2012 NFL Training Camps will be underway in a few weeks and NFL fans are already salivating at the prospect of their favorite team producing big plays through the air. The days of grinding out wins via the running game are in the past for the most part. Last season was a first for the NFL with three quarterbacks passing for more than 5,000 yards. Congratulations to Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford. Additionally Brees broke Dan Marino’s 1984 record for yards passing in a single season with 5,476 yards through the air. Aaron Rodgers’ passer rating of 122.5 set a single season record as well. Here are five can’t miss tandems for the 2012 season to watch:
5) Eli Manning to Victor Cruz
Once the Giants were able to overcome the injury bug last season and got their house in
order they were able to make a run to the Super Bowl. We all know the results. With another year under their belt Manning to Cruz will be seen on SportCenter Highlights this fall.
2011 stats: 82 catches, 1,536 yards, nine touchdowns
4) Matt Schaub to Andre Johnson
Due to injuries to both players these two onlypartnered up in seven games last season. This year they’re both back and healthy which can only mean bad news for opposing defenses. Schaub has the potential and we know what Johnson brings. Look for Houston to actually win a playoff game this season.
2011 stats: 33 catches, 492 yards, two touchdowns
3) Cam Newton to Steve Smith
Even the harshest of critics must admit that Newton surpassed all expectations last season. With his rookie season in the rearview mirror Newton will become a better passer. Steve Smith has the experience and the moves to take big plays up a notch. The Panthers offense will be more lethal and this tandem will receive more recognition.
2011 stats: 79 catches, 1,394 yards, seven touchdowns
2) Tony Romo to Dez Bryant
Romo put the team on his back last season and almost willed the Cowboys to the playoffs. Dez Bryant is entering his third season. Jerry Jones has made some moves to shore up the offensive line. This should allow Romo more time in the pocket to connect with Bryant. Big play potential has fans excited.
2011 stats: 57 catches, 866 yards, nine touchdowns
1) Matthew Stafford to Calvin Johnson
Megatron discovered new heights with Stafford playing in his first full season under center. Stafford has already proved that he can hang with the best of them by putting up 5,000+ yards last season. As their rapport strengthens expect even more big plays. The Motor City has got to be excited for 2012!
2011 stats: 96 catches, 1,681 yards, 16 touchdowns