I don’t blame Cincinnati’s new OC, Hue Jackson, for supporting his players, but don’t try blowing smoke up the collective backside of the rest of us. Please! Dalton and Green are very good, especially statistically, but I would put them somewhere in the middle of the top 10. Hey, while we are at it, let’s do a top 10!
1. Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas would totally be at the top of the list. In fact, he and anyone would make this list. He has a great stable of WRs and a heck of a nice TE to boot.
2. Aaron Rodgers and anyone is a good #2. Currently Jordy Nelson is a good “anyone” and so is Randal Cobb–when healthy.
3. Matthew Stafford is no slouch when it comes to 5000 yard seasons and Calvin Johnson is the consensus #1 WR in the league.
4. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham are a darn good combo. They hooked up for 16 TDs last season. Not too shabby.
5. Tom Brady and Julian Edleman. Yeah, you didn’t see that coming did you? Neither did the rest of the league. They hooked up 105 times for 1,056 yards and 6 scores last season. Imagine what he does when Gronk gets healthy.
So this brings us to the halfway point in our top 10 list. Feel free to grab a snack or a drink, or stretch those legs out. Go on! We’re still waiting to see when Dalton and Green will make the list. Keep reading!
The number 6 slot is hotly contested. You have 2 veteran QBs in Rivers and Romo. Rivers has the speedy Keenan Allen who put up over 1,000 yards and 8 TDs in his rookie season. Probably too soon to dub them one of the best hookups in the league, but gaining fast. Romo and Dez Bryant now? That’s the real deal.
6. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. The numbers speak for themselves. This duo has produced over 4,000 yards and 40 TDs so far.
7. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall. I was debating on this when I decided to take a look at their numbers in Denver together. The bulk of Marshall’s 9,000 yards and 57 TDs was thrown by Cutler. I can’t discount that.
8. Andy Dalton and AJ Green. I’ll say one thing, this combo seems to be getting better. The pressure is on though, they haven’t faired very well in the playoffs and no longer have OC Jim Gruden to call plays for them. Dalton is also looking for a big contract extention, so there is over 100 million dollars on the line here.
9. Matt Ryan and Roddy White. You thought it was going to be Julio Jones didn’t you? Sorry Julio, you haven’t played long enough to qualify. White just broke his steak of 1,000 yard seasons as he fought off injuries all year. This tandem hooked up for 46 TDs since Matty Ice came to town.
10. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Brown had a solid year in his first as “the guy”. This pair already has hooked up for 3,500 yards and 15 TDs.
So there you have it, my top 10 QB/WR combos. Leave anyone out or disagree with the order? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!