Player 2012 Milestones

Drew Brees just one record maker

NFL players hit some highs in 2012. Who did well, who set records and who should you be watching down the road? Here's a list of the top 2012 player milestones.

NFL PLAYER MILESTONES
     
David Akers
K, San Francisco 49ers    
•      Connected on a 63-yard field goal on Kickoff Weekend, which tied the record for the longest field goal in NFL history (TOM DEMPSEY, JASON ELAM andSEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI).
 
•      Became the 17th player in league history to score 1,500 points and reached the milestone in his 206th game, the second-fastest of any player in NFL history to achieve the feat (Elam, 197).
     
Bryan Anger
P, Jacksonville Jaguars  
 •      Set the single-season rookie record for highest punting average (47.8) and highest net punting average (40.8), surpassing Brett Kern (46.7 in 2008) andMATT BOSHER (38.9 in 2011), respectively.
     
Ronde Barber
DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers    
•      He and London Fletcher have the longest current streaks of consecutive games played (240).
 
•      In Week 6, he recorded a 78-yard interception-return touchdown and became the first player in NFL history with at least eight interception-return touchdowns, four fumble-return touchdowns and a punt-return touchdown. His 12 combined interception and fumble-return touchdowns are tied for the third-most in NFL history with Aeneas Williams and Charles Woodson, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson (13) and Darren Sharper (13).
 
•      Only player in NFL history with at least 25 career sacks (28) and 40 interceptions (47).
     
Justin Blackmon
WR, Jacksonville Jaguars    
•      Amassed 236 receiving yards in Week 11, the third-most by a rookie in a single game in NFL history. It marked the first game in NFL history in which two players each had 235+ receiving yards (Andre Johnson, 273).
     
Tom Brady

QB, New England Patriots    
•      Extended his streak to 48 games with at least one touchdown pass, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (47) for the second-longest such streak in NFL history (Drew Brees, 54).
 
•      Became the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win 10 division titles.
 
•      His 136 wins are the fifth-most in NFL history among starting quarterbacks, trailing BRETT FAVRE (186), Peyton Manning (154) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY (148) and DAN MARINO (147).
 
•      On Kickoff Weekend, Brady won his 125th career game as a starter and reached the milestone in the fewest starts (160) in NFL history. The previous mark was held by Manning (184).
•      Has passed for at least three touchdowns in 53 career games, joining Peyton Manning (73), Favre (72), Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (62) and Brees(54) as the only players in NFL history with at least 50 such games.
 
•      Threw for 4,827 yards in 2012, joining Manning (12), Brees (seven), Favre (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (six) as the only players to have at least five seasons with 4,000 passing yards.
 
•      Increased his passing yards total to 44,806, ninth-most in NFL history.
     
DREW BREES
QB, New Orleans Saints    •     Threw at least one touchdown pass in 54 consecutive games, the longest streak in NFL history, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS(47 games, 1956-60) in Week 4.
 
•     Became first player in NFL history with at least 40 touchdown passes in consecutive seasons.
 
•     Joined BRETT FAVRE (nine) and PEYTON MANNING (seven) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least five seasons with 30+ touchdown passes.
 
•     Led the NFL with 43 touchdown passes, tying Favre and Pro Football Hall of Famers LEN DAWSON, Unitas and STEVE YOUNG for the most seasons leading the league in touchdown passes (four).
 
•      Has passed for at least three touchdowns in 54 career games, joining Peyton Manning (73), Favre (72), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (62) andTOM BRADY (53) as the only players in NFL history with at least 50 such games.
 
•     Passed for 5,177 yards, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history with consecutive 5,000-yard seasons and three career 5,000-yard seasons. He is the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for 15,000 yards in a three-year span (15,273).
 
•      Moved into eighth place all-time with 45,919 career passing yards.
 
•      Passed for at least four touchdowns and 300 yards in 18 career games (4 in 2012), surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (16) for the most such games in NFL history.
 
•     Registered the 67th 300-yard passing game of his career in Week 17, the second-most such games in NFL history (Peyton Manning, 72).
 
•     In Week 8, he recorded his 300th career touchdown pass in his 161st game, tying New England's Brady (161) for the third-fewest games to reach the mark in league annals.
     
Jamaal Charles
RB, Kansas City Chiefs    
•      Had three touchdown runs of at least 80 yards this season (91, 80, 86), tyingCHRIS JOHNSON (2009 and 2012) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders (1997) for the most in a single season in NFL history.
 
•      In Week 3, Charles rushed for 233 yards and caught six passes for 55 yards in, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer JIM BROWN (November 19, 1961) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 225 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards in the same game.
     
Randall Cobb
WR-KR-PR, Green Bay Packers    
•      Became the first player in NFL history with at least 900 receiving yards (954) and 900 kickoff-return yards (964) in a single season.
 
•      Recorded a 75-yard punt-return touchdown on Kickoff Weekend and a 108-yard kickoff-return TD in last year's opener. He is the only player in NFL history to have a kick-return touchdown in Week 1 in each of his first two NFL seasons.
     
Victor Cruz
WR, New York Giants    
•      Totaled 2,032 receiving yards and 125 receptions through his first 25 career games, the sixth-most and tied for the sixth-most, respectively, through the first 25 games of a career in NFL history.
     
Andy Dalton
QB, Cincinnati Bengals    
•     Passed for 27 touchdowns this season and is one of three players in NFL history to pass for at least 20 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons (20 in 2011). Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (20 in 1983; 48 in 1984) andPEYTON MANNING (26 in 1998 and 1999) also accomplished the feat.
     
Phil Dawson
K, Cleveland Browns    
•     Kicked three field goals of at least 50 yards (51, 50, 52) in the second half of Week 4 and is one of eight players in NFL history to kick three such field goals in a game. He is the first to kick all three in one half.
     
Larry Fitzgerald
WR, Arizona Cardinals    
•      In Week 3, he became the youngest player in NFL history (29 years, 23 days) to reach the 700-catch mark. Fitzgerald, who now has 764 catches, surpassed the previous record (Jason Witten, 30 years, 133 days) by more than a year.
 
•      At 29 years, 44 days old, he joined Randy Moss (28 years, 314 days) as the only players in NFL history to reach 10,000 receiving yards before the age of 30 (Week 6).
 
•      Caught a pass in 133 consecutive games, second-longest active streak in the NFL behind Tony Gonzalez (195).
     
LONDON FLETCHER
LB, Washington Redskins    
•      He and RONDE BARBER have the longest current streaks of consecutive games played (240).
     
Arian Foster
RB, Houston Texans    
•     Led the NFL in total touchdowns (17) for the second time in his career. Since the advent of the common draft in 1967, he and PRIEST HOLMES are the only undrafted players to lead the league in touchdowns multiple times.
 
•     In Week 5, he surpassed 5,000 scrimmage yards (3,629 rushing, 1,374 receiving) in his first 40 career games, reaching the milestone in the third-fewest games in league annals. Only EDGERRIN JAMES (36) and Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (39) recorded 5,000 yards from scrimmage in fewer games.
     
Chris Givens
WR, St. Louis Rams    
•      Caught a pass of at least 50 yards (52, 51, 65, 56, 50) in five consecutive games, the longest streak by a rookie in the Super Bowl era.
     
TONY GONZALEZ
TE, Atlanta Falcons    
•      Has totaled 103 career touchdown receptions, the most by a tight end. He is the eighth player in NFL history to reach 100 career touchdown catches. He moved past Tim Brown (100) and Pro Football Hall of Famers DON HUTSON(99) and STEVE LARGENT (100) for sixth place all-time.
 
•     Registered 93 receptions this season and has 1,242 in his career, second-most all-time behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (1,549). He is the only player in NFL history with 15 consecutive 50-reception seasons and joins Rice (17) as the only players in NFL history with 15 50-reception seasons.
 
•      Became the eighth player in NFL history to reach 14,000 career receiving yards (14,268) and passed TORRY HOLT (13,382), HENRY ELLARD (13,777), Cris Carter (13,899) and Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton (14,004) for seventh place on the all-time list.
     
A.J. Green
WR, Cincinnati Bengals    
•      Caught a touchdown pass in nine consecutive games this season, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (1963) for the third-longest streak in a single-season in NFL history. The only longer single-season streaks all-time belong to Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (12 games, 1987) andELROY (CRAZYLEGS) HIRSCH (10 games, 1951).
 
•      He is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receptions, 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first 20 career games. Reached 100 career receptions in 20 games, tying for the third-fastest all-time.
     
Robert Griffin III
QB, Washington Redskins    
•     Rushed for 815 yards, the most by a rookie quarterback in NFL history (Cam Newton, 706 in 2011). He is one of only three quarterbacks since 1970 to reach 800 rushing yards in a single season, joining Randall Cunningham,BOBBY DOUGLASS, and Michael Vick (two times).
 
•     Griffin (102.4) and Russell Wilson (100) are the only qualifying rookies in NFL history with a 100+ passer rating. His 158.3 single-game passer rating in Week 11 is the highest among rookie quarterbacks (min. 15 attempts) in league annals, surpassing Ben Roethlisberger's 158.0 passer rating on December 5, 2004.
 
•     He is the first player in NFL history with at least four 60+ yard touchdown passes and a 60+ yard rushing touchdown in a season.
 
•     Became the only rookie in NFL history with back-to-back four touchdown pass games (Week 11 and 12).
 
•     Threw for 320 yards on Kickoff Weekend, joining Andrew Luck (309),PEYTON MANNING (302) and Newton (422) as only rookies to throw for at least 300 yards on Kickoff Weekend. He is the only player in NFL history to pass for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception in his NFL debut.
 
•     Completed an 88-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of his NFL debut for his first career TD, tied with ED RUBBERT (1987) for the second-longest touchdown pass in a player's NFL debut (NEIL O'DONNELL, 89 yards, 1991).
 
•     In Week 6, he joined Vick (December 1, 2002) as the only quarterbacks to rush for at least 130 yards and two touchdowns in a game since 1970.
     
Rob Gronkowski
TE, New England Patriots    
•     Recorded 11 touchdowns this season and became the first tight end in NFL history to post 10+ TD catches in three consecutive seasons.
 
•     Registered 38 career receiving touchdowns, the third-most by a player in his first three NFL seasons. The only players with more are RANDY MOSS (43) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (40).
     
Jason Hanson
K, Detroit Lions    •     Has totaled 2,150 career points and passed John Carney (2,062) for the third-most points in NFL history. His 2,150 points are the most ever by a player with one franchise.
 
•     Has amassed 495 career field goals, surpassing Carney (478) for the third-most in NFL history. His 495 field goals are the most ever by a player with one franchise.
 
•     Became the first player in NFL history to make 50 field goals of 50+ yards. His 52 career field goals of at least 50 yards are the most all-time.
     
Steven Jackson
RB, St. Louis Rams    
•      Rushed for 1,042 yards this season, joining LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight) and Pro Football Hall of Famers THURMAN THOMAS (eight), CURTIS MARTIN (10), BARRY SANDERS (10) and Emmitt Smith (11) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in eight consecutive seasons.
 
•      Reached 10,000 career rushing yards (10,135) and passed Ricky Williams(10,009) for 26th place on the all-time list.
     
Sebastian Janikowski
K, Oakland Raiders    
•      In Week 15, he tied JOHN KASAY (42) for the second-most career field goals of 50+ yards in NFL history. JASON HANSON holds the NFL record with 52 field goals of 50+ yards.
     
Janoris Jenkins
CB, St. Louis Rams    
•      Tied for the NFL lead with three interception-return touchdowns this season, tying Pro Football Hall of Famers LEM BARNEY (1967) and RONNIE LOTT(1981) for the NFL rookie record.  
 
•      Returned two interceptions for a touchdown in Week 12 and is only the fourth rookie in NFL history to do so. The other rookies to accomplish the feat wereHOOT FLANAGAN (November 29, 1925), DAN SANDIFER (October 31, 1948) and BOBBY FRANKLIN (December 11, 1960).
     
ANDRE JOHNSON
WR, Houston Texans    
•      In Week 16, he reached 800 career catches in his 137th game, reaching the mark in the second-fewest games in NFL history. Only MARVIN HARRISONamassed 800 catches in fewer games (131).
 
•      Johnson and Wes Welker each have 18 career games with at least 10 catches, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (17) for the most such games in NFL history.
 
•      Amassed 273 receiving yards in Week 11, marking the first game in NFL history in which two players each had 235+ receiving yards (JUSTIN BLACKMON, 236).
 
•      His 461 combined receiving yards in Week 11 (273) and 12 (188) are the most receiving yards over a two-game span in a single season in NFL history.
 
•      In Week 17, he recorded his 29th career game with at least nine receptions and 80+ receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Rice (28) and Harrison (28) for the most such games.
     
Calvin Johnson

WR, Detroit Lions    
•      Led the NFL with 1,964 receiving yards, an NFL single-season record (Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE, 1,848 in 1995).
 
•      Became the first player in NFL history with at least 1,600 yards in consecutive seasons (1,681 in 2011).
 
•      Recorded 11 100-yard receiving games in 2012, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (11 in 1995) for the most in a season.
 
•      Set an NFL record with eight consecutive 100-yard receiving games, surpassingCHARLEY HENNIGAN (seven in 1961) and Irvin (seven in 1995) for the longest such streak in league history.
 
•      Registered an NFL-record four consecutive games with 10 or more receptions.
 
•      Became the first player in NFL history with four consecutive 140+ receiving yard games in a single season. He also tied the NFL record set by PAT STUDSTILL in 1966 with his fifth consecutive game with at least 125 receiving yards.  
     
Chris Johnson
RB, Tennessee Titans    
•      Produced three touchdown runs of 80+ yards this season, bringing his career total to an NFL all-time high of six (three in 2009). His three such runs in a season are tied with JAMAAL CHARLES (2012) and Pro Football Hall of FamerBARRY SANDERS (1997) for the most in a single season in NFL history.
 
•      Surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark (1,243) and became the eighth player in NFL history with 1,000 or more rushing yards in each of his first five seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Barry Sanders (10, 1989-98),CURTIS MARTIN (10, 1995-2004), ERIC DICKERSON (seven, 1983-89) andTONY DORSETT (five, 1977-81), and COREY DILLON (six, 1997-2002), Eddie George (five, 1996-2000) and LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON (eight, 2001-08).
 
•      Rushed for 126 yards in Week 10 and recorded his 24th career game with at least 125 rushing yards, the second-most in a player's first five seasons in NFL history. Dickerson had 27 games with 125+ rushing yards in his first five seasons.
     
Damaris Johnson
PR-WR, Philadelphia Eagles    
•      In Week 13, he returned a punt 98 yards for a touchdown, tied for the third-longest punt-return touchdown in NFL history.
     
Jacoby Jones
WR-KR, Baltimore Ravens    
•      In Week 6, he returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, tying the longest kick-return touchdown in NFL history with ELLIS HOBBS (September 9, 2007) and RANDALL COBB (September 8, 2011).
 
•      Scored on a 105-yard kickoff return in Week 10 and became the first player in NFL history with two career 105+ yard kick-return touchdowns.
     
Julio Jones
WR, Atlanta Falcons    
•      Caught an 80-yard touchdown pass in Week 12 and became the only player in the past 20 years to record an 80-yard touchdown reception in each of his first two seasons.
     
Jeremy Kerley
WR-PR, New York Jets    
•     On Kickoff Weekend, he became the first player in the NFL since 2000 (AZ-ZAHIR HAKIM) to record a touchdown reception (12 yards) and punt return-touchdown (68 yards) in a season opener.
     
ANDREW LUCK
QB, Indianapolis Colts    
•     Recorded an NFL rookie-record 4,374 passing yards, surpassing CAM NEWTON (4,051 in 2011).
 
•     Had six 300-yard passing games, surpassing PEYTON MANNING (four in 1998) for the most by a rookie all-time.
 
•     His 433 passing yards in Week 9 are the most by a rookie in a game in NFL history, besting the previous mark of 432 yards set by Newton last season.
 
•     Threw for 309 yards on Kickoff Weekend, joining ROBERT GRIFFIN III (320),PEYTON MANNING (302) and Newton (422) as only rookies to pass for at least 300 yards on Kickoff Weekend.
     
Eli Manning
QB, New York Giants    
•      Threw for a career-high 510 yards in Week 2, tying for the eighth most in a single game in NFL history.
     
PEYTON MANNING
QB, Denver Broncos    •      Has accumulated 154 career wins, the second-most in NFL history among starting quarterbacks, trailing only BRETT FAVRE (186).
 
•      Posted his 48th game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime in Week 9, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (47) for the most in the NFL since 1970.
 
•      Posted his 73rd career game with three or more touchdown passes in Week 17, eclipsing Favre (72) for the most in NFL history.
 
•      Has completed 5,082 passes in his career and surpassed Marino (4,967) for the second-most completions all-time (Favre, 6,300).
 
•      Led his teams to 12 regular-season wins for the ninth time, the most such seasons by a starting quarterback in NFL history.
 
•      Has 436 career touchdown passes, joining Favre (508) and Marino (420) as the only players in NFL history to record 400 career touchdown passes. Manning reached the mark in the fewest games (209) in NFL history.
 
•      Reached 4,000 passing yards (4,659) this season, extending his NFL record to 12 career 4,000-yard seasons.
 
•      Passed for at least 3,000 yards in his 14th season, surpassing Marino (13) for the second-most such seasons in NFL history. Favre holds the record with 18 such seasons.
     
Brandon Marshall
WR, Chicago Bears    
•      Became the fifth player in NFL history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season with three different teams. The other four to accomplish the feat are Irving Fryar, Tony Martin, RANDY MOSS and Terrell Owens.
•      Recorded at least 100 receptions for the fourth time in his career, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE, MARVIN HARRISON and Reggie Wayne for the second-most such seasons in NFL history.
     
Doug Martin
RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers    
•      Posted 1,926 scrimmage yards, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer ERIC DICKERSON (2,212 in 1983) and EDGERRIN JAMES (2,139 in 1999) for the most ever by a rookie.
•      Gained 1,019 scrimmage yards in a six-game span (Week 6 through 11), joining Dickerson (1983) and Edgerrin James (1999) as the only rookies in NFL history to gain at least 1,000 yards in a six-game span.
•      His 486 scrimmage yards in Weeks 8 and 9 were the most by a player in a two-game span in a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer WALTER PAYTON in 1977.
•      In Week 7 and 8, he joined Dickerson, Anderson and BILLY SIMS as the only rookies to record 200+ scrimmage yards in back-to-back games.
     
Heath Miller
TE, Pittsburgh Steelers    
•      Finished in the top two among AFC tight ends in receptions (71, second), receiving yards (816, first) and receiving touchdowns (eight, second).
     
Von Miller
LB, Denver Broncos    
•     In his first 25 games, he amassed (24.5) the second-most sacks during that span. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas (25) had more sacks through a player's first 25 games.
     
RANDY MOSS
WR, San Francisco 49ers    
•     Recorded 434 receiving yards this season, moving past TIM BROWN (14,934) and Isaac Bruce (15,208) into third place on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list.
 
•     Posted three touchdown receptions this season, bringing his career total to 156. He moved into sole possession of second place in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE, 197), surpassing TERRELL OWENS(153).
     
CAM NEWTON
QB, Carolina Panthers    •     Only player in NFL history with at least 5,000 passing yards (7,920), 25 passing touchdowns (40), 1,000 rushing yards (1,447) and 15 rushing touchdowns (22) in a player's first two NFL seasons. His 22 rushing touchdowns are the most by a quarterback in his first two NFL seasons.
 
•     In Week 14, he became the first player in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards (287), 100 rushing yards (116), a touchdown pass (two) and a touchdown run (one) in a game.
 
•     In Week 2, he became the second player in NFL history with at least 250 passing yards (253) with a 125+ passer rating (129.2) and at least 70 rushing yards (71) with a TD in a single game (MICHAEL VICK, November 15, 2010).
     
Adrian Peterson
RB, Minnesota Vikings    
•     Finished with 2,097 rushing yards this season, the second-most in a season in league history and just nine yards shy of breaking Pro Football Hall of FamerERIC DICKERSON's NFL record (2,105 in 1984).
 
•     Tied EARL CAMPBELL for the most games with at least 150 rushing yards in a single season (seven).
 
•     Joined LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 10 touchdowns in each of his first six seasons.
 
•     Accumulated 1,313 yards in eight games (Weeks 7 through 15), the most over any eight-game span in a single season in NFL history.
 
•     He and C.J. SPILLER joined JAMAAL CHARLES (2010) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1963), BARRY SANDERS (1997) and O.J. SIMPSON(1973) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,200 yards in a season while averaging 6.00 yards per carry or better.
 
•     Reached 8,000 career rushing yards in his 85th career game and is one of only seven players in NFL history to reach the mark in 85 games or fewer. He joins Dickerson (73), Brown (80), Campbell (83), Sanders (83), EDGERRIN JAMES(84) and EMMITT SMITH (85).
 
•     Rushed for the fourth-most touchdowns through his first 80 games of any player in NFL history (67). Only Smith (78) and Brown (76) and Tomlinson (73) have more rushing touchdowns through 80 career games.
     
Ed Reed
S, Baltimore Ravens    
•      Surpassed ROD WOODSON (1,483) for the most interception-return yards in NFL history (1,541).
 
•      He has 61 career interceptions (four in 2012), which ranks 10th on the all-time list.
     
Philip Rivers
QB, San Diego Chargers    
•      Reached 25,000 passing yards in his 104th career game. Only six players in NFL history reached the milestone in fewer games. He also reached the milestone with 3,144 attempts, the fifth-fastest to accomplish the feat in NFL history.
 
•      Started 112 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak of any NFL quarterback (ELI MANNING, 127).
     
AARON RODGERS
QB, Green Bay Packers    
•      Finished the year as the NFL's leading passer (108.0) for the second consecutive season, and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG(1991-94) as the only qualifying players in NFL history to post a 100+ passer rating in four consecutive seasons. Rodgers (104.9) and Young (96.8) rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the NFL's all-time passer rating list.
 
•      Reached 150 touchdown passes in the second-fewest games (76) in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (62).
 
•      Threw 39 touchdown passes this season, joining Marino and BRETT FAVRE as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with three seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes before age 30.
 
•      Became the first quarterback ever to have 20+ touchdown passes through his team's first eight games in consecutive seasons. He also is the first player in NFL history to throw at least 25 TDs in his team's first nine games in two different seasons.
     
Matt Ryan
QB, Atlanta Falcons    
•      His 22 career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime are the most by a quarterback through his first five seasons that began his career since 1970.
 
•      Has 56 wins, the most in first five seasons in NFL history.
     
Matt Schaub
QB, Houston Texans    
•     Passed for 527 yards in Week 11, tied for the second-most in a game in NFL history (Pro Football Hall of Famer WARREN MOON, December 16, 1990). Pro Football Hall of Famer NORM VAN BROCKLIN holds the NFL single-game record with 554 passing yards (September 28, 1951).
     
Aldon Smith
LB, San Francisco 49ers    
•     His 33.5 sacks are the most through a player's first two seasons since the sack became an official statistic in 1982, surpassing Pro Football Hall of FamerREGGIE WHITE (31, 1985-86).
 
•     Reached 30 sacks (30.5) in his 27th career game and is the fastest to 30 since 1982. The previous mark was 28 games held by White.
     
C.J. SPILLER
RB, Buffalo Bills    
•     He and ADRIAN PETERSON joined JAMAAL CHARLES (2010) and Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1963), BARRY SANDERS (1997) andO.J. SIMPSON (1973) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,200 yards in a season while averaging 6.00 yards per carry or better.
 
•     In Weeks 1 and 2, he rushed for 292 yards on 29 attempts and averaged 10.1 yards per carry, becoming the first player to average at least 10.0 yards per carry through his team's first two games of a season (minimum 25 attempts) since Brown in 1963 (35 carries for 394 yards; 11.3 average).
     
Matthew Stafford
QB, Detroit Lions    
•     Stafford reached 10,000 career passing yards in his 37th career game and became the second-fastest player to reach the milestone (Kurt Warner, 36).
 
•     Attempted 727 passes in 2012 and surpassed DREW BLEDSOE's single-season NFL mark of 691 set in 1994.
 
•     Threw for the third-most passing yards (8,195) and the third-most touchdown passes (61) through 30 starts by a quarterback who began his career in the Super Bowl era, trailing Kurt Warner (8,739, 70) and Pro Football Hall of FamerDAN MARINO (8,467, 73).
     
Ryan Tannehill
QB, Miami Dolphins    
•      Became the first rookie in NFL history to pass for 1,250+ yards (1,269) and record at least two wins (two) in his team's first five games.
     
Charles Tillman
CB, Chicago Bears    
•     Tied for the most interception-return touchdowns (three) this season (JANORIS JENKINS).
     
Blair Walsh
K, Minnesota Vikings    
•     Set single season record for most 50-yard field goals made in NFL history (10).
 
•     Became the first rookie in NFL history to kick a 50-yard field goal in each of his team's first three games.
 
•     Kicked three field goals of at least 50 yards (50, 53, 51) in Week 15 and is one of eight players in NFL history to kick three such field goals in a game.
     
Leon Washington
KR, Seattle Seahawks    
•     Returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in Week 12. He has eight career kickoff-return touchdowns, tied with JOSHUA CRIBBS for the most in NFL history.
     
J.J. Watt
DE, Houston Texans    
•     Led the NFL with 20.5 sacks, tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (1986) for the sixth-most in a season since 1982.
 
•     Watt is the first player with at least 15 sacks (20.5) and 15 passes defensed (16) in a single season.
 
•     Became the first player since Kevin Greene in 1998 to record at least 1.5 sacks in each of his team's first four games.
     
REGGIE WAYNE
WR, Indianapolis Colts    
•     Surpassed the 1,200-yard mark (1,355) for the sixth time in his career and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (11), RANDY MOSS (eight),MARVIN HARRISON (six) and TORRY HOLT (six) as the only players with at least six such seasons.
 
•     Recorded at least 100 receptions for the fourth time in his career, tying Rice, Marvin Harrison and BRANDON Marshall for the second-most such seasons in NFL history.
 
•     Became the 16th player in NFL history with 40 career 100-yard receiving games (41).
     
WES WELKER
WR, New England Patriots    
•     Reached 100 receptions this season, becoming the first player ever with five 100-catch seasons (2007-09, 2011-12).
 
•     Welker and ANDRE JOHNSON each have 18 career games with at least 10 catches, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (17) for the most such games in NFL history.
     
RUSSELL WILSON
QB, Seattle Seahawks  
•     Threw for 26 touchdowns, tying PEYTON MANNING (26 in 1998) for the rookie record.
 
•     Wilson (100) and ROBERT GRIFFIN III (102.4) are the only qualifying rookies in NFL history with a 100+ passer rating.
 
•     In Week 15, he became the first player in NFL history to have three rushing touchdowns and a passing touchdown in the first half of a game.
     
JASON WITTEN
TE, Dallas Cowboys    
•     His 110 receptions this season are the most in a single season by a tight end in NFL history, surpassing TONY GONZALEZ (102 in 2004).
 
•     Became the third tight end in NFL history with 800 career receptions (806), joining Gonzalez (1,242) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe(815).
 
•     Witten's 18 receptions in Week 8 are the most by a tight end in a single game in NFL history. Witten shared the previous record of 15 with Pro Football Hall of Famer KELLEN WINSLOW.
 
•     Recorded his ninth consecutive 50-catch season, the second-most by a tight end behind Gonzalez (15).
     
Greg Zuerlein
K, St. Louis Rams    
•     First kicker in NFL history to convert a 60-yard field goal and a 50-yard field goal in the same game (Week 4).

(Via NFL Media)

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