Orlando Scandrick spent part of his bye weekend getting to know Wes Welker. On the flights to and from Los Angeles, the Cowboys cornerback studied Welker's game film. Even while visiting friends and family, Scandrick carved out time to try understanding how New England's little receiver keeps making such big plays — and trying to figure out how he can prevent them when Dallas plays Welker and the Patriots on Sunday.

Welker is putting together what could become among the greatest seasons by a receiver in NFL history. He has an NFL-best 45 catches for an NFL-best 740 yards. Through five games, he's on pace for 144 catches and 2,368 yards; the league records are 143 catches and 1,848 yards.