The Carolina Panthers are playing incredible football this year as evident of an 11-0 record and the last undefeated team this year. This is due to excellent individual performances by key players and as a team they have won two NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards, two NFC Defensive Player of the week awards, two NFC Defensive Player of the Month awards and there is a strong possibility a few more could be on the way.
While an undefeated season would be special in itself, only two teams have ever gone undefeated in the regular season, two players on the team are chasing individual NFL records that could be broken before the end of the regular season.
Cam Newton is chasing two of these records with one possible being tied on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Right now, Newton has 30 games with at least one passing and one rushing touchdown and sits one game behind Hall of Famer Steve Young. The impressive part about this record is that Young started 143 games to get to 31 while Newton has only started 73 regular season games and could break the record in just over half the amount of games.
The other record Newton is chasing is most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, set by Otto Graham in 1955 with 44 rushing touchdowns. This record has stood for 60 years with Steve Young coming the closest to breaking it in 1999, falling one rushing touchdown short.
Once again, it is impressive just how quickly Newton has gotten to this point rushing for 40 touchdowns in 73 compared to Graham's 44 touchdowns in 117 games. This record seems to be a little tougher to break as Newton would have to average one rushing touchdown a game over the final five weeks to break it.
The other player chasing a record is defensive end Kony Ealy, who is halfway to the NFL record in most consecutive games with a sack. According to NFL.com, the record was set in 1993 by Denver Broncos' Simon Fletcher who registered a sack in 10 straight games.
There was two players who came within one game, Bruce Smith and former Carolina Panther Kevin Greene, who had a chance to tie the record in the 1998 season. After not registering a sack over the first six games of this year, Ealy has had a sack each of the past five games.
It has been a memorable season for the Carolina Panthers and the Panthers' could be adding their name to the record books before the end of the season.
*All records courtesy of Pro Football Reference, unless otherwise noted.