Vikings Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson a Top 10 Duo in the NFL

Is this a Top 10 QB/WR combo?

Is this a Top 10 QB/WR combo?
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Lists, lists and more lists.

The latter was formulated by former NFL running back and NFL Network analyst Maurice Jones-Drew. The former Jaguars running back ranks his top 10 QB/WR duos heading into the 2022 NFL season, and this one is getting a lot of comments.

On the face of it, the biggest, most glaring omission from Jones-Drew’s list is the absence of Kirk Cousins ​​and Justin Jefferson. I know this is a projection list for the upcoming season, but let’s respect the names of this Vikings duo.

Jefferson has racked up over 3,000 yards in his first two years in the NFL, which is a record. He also has nearly 200 catches in his first two years, and yes, that’s another record. We can’t overlook the man who gives him all these passes. I don’t quite agree that Cousins ​​is considered a mid-level QB. But some of these other QBs are with him.

Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas made Jones-Drew’s list at number 10, and the latter almost didn’t play two years. I’d take Neven over Winston right now, in all honesty. Cousins ​​has been consistent since joining Minnesota in 2018, throwing 30 or more TDs in three of his four seasons with the team.

Winston swings the ball and has a great arm, but he has thrown too many interceptions in recent years. His best year yet in 2019, he managed 33 TDs and over 5,100 yards, but also had 30 passes. The 30-plus TDs are fantastic, but you can’t throw that many INTs in today’s NFL. Guys are criticized for 15 INTs these days, and Winston doubled that.

Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb made the list at number 7. Another duo I wouldn’t bet on over Cousins/Jefferson. Prescott and Cousins ​​is a wax nose in my book. If you take the Dallas Cowboys star and brand away from Dak, he’s seen in the same light as Cousins, if he isn’t already.

There’s a lot of fluff in many of Dak’s great stat games throughout his career. Last year in Week 18, Prescott threw five TDs in a 51-26 win over division rival Philadelphia. The Eagles played reserve players as Dallas left Dak in the game for the second half, just to break Tony Romo’s record for TD passes (Dak finished 37) in a season.

Yes, Prescott and the Cowboys made it to the playoffs while the Vikings were at home watching, but it’s not all Cousins’ fault. I refuse to believe that the gap between Dak and Kirk is that big. I don’t think CeeDee’s production, even as the number 1 target in Dallas, will come close enough to Jefferson’s to warrant this ranking.

This list isn’t all bad except No. 10 and No. 7. I would rank Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs ahead of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase simply because I think they will have a better season, but it’s close so I can deal with it. The only duo we haven’t seen together in the NFL is Derek Carr and Davonte Adams. But they did play in Fresno State together years ago, so their chemistry should be easy.

Also notable for their absence are Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill. If you let Hill tell you, he’ll be more productive in Miami than he ever dreamed of in Kansas City. While I’m not sure yet about Tua/Hill as a top 10 duo, Cousins/Jefferson deserved a spot on this list and will show us why this year.

Even if Cousins ​​is considered a fringe top 12-15 QB, Jefferson is on track for the best WR in the NFL as he sets another record campaign. You can’t have one without the others in a conversation about the best tag teams.

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