17-game NFL season could break these Ravens records

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17-game NFL season could break these Ravens records originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The NFL has approved the addition of a 17th regular-season game, marking the first time since 1978 that the league has changed the number of games in the regular season. Adding an additional game leaves the door open for lots of changes to the single-season record books. Which of the Baltimore Ravens’ single-season records are in danger of being broken in 2021?

Passing Yards: 4,317 -- Joe Flacco (2016)

During the 2016 season, quarterback Joe Flacco set the Ravens’ single-season passing yards record by throwing for 4,317 yards. 

Flacco owns eight of the Ravens’ 10 best passing seasons with Vinny Testaverde and Lamar Jackson holding the other two spots. Jackson’s MVP campaign in 2019 comes in at No. 10 on the list.

Passing Touchdowns: 36 -- Lamar Jackson (2019)

Speaking of Jackson’s MVP season, he threw for a franchise-record 36 touchdowns during the 2019 season. Only Testaverde, who threw 33 scores in 1996, has cracked the 30-touchdown mark as a Raven. 

Jackson threw for 26 scores in 2020, which comes in at No. 4 on the Ravens’ all-time list. He will look to build on back-to-back strong seasons in the 2021 campaign. 

Rushing Yards: 2,066 -- Jamal Lewis (2003)

It is hard to find a season better than running back Jamal Lewis’ 2003 campaign. Lewis ran for 2,066 yards, the third-highest single season total in NFL history, and scored 14 touchdowns. 

Lewis is one of just eight players to have eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in a single season, and he ran for over 1,000 yards in five of his six seasons in Baltimore.

Rushing Touchdowns: 14 -- Jamal Lewis (2003)

It’s only right that Lewis’ 2003 season also set the Ravens’ record for most touchdowns in a single season with 14. 

Five Ravens have rushed for 10 or more scores in a season, but Lewis’ 14 touchdowns edges out Ray Rice (12 in 2011) and Willis McGahee (12 in 2009). 

With Mark Ingram no longer in the backfield, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards will have a chance to break Lewis’ marks in 2021.

Receptions: 103 -- Derrick Mason (2007)

Derrick Mason is the only Raven to ever total over 100 catches in a single season, as he had 103 receptions during the 2007 season. 

Mason holds three of the top four spots for the most single-season receptions in Ravens’ history, with Dennis Pitta’s 86-catch season in 2016 coming in a tie for second.

The Ravens haven’t had a wide receiver total 75 or more catches since Kamar Aiken in 2015. Marquise Brown and newly-acquired wideout Sammy Watkins will try and break that trend this season.

Receiving Yards: 1,201 -- Michael Jackson (1996)

The Ravens have had 12 seasons where a player had over 1,000 receiving yards, but Michael Jackson’s 1,201 yards in 1996 leads the pack. 

Jackson’s 1996 season is one of the better receiving seasons in team history, and the team hasn’t had a player top 1,000 receiving yards since Mike Wallace in 2016. 

Mark Andrews, who had 852 receiving yards in 2019, was the closest to breaking 1,000 yards since the 2016 season.

Receiving Touchdowns: 14 -- Michael Jackson (1996)

Jackson’s 1996 season not only had him setting the franchise record for receiving yards, but it also netted him the most touchdowns in a single season with 14. 

Jackson’s final numbers that year: 75 catches, 1,201 yards, 14 scores. 

There isn’t another Raven in franchise history that has had a season with 75 or more catches, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 scores.

Sacks: 17 -- Elvis Dumervil (2014)

Elvis Dumervil holds the Ravens’ record for the most sacks in a single season with 17 during the 2014 campaign. 

Baltimore had an overhaul of its pass rush this offseason, as Yannick Ngakoue signed with the Las Vegas Raiders and Matthew Judon joined the New England Patriots. 

The Ravens did bring back Tyus Bowser and would love to see him push Dumervil’s record this upcoming season.

Peter Dewey contributed to this story.