While the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have a whole heck of a lot to play for the final two weeks of the season, the final two weeks of the 2013 campaign are big for wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Brown has already put together one of the best seasons a Steelers wide receiver has ever had, but with a couple of big weeks to round out the year, he has a chance to re-write the Steelers record books.
In only his fourth NFL season, Brown has already caught 95 passes for 1,307 yards. Those are All-Pro numbers all by themselves, but if Brown finishes strong he could turn in a season for the ages.
He needs just 92 yards receiving to break Yancey Thigpen’s 1997 team record of 1,398 yards, a mark he could realistically break this Sunday against Green Bay. If he does so, the next number to watch is Hines Ward’s 2002 record of 112 receptions.
That number is a bit more out of reach. Brown’s 95 catches currently has him tied withWard for the second-best season in Steelers history, but if he has a big week this Sunday, Ward’s record could fall in the final game of the season against the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns have a very good secondary, but if the number is attainable and it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Steelers try and feed Brown the ball a ton, mixing in a lot of wide receiver screens to up his reception total.
With not a lot to get excited about the remainder of the 2013 season, Brown’s assault on the Steelers record books is certainly one thing to keep an eye on.
It’s already been a great season for Brown, but it has the chance to become historic before it is all said and done.