Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is on pace to have 1,064 receiving yards this season. Fellow receivers Demaryius Thomas (1,572) and Eric Decker (1,360) are on pace to smash the 1,000-yard barrier.
If the three receivers all have over 1,000 receiving yards by season's end, it will mark just the fifth time in NFL history that a single team has had three different 1K receivers in the same season. It would also mark the second time quarterback Peyton Manning had three different 1,000-yard receivers.
In 2004, when Peyton Manning set an NFL single season record—which has since been broken—with 49 touchdowns passes, his top three receivers—Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, and Brandon Stokley—all hauled in over 1,000 receiving yards (and ten touchdowns). Manning is also on pace to break the NFL record of 50 touchdowns passes in a season, after throwing 16 touchdowns through four weeks of play.
Peyton Manning has more TDs (16) in four games than 155 teams have had in a 16-game season from 1988-2012.— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) October 1, 2013
Manning's 16 touchdowns have helped the Broncos score an NFL-high 179 points. Those 179 represent the second-most points scored by any team through the first four weeks of a season in NFL history (the Dallas Cowboys scored 183 in 1966).
Manning's 16 scores mark the most by any quarterback through the first four games of a season—and he hasn't even thrown and interception yet!—but it isn't the most thrown by a quarterback over any four-game stretch. In November of the 2004 season, Manning threw 19 touchdowns in a four-week span.
Manning is also closing in on a record set by Jake Plummer back in 2005—229 passing attempts without an interception. Manning currently has 201 consecutive attempts without an INT, which is a career-best for the veteran QB.
On pace to throw for 5,880 yards and 64 touchdowns, it will be seemingly easy for Manning help Thomas, Decker, and Welker all top the 1,000-yard mark this season. They're certainly off to a solid start.
Meanwhile, Denver's four-straight games of 35-plus points are second only to the six-game streak set by the St. Louis Rams in 2000. The Broncos are also on a 15-game regular season win streak. The current record is 23-straight wins, which was set by the Indianapolis Colts during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. If Denver opens the season 13-0, they will break that record.