Receiver injuries piling up early

Onus on passing has helped pass-catchers put up big numbers, but there is a downside

Originally Published: September 21, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Statistically, pass-catchers have been living the fantasy life during the first two weeks of the season.

Passing yardage is up 62.3 yards a game (teams are averaging 492.8 passing yards per game) compared to last season. The average length of a completion is up 1.1 yards to a staggering 12.3 yards. Touchdown receptions are up 20.4 percent with 108 passing touchdowns in two weeks. The run-to-pass ratio is 41.2 to 58.8.

But the reality to this fantasy ...

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