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    http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/StreetCred/2007/10/03/The_Top_10_Unbreakable_NFL_Records

    Ok call me a homer or optimist or dreamer or whatever but in a perfect world some of these are possible...

    09. Jerry Rice 22 receiving touchdowns in a season – Despite the evolution of the West Coast Offense, Greatest Show on Turf, and Manning’s Colts, this record has remained relatively safe. Sterling Sharpe has come the closest with 18 touchdowns in the 1994 season. Randy Moss has had a couple 17-touchdown seasons. The problem is that they played an entire season. Jerry Rice had 22 touchdowns, despite only playing in 12 games, due to the player strike. Randy Moss has had a couple 17-touchdown seasons and seems poised at making a run at this record this season. However, when you consider that no receiver in a 16 game schedule has come within 4 touchdowns of this record, it is truly an amazing accomplishment; one that quite probably will never be broken.

    Moss and Brady could do this this year...

    10. The 1998 Minnesota Vikings score 556 points in a single season – I know that purist will remind of the 466 points the Rams scored in 12 games back in 1950, which averaged out to 38.8 per game. However, with a 16 game schedule, that record really isn’t practical. A team would have to score over 620 points to eclipse that feat. This was by far the most dominant offense I have ever seen in the 16 game schedule era. Their lowest output in a game was 24 points. They scored over 30 points 11 times. In a 4 game stretch from week 13 to week 17 they average 45.5 points per game. There have been a few teams that have come fairly close. The 1983 Redskins and 2000 Rams had 541 points and 540 points. The 2004 Colts had a 49-touchdown passer and three receivers over 10 touchdowns, yet only got to 522 points. The 2006 Chargers had a 31-touchdown player, yet failed to break 500 points. While the 2000 Rams came the closest since the Vikings scored 556 points, the Rams scored 330 in their first 8 games, as opposed to 210 their second half, mainly due to injuries to Warner and Faulk. When you consider the talent, scheme, scheduling, and luck it takes to challenge this record, it will take a very special offense to surpass the 1998 Minnesota Vikings offense.

    It is not our style to run up the score. But the potential is there.

    03. Miami’s 17-0 1972 season – We have had a couple teams tease us. The 1985 Bears were probably the closest, going 15-1. They lost a week 13 game at Miami 38-24. The 1998 Vikings and Broncos challenged. The Vikings went 15-1, and lost their only game by 4 points. However, they weren’t even the last team to go undefeated that season and failed to even qualify for the Super Bowl. The 1998 Broncos went 13-0, but lost 2 of their last 3 games. Same went for the 2005 Colts. While it doesn’t seem impossible, no one has been able to do it in 35 years. That is saying something. After four weeks have been played in 2007, only Dallas, Green Bay, Indy, and New England are still in the running. Of those four New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts would appear to have the best shot. Week 4 is still way to early. We’ll see if either of these teams is able to accomplish the feat.

    Also within the realm of Possibility...

    You can merge this with any of the feel good 19-0 threads if you like.:D
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    Yeah, it's not in that particular article, but how about:

    - Most Games, 100 or more Yards Receiving in a single season : 11 - Michael Irvin

    Only 7 more to go. :)

    By the way, in that link you posted, I particularly enjoyed #2. Who the heck is "BLEEP Night Train Lane" ? :D

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    I hate "Unbreakable Records" lists.

    None of those records are unbreakable.

    It should be a "Toughest Records to Break" list. 50 years ago some guy probably wrote an unbreakable records list of records that have all been broken by now.
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    The Bears actually went 18-1 that season.

    How about the 1985 Bears outscoring their playoff opponents 91-10 over the three playoff games. I can't see that one being broken, in particular the defense allowing an average of 3 points a game throughout the playoffs and the super bowl.
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