Top 5 Wide Receiver Duos in NFL: Do Randy Moss and Sidney Rice Become No. 1?

Terrance JacksonCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2010

Top 5 Wide Receiver Duos in NFL: Do Randy Moss and Sidney Rice Become No. 1?

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    MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 24:  Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Viingscelebrates a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers December 24, 2004 at the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Teams sift through draft boards with hundreds of players year after year looking for the next great wide receiver to add to their team.

    Wide receivers are known for flash and excitement, and having a great one makes teams play you much differently. Just knowing they have to account for that one guy that can change the game with one play, striking fear in defensive coordinators every week. Having that guy on your team makes other people around him better, especially his quarterback.

    So if having one great wider receiver does all that, then having a great wide receiver duo must be something special (and it is). There are few teams with the luxury to have two star wide receivers on each side of the field. This is a ranking of those teams and the ones I believe to be the best set of divas on the outside. So who's No. 1? 

Austin and Williams Are Playing Like Stars in Big D

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Wide receiver Roy Williams #11 celebrates a touchdown with Miles Austin #18 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Roy E. Williams has been criticized for not playing up to the level that the Cowboys wanted when they traded for him in 2008, but he has still been a pretty good target with 12 catches and 191 yards this season. Even with all the scrutiny, Williams has been a more than solid No. 2 receiver. 

    His counterpart Miles Austin has emerged as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL with a great 2009 season where he had 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. Austin has shown no signs of slowing down either. 

    These two have accounted for 34 catches and  499 yards this season, and have been making noise in big D. Though the two are on a team that is just 1-2, both Williams and Austin have been bright spots for this Cowboy team. Williams had a great game vs the Texans where he caught 5 passes for 117 yards and two scores. Austin has been consistent all year for the Boys and is a major threat to any defense. 

    The two have been good this year, but the stats don't back up how good they should be on paper with as many times Romo has chucked the ball this season. This makes Williams and Austin the No. 5 WR duo in the NFL. 

Boldin and Mason Flying High As Ravens

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    BALTIMORE - AUGUST 28:  Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a touchdown against the New York Giants at M&T Bank Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Giants 17-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Though Anquan Boldin has gotten the bulk of the stats this year, he and Derrick Mason have been one of the best tandems at wide receiver. Mason has not put up the same pro bowl numbers he did a year ago when he had 73 catches, 1,028 yards, and seven TDs, but he is still getting catches in big moments.

    Even with the lack of his stats Mason has opened up the rest of the field for Boldin, who has 27 grabs for 355 yards, and three TDs this year.

    The two Raven receivers have given quarterback Joe Flacco the ability to become an even better player this year with his two big targets getting open every chance they get. 

    The Ravens trade to bring in Boldin has proved to be excellent for the team and made them one of the top teams in the NFL. The combination of Boldin and Mason with the steady Tod Heap, the explosive Ray Rice, and helmed by Joe Flacco makes this Ravens offense one of the best.

    True these two wide receivers are great, but with Mason getting a year older and Boldin not having top end speed these two aren't big threats down the field, landing them at No. 4 on the list. 

Batman and Robin

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chad Ochocinco #85 and teammate Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals wait for a play against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Pho
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    If this was a list of the top 5 most talkative wide receivers these two would be at the top for sure, but they are pretty good at playing too.

    T.O. and Ochocinco made their bromance known to the world and how much they wanted to play with each other, and how good they would be together. Well they got their wish. After a workout with QB Carson Palmer, Owens was brought aboard.

    Both Chad and Owens have been top wide receivers for years, but many wondered if there were enough footballs to go around.  

    Both diva wide outs have had great individual games this season. Owens had a superb game(even though it was vs the Browns), grabbing 10 balls and getting 220 yards. Ocho also had a nice game this year(all be it in a blowout) vs the Patriots when Chad caught 12 passes for 159 yards. Clearly the two have each had their share of the spotlight this season. 

    Chad and Owens have named themselves the best receiving duo in the NFL, but while they have the numbers, their stats have been in meaningless games in which their team is already losing. Plus the Bengals offense has not been nearly as good as it was last year when the Bengals were a playoff team before the addition of Owens.  Not really making the team better, that lands them at No. 3 on the list. 

Packers Lambo-Leaping Duo

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    CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Donald Driver #80 and Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after scoring a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Get
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    Everyone talks about how great Aaron Rodgers is, which he is, but not much mention of how great his two wide outs have been.

    Donald Driver and Greg Jennings have been two of the best receivers in football the last three seasons. Driver is a smart veteran with great hands and is one of the best blocking wide receivers in the NFL. Jennings has been the Packers main deep threat, and doing it well with 23 40-yard+ receptions in his career. 

    The tandem have six touchdowns this season on a 3-1 team, and have been quiet as mice playing great and being incredibly humble. Driver has been a pro bowler for sometime and maybe putting together a Hall of Fame career. While Jennings has been a 1,000-yard receiver for the last two seasons. 

    It's hard to find a better pair of wide receivers in the NFL period, not just as teammates. These two are great football players and sit pretty at No. 2. 

Moss and Rice, a Great Dish For Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 12: Marquand Manuel #33 of the Seattle Seahawks is called for pass interference on this play with Randy Moss #84 of the Minnesota Vikings on December 12, 2004 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Seattl
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    It's hard for me to say, but the best receiving duo has not even played one snap together this season. I tried to talk myself out of putting them No. 1, but the talent is just to great.

    Sidney Rice and Randy Moss will be the best two receivers on one team in the NFL. Whenever Rice comes back he will join a lock Hall of Famer and maybe the second best receiver of all time with 935 catches,14,604 yards and 151 touchdowns in Moss. 

    Randy Moss has dazzled fans(like myself) for over a decade with jaw dropping catches and his stunning speed. Moss has just been plain dominate in almost everyone of his 13 years in the NFL, but all ways had an attitude problem. That attitude problem got him shipped out of Minnesota and is the same thing that has brought him back to the Vikings this season. 

    Sidney Rice burst on the seen last year as one of the elite wide outs in the NFL, becoming Bret Favre's main target last year, going to Rice in many clutch situations. Rice finished with 83 snags, 1,312 yards, and 8 touchdowns, changing an average receiving core into one of the best in 2009 . Though Rice has missed time with a hip injury, he will be back by mid season and ready to go. 

    When Rice comes back to the Vikings he will be along side a player who can teach him the games ins and outs. Moss will make Rice a much better receiver, and Randy will still be Randy, that means catching touchdowns and making trouble.

    I still see this being the best wide receiver duo in football, I just can't find a reason why anyone could make a different argument, but you can try if you want to.  I'm sticking with Randy Moss and Sidney Rice as my No. 1 wide receiving duo.

    Thanks for reading.