Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/11/12

There are a lot of great passing combinations out there, and today we break down the top 7 passing combos in the league today.

 

Rankings are based upon 3 criterias:

- Consistency through the years

- Last year's performance

- The talent/skills of the players

Here's the list (with ranked honorable mentions):

Honorable Mentions: 13. Andy Dalton & AJ Green, 12. Matt Ryan & Roddy White, 11. Aaron Rodgers & Jordy Nelson, 10. Eli Manning & Victor Cruz, 9. Ben Roethlisberger & Mike Wallace, 8. Drew Brees & Marques Colston

 

7. Aaron Rodgers & Greg Jennings

Since Aaron Rodgers became the starter in 2008, Greg Jennings has been his favorite target. It all started with their 5 catch 91 yard game against the Vikings in 2008, and they've been hot ever since. Late in games Aaron Rodgers, would always try to find Greg Jennings, and would almost always convert and win the game. They have a fantastic bond on the field and off the field. They have been consistent together for a while now, they had a great season last year considering Jennings was out for 3 games, and when healthy, both are perennial pro bowlers. 

Average season together: 76 catches ,1211 yards, 9 TDs

6. Jay Cutler & Brandon Marshall

This may be their first season in Chicago, but it's not their first season together. Cutler and Marshall spent 4 years together before Cutler was traded to Chicago and Marshall to Miami. Before, both were known as a great duo, and good friends, communicating with each other even on seperate teams. They have a great bond on and off the field. When in Chicago, both had 3 consistent years (Cutler was injured in his rookie season, and Marshall barely played). Both are talented players, with Marshall being a perennial pro bowler, and Cutler on the verge of being there. This is their first year together in Chicago, as they were both on seperate teams last year. 

Average season together (disregarding their first season due to Cutler's injury): 103 catches, 1236 yards, 8 TDs

5. Tom Brady & Rob Gronkowski

They've only been together for 2 years, but last's year season was record breaking and dominating. Rob Gronkowski set the record for most touchdowns by a tight end, while amassing 1300+ yards. In the last 2 years, they had 27 touchdowns together, 2nd most in the NFL. Gronkowski was one of the most dominant players last year using his size and strength to beat almost everybody. Touchdown wise, they've been very consistent, because they amassed a lot them, whereas yardage and catch wise, last season was more than double than Gronkowski's rookie year. Both are extremely talented players, with Tom Brady being one of the best quaterbacks of all time, and Gronkowski going to his first Pro Bowl with nearly 1 million votes. 

Average season together: 61 catches, 937 yards, 13 TDs

4. Cam Newton & Steve Smith

Steve Smith has been one of the top receivers in the game for a long time now, and Cam Newton took him to an even higher level this past year. They've already formed a great bond together, and are looking to get better. That's scary. Steve Smith has been a perennial pro bowler (with the exception of two years) for a while now, and Newton made his first pro bowl this year, his rookie year. Both are very talented players, they had a phenomenal season together last year, and in my opinion, were the second best duo for last year only. They haven't been consistent as they've only had one year together, but they did have 6 100+ yard games this season with 11 5+ catch games. They'll be dominant for years to come. 

Average season together: 79 catches, 1394 yards, 7 TDs

3. Matt Schaub & Andre Johnson

Matt Schaub have been a great duo since Matt Schaub joined the Texans in 2007. Johnson is definitely Schaub's favorite target, as they Texans really don't have any solid receivers to throw to. Before Arian Foster, these two guys were the offense, which is quite rare when you think about it. Although Schaub and Johnson struggle with injuries, when healthy, Johnson is a pro-bowler, and Schaub is an alternate. These guys have talent, they've been consistent together, and they were having a great season last year, before Johnson's injury. These guys were good for years, and will be good for years to come. 

Average season together: 103 catches, 1382 yards, 9 TDs

2. Matthew Stafford & Calvin Johnson

These guys had a great year last year. Sorry, no they didn't, they had one of the best years a QB and WR could have. Stafford threw for over 5000 yards, and Johnson was the most dominant player in the league, catching 16 touchdowns and had nearly 1700 yards!! That's crazy! This was their breakout year, and they came with a bang! Both are very talented players, especially Johnson, who's arguably the most athletically gifted player in the league. Johnson is starting to become a perenial pro bowler, and Stafford may be there soon, but having Rodgers, Brees and now Newton in the same conference is going to be a tough feat to beat. Both are young superstars and had a phenomenal year.

Average season together: 86 catches, 1410 yards, 10 TDs

1. Tom Brady & Wes Welker

Surprised to see this over Calvin Johnson and Stafford, even after that season. There's one reason why, they've been better for a longer time. They've been consistent, which is one of my criterias in which they are being graded on. They've been great for 4 out of 5 years now. Both are perenial pro bowlers, and Brady is one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Welker is a perenial pro bowler. They also had a phenomenal year last year. They killed each of the criteria, and that's why they're number 1.

Average season together: 111 catches, 1235, 7 TDs

What do you think of the list?

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