The NFL season is officially back tonight, meaning our Sundays are booked until February. The 2019 campaign has been one of the most anticipated seasons in recent years, with big names switching places and new contenders forming across the league.
Along with all of this excitement, we will likely see some huge performances from the NFL's best, which could lead to some single-season records being broken. Here are three records that could be broken in the upcoming season.
1. Lamar Jackson Breaks Michael Vick's QB Rushing Record (1,039 Yards, 2006)
Lamar Jackson was heavily compared to Michael Vick during the draft process, and he has a real chance to break his single-season rushing record during his second year in the NFL. In his seven regular season starts in 2018, Jackson averaged 79.4 rushing yards per game, which equates to about 1,271 yards over a full 16-game season. Even if he can't quite maintain that prolific pace, Jackson could break Vick's record provided the Baltimore Ravens' QB stays healthy.
2. Travis Kelce Breaks George Kittle's Tight End Receiving Record (1,377 Yards, 2018)
George Kittle seemingly emerged out of nowhere last season, becoming the San Francisco 49ers' top target en route to setting the new record for receiving yards by a tight end. While this was an impressive feat, Travis Kelce still finished just 41 yards behind Kittle. In fact, were it not for Kittle, Kelce would actually own this record, as both tight ends topped the 1,327-yard mark Rob Gronkowski set in 2011. Now entering his second season with Patrick Mahomes at the helm, Kelce has a chance to improve upon last year's campaign and surpass Kittle.
3. Aaron Donald Breaks Michael Strahan's Sack Record (22.5, 2001)
With the league becoming more and more pass heavy, it's impressive that Michael Strahan's sack record has stood strong. However, that could be coming to an end this season after Aaron Donald totaled 20.5 sacks in 2018. Even though he fell just short last season, there's reason to believe he could top Strahan's record in 2019. It took Donald until Week 4 to record his first sack of the season, as he was likely impacted by a lengthy holdout that ended just days before the regular season. From Week 4-17, Donald was actually on pace for a 25-sack season. Now that he's had a full offseason to hone his craft with the team, Donald could break Strahan's record.
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