Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/23/14
8 a.m. ET: It all comes down to this. While many NFL teams are shoring up for the playoffs, another pursuit awaits for those chasing individual accolades. For some of the NFL’s best players, just 60 minutes remain to break records after a long season of work. In a year that has seen all kinds of benchmarks fall, a couple of the big ones remain. The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson needs his third 200-yard rushing game of the season to match Eric Dickerson for the single-season rushing record. J.J. Watt and Aldon Smith are both within reach of Michael Strahan’s single-season sack total. Those records, which have received most of the attention, aren’t the only ones left, though. Rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson can all break benchmarks for first-year passers. And the Lions’ two biggest offensive weapons, quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, can also do damage despite their team’s losing records. Most of the fun starts at 1 p.m., with Bears-Lions and Texans-Colts kicking off first. Take a look below to see which records are at stake, then swing back here throughout the day to see what’s happening. We’ll keep you updated as each record pursuit unfolds. Single-Season Sack Record Record-holder: Michael Strahan, 22.5 sacks in 2001 Challengers: Houston’s J.J. Watt at 20.5 sacks; San Francisco’s Aldon Smith at 19.5 When to watch: Texans-Colts, 1 p.m.; 49ers-Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. Single-Season Rushing Record Record-holder: Eric Dickerson, 2,105 yards in 1984 Challenger: Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson at 1,898 yards When to watch: Vikings-Packers, 4:25 p.m. Single-Season 100-Yard Receiving Games Record-holder: Michael Irvin, 12 games Challenger: Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, 11 games When to watch: Bears-Lions, 1 p.m. Single-Season Pass Attempts Record-holder: Drew Bledsoe, 691 Challenger: Detroit’s Matthew Stafford, 685 When to watch: Bears-Lions, 1 p.m. Rookie Quarterback Rating Record-holder: Ben Roethlisberger, 98.1 in 2004 Challengers: Washington’s Robert Griffin III, with 104.1; Seattle’s Russell Wilson, with 98.0 When to watch: Redskins-Cowboys, 8:20 p.m.; Seahawks-Rams, 4:25 p.m. Rookie Completion Percentage Record-holder: Ben Roethlisberger, 66.44 percent, 2004 Challenger: Washington’s Robert Griffin III, 66.40 percent When to watch: Redskins-Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. Rookie Touchdown Passes Record-holder: Peyton Manning, 26 Challenger: Seattle’s Russell Wilson, 25 When to watch: Seahawks-Rams, 4:25 p.m. Rookie Pass Completions Record-holder: Sam Bradford, 354 (Peyton Manning, 326) Challenger: Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck, 325 When to watch: Texans-Colts, 1 p.m. Click here for our playoff picture live blog>>
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

TCU puts up 82 points in win over Texas Tech

Agent: Joe Maddon prepared to sit out season if need be

Report: Chandler Jones could miss rest of season

Report: Army football enticed recruits with alcohol, women

Report: Kobe viewed Dwight Howard's departure as 'positive'

Lions suspend CJ Mosley, send him home from London

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Federal judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

Report: Bucs sign Gerald McCoy to seven-year extension

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans about booing

Report: Shonn Greene arrested after parking in handicap spot

Report: Joe Maddon wants a very hefty salary

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Couple dresses up in Ray Rice Blackface Halloween costume

WATCH: Kentucky DB Blake McClain lays out Miss. St. WR

WATCH: Dwyane Wade videobombs himself

GRAPHIC: Cam Atkinson shows how close he was to losing eye

WATCH: 350-pound Arkansas lineman throws TD pass

Penn State fans blew air horns outside Ohio State's hotel?

WATCH: Oregon's Charles Nelson has impressive punt return TD

WATCH: American flag rips during Game 3 national anthem

WATCH: Tony Parker draws foul by simply yelling 'hey'

Video: Tom Izzo takes the stage with KISS on Midnight Madness

Eight NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Report: Army enticed recruits with alcohol, women

Penn State fans blew air horn at Ohio State players' hotel?

Tim Tebow lectures Florida fans

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.