The Four Horsemen: One Week to Go Edition

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

We are almost there. One more week until the tournament begins and the Broncos road to destiny is determined. How have Manning's favorite targets fared up to this point?

The Four Horsemen

Player

T

REC

YARDS

AVG

YAC

TD

DROP

D. Thomas

132

86

1317

15.3

643

12

9

E. Decker

130

83

1261

15.2

377

10

8

W. Welker

109

73

778

10.7

323

10

10

J. Thomas

83

60

752

12.5

352

12

4

All four have at least 10 touchdown receptions. That is the 1st time in NFL history a team has had four receivers with at least 10 touchdowns each. Just imagine if Julius Thomas and Wes Welker had not been injured and out a couple of games apiece. I think we could be heading into Oakland with the possibility of having four 1K yard receivers. Perhaps next season. Demaryius has made the most out of his shorter receptions with about twice as many YAC than anyone else.

Eric Decker has been amazing the past several weeks with 7 touchdown receptions in the past four games. He is a valuable piece of the puzzle and has allowed the Broncos offense to continue to operate at a high level in the absence of Wes Welker. Last game he was targeted 10 times from the slot and registered six catches.

There is a real possibility that both Thomas and Decker could end up with 90 catches apiece, but for the most part there are no milestones to hit. Just stay healthy fellahs!

More records

Something that has gotten a bit lost Sunday was the fact that the Knowshon Moreno became the 1st Bronco in team history to rush for 1K yards and register another 500 yards receiving in the same season.

Carries

Yards

AVG

TD

T

REC

YARDS

AVG

TD

235

1015

4.3

10

66

55

507

9.2

2

In fact with his 12 touchdowns, that gives the Broncos 5 different players with at least 10 touchdowns. I'm not sure if this record will ever be broken. When Dan Marino threw for 48 touchdowns in 1984, only Mark Clayton (18) reached double digits. When Manning had 49 in 2004, Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, and Brandon Stokley all reached double digits. In 2007 when Brady threw for 50, only Randy Moss (23) reached double digits. Jimmy Graham (11) was the lone Saint to reach double digits when Brees threw for 46. Finally, Jordy Nelson was the only Packer to reach doubles when Rodgers hit 45. It's hard to do.

We all know that Manning spreads the ball well. How well? This season 8 different receivers have caught a touchdown pass from him. Five different players have caught at least 50 balls, and nine different players have at least 10 catches.

The Horsemen and Knowshon Moreno have much to be proud of. The trigger man gets a lot of credit, but these men have worked hard to provide him with a dynamic and consistent threat capable of beating various coverages week in and week out.

A big Mile High Salute to the Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, and Knowshon Moreno.

GO BRONCOS!!!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Mile High Report

You must be a member of Mile High Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Report. You should read them.

Join Mile High Report

You must be a member of Mile High Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Report. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker