Unless the Indianapolis Colts (3-7) make a miraculous run at things following their Week 11 bye, the playoffs aren’t the storyline to look for. Instead, this week I am pointing out several others that I am watching instead.
Here are several milestones that can be met by Colts players in the final six games.
- Needs two games with a touchdown pass of 60-plus yards to pass Johnny Unitas (five in 1960) for the most in a season single season in franchise history.
- Needs two rushing touchdowns to pass Tony Dorsett (77) for 22nd in NFL history.
- Needs 89 rushing yards to pass Jerome Bettis (13,662) for sixth in NFL history. All six players in front of Gore (Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, LaDainian Tomlinson, Bettis) are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Needs 111 rushing yards to pass Tomlinson (13,684) for fifth in NFL history.
- Needs 528 rushing yards to pass Martin (14,101) for fourth in NFL history.
- Needs 66 carries to pass Tomlinson (3,174) for fifth in NFL history.
- Needs three rushing touchdowns to pass Ricky Watters and Marshawn Lynch (78) for 20th in NFL history.
- Needs 278 total yards from scrimmage to pass Martin (17,430) for eighth in NFL history.
- Needs 502 total yards from scrimmage to pass Marcus Allen (17,654) for seventh in NFL history.
- Needs two 100-yard rushing games to pass O.J. Simpson (42) for 16th in NFL history.
- If Gore reaches 1,000 rushing yards this season, he would join Smith (11), Martin (10), Payton (10) and Sanders (10) as the only players in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in at least 10 different seasons.
- If he reaches 1,000 rushing yards this season, he would join John Riggins (1,347 in 1983 and 1,239 in 1984) and John Henry Johnson (1,048 in 1964) as the only players in NFL history to run for 1,000 yards at the age of 34 or older. Gore would also join the two as the only players to run for 1,000 yards twice at the age of 33 or older. Gore would join Riggins as the only players to run for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons at the age of 33 or older.
- Gore needs eight total touchdowns to reach 100 for his career, becoming just the 25th player in NFL history to reach that mark.
- Needs two receptions to pass Bill Brooks (411) for the fifth most in franchise history.
- Needs 18 receptions to pass Dallas Clark (427) for the fourth most in franchise history.
- Needs 275 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the season.
- With a 1,000-yard season, would join Marvin Harrison (8) and Reggie Wayne (8) as the only players in franchise history to reach that mark in five different seasons.
- Needs three receiving touchdowns to pass Marcus Pollard (35) for the ninth most in franchise history.
- Needs two games with 150-plus receiving yards to pass Marvin (11) for the most such games in franchise history.
- Hilton is tied for the second-longest active streak of consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards, with Antonio Brown (4). They rank behind Demaryius Thomas (5).
- Needs eight receptions to set a new single-season career high (60).
- Needs 16 receptions to pass Jacob Tamme (67) for the third-most by a tight end in a single season in franchise history.
- Needs to play and start in one game to reach 100 for his career.
- Needs to play in one game to reach 100 for his career.
- Needs two made field goal from 30-39 yards to pass John Carney (165) for the fourth-most from that distance in NFL history.
- Needs two made field goals from 50-plus yards to pass Jason Elam and Phil Dawson (39) for the sixth-most from that distance in NFL history.
- Needs 18 made field goals to pass Morten Andersen (565) for the most in NFL history.
- Needs 20 made extra point attempts to pass Gary Anderson (820) for the third-most in NFL history.
- Needs six wins to pass George Blanda (209) for the most career regular season wins in NFL history.
Other Colts Storylines to Monitor
Part 1: Brissett’s Development, Wilson’s Role
Part 2: The Vets Return, Impending Free Agents