Which Receiver Tandem is the Best in the NFL?

Scott RiversContributor IOctober 24, 2008

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has become known in the league as a gambler; a man known to hedge his bets on some of the league's most controversial figures.

The latest are the acquisition of Terrell Owens, the hiring of Adam “Pacman” Jones, and, most recently, trading four future draft picks—including a first- and third-round pick—for former first-round pick Roy Williams.

Jones could not resist the urge to hit on 12 and decided to increase his bets on the Cowboys' receiver corps. Only time will tell if it was a genius move or just another greedy mistake.

Logic contends that Williams lining up next to Owens will force teams to think twice before committing and extra man or two to T.O., thus improving Dallas's air attack. It sounds great in theory, but reality was nowhere near as magic during Sunday's game, when T.O. had two catches for 31 yards and Williams was shut out for the first time in his career.

The fact that Romo was sidelined and the archaic Brad Johnson (40 years old) was at the helm must have had something to do with it. Nevertheless, it was a lackluster start for a tandem that some believe has the potential to be one the most talented in the near future.

So where does that leave us? What is the best WR tandem in the NFL? Here are a couple of contenders for the title:

Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin (Arizona Cardinals)

Kurt Warner continues to defy the odds as he propels the Cards to a respectable 4-2 record that has them sitting pretty as the No. 1 seed in the NFC West. The old gunslinger has had the benefit of counting on two of the most athletic WRs in the NFL.

Odds are, once Boldin returns from his injury and the power is back in sync, the Cards' trigger-happy offense has the potential to make them premier fantasy players this season.


Donald Driver and Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers)

As the dust of the Favre controversy settles, Aaron Rodgers is emerging as a premier QB in the League. He has shown great athleticism and a will to win. His receiver tandem is one of the finest in the league. They have the potential for more, especially if Rodgers recovers from his current ailments and is able to play anywhere near 100 percent.


Terrell Owens and Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys)

If T.O. can shake his current funk, Williams adapts, Romo's pinkie heals, and he stays healthy, the Cowboys' tandem should be a force to be reckoned with. But the Cowboys appear to be carrying some kind of curse in recent years, and last I heard, Jessica Simpson was still dating Romo, so I'd say their chances for dominance are slim.


Chad Ocho Cinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Cincinnati Bengals)

With a record of 0-7, an injured starting QB, and rumors of trades floating around, it seems the future is not too bright for this pair of elite wideouts.


Randy Moss and Wes Welker (New England Patriots)

After their devastating loss in the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots can do no right. They are proving just how bad they are with a certain individual named Tom Brady is on the sidelines.


BetSportsWeb.com, a leading online sportsbook based out of Costa Rica has come up with a list of propositions which of these tandems will have the last laugh and have the best stats in the 2008 regular season.

Which of the following NFL Tandems will record the most receiving yards in the 2008 season?

Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin1.5/1
Donald Driver and Greg Jennings2/1
Chad Ocho Cinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh3/1
Terrell Owens and Roy Williams3/1
Randy Moss and Wes Welker5/1



Note: If there is a tie, the tandem with the most TDs wins.

Note: All stats for the season count regardless of trades.