The Seahawks one-two punch
Well, we know they are a really aged pair of wideouts, but how good and how important is it to have a one-two punch at wideout?
Combining my won and the PFF.com ratings, the top ten wide receiver duos in the NFL currently are:
- Minnesota (Jefferson & Thielen)
- Atlanta ( Jones & Ridley)
- Seattle (Metcalf & Lockett)
- Tampa Bay (Evans & Godwin)
- Buffalo (Diggs & Beasley)
- Washington (McLaurin & Samuel)
- Dallas (Cooper & Lamb)
- LA Rams (Kupp & Woods)
- Kansas City (Hill & Hardman)
- San Francisco (Samuel & Aiyuk)
As with my piece on the ground game, for the purposes of this exercise, let’s not get involved in an endless date on what the correct order is. Enjoyable as that debate always is, let’s rejoice that the Seahawks have one of the best pairs of wideouts in the NFL. But how essential is that to having a successful season?
Six of the top ten were playoff teams last season, and the Green Bay pairing of Davante Adams and Lazard ranks eleventh. So seven of the best eleven made the playoffs or 63.6 percent. To make the playoffs it is nice to have, but not essential. However all of the last four teams left standing in the playoffs were in the top eleven.
So it would appear it is vital to have such a tandem in order to succeed come playoff time. More great news for the Seahawks. And if we think about it, having two good wideouts prevents the better teams from scheming your best receiver out of the game by double-teaming them on every play.