The New Orleans Saints’ superstar wide receiver Michael Thomas continued his history-setting season against the Carolina Panthers.
Michael Thomas was back at it again on Sunday. He ended the New Orleans Saints nail-biting victory with ten receptions and 101 yards. Thomas was also able to find the endzone at a critical time, putting the Saints up 31-18.
While the Panthers did march back down the field and tie the ballgame at 31, the Saints ultimately prevailed, no matter how lucky they may have gotten. However, some will argue the refs put them in that unfavorable position late in the game.
Nonetheless, Michael Thomas had another dominant outing.
He now has 104 receptions on the season. 1,242 receiving yards is also a league-high by over 150, but it’s not the part that’ll make this season historic. Thomas actually managed to notch three digits in yards yet didn’t reach his season average.
Thomas is on pace to break Marvin Harrison‘s 143 single-season receptions record. Through 11 games in the 2002 season, Harrison had 100 receptions. From there on out, Harrison averaged 8.6 receptions per game. That should be easy money for Michael Thomas.
All Thomas has to do to snap Harrison’s 17-year record is catch 8 receptions per game. Thomas has been held to under eight receptions in just one game this season while putting up ten or more in five of them.
That said, since 2000, there have been four running backs selected for the league’s Most Valuable Player and no other position outside of quarterback has won the league’s most prestigious award. A wide receiver has obviously never won the NFL’s MVP, yet Thomas could change all that.
Could and will are far different as the historical season of Thomas is gaining little traction in the MVP race. It’s sad, to say the least, but it is to be expected as quarterbacks are typically the crux of their team’s success.
Thomas has been that stable, difference-maker in just about every outing. It hasn’t matter whether it was Drew Brees or Teddy Bridgewater under center. Thomas has gotten it done and has left his footprint on each and every outing.
The Saints are 9-2, and it’s because of the recently-extended Michael Thomas.