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Best triplets in the NFL? (QB/RB/WR combos)

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    Came across this article from NFL.com and had me shaking my head at some of their calls. It ranks all 32 teams for 2018 based on how dynamic their triplets are, being their quarterback, starting running back and what they call the team's best pass catcher. Many a times they count the tight end over the #1 WR.

    I do have to agree hands down that the Steelers are #1. Roethlisberger + Le'Veon Bell + Antonio Brown, that's close to as good as it gets. Their #2 call is very strong too with the Saints: Brees/Kamara/Thomas. Though it's a close call for me vs the Chargers.

    After that, the rest of their top 10 is in this order: Pats, Falcons, Chargers, Panthers, Packers, Vikings, Giants and Texans.

    I would go:

    1 - Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger/LeVeon Bell/Antonio Brown)
    2 (tie) - Saints (Drew Brees/Alvin Kamara/Michael Thomas)
    2 (tie) - Chargers (Phillip Rivers/Melvin Gordon/Keenan Allen)

    4 - Falcons (Matt Ryan/Devonta Freeman/Julio Jones)
    5 - Pats (Tom Brady/Sony Michel/Rob Gronkowski)

    6 - Giants (Eli Manning/Saquon Barkley/Odell Beckham)
    7 - Texans (Deshaun Watson/Lamar Miller/DeAndre Hopkins)
    8 - Seahawks (Russell Wilson/Rashaad Penny/Doug Baldwin)
    9 - Rams (Jared Goff/Todd Gurley/Bradin Cooks)
    10 - Cardinals (Josh Rosen/David Johnson/Larry Fitzgerald)


    Tough call leaving out the Cowboys, Vikings, Packers, Eagles. Those would be my next tier at 11-14.

    How would you order it? Who is in your top 3,5 or even top 10? Doesn't have to be this year actually. Could even go with who is the best trio of all time? Does Aikman/Emmitt/Irving land #1, or are the Steelers right now actually better?? With that, I am not sure... Any other trio beat that?

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    I definitely think the Aikman/Emmitt/Irving is among the greatest, maybe even takes the #1 spot. I may be a little biased, though. I was surrounded by those names growing up in Dallas TX, there was even posters of those guys in my bedroom.

    And why didn't the Packers make the list? I would say an easy replacement for the Packers in that list would be the Giants trio. I'm just not impressed by the Giants at all. I think they road the one-handed Beckham catch for way, way too long. Yeah, it was a cool catch.... But other than that, what have they really accomplished that would put them above so many other trios/teams?

    The Steelers most definitely deserve to be #1. They have the best dynamic of all (in regards to this specific list). That squad could play blind-folded and not miss a beat.

    Steelers, Saints, Pats, Falcons, Chargers, Panthers, Packers, Vikings, Giants and Texans.

    I would say:

    Steelers, Saints, Pats, Packers, Chargers, Falcons, Texans, Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals.

    The Panthers don't even touch the list, for me. If Cam happens to decide to throw the ball, it's most likely a toss to the left/right. Dynamic between the QB and the receiver is virtually non-existent for the Panthers. They haven't really played together long enough to build any type of trust, and Cam just doesn't seem to want to create any.

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    And why didn't the Packers make the list? I would say an easy replacement for the Packers in that list would be the Giants trio. I'm just not impressed by the Giants at all. I think they road the one-handed Beckham catch for way, way too long. Yeah, it was a cool catch.... But other than that, what have they really accomplished that would put them above so many other trios/teams?


    Given how bad Eli was last year, and the year before, I get your point. I will counter it though with the fact that Eli can be a great QB. He has been on a bad team the last few years and I think gets an unfair shake of things. His offensive line has done him zero favors. And he has not had a decent running game to relay on whatsoever. That's exactly why the Giants drafted Saquon Barkley #2 overall in the draft. And I think his talent will make ALL the difference this year for Eli. History has shown when Eli has a really good running game to help take pressure off of everyone knowing every play is a pass play, he is a really dangerous QB. And even while Eli has sucked the last 2 years, Odell Beckham has been a top 1-3 receiver in basically every single category worth mentioning (tds, yards, catches, etc). He is top 3 talent in the league.

    If Barkley is even 75% as good as everyone says he will be, I would be willing to give the Giants a #3 spot on this list, right behind the Steelers and Saints.

    PowerPlay Wrote:
    The Panthers don't even touch the list, for me. If Cam happens to decide to throw the ball, it's most likely a toss to the left/right. Dynamic between the QB and the receiver is virtually non-existent for the Panthers. They haven't really played together long enough to build any type of trust, and Cam just doesn't seem to want to create any.


    Totally agree. I would put them somewhere in the 15-20 range. Mid tier offense trio for me. For just the reasons you say.

    For my top 10, I am baking in my expectations of some rookies or 2nd year talent stepping up, so goes like this:

    1. Steelers
    2. Saints
    3. Giants
    4. Pats
    5. Texans
    6. Chargers
    7. Vikings
    8. Falcons
    9. Cowboys
    10. Rams

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    Yeah, I see your point on Eli. I definitely think he has the skill-set to be great. I guess I just haven't paid attention to him enough to think that as confidentially as you do.

    I try to think as critical as possible with my opinions on athletes and teams. Its soo easy for media built hype to sway opions, especially in these last 5 years or so. If they catch even a wiff of a trend setter, they're going to promote and skyrocket that athlete's seemingly amazing career to the very top and make bank from the wave. So what ends up happening is a bunch of fans/viewers truly see the athlete as a record breaking super hero. When in reality, they might be almost top-ranked, maybe even sub-par. I guess that's how I see Beckham.

    So why don't the Packers make you're list? I find it hard to believe that you would put the Texans ahead of them.

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    So why don't the Packers make you're list? I find it hard to believe that you would put the Texans ahead of them.

    The Packers are certainly in the mix, probably for me 12th or so. The reason they aren't higher is because their running game is in question. If Aaron Jones is their starter, to me he is unproven. He had some great games last year. But given all the injuries to that position for them last year, and how inconsistent they are at running the ball the last few years, they lose points.

    Also I am a big fan of Devante Adams. But I don't think he is yet an elite WR1 in the league. So then it comes down to how much do you elevate the trio just because of Aaron Rodgers. Certainly he is top 3 in the league talent wise. But for me he lacks a stud running back and elite wide receiver to make the trio top 10 in the league.

    I think of it this way:

    Rank each position 1-10, with 10 being elite. Steelers get a 30. I think the Giants get like a 27 (qb-8, wr-10, rb-9).

    The Texans have a potential great quarterback in the making with Deshaun Watson. He was on fire before he got hurt last year. He could be a 8 or 9, maybe even 10. DeAndre Hopkins is an elite WR, so that's 9-10. And Lamar Miller can be a top 10-15 rb in the league no problem. So another 7-9 there.

    For the Packers, it's more like QB-10, RB-7, WR-7.

    Fuzzy math, but you get the idea.