With the NFL arguably being more pass-heavy and offensive minded than ever, it should come as no surprise that there have been some prolific individual performances at the halfway point of the season.
But that doesn't mean we haven't seen some impressive individual campaigns on the defensive end either. With that in mind, here are three single-season NFL records that could be broken this year.
1. Christian McCaffrey Breaks Chris Johnson's Yards From Scrimmage Record (2,509 Yards, 2009)
Since Cam Newton went down in Week 2, Christian McCaffrey has all but singlehandedly kept the Carolina Panthers' offense afloat. That's not to say Kyle Allen has been ineffective, but he's not nearly as dynamic as Newton, averaging just 6.8 yards per attempt this year (a figure Newton had been above in seven of his eight NFL seasons prior to 2019). McCaffrey has more than picked up the slack though, as he's on pace to reach 2,488 yards from scrimmage. That number jumps to 2,618 if we only take the games Allen has started though. On a per-game basis, McCaffrey is handling 25.9 touches, and he's got a real shot to break Chris Johnson's record if he can sustain that kind of workload.
2. Lamar Jackson Breaks Michael Vick's QB Rushing Record (1,039 Yards, 2006)
Barring injury, this one will almost certainly happen. Lamar Jackson is on a 16-game pace to rack up 1,274 rushing yards, which would beat Michael Vick's record by over 200 yards. He's also seemingly running more as the year progresses, as he's racked up 399 rushing yards over his last four games, which would put him at 1,596 rushing yards if projected across a 16-game season. Jackson's play has been flat-out ridiculous this season, and if he can make it through a full 2019 slate, he'll likely shatter this record.
3. Nick Bosa and Josh Allen Break Jevon Kearse's Rookie Sack Record (14.5 Sacks, 1999)
While Nick Bosa has gotten all of the headlines, Josh Allen's stat line has pretty much been identical, with both rookies having racked up 7.0 sacks and 13 QB hits thus far. Both players are on a 16-game pace to finish with 14.0 sacks, just 0.5 short of Jevon Kearse's rookie record set in 1999. That being said, Bosa was dealing with various injuries throughout the offseason, and the San Francisco 49ers eased him into action over the first two weeks of the year. Bosa played less than 60.0 percent of the snaps in each of his first two games, but he hasn't fallen below that number once in the following six. Since Week 3, Bosa has actually been on a 16-game pace that would put him at 16.0 sacks on the year. Both of these rookies have been tremendous, but Bosa likely has the better shot to break Kearse's record.
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