NFL History: 50 greatest quarterback-wide receiver tandems in NFL history

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions celebrates with teammate Calvin Johnson #81 after a first quarter touchdown the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions celebrates with teammate Calvin Johnson #81 after a first quarter touchdown the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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The 41st greatest quarterback-wide receiver duo in NFL history: Tony Romo & Dez Bryant

The Dallas Cowboys have long been criticized for their ability to sell out arenas and grab national headlines as opposed to winning games and contending for Super Bowls.

In a stroke of outrageous bad luck, the Dallas Cowboys finished the season 8-8 three consecutive seasons and barely missed the playoff cut. But while they were generally underachievers, the pairing of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant was arguably the best in the entire league.

To be completely candid, there was once a point in time where a serious discussion could be held surrounding whether or not Romo was the best quarterback in the league. During their time together, which spanned six seasons, Romo consistently put up monster numbers. In back-to-back years, he threw for over 4,000 yards.

Not coincidently, Romo’s success was at its highest once Bryant established himself as a superstar. From 2012-2014, Bryant had no less than 1,233 receiving yards.

As previously mentioned, the Cowboys weren’t a constant fixture in the title picture. In those six seasons together, the Cowboys only made the playoffs once. Granted, it’s difficult to defend Romo and Bryant’s inability to get it done, but, in 2014, they were probably hosed out of a possible Super Bowl run.