Johnson holds the record for most consecutive 100-yard receiving games, with 8. Thomas currently sits at 7 straight. However, with Brent Grimes and the NFL's second-ranked passing defense coming to Denver, Thomas will face a stiff test this week, if he hopes to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with his college mentor in the record books.
If Thomas can break the 100-yard barrier in week 12, it will then give him the opportunity to break the record in week 13 vs the Kansas City Chiefs and solely own the record, with 9 straight.
Don't think for a second that Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos aren't aware of Thomas' place in history right now. As we've seen over the last two and a half seasons, when the Broncos are in striking distance of a record, they exert all efforts to break it.
But the Miami Dolphins are well aware of Thomas' placement in the record books too. Grimes has put together a stellar 2014 campaign thus far, but against Johnson and the Detroit Lions in week 10, chinks in his armor were exposed. He was targeted 8 times, relinquishing 4 receptions, 90 yards and 1 TD.
However, he also picked off a redzone ball intended for Johnson; a one-handed acrobatic snag that took away a TD. Johnson ended the day with 7 receptions for 113 yards and 1 TD. Not all of that production came at the expense of Grimes, however.
Grimes is officially listed at 5'10, but methinks the Dolphins are stretching that metric. I'd say he's closer to somewhere between 5'8 and 5'9. At 6'3, Thomas towers over him, but Grimes makes up for his deficiencies in size with physicality and explosive athleticism.
Against the toughest competition, Thomas finds a way to produce. Look at his day vs Darrelle Revis (127 yards), Patrick Peterson (226 yards) and even in Super Bowl XLVIII, against the Legion of Boom (Super Bowl record 13 receptions, 118 yards, 1 TD).
Thomas is one game away from sharing one of the NFL's most impressive in-season records. Notching another 100-yard game would put him one step closer to owning the record all by himself. Will he do it? I wouldn't bet against him.