Saints’ Michael Thomas starting the season on a record pace

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Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is off to an absolutely ridiculous start this season.

Through three games Thomas has 38 catches for 398 yards. That’s a 203-catch, 2,123-yard pace for a 16-game season. That would obliterate the single-season record of 143 catches, set by Marvin Harrison in 2002, and the single-season record of 1,964 receiving yards, set by Calvin Johnson in 2012. Thomas is averaging 132.7 receiving yards per game, which would also be the best average in NFL history; the previous record of 129 receiving yards per game was set by Wes Chandler during the strike-shortened 1982 season.

It’s unrealistic to expect any player to keep up that kind of pace for 16 games, but Thomas’s 38 catches are the most any player has ever had in the first three games of a season, and he’s also the first player ever to have 10 catches in each of the first three games of the season.

Thomas has made those 38 catches on just 40 targets, meaning he has caught 95 percent of the passes thrown his way. A receiver who catches virtually everything thrown at him and puts up that kind of production is almost unstoppable.

17 responses to “Saints’ Michael Thomas starting the season on a record pace

  1. SIMPLY WON’T HAPPEN. Because apart from anything else if he continues at that rate teams will begin to always double or triple cover him. And digging into the stats you’ll find his 189yds was in wk1 v Tampa’s 29th ranked D, and 129yds in wk3 was v Atlanta’s 25th ranked D. Against Browns’ 11th ranked D he was a more human 89yds. AND all 3 games were in Sept, 2 at home. But some of 2018’s games will be against good Ds.

    Not many will be in poor weather – in Nov & Dec only one northern outdoor game (@Bengals). Since 2014 Saints have had one game below 50. Last Nov in Buffalo Brees was a mere 184yds despite no sacks. If only Brady or Rodgers played in the south & domes most of the time…

  2. Patriots should trade their 1st rounders until 2025 for him. Not like Bill has a clue how to use them anyways..a short guard and another guy at RB is such a waste.

  3. “Thomas has made those 38 catches on just 40 targets” That’s probably what regresses to a mean, especially as focus on him increases. I imagine YAC and things of that nature will stay roughly stable.

  4. Well without defensive players aloud to touch the quarterbacks, it’s no surprise. Every passing record will be broken. It’s kind of become a joke to real people.

  5. Streetyson, Brees threw for 184 yards in buffalo last year because they rushed for about 400 and won by 30 points. It is kinda cute to see guys time and time again try and diminish what Brees has done. But, keep it up cause he just uses stupid stuff like that to shatter record books.

  6. @streetyson, all 3 games were not at home, they played on the road in Atlanta. During the game on Sunday the Falcons had a safety over the top on him all game. Where he lined up dictated who covered him off the line. As far as this “bad weather” crap that everybody seems to through out, Rodgers played college ball at Cal, Drew played at Purdue and set just about every Big Ten passing record at the time. Michael Thomas won’t get 2000 yards but he may break Harrison’s single season record. And one last thing. Tampa and Atlanta have bad pass defenses BECAUSE they played the Saints

  7. Stop talking about our Dome (The Real Mercedes Super Dome). If you’re jealous, get you one. It’s not our fault your cheap owners prefer to play outdoors in the north when they know snow, rain and maybe even heat is inevitable. Personally I (and the Cheerleaders)like temperatures at constantly 72 and not having to bring an umbrella or raincoat to the stadium. Our Dome may be old, but it’s comfortable.

  8. As a (bitter) Michael Thomas owner last yr (Where was this production last yr?) in Fantasy, I predict that this run will come to an abrupt end as soon as Mark Ingram returns. Sean Payton has resorted to airing it out like this b/c of his absence. In reality, Payton prefers to run the offense they ran last yr, if only to keep their leaky Defense off the field.

  9. datdude84 says:
    September 27, 2018 at 7:56 am
    Streetyson, Brees threw for 184 yards in buffalo last year because they rushed for about 400 and won by 30 points. It is kinda cute to see guys time and time again try and diminish what Brees has done. But, keep it up cause he just uses stupid stuff like that to shatter record books.
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    I agree. However I would keep an eye out for how the offensive philosophy changes when Mark Ingram gets back from suspension. If it’s similar to last year then I would expect the raw passing numbers to go down which would impact Thomas’ receiving numbers. Brees would be just as if not more efficient though.

  10. @streetyson

    LOL saying that his catches don’t mean anything because he was against Tampa’s 29th pass d and Atlanta’s 25th. Why do you think they’re rated so low? Because he went off on them! Stats dont mean much in week 4. Not even saints fan

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