2019 Active Streaks and Career Records

Today I look at players that are either on an active streak of accomplishing a statistical record or are in a position to advance up the top ten of career leaders in 2019.

Passer Rating

In the history of the NFL there are only eleven quarterbacks that have a streak of 2+ seasons of 100+ passer rating.

Drew Brees – Saints

Brees has an active streak of four seasons with a 100+ passer rating. He is tie for second in this streak but only his is active. Aaron Rodgers has the record at six seasons from 2009 to 2014.

Honorable Mention: Jared Goff, Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz are on an active streak of two seasons at 100+.

Brees is third in career passer rating (97.6) with Aaron Rodgers at first (103.1)

Passing Yards

In NFL history there are only eleven quarterbacks that have had a streak of 3+ seasons of 4000+ passing yards. Some of those eleven have repeated and are only counted once. The repeaters are Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.

Matt Ryan – Falcons

Ryan has an active streak of eight seasons with 4000+ passing yards. One more and he passes Peyton Manning and has sole possession of second place. The leader is Drew Brees who has a non-active streak of 12 seasons,

Brees is the only quarterback to have a streak of 5000+ passing yards with three seasons from 2011 to 2013.  In fact he is the only quarterback ever that has multiple seasons of 5000+ yards with five seasons.

Honorable Mention: The following quarterbacks have an active streak of 4000+ passing yard seasons – Phillip Rivers (6), Kirk Cousins  (4), Tom Brady (2), Andrew Luck (2) and Ben Roethlisberger (2). Also  worth noting is Patrick Mahomes just had a 5000+ yard passing season.

Tom Brady – Patriots

Brady has 70,514 career passing yards. and is in fourth place.  He needs 1,430 yards to pass Brett Favre and Peyton Manning to claim second place. First place is held by Drew Brees (74,437).

Passer Completion Percentage

Drew Brees – Saints

Brees has an active streak of two seasons with a 70% or better completion percentage. He is the only quarterback to ever accomplish that.

If we look at streaks of a 65% completion percentage, Brees is on an active streak of six seasons. One more season and he ties Peyton Manning for the longest streak of 65% seasons.

Honorable Mention: Mathew Stafford has an active streak of four seasons of 65% completion percentage. One more and he moves into a tie for fourth place. Tom Brady has an active streak of three seasons of 65%,

Matt Ryan – Falcons

Ryan is fifth in career completion percentage (65.3%). If Ryan duplicates his performance last year which had a 69.4% completion percentage he should pass Kurt Warner and move into fourth place.

Game Winning Drives

Drew Brees – Saints

Brees needs seven game winning drives(GWD)  to pass Peyton Manning (54) and claim first place in career GWDs. That is the number he had in 2018 which was a career high and tied for second most in a season.

Tom Brady – Patriots

Brady needs four game winning drives to pass Dan Marino (47) and claim third in career GWDs. The last time he had that many was in 2013 with five.

Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers

Roethlisberger is sixth in career game winning drives. He needs 2 more to pass Brett Favre (43) and move into sole possession of fifth.

Eli Manning – Giants

Manning is in ninth place in game winning drives. He needs two more to pass Johnny Unitas and four to pass John Elway and take sole possession of seventh. Over his career Manning has averaged 2.5 GWD a year with a high of five his 2011 Super Bowl season.

Matt Ryan – Falcons

Ryan is tenth in career game winning drives. Over his eleven year career he has averaged 3.3 a season. Ryan needs three to pass Johnny Unitas and move to ninth.

Passing Touchdowns

In the history of the NFL there have been only six quarterbacks that had a streak of 3+ seasons of 30+ passing touchdowns each season.  Drew Brees leads the list with a nine season streak. The other five are Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Marino and Aaron Rodgers. Two quarterbacks have an active streak for passing touchdowns of 30+.

Andrew Luck – Colts

Luck has an active streak of two seasons of 30+ passing touchdowns a season.

Russell Wilson – Seahawks

Wilson has the other active streak of two seasons of 30+ passing touchdowns a season.

Drew Brees – Saints

Brees is second in career passing touchdowns and needs 20 to pass Peyton Manning and claim the number one spot.

Aaron Rodgers – Packers

Rodgers is 10th in career passing touchdowns and needs just 5 to pass Fran Tarkenton and claim the ninth spot.

Receiving Touchdowns

There have only been ten players that have had a streak of 4+ seasons each having 10+ receiving touchdowns.

Davante Adams – Packers

Adams has an active streak of three seasons of 10+ receiving touchdowns. Over the last ten years only six players had a streak of three. No one has a streak of more than three in that time-frame. The all time record is Colts Receiver Marvin Harrison with eight seasons from 1999 to 2006.

Honorable Mention: DeAndre Hopkins has an active streak of two seasons. Atlanta receiver 2018 rookie Calvin Ridley could be starting a streak with 10 receiving touchdowns in 2018.

Receiving Yards

Julio Jones – Falcons

Jones has an active streak of five seasons with 1400+ receiving yards. That is the NFL record. No active player has two consecutive seasons of 1400+ yards. There were six receivers in 2018 with that many yards.

Rushing Touchdowns

In NFL history there have been 23 players that had a streak of 4+ seasons with 8+ rushing touchdowns each season.

Melvin Gordon – Chargers

Gordon has an active streak of three seasons with 8+ rushing touchdowns in a season. His last three seasons of his four season career Gordon has been in the top ten in the league in rushing touchdowns. The streak leader of all time was also a Charger – Ladainian Tomlinson has nine seasons from his nine years on the Chargers.

Honorable Mention: Todd Gurley, Jordan Howard and Alvin Kamara all are on an active streak of two seasons.

The 2018 Rookies that could be starting a streak are Saquon Barkley, Phillip Lindsay and Nick Chubb with 11 , 9 and 8 respectively.

Adrian Peterson – Redskins

Peterson is fifth in career rushing touchdowns tied with Jim Brown. He needs five to pass Walter Payton and move into fourth place.

Rushing Yards

In NFL history there have been 66 players that have a streak of 3+ seasons of 1000+ rushing yards each season.  That number includes five players that had two such streaks – Frank Gore, Jamal Lewis, Jim Brown, Tony Dorsett and Walter Payton. Also included are three players that had a single career like long streak – Barry Sanders (10 years), Curtis Martin (10 years) and Emmitt Smith (11 years).

Todd Gurley – Rams

Gurley has an active streak of two seasons with 1000+ rushing yards. He has rushed for 1000+ yards three of his four season career. If he adds another season to his streak he will move from tied at 72 to tied at 40. Besides Gurley eight other players had a 1000+ rushing season last year. This includes two 2018 rookies of Saquon Barkley and Phillip Lindsay.

Frank Gore – Bills

Gore is fourth in career rushing yards. He needs 522 yards to pass Barry Sanders and take third place.

Adrian Peterson – Redskins

Peterson is eighth in career rushing yards. If he gets 784 yards he will pass Jerome Bettis, LaDainian Tomlinson and Curtis Martin to take fifth place. Peterson had 1,042 yards last year.

Yards From Scrimmage

A total of ten players in NFL history had a streak of 2000+ yards from scrimmage. None are active players. The leader is Marshall Faulk with four seasons. The last one to accomplish a streak was Tiki Barber with three seasons from 2004 to 2006. In 2018 there were two players that had 2000+ yards from scrimmage. Saquon Barkley of the Giants with 2,028 yards and Ezekiel Elliot of the Cowboys with 2,001 yards.

Frank Gore – Bills

Gore is fifth in career yards from scrimmage. He needs just 611 to pass Marshall Faulk and take fourth place.

Sacks

In the history of the NFL only 29 players have had a streak of 2+ seasons with 13+ sacks a season. Reggie White tops the list with a streak of four seasons which he did twice. Buffalo’s Bruce Smith made the list three times with two seasons for each streak. The Giant’s Lawrence Taylor and Dallas’s Damarcus Ware were the only others that made the list multiple times (twice) with each streak being two seasons. Only eight players have a streak of 3+ seasons.

Chandler Jones – Cardinals

Jones has an active streak of two seasons with 13+  sacks.

Ryan Kerrigan – Redskins

Kerrigan has an active streak of two seasons with 13+ sacks.

Interceptions

In the history of the NFL there are 90 players that had a streak of 3+ seasons with 5+ interception each season. There are no active streaks for this. The only player currently active that made the list is Marcus Peters on the Rams. Peters had the streak in 2015-2017 while playing on the Chiefs. There are six players that had five interceptions in 2018. They are shown here.

Tackles For Loss

J.J. Watt – Texans

Watt is fifth in career tackles for loss and needs 18 to pass DeMarcus Ware and  Jared Allen to claim the number three spot.

Calais Campbell – Jaguars

Campbell is eighth in career tackles for loss and needs eleven to pass John Abraham and Jason Taylor to claim the number six spot.

Passes Defended

Jonathan Joseph – Texans

Joseph is fifth in career passes defended. He needs three to pass Charles Woodson and Terence Newman to claim sole possession of the third spot.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – Redskins

Rodgers-Cromartie is ninth in career passes defended. He needs eight to pass Sheldon Brown, Dre’ Bly and Brian Dawkins to claim sole possession of the seventh spot.

 

Consecutive Regular Season Games Started

Brett Favre leads the list of players for most consecutive regular season starts with 297.

Philip Rivers – Chargers

Rivers is tie in eleventh place for consecutive regular season games started at 208. If he starts this whole season he will move up to fifth place passing other quarterbacks of Peyton  and Eli Manning.

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