With Wes Welker's Broncos coming to Foxborough on Sunday night to face the Patriots, we take a look inside the numbers on what the former New England receiver has done for Denver this season and how the Patriots have fared in the areas he excelled:
• Tom Brady completed 72.0 percent of his passes to Wes Welker out of the slot from 2009 to 2012. This season Brady has completed 61.5 percent of his passes to slot wide receivers.
• Welker has averaged 6.1 receptions per game this season after recording 7.4 per game from 2009-2012 with the Patriots. Welker is running more pass routes with Denver, but hasn’t been as much a focal point with so many other receiving options.
• During Welker’s time with the Patriots, he and Brady connected on 73.0 percent of their pass attempts. Since the start of 2007, no QB-WR duo has been better. Peyton Manning has completed 70.9 percent of his attempts to Welker this season.
• Welker is filling the same role for the Broncos as he did with the Patriots as his 47 receptions out of the slot this season lead the NFL. From 2009-12, Welker had 145 more receptions from the slot than the next highest receiver.
• Welker has nine touchdown receptions this season, already tied for his career high. Why have Welker’s touchdowns increased this season?
Peyton Manning is 5-of-7 targeting Welker in the end zone this season. From 2007 to 2012, Brady was only 3-of-14 on such passes to Welker.
Manning is also 17-of-19 with eight touchdowns to Welker inside the red zone this season. Brady threw 27 red zone touchdowns to Welker from 2007-12, but the duo never had more than 17 completions or 7 touchdowns in a single season.