We’ve mentioned a few times this season that Patriots receiver Wes Welker was on pace to break the all-time single-season records for catches and yards. But that’s no longer the case after Monday night’s win over the Chiefs, when Welker was barely even a part of New England’s offense and finished with just two catches for 22 yards.
Welker said after the game, however, that he’s not bothered by his lack of production.
“They had a good game plan for us and did a good job,” Welker said, via ESPN.com. “We just had to roll with it and have some other people step up and we did. We were able to come away with the win.”
It’s not like Welker is having a bad season: He has 74 catches for 1,028 yards, leading the league in both categories. He’s on pace to catch 118 passes for 1,645 yards, which are great numbers — those totals would represent the eighth-highest numbers for a single season in NFL history in both categories.
And considering that the Patriots just whipped the Chiefs, and would have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs if the postseason started today, they have nothing to worry about. Even if it is a little startling to look at a Patriots box score and see two catches for 22 yards next to Welker’s name.