Gridiron Mayhem: at least 3 big single-season records will pall

Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions

In 2011 the Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton broke the rookie single-season passmg-yardage record only to be topped by Andrew Luck in 2012. Also in 2011 the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees established a new single-season record of 5.476 passing yards.

Last season, the Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson Jr. asserted his dominance as top wide receiver in the league when he eclipsed Jerry Rice’s single-season yardage total. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned from a nearly catastrophic tom ACL to not only come within eight yards of shattering Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing mark of 2,105 but also wind up as league MVP. With the emergence of the spread offense, speedsters like Newton, Kaepernick and the Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III could all break Michael Vick’s single-season quarterback rushing record. With the rules heavily skewed toward the offense, expect single-season records to continue to tumble.