Quick Hit: Wes Welker’s ridiculous pace
5 weeks into the 2011 season and Wes Welker is on pace to not just break, but shatter, NFL receiving records. His 740 yards receiving is nearly 100 yards better than the next highest amount for any receiver in the first 5 games of the season. Unfortunately, history tells us that Welker can’t possibly sustain his pace. Here are the top 20 “first 5 games” :
Of the 18 guys from before 2011, only Brandon Lloyd was able to maintain his pace (he actually increased it) but he ended up missing 5 games to injury. As a group, there was an average 24.3 yard per game decrease. If we apply that average to Welker, he still ends up at a staggering 1979 yards.