Few things can electrify an offense like an explosive quarterback-receiver connection. For proof, look no further than Week 2, which featured several game-breaking QB-WR partnerships, from the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown to the Cardinals' Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald and the Falcons' Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. And they weren't the only ones racking up the numbers.
Looking back over the first two weeks of the season, which quarterback-receiver combo has been the most impressive?
Palmer, who is coming back from his second knee surgery, has won 15 of his last 17 games. He looks really good early in the season. Palmer and Fitzgerald haven't been together forever, but they're both pros. They both work hard in the offseason, study the game and are dependable. They're a big reason the
Cardinals are 2-0 and leading the NFC West.
Ryan is seeing more success this season due to one thing: The offensive line is playing much better than it did a year ago. The line is protecting him and giving him more time to get the ball down the field.
Antonio is so explosive, and the more time you give him, the more open he gets. In a traditional play that lasts six seconds, he's going to get open. With that extra time, he's going to separate himself even more from the defenders. Against San Francisco, when he went off for 195 yards and a score on nine catches, Antonio was open by 2 or 3 yards. That doesn't normally happen in the NFL. The separation between fast and extremely fast is very small in most battles, but Antonio gets on the field and makes really fast look slow. On top of that, he's one of the best route runners in the league. It's little wonder he leads the NFL with 328 receiving yards.
The combination of
Big Ben and Brown is fun to watch, and their numbers are crazy. Ben targeted Brown 11 times in each of the first two games, and there were nine completions in each -- talk about efficiency. With the trust and chemistry, it's going to get even better.
Rodgers is a scrambler and Jones has the ability to come open late when Rodgers is ready to throw. That combination makes for a lot of opportunities for big plays and touchdowns. Jones was cut -- and now he's tied for second in the NFL in receiving touchdowns. That's pretty impressive.
Edelman waited for his opportunity behind Wes Welker, whom he learned a lot from. Edelman has an I belong attitude, and he's shown that he does belong. He wants to be the best because he's working with the best in Tom Brady. I mean, Brady had 466 passing yards against the Bills on Sunday. This pair is a big reason why the Patriots are putting up so many points (68, the second-most in the NFL).