Why the Vikings shouldn’t have trouble replacing Stefon Diggs

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A title can still be won without a top receiving duo

We examined at greater length in a recent article, but it’s something that should be emphasized once again.

The most talented and productive duo of wide receivers to win a championship in the last decade are probably Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders of the 2015 Denver Broncos. After that, there is a mishmash of New England Patriots wide receivers (like Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan) and then tandems such as Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor from the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles.

Although Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs paired together served as a marvelous perk, that caliber of combined wide receiver talent is not required for multi-win seasons, if recent history is a credible indicator.

Or, a quick peek at the 2019 season is telling. Here are the win-loss records of teams that featured two 1,000+ yard wide receivers last season:

  • Cleveland Browns: 6-10
  • Dallas Cowboys: 8-8
  • Los Angeles Rams: 9-7
  • Los Angeles Chargers: 5-11
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 7-9