Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
In the category of running past people, Randy Moss outpoints Reggie Wayne.
But that hasn’t done much to separate the two receivers, who will be central figures in Sunday night’s Patriots-Colts game, in terms of what they’ve done on deep balls this season.
According to Marty Callinan of ESPN Stats & Information, the two have fared about the same when their quarterback has thrown the ball 15 yards or more in their directions.
While they may be similar on long stuff, they’ve been different in blitzing situations.
Of Wayne’s six touchdown catches, none have come when the defense sent five or more pass-rushers, while Moss has four of his five touchdown catches in such situations.
The two are tied for fifth (with Justin Gage) for targets on third down.
The biggest storyline involving the receivers could revolve around the defensive backs. Moss and Wes Welker will be working against rookies who've fared very well so far in Jerraud Powers and Jacob Lacey.
"They’re not quite seasoned, but I wouldn’t consider them rookies either," Jim Caldwell said of his starting corners in his Wednesday media session. "We also don’t look at them that way, just in terms of how we expect them to play and perform. We don’t allow them to make any excuses because of inexperience. They study, they prepare like everyone else. We hold them to a standard, in terms of what we expect from them, and they measure up to it. They have been improving week by week. They have the kind of attitude that I think is important. They study hard. They work extremely hard, and they’re mature as well."
"I think those things do indeed help. But, let me say this, every week is a brand new challenge. This week there is a huge challenge, in terms of covering maybe one of the best wide receivers in all of football in Randy Moss and Welker on the inside. Every week they have to prove themselves over again. Regardless of what they’ve done previously, this week is a brand new week. We have to get ready for maybe one of the best corps of wide receivers that we’ll see, and couple that with an outstanding quarterback who is a cut above. They have their work cut out for them. It’ll be a challenge.”
Experience isn't everything, obviously. But the four starters in New England's secondary have 28 years of it, with 20 between corners Sean Springs and Leigh Bodden.