The Four Horsemen: 8 games left

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Wondering where our quartet of receivers stand at the moment? Wondering what they need to put up in order to attain some statistical milestones? Ever wonder about the meaning of life? Well, we have two of those three things covered in this article!

Current/Projected Stats

Player

T

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

YAC

YAC/A

D. Thomas

66

48

685

14.3

6

384

8.0

Projected

132

96

1370

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12

768

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Decker

70

46

669

14.5

3

244

5.3

Projected

140

92

1338

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6

488

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Welker

72

50

555

11.1

9

243

4.9

Projected

144

100

1110

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18

486

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J. Thomas

52

39

451

11.6

8

214

5.5

Projected

104

78

902

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16

428

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At the moment only Welker is projected to hit the 100 reception mark...and just barely. It would be a hell of an accomplishment in the offense since most assumed he would have a more limited role in Denver. But something has happened the last several weeks as teams have played press man on the outside with a cover 2 shell, Welker has become Peyton's go to guy for first downs and tough yardage, much like he was in New England's offense.

As it stands, it is entirely possible that the Broncos have three receivers with at least 90 catches, three with at least 10 TD receptions, and three with at 1000 yards receiving. Here is what each player would have to average in the final eight games of the season in order to meet specific milestones.

Demaryius Thomas

- Needs about 7 receptions per game to reach the 100 catch mark

- Needs about 90 yards per game receiving to reach the 1,400 yard mark

Eric Decker

- Needs about 7 receptions per game to reach the 100 catch mark

- Needs about 92 yards per game receiving to reach the 1,400 yard mark

- Needs almost a TD per game to reach double digits

Wes Welker

- Needs about 7 receptions per game to reach the 100 catch mark

- Needs 56 yards per game receiving to reach the 1,000 yard mark

- Needs 1.4 TD per game to reach 20 on the season

Julius Thomas

- Needs a shade over 5 receptions per game to reach the 80 catch mark, needs close to 8 to reach the 100 catch mark.

- Needs about 69 yards per game to reach the 1,000 yard mark

- Needs 7 TD in 8 games to reach 15 on the season

Where does the competition look like the rest of the way?

Team

Defensive Rank

Yards/Points

Passing Game

SD

26/11

275.4/27th

KC

19/1

208.3/3rd

NE

29/8

232.8/13th

OAK

14/19

262.6/25th

TEN

7/9

217.8/7th

HOU

1/27

158.0/1st

Only two of the Broncos remaining opponents can be considered a tough challenge as far as moving the ball. Three rank in the top ten against the pass, and three rank in the top 10 in points allowed. There are serious passing yards to be had against Oakland and San Diego. With the injuries in the middle of the Patriot defense, Welker and Julius Thomas figure to be more of a factor there. I still have no idea how Houston is so bad in the yards/points differential, but they have been the stingiest team against the pass.

My thoughts

It is safe to assume at least three of the four headed beast will attain 1000 yards, 90 catches, and double digit touchdowns; you will see different combinations of players in each category though. The Broncos will be facing more resistance in opposing secondaries. That works both ways however. None of these teams has faced an offensive juggernaut on the level of the Denver Broncos thus far in the season.

In the end, all that matters are wins. But when you've seen such a historic pace thus far in the season, it is still fun to sit back and contemplate different results.

Use the comments to make your own predictions MHR!

GO BRONCOS!!!

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