CAN’T GUARD MIKE:

Since entering the NFL in 2016, New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS leads the NFL with 394 receptions and ranks third with 4,662 receiving yards. This season, Thomas leads the league in receptions (73) and receiving yards (875) through the first nine weeks.

Appearing in his 56th career game on Sunday against Atlanta (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Thomas needs six receptions to become the fastest player to reach 400 receptions in NFL history.

The players to reach 400 receptions in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES TO 400
Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants 61
Julio Jones Atlanta 64
Jarvis Landry Miami 64
Keenan Allen San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 66
Michael Thomas New Orleans 55*
*Has 394 career receptions

Thomas, who is currently in his fourth NFL season, needs seven receptions on Sunday to surpass JARVIS LANDRY (400) for the most receptions through a player’s first four seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM RECEPTIONS
Jarvis Landry Miami 400
Michael Thomas New Orleans 394*
Anquan Boldin Arizona 342
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 330
A.J. Green Cincinnati 329
*In fourth season

Additionally, if Thomas has 125 receiving yards on Sunday, he would join MIKE EVANS (2014-17), A.J. GREEN (2011-14) and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998-2001) as the only players to have at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first four seasons in NFL history.

PARTY IN THE BACKFIELD:

Green Bay’s defense features the only pair of teammates in the NFL to each record at least eight sacks this season – linebackers ZA’DARIUS SMITH (8.5 sacks) and PRESTON SMITH (8). On Sunday against Carolina (4:25 PM ET, FOX), they can become the sixth pair of teammates to each record at least 10 sacks in their team’s first 10 games of a season since 1990.

The teammates to each record at least 10 sacks through their team’s first 10 games of a season since 1990:

SEASON TEAM PLAYER SACKS PLAYER SACKS
2014 Buffalo Marcell Dareus 10 Mario Williams 10
2000 Miami Trace Armstrong 12.5 Jason TaylorHOF 10
2000 Tampa Bay Warren SappHOF 11.5 Marcus Jones 10
1998 San Francisco Chris Doleman 11.5 Roy Barker 11
1992 Kansas City Derrick ThomasHOF 10.5 Neil Smith 10.5
2019 Green Bay Za’Darius Smith 8.5* Preston Smith 8*
*Through nine games

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