The NFL is largely a passing league, and while quarterbacks soak up much of the spotlight, most signal-callers would struggle without a quality receiving corps.

Successful receiving units usually feature more than a single top target. Great receiver tandems like Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt or Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison complemented each other.

We'll examine the top seven wide receiver duos heading into Week 7. We're looking at wide receivers only, so elite pass-catchers like Travis Kelce and Darren Waller, while worthy of recognition, won't qualify.

Rankings are based primarily on 2021 performance, though factors like past production and upside were considered. To qualify, each receiver on this list must have seen at least 25 targets through Week 6 (sorry, Davante Adams fans—no one else on the Packers has reached that mark).

Let's get to it.

 

Honorable Mention: Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

Combined 2021 Receiving Numbers: 55 receptions, 843 yards, 6 touchdowns

The Cincinnati Bengals duo of rookie Ja'Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd doesn't make the official list but deserves a mention.

Chase has been a revelation, catching 27 passes for 553 yards and five touchdowns. While he's left some meat on the bone—he's been targeted 41 times—his ability to score from anywhere is remarkable.

"He's everything we expected him to be and hoped to be, and so far through five games, that's what we've seen from him," coach Zac Taylor told reporters.

Boyd's role has been minor compared to Chase's—part of the reason they're only an honorable mention—but he has 28 catches for 290 yards and a touchdown. Boyd has also been productive in the past with 1,000-yard campaigns in two of the last three years.

Still, Chase's connection with former LSU and current Bengals teammate Joe Burrow puts Cincinnati's wideouts on the map.

 

Honorable Mention: Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs

Combined 2021 Receiving Numbers: 72 receptions, 853 yards, 6 touchdowns

This is another lopsided duo, but Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman could be growing into one of the best in the NFL.

Hardman has caught 26 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown, but he's seen 17 targets and had 13 receptions for 138 yards over the past two weeks. In 2020, he caught 41 passes for 560 yards and four scores.

Then there's Tyreek Hill, through whom the Kansas City Chiefs offense runs. There might not be a wideout harder to cover given his speed and route running. Hill can score on any play and helps to open up everything else the Chiefs do offensively.

Hill is a five-time Pro Bowler and will make lists like this one provided he has a capable running mate at wide receiver. Hardman is also a dangerous deep threat, but this duo will move up or down the rankings depending on his development and role in the offense.

 

7. Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills

Combined 2021 Receiving Numbers: 61 receptions, 876 yards, 6 touchdowns

Like Hill, Buffalo Bills wideout Stefon Diggs can make a case for being the most dangerous receiver in football. He led the league in receptions (127) and receiving yards (1,535) in 2020, snagging eight touchdowns.

What's scary is that Diggs may be even more dangerous with the addition of wideout Emmanuel Sanders. The Bills picked up Sanders in the offseason, and he has become one of Josh Allen's favorite targets.

Sanders has seen 39 targets, which puts him behind only Diggs and Cole Beasley. He is also second on the team in yards per reception (17.2) behind Gabriel Davis (17.3), who only has six catches.

While Sanders is cutting into Diggs' workload, he's helping to forge a balanced duo that most defenses cannot keep up with.

 

6. Mike Evans and Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Combined 2021 Receiving Numbers: 60 receptions, 838 yards, 8 touchdowns

While with the New England Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady didn't always benefit from top-tier receiving talent—aside from the Randy Moss years. With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though, he has loads of it.

One could make an argument that Mike Evans and Chris Godwin deserve their own entry on this list (they've combined for 65 receptions, 829 yards and six touchdowns), but Brady's growing bond with Antonio Brown pushes this duo ahead.