June 17, 2024

Longest active NFL streaks entering 2023: Patrick Mahomes, Russell Wilson on edge of history

One of the best features of the NFL Excellence is evident every season, especially consistent success from the league’s best players. Putting up numbers every year separates the great from the good, or what makes a player elite at the position.

There are plenty of active streaks on the line before the 2023 season. Some will likely continue and others will need work to complete. Whether the streaks continue or not, it’s great to keep them (even when they’re lost).

Here are the streaks worth monitoring as training camps begin around the league:

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Mike Evans in consecutive 1,000+ yard receiving seasons

Evans has played nine NFL seasons and has recorded nine 1,000-yard receiving seasons, the longest active streak in the NFL. A 1,000-yard season would extend the streak to 10, as Evans would join Jerry Rice as the only players ever with 1,000 receiving yards in 10 consecutive seasons.

Derrick Henry 10+ TD running seasons in a row

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Henry has five straight seasons of rushing for 10-plus touchdowns. Only two other players have an active streak of multiple seasons with 10-plus rushing touchdowns: Jalen Hurts and Austin Ekeler with two.

If Henry rushes for 10-plus touchdowns this season, he will become the third player in NFL history to reach the mark in six consecutive seasons – joining LaDainian Tomlinson (nine) and Adrian Peterson ( seven).

Patrick Mahomes 4,000+ passing season in a row

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Mahomes has five consecutive 4,000-yard passing seasons, which was behind Tom Brady for the longest active streak in the NFL (Brady had six straight). Since Brady’s retirement, Mahomes is the only player with this active streak going into the 2023 season.

He has a ways to go to catch Drew Brees, who had 12 consecutive seasons of 4,000-plus yards passing.

Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen in consecutive 35+ TD seasons

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Mahomes and Allen each have three consecutive seasons of passing for 35-plus touchdowns, which are currently tied for the longest streaks in NFL history. They can surpass the mark and sit atop the record books with 35 touchdown passes this season.

The next quarterback with three straight? Drew Brees (2011-2013).

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Simmons has three consecutive seasons with five-plus interceptions. He can join Darren Sharper (2000-2003) as the only players since 2000 to reach the mark in four consecutive seasons.

Emlen Tunnell has the longest streak in NFL history with 10, from 1948 to 1957.

Bobby Wagner 100+ consecutive tackle seasons

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Wagner has 11 consecutive seasons with over 100 tackles, or a 100-plus tackle season in every season he has played in the NFL.

He can become the first player since 2000 to reach the mark in each of his first 12 seasons, joining London Fletcher (14 consecutive seasons from 2000-2013) as the only players since 2000 with at least 100 tackles in 12 straight years. Derrick Brooks has over 100 tickets in 12 consecutive years.

Russell Wilson 3000+ passing season in a row

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Wilson has 11 consecutive seasons of over 3,000 passing yards. He will need 3,000 passing yards to join Peyton Manning as the only players to reach the mark in each of their first 12 seasons.

Tom Brady had the longest streak at 14, but it ended last season. Matt Ryan also had a 13-season streak, but is now an analyst for CBS.

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Adams and Diggs have three consecutive seasons with over 100 catches. They can become the third and fourth players ever to accomplish the feat in four or more consecutive seasons, joining Antonio Brown (six, 2013-2018) and Marvin Harrison (four, 1999 -2002).

Myles Garrett 10+ sack season in a row

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Garrett has 10-plus sacks in each of the past five seasons, taking the mantle from Aaron Donald (who had five consecutive seasons from 2017 to 2021).

Reggie White (1985-1993) had nine straight 10-plus sack seasons and John Randle (1992-1999) had eight, so Garrett has a ways to go.

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Leaders in consecutive seasons with a winning record

Kansas City has a winning record in 10 straight seasons, or every season Andy Reid has been their coach (Reid started with the Chiefs in 2013). The next closest team is the Bills with four.

The Chiefs are the 10th team in NFL history with 10 consecutive winning seasons. The Cowboys’ longest streak is 20 (1966-1985).

Consecutive season leaders making playoffs

Kansas City has made the playoffs in eight straight seasons, doubling the longest streak (Bills at four). The streak is tied for the fourth-longest in NFL history, and looks a playoff away from tying the Colts and Cowboys for second place with nine.

The Patriots have the longest playoff streak in NFL history at 11 (2009-2019).

Jets consecutive seasons with a losing record

New York has seven straight seasons with a losing record, dating back to 2016 (the Broncos are second with six). The Buccaneers have the longest winning streak at 14 (1983-1996).

Jets consecutive seasons missing the playoffs

New York has missed the playoffs 12 straight seasons (Denver has the second longest drought at seven). That’s not even close to the all-time mark, set by Washington from 1946 to 1971.

Lions consecutive seasons without a playoff victory

Detroit has gone 31 straight seasons without a playoff win and Miami has gone 22 years without winning a playoff game, the longest active streaks in the league. Oakland / Las Vegas has gone 20 straight.

This isn’t even the longest playoff streak in Lions history, as the franchise went 33 straight years without winning a playoff game from 1958 to 1991. The Cardinals have the longest streak without winning a playoff game at 50 year (1948 to 1998).

Lions championship game appearance drought

Detroit has not been in an NFL championship game since 1957, a streak of 65 years. That’s the longest streak in NFL history, topping the Cardinals’ run of 59 straight years from 1949 to 2008.

The Browns have an active streak of 57 years, which is the third longest.

Cardinals championship drought

The Cardinals have a 75-year championship drought, the longest active streak in the NFL (Detroit is second at 65). That is the longest streak in NFL history.

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