Dec 22, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) congratulates wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field. Falcons won 31-18. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Four Detroit Lions Franchise Records That Could Be Broken in 2013


The Detroit Lions’ superstars may be young but Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford are each within striking distance of a couple of franchise records.

1. Career Passes Attempted
Current Record Holder: Bobby Layne, 2,193 attempts
Matthew Stafford broke Bobby Layne’s franchise record for completions in a career during the 2012 season but Layne’s low completion percentage meant his career attempts mark was a bit further out. Needing 330 more attempts to catch Layne, even a mostly healthy season from Stafford will see him break the mark. At last year’s average of nearly 45 attempts per game, Stafford would break the record in game eight with a target range extending into game ten based on a more modest 35 attempts per game.

2. Career Receiving Yards
Current Record Holder: Herman Moore, 9,174 yards
If Calvin Johnson can come anywhere near repeating his insane performances over the last two years, he will overtake Herman Moore’s club record for receiving yards in a career. If Megatron gets on another pace near a 2,000 yard season he could pass Moore in front of a national television audience on Thanksgiving Day. A 100 yards per game pace sets the milestone in game 14 while a step back to an 85 yards per game average gets the job done in the season finale. Important to note that it won’t necessarily take another freak year for Calvin to break this record. He needs 1,338 yards nearly identical to what he totaled in his second professional season.

3. Career Passing Touchdowns
Current Record Holder: Bobby Layne, 118 touchdowns
With 80 touchdowns through his first four seasons. Matthew Stafford sits 38 touchdowns shy of the Lions’ career mark of 118. This record may turn out to be out of reach in 2013 but if Stafford can return to the prolific scoring form that saw him throw 41 touchdown passes in 2011, he could catch Layne in week 16 or 17.

4. Career Touchdown Receptions
Current Record Holder: Herman Moore, 64 touchdowns
The franchise record in striking distance with the most variability in terms of when it might be broken is Herman Moore’s career receiving touchdowns mark. Calvin Johnson needs 8 touchdown catches to tie Moore and nine to stand alone. He caught his ninth touchdown pass of the 2011 season in game six but finished his prolific 2012 season with only five. The smart money is on Megatron catching at least nine touchdown passes in 2013 but when he’ll get his ninth is anyone’s guess.

Here is a look at the record targets in graphical form:

*Cliff Avril finished his Lions career 2 forced fumbles short of Robert Porcher‘s franchise record – certainly within striking distance if he had not departed via free agency.

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