In his last start of 2017, Carson Wentz managed to do a lot. He helped the Eagles clinch their division, ensuring that the NFC East would continue its run of not having a team finish in first two seasons in a row (the last team to do it was the Eagles in 2004). He set the Philadelphia franchise mark for touchdown passes in a single season with 33, moving ahead of Sonny Jurgensen's 56-year-old record. And finally, he moved into 11th in Eagles history for passing yards and passing touchdowns, just a hair ahead of Nick Foles.
This Sunday against the Giants, Foles takes the job back and likely takes his spot back.
Records are made to be broken and milestones are meant to be met. Wentz's potential MVP season was sadly ended by a torn ACL, but he's the type of quarterback who will get a lot more opportunities to do something we haven't seen before.
There are always interesting marks, both around the league and within a franchise, for players to hit. Wentz did that for the Eagles this season, and here are records and milestones to watch for the other 31 teams in the final few weeks of the 2017 regular season.
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick: all-time wins
Three games to go and three wins needed for third place: Belichick is at 247 career wins, just behind third-place Tom Landry, who has 250. Don Shula (328) and George Halas (318) are still far ahead at the top. And when it happens in January, Belichick's 37th career playoff game will break a three-way tie to be the most ever.
Chandler Jones: franchise single-season sacks
Jones has 14 sacks with three games to go. He needs three more to break the franchise record, currently held by Simeon Rice. Rice had 16 1/2 sacks for the Cardinals in 1999, then left two years later to make the rich richer when he signed with the Buccaneers. Jones signed an $83-million deal in March, so he's not likely to leave any time soon.
Adrian Peterson needed four yards to pass Marshall Faulk for 11th and 37 yards to catch Jim Brown, but he was placed on injured reserve on Thursday, and certainly there is doubt that he'll play again.
Russell Wilson: franchise single-season touchdown passes
Wilson needs six more touchdown passes to give him 35 this season to break his own franchise record set in 2015. He's also on pace for the single-season franchise record in passing yards, putting him alone with the top three seasons in Seahawks history in that category.
Le'Veon Bell: single-season touches
Bell is on pace for 348 carries and 93 catches; those 441 touches would tie Eric Dickerson for ninth-most in a single season. It wasn't long ago that a back was this heavily utilized: DeMarco Murray had 449 touches in 2014. The next season, he signed a free-agent deal with the Eagles and had just 237 touches in 15 games before being traded to the Titans in the offseason. With Bell set to be a free agent in 2018, it seems obvious that the Steelers aren't afraid to get as much out of him as they can.
New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara: franchise rookie season yards from scrimmage
Kamara is on pace for 1,535 total yards, which would be the second-most by a rookie in franchise history behind George Rogers in 1981. It would also be the eighth-most for a rookie drafted outside of the first round. He's on pace for 16 touchdowns, which would be the most ever by a rookie drafted after the second round. The craziest part of all of this is that Kamara is so productive despite teammate Mark Ingram heading toward an All-Pro nod.
Leonard Fournette: rookie running backs
Fournette is likely to become 19th rookie with at least 1,000 rushing yards, 10 TDs and 200 receiving yards. He would join six Hall of Famers, Adrian Peterson, several borderline Hall of Famers and Ezekiel Elliott.
Frank Gore: all-time leading rushers
Gore just broke the record for most carries in a single game by a player at least 34 years old. Gore needs 243 rushing yards to tie Curtis Martin for fourth all-time. Not bad for a guy who was once drafted in the third round because of concerns of his durability. Also, Adam Vinatieri is 13 field goals made behind Morten Andersen for the most.
Frank Gore tonight joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith (13 straight from 1990-2002) as the only players in NFL history to record at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in 12 consecutive seasons. pic.twitter.com/s5TdF9VuDt- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 15, 2017
LeSean McCoy: 10,000 yards
McCoy needs 39 yards for 10,000 in his career. McCoy is a little less than 200 yards from scrimmage behind O.J. Simpson.
New York Jets
Matt Forte: 10,000 yards
Forte needs 247 yards to reach the mark.
Marshawn Lynch: 10,000 yards
Lynch needs 279 to get into this category, as well.
Jamaal Charles: career rushing
Charles signed with the Broncos in the offseason, and he needs 57 yards to pass Denver legend Terrell Davis for 55th most all-time. However, he got zero carries against the Colts on Thursday night.
Cam Newton: QB rushing yards
Newton is 88 yards behind a legendary running quarterback in Steve Young in rushing yards. Newton will then become fourth all-time in that category, but he's still nearly 2,000 yards behind first-place Michael Vick. Newton's 53 career rushing touchdowns are already the most ever by a QB.
Joe Flacco: moving up the all-time passer list
Flacco needs just 415 more yards to pass Jim Kelly for 25th. By next year he could move ahead of Matt Hasselbeck, Donovan McNabb, Boomer Esiason and Dave Krieg. Flacco isn't far behind Aaron Rodgers and will soon pass Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana.
Matthew Stafford: moving ahead of the best color commentator in the NFL
You can't hold a lead if you retire early. Stafford lost to Tony Romo in the 2014 playoffs, but he needs just 198 yards to pass Romo on the all-time passing list. Romo is calling the Steelers-Patriots game this weekend, so he won't be in the booth to talk about it when it happens.
Los Angeles Chargers
Antonio Gates: undrafted free agent receiving yards
Gates played for three years with Keenan McCardell, and he is now two yards behind McCardell for 32nd all-time. He's also 19 yards behind Rod Smith for the most ever among UDFAs.
Los Angeles Rams
Greg Zuerlein: single-season field goals
Zuerlein has made 36 field goals, which is eight behind the single-season record of 44 by David Akers, who did so with the 49ers in 2011. Zuerlein needs only four field goals to tie Neil Rackers (Cardinals, 2005) for second-most.
Brett Kern: best punting seasons
Kern is averaging 51.5 yards/punt, which would be an NFL record.
New York Giants
Eli Manning: passing John Elway
Elway helped Eli's brother get another Super Bowl ring in 2015, but that won't stop Eli from surpassing Elway in passing yards. It just won't happen this season. Manning's time with the Giants may or may not end after this season, but somewhere, he will likely pass Elway in career passing yards. In fact, so will Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers if all three quarterbacks are still around in 2018. The three players, who were drafted moments apart from each other in 2004, are currently seventh, eighth and ninth in career passing yards.
Mitchell Trubisky: best rookie QB in franchise history
Talk about a low bar. Trubisky has just 1,508 passing yards and six touchdowns, but he needs 362 passing yards to pass Kyle Orton for the most ever by a rookie in Bears history, and five touchdown passes to tie Charlie O'Rourke in that category.
DeShone Kizer: franchise most interceptions by a rookie
I hate to go negative for the Browns (again), but Kizer and Hue Jackson made it too easy. Kizer has already tied Brandon Weeden for most interceptions by a rookie in Cleveland history (17) and there are three games left. He'd still need six touchdowns to tie Tim Couch for most by a Browns rookie in the modern era, and eight to tie Otto Graham's 17 touchdowns in 1946.
Andy Dalton: franchise wins
He may have zero playoffs win, but Dalton has also made four trips to the postseason because he's had his fair share of success in the regular season. Dalton's next win will tie him with Boomer Esiason for the second-most in franchise history at 62. He's way behind leader Ken Anderson, who had 91 wins in a 16-year career. Dalton is already the franchise leader all-time in ties, with two.
DeAndre Hopkins: franchise single-season touchdowns
Deshaun Watson was having a historic season when he tore his ACL, potentially robbing him of the franchise record for single-season touchdowns as a rookie. He did, however, help his buddy Hopkins out in that regard. Hopkins needs 27 catches to catch Andre Johnson's franchise record for receptions (115) and 365 yards to catch him in yards (1,598), but, surprisingly, Hopkins has already tied his own franchise record for touchdowns (11).
Kansas City Chiefs
Alex Smith: multiple franchise marks
Kansas City just drafted Smith's eventual replacement, Patrick Mahomes, but Smith has held onto the job and done quite well for himself despite the recent KC slide. Smith needs seven more touchdowns to tie the franchise mark for a single season (30), currently held by Len Dawson. Smith's 104.4 passer rating would be the best ever for a Chiefs QB. He is currently tied with Trent Green for the second-most wins in franchise history (48). He'll soon pass Bill Kenney for third all-time in franchise passing yards, potentially this Sunday against the Chargers. Also, Kareem Hunt needs 75 rushing yards to tie Joe Delaney's franchise rookie record, so he should smash that. He's just 16 yards shy of Abner Haynes' franchise rookie record for total yards.
Adam Gase: back-to-back winning seasons
Gase and the Dolphins have won their past two games to improve to 6-7. He needs to help them win each of their last three games to have Miami post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2003.
Kirk Cousins: moving up the franchise passing list … too late?
There weren't many notable records on the line that I could find for Washington, but Cousins is a little less than 400 career yards behind Mark Rypien for fourth-most in franchise history. He'd still need a couple more seasons in D.C. to catch Sammy Baugh and Sonny Jurgensen, and another year after that to get to Joe Theismann at No. 1. First, the team needs to finally sign him to a long-term deal.
Demarcus Lawrence: Cowboys' 15-sack club
Only three times in franchise history has a Cowboys player hit 15 sacks in a single season … all by DeMarcus Ware. Lawrence is now at 13 1/2 sacks with three games to go. Ware's all-time best was 20 sacks in 2008, which seems like it is really far away for Lawrence, but he did have 6 1/2 sacks in the first three games of the year.
Green Bay Packers
Jordy Nelson: franchise receiving yards
Earlier this season, Clay Matthews became the franchise's all-time leader in sacks. Nelson has a long way to go to catch Donald Driver in the 10,000-yard receiving club -- Nelson is at 7,809 -- but he's 182 yards shy of Don Hutson for the fourth-most in franchise history.
Adam Thielen: 1,400 yards receiving
It's hard to stand out as a receiver in a franchise that once had Randy Moss and Cris Carter, but Thielen has 1,400 yards in his sights right now. Thielen has 1,161 yards, putting him 239 yards away from becoming only the second player in Vikings history to reach that mark; Moss did it three times. Carter's career high was 1,371. Only five undrafted free agents have ever reached that mark.
Julio Jones: 100-yard games
Jones has 38 100-yard games in seven seasons. With two more, he'll become just the 21st player to have at least 40 such games. He has one more 100-yard game than Antonio Brown, who started the same season as Jones, while Larry Fitzgerald has 45 100-yard games, and he started six years earlier.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans: franchise touchdowns
Evans is having a rough season: He hasn't had a 100-yard game all year, and he caught his last touchdown on Oct. 22. But his next touchdown will be his 32nd, breaking a tie for second place in Tampa history with Kevin House. He also won't be far off from leader Jimmie Giles, who had 34 touchdowns with the Bucs. What's really going on with Evans, though? Three more touchdowns this season seems unlikely.
San Francisco 49ers
Joe Staley: all-time franchise games played
The 49ers won't have much to remember 2017 for other than the changes up top and acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo. But Staley has been healthy, and the left tackle needs two more games played to pass Joe Perry for 17th most in franchise history. Really, this is just an opportunity to talk about Jerry Rice. Like most things, Rice is the all-time leader by a mile and three halves. He played in 238 games for San Francisco, then played in 65 more with the Raiders and Seahawks. Now that's one for the record books.