1. Michael Thomas ties an NFL playoff record
Michael Thomas‘ 2019 season has been all about history. Not only did Thomas set the single-season record for most receptions but Thomas made the best MVP case that a receiver has made since Jerry Rice was tearing up the league.
If Lamar Jackson did not have a stellar year then the conversation for MVP would have been between Christian McCaffrey and Michael Thomas, which is saying something as no receiver has ever won the MVP award.
Thomas is going to continue his record-setting trends into the playoffs as he is going to at least tie an NFL playoff record. Thomas is going to haul in at least 15 receptions in this game, which would tie him with Darren Sproles and James White for the most in a playoff game.
This might seem like a hefty number but Thomas is already one of eight players all-time to have a 12-reception, 150-yard game in the playoffs, doing so in the Divisional Round last season with 12 catches for 171 yards.
Thomas is the engine of the Saints’ offense and Drew Brees is going to be targeting him even more with the Vikings missing two cornerbacks in this game.
The most receptions that Thomas had in a game this season was 13, so this might seem like a lofty prediction. However, he has been targetted as many as 17 times in a game and gets targeted more in big games. Expect Thomas to be targeted a lot and for the receiver to make history yet again.