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You all know I love NFL Quarterback statistics. You might not know that I keep a “QB Meter” spreadsheet which I update every week. It started after Peyton Manning made the jump to Denver and the Indianapolis Star website stopped carrying their “Manning Meter” which tracked everything Manning, ranked him on the all-time stats lists and projected when he would break records in major categories. As a Colts fan, I decided I needed a Manning meter of my own. Then I branched out and made a meter that compared Manning and Andrew Luck at the same point in their careers. I also made a meter of Colts QBs. Finally, I made a big, sortable list of QBs which contained active starters of 20+ games and top 10 historic QBs in most major passing categories. I update it after every week (with my thanks as always to pro-football-reference) and take a look to see if there is anything notable.

Hence, Notes from the QB Meter.

Having jinxed Aaron Rodgers by featuring him last week maybe I can do the same for Ben Roethlisberger and get some measure of revenge for him deciding to have the best game of his career against my Colts. It was seriously painful to watch how little pressure the Colts put on Roethlisberger, allowing him to stand there forever and throw from flat feet, as if he were “having a catch” with Kevin Costner. He went 40/49 (81.6%) for 522 yards and 6 TDs. And he did it all while wearing what might be the ugliest throwback uniform in the NFL. Sounds like a career day, but was it?

Roethlisberger has never completed more passes in a game. He’s attempted more twice, but has never passed 80% with more than 25 attempts. Actually, with this game, he’s the only QB in history to complete more than 80% of his passes on 49 or more attempts. Only 3 other QBs since 1960 have completed more than 75% of passes with 49 or more attempts. Also, only five QBs have completed 40+ passes without throwing an INT.

Roethlisberger has never had more TDs in a game, notching 5 twice before, but never hitting 6. Now, he’s not the only QB to hit 6 TDs (seven men have thrown 7), but he’s one of 23 men to do it, which is still pretty elite company. He’s also one of six to do it without throwing an INT.

Roethlisberger has never had more yards in a game, but he’s now the only QB in NFL history to throw for over 500 yards twice (he threw for 503 against the Packers in 2009). That seems strange, not that he’s the one to do it, but that it hasn’t been done before. Only 14 other men have hit 500 before, and only one of them is named Manning (and it’s not the Manning you think). Only Warren Moon and and Y.A. Tittle threw for over 500 without tossing an INT. Ben has done it twice.

Taken individually, these stats are pretty impressive on their own, but the fact that Roethlisberger hit them all in the same game makes this so much more notable. Sure, it remains to be seen whether this pulls the Steelers back from the brink and steers them into the playoffs (go Browns!), but heck, if I cared about postseason accomplishments, I wouldn’t be a Peyton Manning fan.

And as a Colts fan, Andrew Luck was no slouch, offering 400 yards of his own. It’s not quite the 1000 combined passing yards for the Lions and Packers (a 6-TD winning effort for Matt Flynn and a 5-TD losing effort for Stafford in 2012), but 922 is up there.


Other Notes from the QB Meter

Tom Brady had a pretty great day as well, going 30/35 for 354 yards, 5 TDs and no INT. Only Brees, Gannon and Peyton have higher cmp% with 35+ attempts, but only Brees threw for 5 TDs (though he had had fewer yards).


Take a look at the game totals for the two QBs who started the NYJ/BUF game:

QB cmp att cmp% yards TD INT A Y/A rate
Orton 10 17 58.82% 238 4 0 18.71 142.8
G. Smith 2 8 25.00% 5 0 3 -16.25 0.0

That’s the highest passer rating of Kyle Orton’s career, the highest adjusted yards/attempt (by more than 6) and only the second time he’s thrown for 4 TDs. He’s no Ben Roethlisberger, but you could call this a career game for Orton…if it wasn’t against the lowly Jets.

Now, Geno Smith didn’t stay in the game, and Michael Vick improved the passing numbers a little bit, but let’s have some fun with Smith’s performance. Smith was 3/8 for 39 yards to the other team. 15 other men have thrown 3 INTs on 8 or fewer attempts (with two never completing a pass to their own team and one of them only attempting 4 passes–oh, and two managing to get TDs). Smith was pulled after his 3rd INT, only 10:20 into the game. Unfortunately, there is no play-by-play data available to see if anyone lasted a shorter amount of time, that’s because nobody has done so poorly in such limited play since 1997.


With the Broncos’ win over San Diego Peyton brought his career win% to 70.04%. Again, I know it’s a team sport and crediting QBs with wins is questionable.

Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are the only other active long-term starters above 70%.


The Detroit Lions are on pace to have their best season since Matthew Stafford arrived in town. Stafford himself is on pace to have his lowest full-season totals in pretty much everything. Is there a correlation? I doubt it. After all, Detroit started the 2011 season 6-2 and finished 10-6. They started the 2013 season 5-3 and finished 7-9. Just for fun (and to make another table!) lets look at the new Matthew Stafford.

Stafford cmp att cmp% yards TD INT
2011-2013 avg. 409 675 60.59% 4885 30 17
2014 (proj.) 366 598 61.20 4432 22 14

This tells us absolutely nothing. Still, it might mean that Stafford is slowing down and could lose the lead in attempts per game (40.52) and yards per game (285.12).


A little bit late on this, but after his week 7 game vs. Green Bay, Drew Brees passed Chad Pennington for highest career completion percentage (minimum 1500 attempts). He’s currently at 66.08% to Pennington’s 66.05%. Rodgers is close behind at 65.96%. Peyton is next at 66.56%. He’s at 68.54% as a Bronco, but needs 6 more attempts to hit 1500. Brees is at 67.40% as a Saint.

For the record, 2 time Comeback Player of the Year Pennington peaked (post-1500) at 66.06% and would’ve stayed there had he not come back for one final start in 2010 where he went 1/2 before leaving with an injury. Oh, and Pennington hit that peak in 88 games. It took Brees 194. I like Chad Pennington.

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The Steelers offense didn’t have a great game in fact it was awful in a 31-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns.   Ben Roethlisberger was sacked one and threw an interception, plus his receivers were dropping too many passes.   Le’Veon Bell ran the ball for 82 yards, but since the team was behind they had to rely on the passing game.   LeGarrette Blount had 27  yards rushing and they need more carries from him to keep Bell fresh.    The defense gave too many pass plays and allowed 158 yard rushing by the Browns.   Brad Wing dropped a snap on a field goal attempt and that changed the momentum of the game.    The Steelers are 3 and 3 going into next Monday night’s game against the Houston Texans at Heinz Field with kickoff at 8:30 P.M.   These next three games at home could define the Steelers season.

The Steelers played great defense this afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 17 to 9 win.  They had one sack and two interceptions including Brice McClain’s 22 interception return for the touchdown that clinched the win.    Ben Roethlisberger had a good game throwing for 273 yards and a touchdown pass to Michael Palmer.   Le’Veon Bell ran the ball for 82 yards and the offensive line had a good game this afternoon.   However they gave up 4 sacks and the Steelers had 7 penalties for 50 yards    One of the dumb penalties was a Lance Moore catch for a 1st down, but he spiked the ball getting called for a delay of game penalty.   Roethlisberger fumbled the ball early the 4th quarter when the Steelers were deep in Jacksonville territory.    The Steelers have to clean up the penalties, and cut back on the turnovers in the red zone.    They have a big road game against the Cleveland Browns next Sunday at  First Energy     Stadium with kickoff at 1:oo P.M

The Pittsburgh Steelers played well enough to win today’s game, but 12 penalties for 125 yards cost them in a 27 to 24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.   Ben Roethlisberger had a tremendous game throwing for  314 yards and 2 touchdowns.  However, the offensive line gave up 5 sacks, and the running game was ineffective.   Antonio Brown has a great game 7 catches for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns.    The defense had 1 sack and 1 interception, but did not make the plays late in the game to win it.   Special Teams were mediocre due to Brad Wing’s punting and it was awful.   The penalties Steelers were called for either pre snap, face mask, or unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting.   They have to clean up the penalties, offensive line has to protect Ben, and the running game has to be a big part of the game plan.  You have to give credit to the Tampa defense for shutting down the running game.    The 2-2 Steelers have to get things right and that starts next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field with kickoff at 1:00 P.M.

James Harrison came out of retirement to return to the Steelers with injuries to Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones.   How effective with he  be this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.   I see him playing in pass rushing situation and as he gets up to speed as far as conditioning goes he will play at a lot more during the season.    This move had to be done because of the injuries and with the schedule softening up with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Houston this team could go 5 and 1 before taking on the  Indianapolis Colts on October 26th. Could this move pay off for the Steelers in terms making the playoffs this Sunday  afternoon will answer that question.

The Steelers had a great game running the ball going for 264 total yards.  Le’Veon Bell had 147 yards and Legarrette Blount had 118 yards and a touchdown.  Ben Roethlisberger had an efficient day throwing the ball going 22 for 30 for 196 yards and two touchdowns passes to Antonio Brown.  The offensive line had a great game opening the holes for the running game and allowed one sack.   The defense stopped the Carolina Panthers running game holding them to 42 yards and sacking Cam Newton 3 times.   Special Teams had a great game with Shaun Suisham made three field goals, Brad Wing had some good punts, and Sharmarko Thomas forced a fumble and was recovered by Robert Golden for a touchdown.   The only problems were too many penalties and Ike Taylor, Brian Shazier, and Jarvis Jones left the game with injuries.  Taylor suffered a broken right forearm and could be lost for the season.   The Steelers won 37 to 19 and now are 2 and 1.    They are back at Heinz Field next Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with kickoff at 1:00 P.M

The Steelers played a lackluster game in a 26-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.   The defense was ineffective against the run giving up 157 total yards and not getting any sacks or turnovers.  Those two things were lacking in the defense last season in 0-4 start, and too many penalties, but a couple on the Ravens touchdown drive in the 3rd quarter were questionable.   The offense did not score a touchdown and had 3 turnovers.  The Steelers didn’t play a clean game and they have address some problems.   Such as cut back on turnovers and penalties on offense, and force turnovers on defense.   They are 1-1 and have a 10 day break before taking on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday night at the Bank of America with kickoff  at 8:30 P.M.

These days Rashard Mendenhall is a writer who putting together a pilot for a new series for HBO.   I remember him running the ball for the Steelers for 4 of his 5 NFL seasons.    I remember he did something real stupid, and was not resigned with the Steelers.   During the 2012 season, he was benched for a game against the San Diego Chargers, and he did not show up to Heinz Field.  He was suspended for the following week against the Dallas Cowboys.   I had a problem with what he did, and he let down his teammates.   If I was benched I would have helped the team anyway I could.   There was always questions about his dedication to football back to his days back at the University of Illinois.    Dedication is something you can’t measure with a stopwatch either you have it or not.

Here are my NFL Week 2 Picks

Steelers defeat Ravens

Dolphins defeat Bills

Redskins defeat Jaguars

Cowboys defeat Titans

Cardinals defeat NY Giants

Patriots defeat Vikings

Saints defeat Browns

Falcons defeat Bengals

Panthers defeat Lions

Buccaneers defeat Rams

Seahawks defeat Chargers

Raiders defeat Texans

Packers defeat NY Jets

Broncos defeat Chiefs

49ers defeat Bears

Colts defeat Eagles

It was a tale of 2 halves for the Steelers against the Cleveland Browns this afternoon.    They dominated the Browns in the first half, but let them back in the game.  Shaun Suisham made a 41 yard game winning field goal to give the Steelers a 30 to 27 win over the Browns.   Ben Roethlisberger had an outstanding game throwing for 365 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked 4 times during the second half.    Le’Veon Bell rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown, plus Antonio Brown had 5 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.   Markus Wheaton had a great game as well with 6 catches for 97 yards.    LeGarrette Blount scored a  touchdown and proved he is a good short yardage/goal line running back.   The defense had a great first half with 3 sacks, but didn’t finish the job.  They gave up 100 yards to Terrance West, and Brian Hoyer had a great 2nd half.   Special Teams had a great game with Suisham making 3 field goals including the game winner, Brad Wing had a good day punting, and loved the fake punt pass from Robert Golden to Antwon Blake.   However the Steelers have to finish teams off and that is something they have to learn from this win.    They have four days to get ready for the Baltimore Ravens this Thursday night at M&T Stadium with the kickoff at 8:30 P.M.

Since the Steelers are opening against Cleveland Browns this coming Sunday afternoon I have something to say.   LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell being arrested for marijuana charges two weeks ago, and with Bell being charged with DUI.    Their actions are an embarrassment, and a disservice to their teammates for their selfish behavior.  Their stupidity is something that I can’t forgive because they were more concerned about getting high than being ready for a game.   It bothers me that it happened before they were going to the airport in route to Philadelphia for a pre-season game.    Both men are could be facing a suspension, but with they might get punished before or during next season.   However, their actions are a disgrace to Steelers, Mike Tomlin, and the Rooney family.    No amount of weed is worth losing money or the privilege of playing in the NFL.

The Steelers offense and defense looked awful in last night 31-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.    This team looked flat in their last dress rehearsal before opening day against the Cleveland Browns.  The main story was from the day before when running backs Le’ Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for marijuana possession, and Bell was also charged with driving under the influence of the drug.  I am disgusted with their actions and both should be punished for embarrassing the Steelers organization.  The NFL will wait for the legal matter to play it selves out.  They have to take random drug tests for the rest of the careers, and if either of them screw up again both men could face a 4 game suspension under the NFL substance abuse policy.  Head Coach Mike Tomlin was upset during the post game news conference, and the Steelers could punish both men without it hurting the team.   Blount has been through 4 teams in five years, and has some discipline problems while at Oregon.   On the other hand, Bell never had any off the field problems before this situation.  Bell is being mentored by Blount, and going in the wrong direction.   The Steelers signed Blount to 2 year contract, but could cut him after this season.   You win with men of character, but bad character guys could lead your team down the wrong road.   Le’Veon Bell has potential to be a star, but hanging around LeGarrette Blount could ruin it.  If Le’Veon Bell gets in trouble again his NFL career could literally go up in smoke.

I should be talking about the Pirates walkoff win over the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on a Gaby Sanchez sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning.   Instead I have to talk about Steelers running backs, LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell were picked up for possession of marijuana at McKnight Road an hour before they were going to Philadelphia to play the Eagles tomorrow night.  Bell was also arrested for driving under the influence, and both men had 20 grams of weed plus there was a woman with them.   Blount is with the team in Philadelphia, and Bell paid for his own flight to get there.   Bell took a blood test and it will take a month to be evaluated, and both men could be suspended for four games under the NFL substance abuse policy.  I am disgusted with these arrests and the Steelers should punish them for embarrassing the organization.

I was at the Steelers VS Bills game this evening and this is what I saw.    Ben Roethlisberger looked in midseason form going 8-11 for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Antonio Brown turned a routine catch into a 76 yard touchdown, and Markus Wheaton had a great catch for a touchdown.    Wheaton has made a lot improvement from his rookie year, but he had a finger injury that hampered his development.  Defensively Ryan Shazier had 11 tackles and made an interception they led to a touchdown.   The defense had a great game with 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries.   The second fumble was recovered by Howard Jones, and it led to the game winning field goal by Shaun Suisham to give the Steelers a 19-16 win over the Bills.

However they are areas of concerns that should worry Steelers fans.   The running game was non-existent this evening, and they have to improve that against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.   The run defense gave up 150 yards to the Bills, but it was done against 2nd and 3rd team defense.  The Bills offense had 358 yards overall, and had 84 plays to the Steelers 49.   The back up quarterback situation is a mess because they had two interceptions and two sacks, and if Roethlisberger get hurt the season could go down the tubes.    Thursday night game vs. the Eagles is the last dress rehearsal before the season opener vs. the Cleveland Browns on September 7th.

I attended the Steelers joint practice with the Buffalo Bills.  There was a stretching period and the Steelers were fielding punts via the Jugs machine.   The defensive line was working with the blocking sled.  The secondary was working on man to man coverage, and the quarterbacks were working on  passing drills.   The tight ends and the offensive line were working on blocking drills. Then when the teams started to practice it was wide receivers taking on the defensive backs.   For the Steelers Justin Brown and Lance Moore made some great catches.    Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton each made 2 great catches.   Bills first round pick Sammy Watkins made some great catches as well

When the team went to 11-11 drills LeGarrette Blount and Tauren Poole made some good runs.  C.J Goodwin made some good catches. Ben Roethlisberger made some good throws to Antonio Brown and David Paulson, but the Bills made some good plays on defense.   To close the practice there was some 7-7 drills with some passes complete to Heath Miller, Brown, and Wheaton.   Overall it was good practice and the game Saturday night will answer some questions for the upcoming season.

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The NFL Season is almost here, and for the third straight year I will be making my NFL Season predictions. (here are my picks from 2012  http://noodleofnam.blogspot.com/2012/08/2012-nfl-predictions.html and 2013 http://noodleofnam.blogspot.com/2013/09/2013-nfl-predictions.html ) Feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think! Are you ready for some football!?


AFC East

New England Patriots 12-4
Miami Dolphins 9-7
New York Jets 8-8
Buffalo Bills 6-10


AFC North

Cincinnati Bengals 11-5
Baltimore Ravens 9-7
Pittsburgh Steelers 9-7
Cleveland Browns 4-12


AFC South

Indianapolis Colts 11-5
Tennessee Titans 10-6
Houston Texans 8-8
Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11

AFC West

Denver Broncos 12-4
San Diego Chargers 11-5
Kansas City Chiefs 8-8
Oakland Raiders 4-12

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles 11-5
Dallas Cowboys 9-7
New York Giants 7-9
Washington Redskins 7-9

NFC North

Green Bay Packers 12-4
Chicago Bears 10-6
Detroit Lions 9-7
Minnesota Vikings 5-11

NFC South

New Orleans Saints 12-4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6
Atlanta Falcons 8-8
Carolina Panthers 3-13


NFC West

Seattle Seahawks 13-3
San Francisco 49ers 9-7
St. Louis Rams 8-8
Arizona Cardinals 6-10




NFC Wild Card

Green Bay vs Tampa Bay

Philadelphia vs Chicago

NFC Divisional Round

Seattle vs Philadelphia

New Orleans vs Green Bay

NFC Championship

Seattle vs New Orleans

AFC Wild Card

Cincinnati vs Tennessee

Indianapolis vs San Diego

AFC Divisional Round

Denver vs Tennessee

New England vs San Diego

AFC Championship

Denver vs San Diego

Super Bowl

Denver vs New Orleans

Super Bowl Champions

Denver Broncos




NFL MVP – Peyton Manning
NFL Passing Yards Leader-  Drew Brees 5,234 yards
NFL Touchdown Passes Leader- Peyton Manning 48
NFL Rushing Yards Leader- Matt Forte 1,673 yards
NFL Receiving Yards Leader- Calvin Johnson 2,032 yards
Receiving Touchdowns- Demaryius Thomas 15 TD’s
Rushing Touchdowns- Marshawn Lynch 14 TD’s
Sacks- Robert Quinn 21
Interceptions- Brandon Boykin 9
Rookie of the Year- Sammy Watkins

So there you have it. Those are my 2014 NFL predictions. If you agree, disagree, or think I’m crazy let me know!  But remember, these aren’t anything official, just predictions. And if any of us did have the actual answers Vegas would go broke!

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I was at the Steelers night practice at Latrobe Stadium, and it started with walk-throughs.  Then it was divide into offensive line blocking drills and covering punts.     Then more stretching and the offensive line did more blocking drills, plus the defensive line did pass rushing drills.   The quarterbacks did hand offs and screen passes to the running backs.  Defensive backs practiced intercepting passes.  Then the quarterbacks did passing drills to the wide receivers, and the quarterbacks did mobility drills.   Then the receivers took on the defensive backs in drills.   Then there was more special teams drills with kickoff coverage, and for young players you make any NFL team by doing well on special teams.

The team went to 11 on 11 drills, and the running game was featured with young running backs Tauren Poole, Miguel Masonyet, Le’Veon Bell, and Josh Harris carrying the ball.  The quarterbacks were able to complete some passes.  I was surprised that free agent quarterback Brendon Kay made some plays.  The only thing that was disappointing there were no goal line drills, but overall it was a good practice.   I will be at St. Vincent College for the scrimmage against the Buffalo Bills next Thursday afternoon at 5:30 P.M.

I watched Steelers Training Camp last Monday and this is what I saw.   Despite the rain it was a good practice and the first one with the pads on.  The running game will get a lot of better with an offensive line.  The passing game will be better as well, and Ben Roethlisberger looks in the best shape of his career.   The defense is younger and faster, and that will mean more turnovers and big plays.   The Steelers are coming off two straight 8-8 seasons, and they must have a fast start and that begins against the Cleveland Browns on September 7th.


Okay so I had to simply call this the “Receivers Edition” instead of “Wide Receivers Edition” because I am including Tight Ends as well. We will look at upcoming milestones in Receptions, Receiving Yards, and Receiving Touchdowns. So lets get to it! (once again barring unforeseen circumstances).



Andre Johnson- Currently at 927 receptions, Johnson has had 100+ receptions the past two seasons, and will become just the 10th player in NFL history to achieve 1,000 receptions in a career.


Jason Witten- The 9 time Pro Bowler has been an important piece to the Dallas Cowboys offense during his 11 seasons with the team. The Tight End is just a few games in need of reaching the 900 mark. (879 career receptions)

Anquan Boldin- Boldin thrived in his first season in San Francisco. Boldin’s 85 receptions last season has currently put him at 857 career receptions.

Larry Fitzgerald- His career low in receptions was 58 during his rookie season. Since that time he has currently racked up a total of 846 catches.

Wes Welker- When you get to play for quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning like Wes Welker has, then you are going to get your number called quite a bit! Welker is currently at 841 career receptions.

Steve Smith- Smith had 64 receptions last season, which is exactly the amount he needs to reach 900. Will definitely get his chances in Baltimore as he will be their new primary threat.


Brandon Marshall- Possibly part of the best wide receiver alongside Alshon Jeffrey in Chicago. No reason to think he (and for that matter Jeffrey) will not keep it. Marshall has had 100+ receptions the past two seasons, bringing his career total to 712.

Rest of The Field


Roddy White- 685 career receptions


Calvin Johnson- 572


Greg Jennings- 493

Dwayne Bowe- 472

Heath Miller- 466

Will They?

Antonio Gates is currently sitting at 719 receptions. He has only reached 80+ receptions twice in his career, but recorded 77 last season

Jerricho Cotchery- Now will be the apparent No.1 Receiver in Carolina, Cotchery may have a shot at reaching 500 career receptions this season. (437 career receptions)

Receiving Yards

Reggie Wayne- Before a mid-season injury last season, Reggie Wayne achieved the 1,000 reception milestone. Had he not gone done with an injury, Wayne would have been within an arms reach of reaching 15,000 this season. But it is a safe bet that he will get to 14,000 as he currently sits at 13,566 career receiving yards. (But don’t knock him just yet on reaching 15,000 this season either!)

Andre Johnson- If consistency continues, Johnson will reach both the 13,000 and 14,000 receiving yard milestones. Currently at 12,661 career receiving yards, Johnson posted 1,407 yards in 2013 and 1,598 in 2012(and has recorded 1,500+ receiving yards in 3 of the last 6 seasons).

Steve Smith- Will see a rejuvenation in Smith career this season with a fresh start in Baltimore. needs 803 (12,197 career receiving yards) to reach the 13,000 yard milestone.

Will reach 12,000 (may have chance at 13,000)

Larry Fitzgerald- 11,367 career receiving yards

Anquan Boldin- 11,344 career receiving yards

Welcome to the five digits (and more!) club (10,000+)

Jason Witten- 9,799 career receiving yards

Roddy White- 9,436 career receiving yards

Wes Welker- 9,358 career receiving yards

Calvin Johnson- 9,328 career receiving yards (I think he will reach 11,000 as well as I have gone on the record to say Megatron will record 2,000 receiving yards this season http://kcsportsninja.com/can-calvin-johnson-crack-the-2000-receiving-yard-mark-in-2014/ )

Antonio Gates- 9,193 career receiving yards

Brandon Marshall- 9,050 career receiving yards


Marques Colston- 8,337 career receiving yards


Vincent Jackson- 7,362 career receiving yards

Greg Jennings- 7,344 career receiving yards

Touchdown Receptions


Larry Fitzgerald- 87  career TD Receptions

Antonio Gates- 87 career TD Receptions

*Note* If both match their career highs (13) they will reach 100 career TD Reception milestone in the process.


Steve Smith- 67 career TD Receptions

Calvin Johnson- 66 career TD Receptions

Anquan Boldin- 65 career TD Receptions

Marques Colston- 63 career TD Receptions

Will He?

Andre Johnson has 61 career TD Receptions but has only record 9 in a single season once.


Brandon Marshall- 57 career TD Receptions (If continues trend of past two seasons of having one more TD than previous season, 11 in 2012, 12 in 2013, then 70 may also be reached by Marshall)

Greg Jennings- 57 career TD Receptions

Roddy White- 55 career TD Receptions

Vernon Davis- 53 career TD Receptions

Will They?

Vincent Jackson has 52 career TD Receptions, but has had one less TD in each of the past three seasons (2011- 9 TD Receptions, 2012- 8 TD Receptions, 7 TD Receptions)

Jason Witten- Had 8 TD Receptions last season. Only had one other season with 8 or more TD’s in a season (9 in 2010)


Wes Welker- 48 career TD Receptions (With Peyton Manning as his QB, had career best with 10 TD Receptions last season. Perhaps may reach 60 as well if he continues build off that)

Rob Gronkowski- 42 career TD Receptions

Jimmy Graham- 41 career TD Receptions

Dez Bryant- 40 career TD Receptions

Will They?

Dwayne Bowe- Has 44 career TD Receptions and his career high is 15 in a season (2010). His rookie season(2007) he had 7. But in his five other seasons, Bowe has had 5 or less TD’s

Heath Miller- 40 career TD Receptions. Will need career year. Most ever recorded in a single season is 8 (2012).


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A big part that measures a player’s success is any and all milestones they reach throughout their career. With the 2014 NFL Season quickly approaching, many players are in reach of big milestones. And barring unforeseen circumstances, the following milestones will be reached by the following players

Passing Yards

Tom Brady

3 time Super Champion Tom Brady is knocking on the door of 50,000 career passing yards. Brady currently stands at a career total of 49,149, and it should take about four games at the most to reach the 50,000 yard mark.

Philip Rivers

Rivers will need a good portion of the season to hit the next big career milestone of 35,000 passing yards, with a current career total of 32,369.

Ben Roethlisberger

Roethlisberger will need less games to reach the 35,000 mark than Rivers (34,105).

Tony Romo

It may just take one game for Romo to reach 30,000 (29,565), but would probably make a couple interceptions in the process ;)

Quarterbacks that will reach 25,000 mark

1. Aaron Rodgers- 24,197

2. Jay Cutler- 23,937

3. Matt Ryan- 23,472

4. Joe Flacco- 21,545

(Matthew Schaub currently has 24,254. While he is in Oakland where there is currently heavy QB competition, Schaub should receive a chance and in the process may reach the 25,000 milestone)

Quarterbacks that will reach 20,000 mark

1. Matthew Stafford- 17,457

Touchdown Passes

Peyton Manning

Manning is currently 2nd all time for most career passing touchdowns with 491. Not only will Peyton reach the 500 mark, but will also surpass Brett Favre (508) for most all time!

Will They?

Both Drew Brees and Tom Brady have 363 and 359 career touchdown passes respectively. May be a stretch to think Brady will reach 400 mark, but Brees needs just 37 and was one TD Pass shy last year of having three consecutive seasons of 40+ touchdown passes.

Quarterbacks that will reach 200 mark

1. Aaron Rodgers- 188

Quarterbacks that will reach 100 mark

1. Andy Dalton- 80

(other notables Josh Freeman-80, Matt Cassel- 93, David Garrard- 89, Jason Campbell- 87, Kyle Orton- 83



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