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Daily Blitz - May 24: Top NFL Duos


Last season, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz each racked up more than 1,000 yards.

It was the first time in Giants history that a tandem managed to do so, and now it begs the question of whether they are becoming the best one-two punch in the NFL.

That will be decided on the field in 2012, but for now, we have our lists to get us through the offseason. With that said, analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranked the top 10 duos in the NFL – five on offense and five on defense – and Cruz/Nicks came out on top, while two Big Blue defenders were mentioned on the other side of the ball.

"In my opinion, this is currently the top receiver duo in the NFL," Jeremiah wrote. "Both guys are complete receivers with an outstanding mix of size, explosiveness, reliable hands and elusiveness after the catch. Last season, they combined for 2,728 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns."

Meanwhile, defensive ends Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul create one of the top five forces in football, according to Jeremiah

"This pair is lethal against both the pass and the run. Both guys also have the versatility to play outside and inside in the Giants' scheme. Pierre-Paul was dominant throughout the regular season, while Tuck put together a monster postseason."

The remaining offensive duos included: OTs Michael Roos and David Stewart (Titans); RBs Ray Rice and Vonta Leach (Ravens); WRs Roddy White and Julio Jones (Falcons); TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez (Patriots).

The remaining defensive duos included: LBs NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis (49ers); LBs Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs (Bears); DEs Jason Babin and Trent Cole (Eagles); DTs Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour (Raiders).

**NFL Top 100: Players of 2012

**While we're on the subject, the fifth installment of NFL Network's list (as voted on by the players) was released last night. A week after Tuck came in at No. 62, no Giants were in the 51-60 range, but here's a list anyway if you're keeping score at home:

  1. RB Chris Johnson, Titans
  2. C Ryan Kalil, Panthers
  3. RB Willis McGahee, Broncos
  4. OT Donald Penn, Buccaneers
  5. LB D'Qwell Jackson, Browns
  6. QB Tim Tebow, Jets
  7. RB Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
  8. CB Cortland Finnegan, Rams
  9. FB John Kuhn, Packers
  10. QB Tony Romo, Cowboys


  1. WR Hakeem Nicks, Giants*
  2. DE Dwight Freeney, Colts
  3. RB Michael Turner, Falcons
  4. LB London Fletcher, Redskins
  5. RB Darren Sproles, Saints
  6. LB NaVorro Bowman, 49ers
  7. DE Chris Long, Rams
  8. RB Fred Jackson, Bills
  9. OT Joe Thomas, Browns
  10. DT Vince Wilfork, Patriots
  1. WR Jordy Nelson, Packers
  2. Nnamdi Asomugha, Eagles
  3. LB Derrick Johnson, Chiefs
  4. WR A.J. Green, Bengals
  5. OL Carl Nicks, Buccaneers
  6. TE Jason Witten, Cowboys
  7. QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
  8. CB Johnathan Joseph Texans
  9. LB Lance Briggs, Bears
  10. WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles
  1. QB Michael Vick, Eagles
  2. CB Carolos Rogers, 49ers
  3. DE Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
  4. OT Joe Staley, 49ers
  5. S Earl Thomas, Seahawks
  6. WR Roddy White, Falcons
  7. G Logan Mankins, Patriots
  8. LB LaMarr Woodley, Steelers
    62. DE Justin Tuck, Giants
  9. QB Philip Rivers, Chargers
  1. RB Darren McFadden, Raiders
  2. OT Jake Long, Dolphins
  3. LB Jonathan Vilma, Saints
  4. DE Trent Cole, Eagles
  5. WR Greg Jennings, Packers
  6. CB Patrick Peterson, Cardinals
  7. LB Brian Cushing, Texans
  8. TE Tony Gonzalez, Falcons
  9. LB Von Miller, Broncos
  10. LB Brian Urlacher, Bears


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