Anyone who reads LBS knows we’ve been fans of Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson for a long time. Only injuries to either player (mostly Stafford) limited what they could accomplish together. Now that both players are healthy, we’re seeing how dominant they are. They’re currently forming the best quarterback-wide receiver partnership in the NFL. Let’s take a look at the best current tandems in the league.
1. Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson
Stafford and Johnson have combined for nine touchdowns through five games. That’s the most touchdowns any player has scored the first five games of a season. Calvin is threatening Randy Moss’ 2007 record of 23 receiving touchdowns in a season (he’s on pace for 29 touchdowns). He’s fifth in the league in receiving yards with 451, and tied for eighth with 29 receptions.
The tandem has combined for 31% of Detroit’s passing yards this season, and 56% of the team’s offensive touchdowns.
Ready for this? In the 17.5 games they’ve played together, they’ve combined for 16 touchdowns. Few combinations in history can compete with that kind of success.
2. Tom Brady-Wes Welker