Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson… Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson.
These two big play passing combos will face off on Sunday as the Packers take on the Lions in Detroit.
Which of these duos is the best in the NFL? Ask fans in Green Bay and Detroit and you will get entirely different responses. Both are dynamic.
But for the sake of this blog let’s look at one aspect of this discussion. First, Jordy Nelson came into the NFL in 2008 after being a second round draft choice out of Kansas State. Since 2008, he has caught 37 TDs in 91 games. Many of those TD receptions have been for 50 yards or longer, 10 of them to be exact.
That’s the basis of this item. Let’s look at which QB-Receiver combos have had the most TD passes of 50 yards or more since 2008. For Nelson, nine of his 10 TD pass receptions of 50 yards or more have come from Rodgers, while one came from Matt Flynn. The nine TD passes of 50 yards or more for Rodgers-Nelson is tied for the second most since 2008. First on the list? You guessed it, Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson with 10. Note: Johnson has 13 TD pass receptions of 50 yards or more since 2008.
Here’s a look at the QB-Receiver combos that have had the most TD passes of 50 yards or more since 2008.
10: Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson, Detroit
9: Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson, Green Bay
9: Eli Manning to Victor Cruz, New York Giants
9: Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh
6: Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings, Green Bay
6: Andy Dalton to A.J. Green, Cincinnati
6: Matt Ryan to Julio Jones, Atlanta
6: Michael Vick to DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia
6: Tony Romo to Miles Austin, Dallas
5: Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis
5: Drew Brees to Robert Meacham, New Orleans
5: Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
5: Philip Rivers to Daren Sproles, San Diego
5: Tony Romo to Dez Bryant, Dallas
Both combos of Rodgers to Nelson and Stafford to Johnson have a TD pass of 50 or more yards this season. Rodgers and Nelson connected on an 80-yard TD last week versus the Jets; Stafford and Johnson connected Week One on a 67-yard pass against the Giants.
Note: In Week One there were six TD passes of 50 yards or more in the NFL. In Week Two there were four.
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