Eagles WR A.J. Brown breaks NFL record held by Calvin Johnson

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown made history on Sunday, becoming the first player in NFL history to record six consecutive games with at least 125 receiving yards. He surpassed the previous record of five games, shared by Pat Studstill (1966) and Calvin Johnson (2012).

A.J. Brown

Brown’s dominant performance against Washington

Brown had eight catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 34-27 win over the Washington Commanders at FedExField. He scored on a 12-yard slant in the first quarter and a 28-yard fade in the fourth quarter, both from quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Brown now has 60 receptions for 939 yards and five touchdowns on the season, putting him on pace to eclipse Johnson’s single-season receiving yards record of 1,964 yards, set back in 2012. He is also averaging a league-leading 18.7 yards per catch among qualified receivers.

Brown’s remarkable streak of games

Brown’s streak of 125-yard games began in Week 3, when he had six catches for 128 yards and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys. He followed that up with seven catches for 143 yards and a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4.

In Week 5, he had nine catches for 156 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. In Week 6, he had seven catches for 133 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Week 7, he had eight catches for 139 yards and a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Brown has been the focal point of the Eagles’ offense, which ranks second in the league in passing yards per game (314.9) and fourth in total yards per game (411.4). He has accounted for 37.8% of the team’s receiving yards and 31.3% of the team’s receptions.

Brown’s trade and extension with the Eagles

Brown was traded to the Eagles from the Tennessee Titans in April, in exchange for their 18th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and a third-round pick. The Titans had drafted Brown in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss.

According to The MMQB’s Albert Breer, the Eagles have agreed to a four-year extension with Brown, worth $100 million. The deal includes $65 million guaranteed and makes him the highest-paid receiver in the league.

Brown has quickly established himself as one of the best receivers in the league and a fan favorite in Philadelphia. He has drawn comparisons to Johnson, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.

Brown’s competition with Tyreek Hill

Brown is not the only receiver who is chasing Johnson’s record this season. Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins has also been putting up impressive numbers, with 61 catches for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns.

Hill is averaging 16.6 yards per catch and has four games with at least 125 receiving yards. He is on pace to finish with 1,971 yards, which would also break Johnson’s record.

Brown and Hill are both leading candidates for the Offensive Player of the Year award, as well as All-Pro honors. They will face each other in Week 10, when the Eagles host the Dolphins at Lincoln Financial Field.

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