The Green Bay Packers will play their final game of the 2021 regular season on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Even though Green Bay has already clinched the first seed in the playoffs, head coach Matt LaFleur does plan to play the starters. Since the starters are playing this week, there are several big milestones that several Packers players will be able to reach before the season ends.
1. Aaron Jones Can Move to Fourth on the Packers All-Time Rushing Yards List
Aaron Jones moved into fifth on the Packers all-time rushing list last week. With 76 rushing yards against the Minnesota Vikings last week, Jones passed Ryan Grant for fifth in team history. Next up is Tony Canadeo, who had 4,197 rushing yards during his Hall of Fame career. Currently, Jones has 4,163 rushing yards, just 34 yards away from tying Canadeo.
Next season, Jones can reach third place on the Packers’ all-time list next season. John Brockington currently holds that position with 5,024 rushing yards.
2. Davante Adams Can Move to Third on the Packers All-Time Receiving Yards List
Davante Adams has truly separated himself from the rest of the NFL’s wide receivers this season. It has reached the point where a seven-catch, 90-yard game is considered a down game for Adams. Last week against the Vikings, Adams hauled in 11 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown. His 11 catches helped him break his own team record for receptions in a season, and he became the first NFL player to have 115+ receptions, 1,350+ yards, and 10+ touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
His 136 receiving yards last week moved him past the legendary Don Hutson for fourth on the Packers’ all-time receiving yards list. Now, with 8,066 receiving yards, Adams is just the fourth Packers player ever to reach 8,000 receiving yards with the team. With 69 receiving yards against the Lions, Adams could pass Sterling Sharpe for third on the team’s all-time list. Sharpe ended his career with 8,134 receiving yards.
3. Marquez Valdes-Scantling Can Move into the Top 30 on the Packers All-Time Receiving Touchdown List
Marquez Valdes-Scantling is having a pretty solid season with the Packers. While his overall numbers may be down this year, it is not because of a drop in his own production. MVS has been targeted less this season and has not received as many downfield throws as he did last season. However, he also has not dropped a single pass all season long. This is a tremendous improvement for a player who had a 11.1% drop percentage last year.
With a touchdown reception on Sunday against the Lions, MVS would bring his career total to 14. While this does not seem like a lot, it would be enough to tie him for 30th on the Packers’ all-time receiving touchdowns list. Phil Epps, Ahman Green, and William Henderson are all tied for 30th with 14. Two touchdowns would give him 15, tying him with Robert Tonyan and Ron Kramer for 29th.