NFL Career Milestones For The 2017 Season

  • Antonio Gates will become the all time leader in touchdown catches by a tight end when he catches his first touchdown of the season. He is currently tied with Tony Gonzalez with 111.
  • If Matthew Stafford just duplicates last year’s 24 touchdowns, he’ll move past Bob Griese, Ken Stabler, Norm Snead, Bobby Layne, Joe Ferguson, Steve DeBerg, Ken Anderson, Phil Simms, Roman Gabriel, Jim Everett, Randall Cunningham, Kurt Warner, Jay Cutler (assuming he stays retired), Kerry Collins, & Jim Hart for 34th on the career touchdown passes list with 211. He is currently tied with Sammy Baugh for 50th with 187.
  • Matt Ryan can pass Y.A. Tittle, John Hadl, Boomer Esiason, Tony Romo, Drew Bledsoe, Dan Fouts, Sonny Jurgensen, Dave Krieg, Joe Montana, & Vinny Testaverde for 15th on the career touchdown passes with another 38 touchdown season, which would put him at 278 for his career.
  • Fran Tarkenton, who is currently 6th on the career touchdown passes list with 342, will be 8th or 9th by the end of the season if the active quarterbacks approaching him stay healthy & play as well as last year. Eli Manning has 320 & had 26 last year, & Philip Rivers has 314 & had 33. Ben Roethlisberger has 301, and had 29 last year, but now has what might be the deepest receiving corps of his career, he could top 40 touchdowns & pass him as well. Aaron Rodgers will also be close behind, he has 297 & had 40 last year.
  • Adam Vinatieri can become the second kicker in NFL history with 2,500 points. He currently has 2,378, and had 125 last year. Morten Andersen is the league’s all time leader with 2,544 points.
  • Sebastian Janikowski can become the 10th kicker in league history with 1,900 points. He has 1,799 points, and scored 124 last year.
  • Drew Brees (66,111 career passing yards) can become the third NFL quarterback to throw for 70,000 yards in a career with 3,889 yards. He threw for 5,208 yards in 2016.
  • Eli Manning can pass John Elway for 6th on the career passing yardage list if he throws for 3,258 yards.
  • Ben Roethlisberger can also pass John Elway if he throws for 4,661 yards. That would be the second highest single season total of his career, but with the group of receivers he has, I think it’ll happen.
  • Jason Witten (1,089 receptions) needs only 11 receptions to become the 6th player with 1,100 career receptions, and he only needs 14 to pass Marvin Harrison (1,102) for 4th.
  • Brandon Marshall needs only 59 receptions to become the 15th player with 1,000 in their career.
  • Julius Peppers needs only 7.5 sacks to pass Chris Doleman for 4th on the career sacks list. He had 7.5 in 2016.
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