New Orleans Saints’ superstar receiver Michael Thomas made history in his eight-reception performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The New Orleans Saints downed the Buccaneers 34-17 to move to 8-2 on the season, and they did it on the back of another terrific performance from standout receiver Michael Thomas, who has been on a tear lately.
Thomas ended the game with 8 receptions, 114 yards, and one touchdown. This was his ninth game of the season with at least eight receptions. He’s hit double-figure receptions five times and 100-plus yards six times.
Earning his first All-Pro nomination in 2018, Thomas is on pace for a season that will go down in NFL history. He, after a solid Week 11 performance, is still on pace to break Marvin Harrison’s single-season receiving record. He needs over 143 receptions to break the record.
As for the history he set against Tampa Bay, NFL Research, via Twitter, noted that Thomas is the first player in NFL history to have 90-plus receptions through a team’s first ten games of the season.
Michael Thomas is taking his game to the next level.
While the Bucs do give up the second-most yards per game through the air, Thomas has been consistently putting on this type of production against elite NFL defenses. It’s not just against the weaker ones that Thomas abuses.
In Week 12, he’ll draw the Panthers, a team that allowed the 19th-most passing yards per game. The Panthers twice, the dominant defense of the 49ers, Atlanta again and a few others are standing in between Thomas and NFL history.
It’ll be difficult, especially if he sits in Week 17 given the potential playoff security of the Saints, for Thomas to break the NFL record. However, there’s no reason to believe that he’ll tone it down, and there’s also no reason to believe that New Orleans will be the clear cut top team after 16 weeks.
This season is primed for Thomas to set NFL history, and, if it happens, it’ll be something every Saints’ fan remember for years to come.