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Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning needs 4,000 passing yards to become the first player in NFL history with 13 4,000-yard seasons. Manning is the only quarterback to accomplish the feat in 12 seasons.

Manning needs 566 pass attempts and 1,875 passing yards to surpass Dan Marino (8,358 attempts; 61,361 yards) for second place all-time in each category. In 15 seasons, Manning has 7,793 pass attempts and 59,487 passing yards.

Manning has 22 games with four or more touchdown passes and needs two such games to surpass Brett Favre (23) for the most games with four touchdown passes in NFL history (see Brees note).

Manning can increase his NFL record total of 300-yard passing games. In 15 seasons, Manning has 72 300-yard passing games (see Brees note). Manning has led the league in touchdown passes three times in his career and can tie Drew Brees, Len Dawson, Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas and Steve Young (4) for the most seasons leading the league in touchdown passes (see Brady and Brees notes).

[ Also: Peyton Manning and the NFL Record Books ].

Drew Brees

Drew Brees, New Orleans, needs 4,000 passing yards to join Peyton Manning (12) as the only players in NFL history with at least eight 4,000-yard passing seasons. In 12 seasons, Brees has seven 4,000-yard passing seasons.

Brees needs 30 touchdown passes to become the first player to pass for at least 30 touchdowns in six consecutive seasons. Brees has accomplished the feat in each of the past five seasons, tied with Brett Favre for the longest streak in NFL history. Brees has 20 games with four or more touchdown passes and needs four such games to surpass Peyton Manning (22) and Brett Favre (23) for the most games with four touchdown passes in NFL history (see Manning note).

Brees needs to pass for 300 yards in six games to surpass Peyton Manning (72) for the most 300-yard passing games in NFL history (see Manning note). In 12 seasons, Brees has 67 300-yard passing games. Brees needs 19 touchdown passes to surpass Tom Brady (334) and Fran Tarkenton (342) for fourth place all-time (see Brady note). In 12 seasons, Brees has 324 touchdown passes.

Brees needs 89 completions to surpass John Elway (4,123) for fourth place all-time. In 12 seasons, Brees has 4,035 completions. Brees needs 3,407 passing yards to surpass Vinny Testaverde (46,233), Fran Tarkenton (47,003) and Warren Moon (49,325) for fifth place all-time (see Brady note). In 12 seasons, Brees has 45,919 passing yards. Brees can become the first player to lead the league in touchdown passes five times in his career. Brees is currently tied with Len Dawson, Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas and Steve Young (4) for the most such seasons in NFL history. Brees has led the league in pass yards four times in his career and can tie Sonny Jurgensen and Dan Marino (5) for the most seasons leading the league in passing yards.

[ Also: Cool Brees: QB Drew Brees Leads Saints ].

Tom Brady

Tom Brady, New England, needs to throw a touchdown pass in each of his next seven games to surpass Drew Brees (54) for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass in NFL history. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass in each of his past 48 games.

Brady has led the league in touchdown passes three times in his career and can tie Drew Brees, Len Dawson, Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas and Steve Young (4) for the most seasons leading the league in touchdown passes (see Brees and Manning notes).

Brady needs nine touchdown passes to surpass Fran Tarkenton (342) for fourth place all-time. In 13 seasons, Brady has 334 touchdown passes (see Brees note).

Brady needs 4,520 passing yards to surpass Drew Brees (45,919), Vinny Testaverde (46,233), Fran Tarkenton (47,003) and Warren Moon (49,325) for fifth place all-time (see Brees note). In 13 seasons, Brady has 44,806 passing yards. Brady needs 4,000 passing yards to join Brett Favre (6), Dan Marino (6), Drew Brees (7) and Peyton Manning (12) as the only players in NFL history with at least six 4,000-yard passing seasons. In 12 seasons, Brady has five 4,000-yard passing seasons. AARON RODGERS, Green Bay, has led the league in passer rating in each of the past two seasons and can join Peyton Manning (3) and Steve Young (4) as the only players to do so in three consecutive seasons. Rodgers has posted a 100+ passer rating in each of the past two seasons and can tie Steve Young (3) for the most such consecutive seasons in NFL history.

[ Also: Tom Brady is Tom Terrific ].

Player Milestones: What to Look For in 2013

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers, San Diego, has led the league in average yards per pass three times in his career and can join Steve Young (5) and Sid Luckman (7) as the only players in NFL history to do so in at least four seasons.

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis, needs 4,000 passing yards to become the first player in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards in consecutive seasons to begin his career. Luck passed for an NFL rookierecord 4,374 yards in 2012.

Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, needs 10 rushing touchdowns to join Emmitt Smith (8) and LaDainian Tomlinson (9) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 10 touchdowns in at least seven different seasons.

Peterson has four 200-yard rushing games in his career. Peterson needs two 200-yard games to surpass Tiki Barber (5) and tie O.J. Simpson (6) for the most all-time.

[ Also: Adrian Peterson: Rushing into the Record Books ].

Steven Jackson

Running back STEVEN JACKSON, who joined the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, rushed for 1,042 yards with the St. Louis Rams last year. That marked Jackson's eighth consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history with Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas and La Dainian Tomlinson.

"I'm very excited about joining the Falcons," says Jackson. "I believe this will be a great chance for me to finish out my career with an opportunity to do some special things and to put an exclamation point on what I have accomplished so far in St. Louis."

Steven Jackson, Atlanta, needs 1,000 rushing yards to join Curtis Martin (10), Barry Sanders (10) and Emmitt Smith (11) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in nine consecutive seasons. "It's a huge achievement," says Jackson. "It's a special group of guys to be a part of. It's something you dream about. It's something where you're amazed at the accomplishment."

Ray Rice

Ray Rice, Baltimore, can join Marshall Faulk (4) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 1,000 rushing yards and 700 receiving yards in three different seasons. In five seasons, Rice has accomplished the feat twice.

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Tony Gonzalez

Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta, needs 58 receptions to join Jerry Rice (1,549) as the only players in NFL history with 1,300 career catches. In 16 seasons, Gonzalez has 1,242 receptions -- the most ever by a tight end.

Gonzalez needs a reception in each of his next five games to join Jerry Rice (274) as the only players with a reception in at least 200 consecutive games. Gonzalez has a reception in each of his past 195 games, the second-longest streak in NFL history.

Gonzalez needs 50 receptions to join Jerry Rice (17) as the only players in NFL history with 16 50-reception seasons. Gonzalez is the only player in NFL history with 15 consecutive 50- reception seasons.

Gonzalez needs 1,025 receiving yards to surpass Marvin Harrison (14,580), Tim Brown (14,934), Isaac Bruce (15,208) and Randy Moss (15,934) for third place all-time. In 16 seasons, Gonzalez has 14,268 receiving yards -- the most ever by a tight end. Gonzalez needs seven touchdowns to surpass Don Hutson (105), Tim Brown (105) and Barry Sanders (109) for 15th on the alltime list. In 16 seasons, Gonzalez has 103 touchdowns -- the most ever by a tight end.

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson, Detroit, needs two 200-yard receiving games to surpass Lance Alworth (5) for the most all-time. In six seasons, Johnson has four career 200-yard receiving games. Johnson needs 1,500 receiving yards to join Andre Johnson (3), Marvin Harrison (3) and Jerry Rice (4) as the only players with at least three such seasons in NFL history (see A. Johnson note). In six seasons, Johnson has two 1,500-yard receiving seasons.

[ Also: Megatron Makes History: Calvin Johnson Sets Receiving Record

Wes Welker

Pro Bowl wide receiver WES WELKER had 118 receptions last season and became the first player in NFL history with five seasons with at least 100 catches. This season Welker, seeks to become the first player in NFL history with six 100-catch seasons.

Signed by the Denver Broncos in March, Welker aims to continue his production in the Mile High City. Since 2007, Welker leads the NFL with 672 receptions and has reached 100+ catches in five of the past six seasons.

Welker has led the league in receptions three times and can join Lionel Taylor (5) and Don Hutson (8) as the only players to lead the league in receptions at least four times.

"Wes has been arguably the most productive slot receiver in the league over the last five years," says Broncos head coach John Fox.

Denver Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning knows that Welker's knack to get open out of the slot position creates a disadvantage for NFL defenses.

"I think he provides some unique things," says Manning. "Wes has great knowledge for defenses, which I think has been a huge weapon for him in his successful career. He's just been an extremely difficult guy to cover one-on-one and then you can tell by watching him on film. "He has unbelievable quickness, he's excellent with the ball in his hands on those little screen passes. You've seen him get up the field quickly, and I've always thought he's had a nose for the end zone."

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson, Houston, needs 1,500 receiving yards to join Jerry Rice (4) as the only players with four 1,500-yard seasons.

In 10 seasons, Johnson has three 1,500-yard receiving seasons. Johnson needs 100 receptions to join Wes Welker as the only players in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons (see Marshall, Wayne and Welker notes). In 10 seasons, Johnson has four 100-catch seasons.

Reggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis, needs 100 receptions to join Wes Welker as the only players in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons (see A. Johnson, Marshall and Welker notes). In 12 seasons, Wayne has four 100-catch seasons.

Wayne needs 1,000 receiving yards to join Terrell Owens (9), Jimmy Smith (9), Tim Brown (9), Randy Moss (10) and Jerry Rice (14) as the only players in NFL history with at least nine 1,000-yard receiving seasons. In 12 seasons, Wayne has eight 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Brandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall, Chicago, needs 100 receptions to join Wes Welker as the only players in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons (see A. Johnson, Wayne and Welker notes). In seven seasons, Marshall has four 100-catch seasons.

Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski, New England, needs 10 touchdown catches to become the first tight end in NFL history with at least 10 touchdown catches in four consecutive seasons. Gronkowski is the only tight end in history to accomplish the feat in three consecutive seasons.

Ed Reed

Ed Reed, Houston, is the all-time leader in interception-return yards and can add to his NFL record. In 11 seasons, Reed has 1,541 interception-return yards.

Reed is tied with Everson Walls (3) for the most seasons leading the league in interceptions and can become the first player in NFL history to lead the league in interceptions four times. Reed needs eight interceptions to surpass Dick LeBeau (62), Dave Brown (62), Darren Sharper (63), Ronnie Lott (63), Ken Riley (65) and Dick "Night Train" Lane (68) for fourth place all-time. In 11 seasons, Reed has 61 interceptions.

Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson, Oakland, needs two interception-return touchdowns to surpass Rod Woodson (12) for the most all-time. In 15 seasons, Woodson has 11 interception-return touchdowns.

De Marcus Ware

De Marcus Ware, Dallas, has led the league in sacks twice in his career and can become the first player to lead the league three times since the sack became an official statistic in 1982 (see Allen note).

Ware needs 10 sacks to join John Randle (8) and Reggie White (9) as the only players with 10 sacks in at least eight consecutive seasons since 1982. Ware has accomplished the feat in each of the past seven seasons.

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Jared Allen

Jared Allen, Minnesota, has led the league in sacks twice in his career and can become the first player to lead the league three times since the sack became an official statistic in 1982 (see Ware note).

Devin Hester

Devin Hester, Chicago, needs two return touchdowns to surpass Deion Sanders (19) for the most all-time. In seven seasons, Hester has 18 return touchdowns (12 punt return, five kickoff return and one missed field goal return).

[ Also: Devin Hester: NFL Game-Changer ].

Joshua Cribbs

Joshua Cribbs, Oakland, is tied with Leon Washington (8) for the most kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL history and needs one to attain sole possession of first place (see Washington note).

Cribbs needs 236 kick-return yards to surpass Dante Hall (10,136) and Mel Gray (10,250) for third place all-time. In eight seasons, Cribbs has 10,015 total return yards.

Leon Washington

Leon Washington, New England, is tied with Joshua Cribbs (8) for the most kickoff-return touchdowns in NFL history and needs one to attain sole possession of first place (see Cribbs note).

Adam Vinatieri

Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis, needs 138 points to surpass John Kasay (1,970), Jason Elam (1,983), George Blanda (2,002) and Matt Stover (2,004) for fifth place all-time. In 17 seasons, Vinatieri has 1,867 points. Vinatieri needs 100 points to join Jason Elam (16) as the only players in NFL history to score 100 points in 16 different seasons. In 17 seasons, Vinatieri has accomplished the feat 15 times.

David Akers

David Akers, Detroit, needs to convert a field-goal attempt in each of his next six games to surpass Matt Stover (38) for the most consecutive games with a field goal in NFL history. Akers has kicked a field goal in each of his past 33 games.

 

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