As the NFL season progresses, several players are on the verge of achieving significant milestones, adding their names to the annals of football history. Let's take a closer look at the impressive feats within reach for some of the league's standout performers.
Jared Goff: Aiming for Passing Prowess Detroit quarterback Jared Goff is closing in on NFL history, boasting 35 career games with at least 300 passing yards. Surpassing Matt Ryan and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, Goff eyes the third-most games with this achievement in his first eight seasons. Only Patrick Mahomes and Dan Marino currently eclipse him, setting the stage for Goff to carve his place among the elite.
Justin Herbert: Rising Star in Touchdown Territory Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert is set to break records with 114 career touchdown passes. If he manages to throw a touchdown pass in the upcoming game, Herbert will surpass Patrick Mahomes for the second-most touchdown passes by a player in his first four seasons. Only Hall of Famer Dan Marino stands ahead with 142. Additionally, Herbert has the chance to tie Mahomes and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner for the most 300-yard passing games in his first four seasons.
Justin Jefferson: Aiming for Receiving Royalty Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson is on the cusp of making history with 5,396 career receiving yards. Needing just 117 more yards, Jefferson aims to surpass Michael Thomas for the most by a player in his first four seasons—an impressive feat that further solidifies his status as one of the league's premier pass-catchers.
Amon-Ra St. Brown: Consistency in Receptions and Yards Detroit wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown eyes a unique achievement, aiming to become the third player ever to record at least 90 receptions and 900 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons. Joining the ranks of Odell Beckham Jr. and Michael Thomas, St. Brown's pursuit of consistency showcases his impact on the field.
Puka Nacua: Rookie Pursuing Receiving Records Los Angeles Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua is on the precipice of joining an exclusive company. Needing just one game with at least 100 receiving yards, Nacua could become the third rookie in the Super Bowl era with six games of 100 or more receiving yards, joining Odell Beckham Jr. and Justin Jefferson.
Micah Parsons: Sack Sensation Dallas linebacker Micah Parsons has been a force to be reckoned with, amassing 11.5 sacks this season. Aiming for historical heights, Parsons can become the second player with at least 13 sacks in each of his first three NFL seasons since 1982, joining the legendary Reggie White. Additionally, with 38 sacks since entering the league in 2021, Parsons is on track to join an elite group of players with at least 40 sacks in his first three seasons.
T.J. Watt: The Sack Maestro Continues Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt, already a sack maestro with 15 in 2020 and a record-tying 22.5 in 2021, is eyeing another remarkable achievement. With 14 sacks in 2023, Watt can become the fourth player since 1982 with at least 15 sacks in three of his first seven NFL seasons—joining the likes of Reggie White, DeMarcus Ware, and his brother, J.J. Watt.
As these players strive for greatness, their journeys add extra excitement to an already thrilling NFL season. Football fans eagerly await when these athletes etch their names into the record books, solidifying their places as gridiron legends.
This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.