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Beyond the Stats - Week 16
by Jeff Haseley
December 20th, 2012

Each week I uncover some interesting stats, tidbits and information that you may or may not know about. This week, I examine two major NFL records that could be broken in the final two games. How close are Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson from breaking the single season NFL record for receiving yards and rushing yards respectively? How do they compare with the players whose records they are looking to break? What does Johnson need to do to break 2,000 yards? If Peterson can't catch Eric Dickerson for the most rushing yards in a single season, what does he need to be the 7th member of the 2,000 rushing yards club? Find out all of the specifics in this final week 16 edition of Beyond the Stats.

Two major NFL single-season yardage records are on the cusp of being broken

1. Calvin Johnson needs just 182 receiving yards in the final two games to beat Jerry Rice's record of 1,848 yards set back in 1995
2. Adrian Peterson needs 294 rushing yards in the final two games to beat Eric Dickerson's record of 2,105 yards set back in 1984

Based on the graph and data below for Rice vs. Johnson, the following is true

• After games 1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 Calvin Johnson had more total yards than Jerry Rice. In other words, in Rice's record year, Johnson outgained him nine games...so far.
• Johnson needs 182 yards to break the record. That's 91 yards per game. He has surpassed 91 yards in a game 11 times in 14 games this year.
• Rice had nine 100-yard games in 1984. Johnson has ten 100-yard games with two to go.
• Rice had five 150+ yard games, while Johnson has three with two games to go.
• Johnson needs 333 yards to reach 2,000 yards. That's 166.5 yards per game. He has reached 166 yards in a game twice this year.
• Based on the graph and data below for Dickerson vs. Peterson, the following is true

• It wasn't until week 14 when Peterson had more rushing yards than Dickerson when comparing the two seasons.
• Peterson needs 294 yards to break the record. That's 147 yards per game. He has surpassed 147 yards in a game 6 times in 14 games this year.
• Dickerson had twelve 100-yard games in 1984. Peterson has nine 100-yard games with two to go.
• Dickerson had four 150+ yard games, while Peterson has six, with two games to go.
• In order to be the 7th running back who has totaled 2,000 yards, Peterson needs just 188 yards in two games or 94 yards per game. He has done that nine times this year, including each of the last eight games.
• To be the 2nd all-time in rushing yards in a season, Peterson needs 254 yards in two games or 127 yards per game. He has done that six times this year.
• Questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome to haseley@footballguys.com or www.twitter.com/JeffHaseley.