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20 NFL Records Likely to be Broken in 2013

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Which Records Could be Broken?

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There are still three months until the 2013 NFL season arrives, but it is never too early to think about which records could be broken this season. I know that a lot of records seem like they could never be broken, but in this day and age, anything has become truly possible. I have tried to put together the 20 NFL records that are likely to be broken this season.

It wasn’t exactly the easiest task in the world to find 20 records that could be taken down this season as there are just some records that won’t be touched. I tried to pick the player who could break that record this season, because I know I love seeing a record get broken as do a lot of fans. We will be watching from the first game of the season trying to figure out what is going to happen as the year moves along.

It is a changing league without any doubt with a lot of emphasis being put on the passing game, but we can’t forget about the players rushing the ball. There are records to be broken there as well. I guess only time will tell on whether or not these records do get taken down. I encourage you to take a look at the list and figure out which player you think would break that record. I have put my best guesses out there on which players are the most likely to take down each particular record. Here is my list of the 20 NFL records that are likely to be broken before the 2013 season is over.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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20. Touchdowns in One Season (Adrian Peterson)

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Here is a record that could be very difficult to break, but Peterson is the one player who can do it. LaDainian Tomlinson had 31 touchdowns in 2006. Peterson wants all the records in the book so this one is in jeopardy.

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19. Sacks in One Game (Aldon Smith)

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It will be hard to top the seven sacks by Derrick Thomas, but Smith had a game with 5.5 sacks this past season. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he can get this record.

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18. Season Rushing Attempts (Maurice Jones-Drew)

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Jones-Drew has a chip on his shoulder after how last season went for him. The record is 416 carries by Larry Johnson, but Jacksonville is going to be forced to give the ball to Jones-Drew a ton this year which may lead to the record.

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17. Points Allowed (San Francisco 49ers)

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The San Francisco 49ers have shown they have one of the best defenses in the entire NFL. The record is 165 points by the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, but there is no doubt that this can happen.

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16. Rookie Receptions (Tavon Austin)

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The record is 101 by Anquan Boldin. Austin will get plenty of passes thrown his direction if he can stay healthy this season.

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15. Most Touchdowns in One Game (Percy Harvin)

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Harvin is a player who gets involved in all phases of the game. The record is six by Gale Sayers, but I see Harvin scoring on a kickoff return along with touchdown catches and rushes.

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14. Pass Receptions (Wes Welker)

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Welker has caught over 100 passes in one season quite often recently. The record is 143 catches by Marvin Harrison, and I’m sure Peyton Manning will be looking for Welker a lot this year. It is going to take nine catches a game on average to break the record by one.

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13. Season Passing Yards (Aaron Rodgers)

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This record seems to be broken every year now. It is at 5,476 yards presently by Drew Brees, but I don’t trust the running game for the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers is on his way to a huge season.

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12. Overall Pass Attempts (Sam Bradford)

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Matthew Stafford threw the ball 727 times last season. With a weak running game, Bradford could be forced to surpass that number just to keep the St. Louis Rams in games.

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11. Receiving Yards in One Game (Brandon Marshall)

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There is no doubt that Jay Cutler loves throwing to Marshall. It is going to take a lot to get this record since it sits at 336 yards by Flipper Anderson, but I don’t see why this record can’t be broken by Marshall this year.

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10. Rushing Touchdowns in One Game (Ray Rice)

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Five players have scored five rushing touchdowns in one game. Rice is a player who finds the end zone quite a bit so this is his chance at a record.

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9. Interceptions (Ed Reed)

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Reed is a ball hawk and plays safety looking for a lot of interceptions. The record sits at 14 in one season, and it's possible Reed could pull that off.

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8. Receiving Yards by a Rookie (Tavon Austin)

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Bill Groman had 1,473 yards as a rookie in 1960. Austin will get every chance to break this record for a team that won’t have much of a rushing game.

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7. Most Points in One Game (Arian Foster)

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This is going to be one of the hardest records to break at 40 points. Ernie Nevers had six touchdowns and kicked four extra points in 1929. Foster could find his way into the end zone seven times I think this season if they utilize him the way I figure.

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6. Most Passing Yards in One Game (Drew Brees)

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Norm Van Brocklin threw for 554 yards in 1951. There are quarterbacks who hit 500 yards every year it seems like. This is going to be the season where I see Brees breaking that record.

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5. Pass Attempts in One Game (Matthew Stafford)

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The record currently sits at 70 by Drew Bledsoe in 1994. There is going to be a game this season where Stafford will be forced to throw it more than that.

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4. Most Receiving Yards (Calvin Johnson)

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Johnson broke the record last season at 1,964 yards. I think he has a chip on his shoulder about going any higher and will find a way to break the 2,000 yard mark this year.

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3. Longest Field Goal (Sebastian Janikowski)

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Janikowski has the leg to surpass the current mark of 63 yards. If he can get a 65-yard attempt on the road in Denver, the record will be gone.

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2. Most Rushing Yards in One Game (Chris Johnson)

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Adrian Peterson holds the record at 296 yards. Johnson has the real potential to go off for a game of over 300 yards, especially with a weak passing offense around him and the speed that he has.

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1. Most Consecutive Games with a TD Pass (Tom Brady)

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The record is 54 straight games by Drew Brees. Brady is just six behind that record going into this season and will likely break it midway through this year.