The last time the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots met, it was Julian Edelman, not Wes Welker, that made the big statement on the field.
Edelman had 9 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots’ 34-31 overtime win. Welker had 4 catches for 31 yards.
“I can’t compare the two because Wes is—he’s something special,” Broncos safety Mike Adams said. “He can jive up the ball and then speed out and have you off balance. Edelman, he doesn’t do that. He’s a one-speed guy. He doesn’t have the same ability or the quickness that Wes has in the slot.”
Edleman led the Patriots in receiving during the regular season with 1,056 yards and 6 touchdowns, but keep in mind that Welker had 778 yards and 10 touchdowns in three less games. Also note that there were three Broncos receivers who had more yards and touchdowns than Welker. Welker was far from Peyton Manning’s No. 1 guy.
Edelman may have won that battle, but Welker is shooting to win the war, and a big performance from him on Sunday will go a long way in helping the Broncos successfully push past the Patriots.