Every day until the start of camp on July 26, we'll be giving you one juicy nugget to whet your appetite for the return of football. (Publisher's note: Yes, we're fudging on this headline. We took Sunday off so we're double-dipping with two on Monday, even though the CBA strictly forbids two-a-days.)
Last season, as the Packers scored 560 points to become the No. 2 scoring offense in NFL history, Aaron Rodgers got a big helping hand from his wide receivers.
The Packers' receivers hauled in 38 touchdown passes last year — a whopping 11 more than any team in the league.
Not only are the numbers big, but so is the depth. Dallas had three receivers account for its 27 touchdowns (Laurent Robinson 11, Dez Bryant 9 and Miles Austin 7), New Orleans had four receivers account for its 26 touchdowns (Marques Colston 8, Lance Moore 8, Robert Meachem 6, Devery Henderson 2) and Detroit had three receivers account for its 25 touchdowns (Calvin Johnson 16, Titus Young 6 and Nate Burleson 3).
And how's this: Nelson's touchdown total was more than 18 teams got from their full receiver corps. That includes NFC North rivals Minnesota and Chicago. Jennings' touchdown total was more than four teams got from their full receiver corps.
Not surprisingly, the 38 touchdowns from the wide receivers established a franchise standard. In fact, until last season, the most touchdown passes in a season was 39, in 1995 and 1996. In those seasons, the receivers tallied 23 and 22 touchdowns, respectively.
Here's the list:
Green Bay: 38
New Orleans: 26
N.Y. Giants: 21
N.Y. Jets: 18
San Diego: 17
New England: 15
Tampa Bay: 15
Kansas City: 9
St. Louis: 8
San Francisco: 8
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