Chargers receiving duo is further disrespected
Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. These are all pairs of receivers who are mentioned as the best duo in the NFL. As they should, since each has proven they can be a solid-to-elite as either individuals or on the same team over multiple seasons. They deserve to be mentioned as the best of the best, but so do Mike Williams and Keenan Allen.
Statistically, the two compare favorably; here’s how their 2018 numbers stack against Beckham Jr. and Landry, the most talked about duo this offseason:
- Beckham Jr. and Landry: 158 catches, 2,028 yards, 10 receiving touchdowns, 1,673 snaps.
- Williams and Allen: 140 catches, 1,860 yards, 16 receiving touchdowns, 1,416 snaps.
Every excuse the new Browns’ duo has for their numbers can be matched with a different excuse for Williams and Allen. The Chargers’ duo, albeit as individual performances in different games, took down the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on the road in prime time. With about 250 fewer snaps, Williams and Allen still held their own statistically with what is now considered the most dynamic duo in the league. Though No. 13 and No. 81 are occasionally mentioned within the top five, it’s surprising to not see them ever crack the first spot.
Allen is also fed up with Madden and their ratings:
Keenan Allen says he isn't going to play Madden 20 after seeing his ratings ?
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 15, 2019
How one of the three most elite route-runners in the league gets an 88 on intermediate route-running, along with an 89 rating, is beyond comprehension.
Speaking of Madden ratings…