Wednesday, February 8, 2012
In my last post, I mentioned how I thought that the season Drew Brees put together also served to highlight how good Marino's '84 season really was. That wasn't the only time that happened this year. Remember when Calvin Johnson had 9 touchdowns in the first five games? At the time, it looked like he was going to make a run at the record for most receiving touchdowns in a season. Heck, he was on pace for 29 touchdowns. While he didn't quite reach the record, I think the season he had should only highlight how amazing Jerry Rice's '87 season was. I say that because if you think Calvin Johnson scoring 9 touchdowns in 5 games is impressive, how much more impressive is it that Rice scored 22 touchdowns in 12 games? Calvin Johnson was on pace for 29 touchdowns through 5 games. Jerry Rice was on pace for 29 touchdowns through 12. Imagine if he would've had four more games. And if you think that he wouldn't have reached 29, consider that Calvin Johnson was on pace for 16 touchdowns through 12 games and finished with what? That's right, 16. Or that Randy Moss was on pace for 23 touchdowns through 12 games and finished with what? You guessed it, 23. But for the sake of argument, let's assume that Rice doesn't reach 29. What if he reached even 25 or 26? Would that be an unbreakable record? I mean, it took Randy Moss until the last game of the year - as a part of the greatest offense in history - to even break the record that Rice had set in 12 games. If Moss on the '07 Pats couldn't touch the level of production of Rice's '87 season, then who could?