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2013 DYNAMIC DUO’S: Six of the NFL’s best receiving tandems to watch this season

Victory Cruz signed his deal with the New York Giants this week. Now, along with Hakeem Nicks, he gives his team one of the best receiving combinations in the league.

But is it the best?

Here are six tandems to watch this season …

· clip_image001 Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson

Here’s something crazy, the Packers haven’t had a 100-catch receiver in 18 years. That doesn’t seem possible. Fellow Packers receiver James Jones believes Cobb can do it (he had 80 receptions in 15 games, but just 80 starts). Nelson is the key, though, as he started just 10 games last year.

· Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) talk with Miles Austin (19) during a timeout in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Dez Bryant and Miles Austin

Austin needs to stay healthy (a trend you’ll find an awful lot on this list). But the sheer force of Dez ranks them high on this list. Bryant had 10 touchdowns in his last eight games and his overall receptions, yards and touchdowns have increased in each NFL season.

· clip_image003 Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston

NFL players left Graham of the Top 100 list for 2013, but he’s clearly one of the best receivers in the game. Colston can burn fantasy owners with his inconsistency at times, but he’s had close to 2,300 receiving yards since 2011.

· Giants Bengals Football Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks

We all saw how much Nicks can do on the field with his performance against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. Cruz is the only receiver in the league in each of the past two seasons with at least 80 receptions, 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns.

· Texans Broncos Football Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker

You might be surprised to find out Thomas and Decker don’t rank in the top five in receiving yardage since 2011. Well, it’s not so surprising when you remember Tim Tebow was their quarterback in 2011. The duo was fantastic in Manning’s first season in Denver last year.

· Jan 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) celebrates a touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers with wide receiver Roddy White (84)  during the second quarter of the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Roddy White and Julio Jones

This duo is the most prolific receiving tandem in the NFL right now, at least in terms of yardage. The two have combined for 4,804 yards since 2011, as they outdistanced the second-place duo of Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson (though that was nearly all Megatron). The Atlanta duo could be an even more explosive offense this year with Steven Jackson.

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