The 2018 season gave us a number of record-breaking performances, and there is even more to come in 2019.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees reached the biggest milestone of the season when he surpassed Peyton Manning’s mark of 71,940 yards as he became the NFL’s all-time leading passer.
Brees also set records for career completions (6,586) and single-season completion percentage (74.4).
But it was young star Patrick Mahomes who ran away with MVP honours after the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback became only the second NFL player in history to pass for more than 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards in a season.
Other players who had an impressive statistical season included Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who set a rookie record for touchdown passes (27), and Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri – who moved past Morten Andersen (2,544 career points) to become the NFL’s all-time scoring leader.
But there is more to come for the NFL’s historic 100th season in 2019.
NFL milestones that could be reached this season
— Tom Brady (70,514) needs 1,325 passing yards to eclipse Brett Favre for the third most all-time.
— Philip Rivers (374) requires 26 passing touchdowns to reach 400 in his career.
— Cam Newton (4,808) needs 121 rushing yards to pass Randall Cunningham for the second-most rushing yards ever by a quarterback. Michael Vick holds the record at 6,109.
— Russell Wilson (196) requires four passing touchdowns to reach 200 in his career.
— Adrian Peterson (106) needs one rushing touchdown to pass Jim Brown for the fifth most in NFL history. He (13,318) requires 345 rushing yards to surpass Jerome Bettis for the seventh-most all-time.
— J.J. Watt (92) requires eight sacks to reach 100 in his NFL career.
— Ben Roethlisberger (363) needs 37 passing touchdowns for 400 in his career.
— Larry Fitzgerald (116) requires one touchdown catch to leapfrog Antonio Gates for the sixth-most all-time. He needs 23 receptions to pass Tony Gonzalez for the second-most all-time.
— Antonio Brown’s next touchdown catch will be his 75th in his career.
— Cordarrelle Patterson (six) needs two kick-off returns for touchdown to tie the NFL record.
— Von Miller (98) requires two sacks to reach 100 in his NFL career.