Final NFL Statistics Leaders in Every Major Category for the 2018 Season

For most of the 2018 NFL season, offenses dominated the league landscape. Huge statistical performances began to attract yawns more often than surprise.

When it all ended on Sunday, the offensive explosion at the start of the season had regressed in the general sense of the average, if not until the end.

Of course, the NFL offenses, especially some of the game’s most exciting young stars, have put on mind-boggling numbers. But that hasn’t stopped some of the league’s top defensemen from reminding everyone that they too have a say in the outcome of games every week.

With that in mind, here are the 2018 regular season leaders in the broad offensive and defensive categories:

Pass touches

There was no more ascendant star in 2018 than Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes was blown away by the strength and precision of his arms, especially when the parts weren’t programmed and he had to create something from nothing. He became the third quarterback in league history to throw 50 or more touchdowns in a season. As Mahomes announced his arrival, Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts reminded everyone to not forget him in the discussion about the best signalers in the league. His 39 touchdown passes were the most important for a player who missed the previous season.

1.QB Chiefs Patrick Mahomes – 50

2. Colts QB Andrew Chance – 39

3. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Falcons QB Matt Ryan – 35

4. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger – 34

Overtaking sites

Mahomes became one of only seven players in league history to pass 5,000 passing yards in one season, but that wasn’t enough for him to carry the crown in that category. Roethlisberger hit 5,000 yards for the first time in his career and managed to throw more yards than any other quarterback.

1.Roethlisberger – 5,129

2.Mahomes – 5,097

3. Ryan – 4,924

4.Rams QB Jared Goff – 4,688

5.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, Chance – 4,593

Percentage of completion

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees did what he does, once again leading the NFL in completion percentage and once again resetting his record with the on highest in NFL history. This is the fourth time Brees has set this record in his career.

1.Brees – 74.4%

2.Vikings QB Kirk Cousins ​​- 70.1%

3. Eagles QB Carson Wentz – 69.6 percent

4. Ryan – 69.4 percent

5. Titans QB Marcus Mariota, Raiders QB Derek Carr – 68.9%

Precipitation course

A late-season knee problem cost Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley II the crown as he narrowly missed for the second season in a row because he didn’t play in a game or two at the end of the season. But Gurley was also the only one in the top-five last season to be in the top-five again. Newcomers to the roster like Giants’ Saquon Barkley, Seattle’s Chris Carson, and Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon are the type of exciting young talent who could become mainstays.

1. Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott – 1,434

2.Barkley – 1,307

3.Gurley II – 1,251

4.Mixon – 1 168

5.Carson – 1,151

Hurried touchdowns

Gurley didn’t need the last two games of the season to score the most touchdowns of 2018, although his fantasy owners would have loved him to add to his tally. It was his second consecutive season scoring the most rushing touchdowns. Saints running back Alvin Kamara has shown he is more than just a weapon in the passing game by finishing second here, after teammate Mark Ingram did so in 2017.

1.Gurley – 17

2.Saints RB Alvin Kamara – 14

3. Titans RB Derrick Henry, Steelers RB James Conner – 12

4. Barkley – 11

5. RB Melvin Gordon Chargers – 10

Reception course

For the fifth consecutive season, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones finished in the top five in this category, this time with a performance of 233 yards more than he posted last season. Jones is the fourth player in league history with several 1,600-yard seasons, joining Torry Holt, Antonio Brown and Marvin Harrison. While it is normally Brown who provides the most competition, Houston forward DeAndre Hopkins has also made himself a mainstay. He was fourth in 2017 and improved nearly 200 yards in 2018. Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans set the franchise record for receiving yards with his performance.

1.Jones – 1,677

2. Hopkins – 1,572

3.Evans – 1,524

4.Chefs WR Tyreek Hill – 1479

5.Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster – 1,426


Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has taken his place in the pantheon of the game’s best wide players this season, not only because of his tribute to Joe Horn’s cellphone celebration, but also because of his prolific ability to catch. almost every pass thrown in its path. He easily finished with the most catches and set a Saints record for receiving yards in one season, passing Horn. Ertz was the Eagles’ most reliable wide receiver, finishing with more catches than any wide receiver in 2017.

1.Thomas – 125

2.Ertz – 116

3.Hopkins – 115

4. Jones, Vikings WR Adam Thielen – 113

5.Packers WR Davante Adams, Smith-Schuster – 111

Receive touchdowns

Brown is no stranger to this list, and while his other numbers haven’t reached their usual heights, he has managed to find dirt on a regular basis. But this season has brought a surprise addition to the roster in the form of Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron. Ebron, who signed with the Colts as a free agent, has never had more than five touchdowns in a season and only had 11 in his previous four seasons combined before becoming one of the Luck’s most productive targets.

1.Brown – 15

2. Colts TE Eric Ebron, Adams – 13

3.Hill – 12

4. Hopkins – 11

Melee meters

Barkley didn’t just burst onto the scene with a solid season. He quickly established himself as the type of dynamic double threat capable of gaining the upper hand in games. He became the third rookie in NFL history with 2,000 or more yards of scrum and tied Eric Dickerson for the most 100-yard scrimmage by a rookie in NFL history with 13 Elliott reasserted himself in the discussion of the game’s most complete fullbacks, also going over 2,000 scrum yards.

1.Barkley – 2,028

2.Elliott – 2,001

3.Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey – 1,965

4.Gurley – 1,831

5.Jones – 1,689


Perhaps no player in the league was more around the ball in 2018 than Colts rookie linebacker Darius Leonard, who easily passed the rest of the league in tackles. Snubbed a Pro Bowl selection, Leonard was an instant impact defenseman with a shot at winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was another rookie linebacker who was all over the field and is expected to join Leonard at the top of the list for years to come.

1. Leonard – 163

2.LB Packers Blake Martinez – 144

3.Vander Esch – 140

4. Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner – 138

5.LB Chiefs Anthony Hitchens – 135


Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald fell just short of Michael Strahan’s record for most sacks in a season, but he managed to break the franchise record and set the league mark for the biggest. number of sacks per defensive tackle. Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt has proven he’s still a force by finishing second, and Kansas City’s Chris Jones made sure his name is among the league’s most disruptive defensemen.

1. Donald – 20.5

2.Watt – 16

3.C. Jones – 15.5

4.Broncos LB Von Miller, Vikings DE Danielle Hunter – 14.5

5. Seahawks DE Frank Clark – 14


None of the players who had five or more interceptions last season have been able to replicate that performance in 2018. But two Bears have found themselves at or near the top of the list. Cornerback Kyle Fuller and safety guard Eddie Jackson combined 13 picks to haul cargo for the league’s most dominant and opportunistic defense.

1.Fuller, Falcons S Damontae Kazee, Dolphins CB Xavien Howard – 7

2.E. Jackson – 6

3. Giants LB Alec Ogletree, Bengals S Shawn Williams – 5

forced trial and error

Watt and Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford have a habit of forcing fumbles when they come home for sacks, something Watt has done regularly throughout his career. When the Bears weren’t getting takeout through interceptions, it was likely defensive end Khalil Mack who forced the fumbles to retrieve the ball for the Chicago offense.

1.Watt, heads LB Dee Ford – 7

2. Bears DE Khalil Mack, Steelers LB TJ Watt – 6

3.LB Chiefs Justin Houston – 5