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NFL Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons Breaking Team and Individual Records

Josh D. Weiss-US PRESSWIRE

In a year when the Atlanta Falcons are off to their best start in franchise history, it would make sense that some of the individual and team records would go by the wayside as well.

In the 19-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, a huge team record was broken. Roddy White became the Falcons all time leading receiver in receptions, eclipsing Terrance Mathis (573 receptions), with his total now sitting at 577 catches and counting.

Congratulations also go out to TE Jason Witten, who in the same game, broke Michael Irvin‘s record as the Cowboys all time leading receiver in receptions.

White already owns the Falcons record for receiving yards (8083), and with 49 career touchdown catches, is approaching the record for touchdown receptions (57), also held by Mathis. The only question now is how many of Roddy White’s records could Julio Jones end up breaking by the time his career is done.

The 8-0 start for Atlanta is by far the best start the team has ever had– previously going 4-0 twice in the past–so with each win achieved, that team record becomes more and more a distant memory.

Other records that could likely fall for Atlanta this year:

Single Season Passing Touchdowns – Falcons legend Steve Bartkowski holds the record with 31 touchdown passes in a single season. Matt Ryan came close last season with 29, but already has 17 at the halfway point of this season.

Single Season Receiving Yards – Roddy White could very well surpass his own record of 1389 yards in a season, totaling 709 through eight games in 2012

Single Season Passing Yards – Matt Ryan set the bar in 2011 with 4,177 yards passing. Heading into the second half of 2012, Ryan already has 2,360 yards.

Single Season Pass Completions – By the time 2012 is done, Matt Ryan could own just about every single season passing record in the books for the Falcons. With 206 completions so far this year, he’s well on his way to beating his own record of 357.

The one record the Falcons definitely want to break this season is their track record of postseason futility in the Mike Smith era. The way this team is playing now, that’s another one that is almost assuredly going to go down.

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Michael Collins is a Rant Sports NFL and MLB Network Manager, and Atlanta sports columnist. Follow him @GaSportsCraze on Twitter and here on Facebook