What will it take for the Redskins to win on Thursday?
At the midway point of the season, some Redskins players are on pace to break some significant and longstanding team records.
Wide receiver Pierre Garçon is in the midst of having a career year with 54 receptions for 684 yards. He is just 16 catches short of his career best of 70 with the Colts in 2011.
If he stays on his current pace he will claim the team record for receptions in a season. That record currently belongs to Hall of Fame receiver Art Monk, who caught 106 passes in 1984. Garçon will have 108 catches if he continues on his current pace.
Garçon will have to have more games like he had on Sunday, when he averaged almost 25 yards per reception, if he is going to claim the team’s other major receiving record. In 2005, Santana Moss racked up 1,483 receiving yards to set the team mark. Garçon is on pace to pick up 1,368 yards.
Another longstanding team record could fall. Jay Schroeder set the team record for passing yards in a season with 4,109 in 1986. Robert Griffin III currently has 2,169 passing yards, putting him on pace to throw for 4,338.
At first glance, it looks like Alfred Morris will have a hard time breaking the team single-season rushing record he set last year. He set the mark with 1,613 yards last year and he has 686 this year. That puts him on pace to gain a very respectable 1,372 yards. That would be an excellent season but not a record setting one.
However, if you look at Morris’ numbers at the same time last year you have to think that Morris has a chance. In the first eight games of 2012 he rushed for 717 yards, just 21 more than he has now. If he can turn it on down the stretch like he did last year, gaining at least 87 yards in each of the last six games of the season, he has a chance.