mark of 11 set in 1971.

ST. LOUIS: QB SAM BRADFORD, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, has 1,674 passing yards and is on pace to join PEYTON MANNING (3,739 in 1998) and MATT RYAN (3,440 in 2008) as the only rookies to pass for 3,000 yards. Bradford has 11 touchdown passes and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (1983) as the only rookies to throw for at least 10 TDs by the end of October. He is on track for 22 TD passes which would tie CHARLEY CONERLY (1948) for the second-most by a rookie in NFL history (Manning, 26)…RB STEVEN JACKSON became the team’s all-time leading rusher (7,383 yards) this season, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (7,245). He has 676 rush yards and is on pace for his sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season which would extend the longest streak in club history.

SAN FRANCISCO: RB FRANK GORE ranks third in the NFL with 1,039 scrimmage yards (691 rushing, 348 receiving) and is on pace for 2,078 yards which would be the third-most in team history. Gore holds the club record with 2,180 scrimmage yards in 2006. He would join ROGER CRAIG (1985 and 1988) as the only 49ers to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards in two different seasons.  Gore has 691 rushing yards and can become the first player in team history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in five consecutive seasons…TE VERNON DAVIS is on pace for 868 receiving yards and is the only tight end in club history to record 850 yards in a season (965 in 2009)…Gore (38 catches), Davis (33) and WR MICHAEL CRABTREE (31) are on pace to become the second RB-TE-WR trio in team history to each record 60 catches in the same season (1995; Pro Football Hall of Fame WR JERRY RICE, RB DERRICK LOVILLE and TE BRENT JONES).

SEATTLE:
KR LEON WASHINGTON leads the league with a 31.4 yards per kickoff return average and is on pace to set a new club record (26.9, STEVE BROUSSARD, 1998). In his first season with the Seahawks, Washington has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, the most career kick-return touchdowns in franchise history…Rookie S EARL THOMAS has four interceptions and needs two to pass MICHAEL BOULWARE (five in 2004) for the most by a rookie in team annals. Thomas can challenge the single-season Seahawks record of 10 held by JOHN HARRIS (1981) and KENNY EASLEY (1984)…QB MATT HASSELBECK has passed for 1,411 yards in seven starts and aims for his club-record seventh 3,000-yard passing season.

TAMPA BAY:
QB JOSH FREEMAN has 1,722 passing yards and aims to become the fourth quarterback in team history with 3,500 passing yards. He would join BRAD JOHNSON (3,811 in 2003), DOUG WILLIAMS (3,563 in 1981) and STEVE DE BERG (3,554 in 1984) as the only Buccaneers to accomplish the feat…WR MIKE WILLIAMS leads all rookies with 559 receiving yards and looks to challenge MARK CLAYTON’s team rookie record of 1,193 yards set in 2004. Williams has five receiving touchdowns and needs three to pass Clayton’s club rookie mark of seven…CB AQIB TALIB has five interceptions in seven games played and seeks to pass RONDE BARBER’s club mark of 10 set in 2001… KR MICHEAL SPURLOCK returned a kickoff 89 yards for a TD this year and has two career kick-return touchdowns, the most in franchise history.

WASHINGTON: QB DONOVAN MC NABB has passed for 1,971 yards and aims to become the third Redskins quarterback with 4,000 passing yards in a season, joining JAY SCHROEDER (4,109 in 1986) and BRAD JOHNSON (4,005 in 1999)…WR SANTANA MOSS has 48 receptions and looks to join Pro Football Hall of Famer ART MONK (106 in 1984) as the only Redskins with 100 catches in a season…CB DE ANGELO HALL leads the league with six interceptions and is on pace to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer PAUL KRAUSE (12 in 1964) for the second-most in team history (DAN SANDIFER, 13 in 1948)…LB BRIAN ORAKPO, who had 11 sacks as a rookie last year, has seven sacks and can become the first Redskin with at least 10 sacks in each of his first two NFL seasons.

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