Definite passing situation, the defense knows it, and still the offense puts the ball in the air and executes a demoralizing first down. Such was the scenario for most opponents of the Drew Brees-run offense in New Orleans. Brees set an NFL record for season passing yards with 5,476. He also threw 46 touchdown passes while being intercepted only 14 times.
A key component to the two-headed tight end unit for the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski powered his way through opposing defenses during the 2011 regular season. He gathered 90 receptions, up from his 42-catch 2010 season, and tallied 1,327 yards. Gronkowski also hauled in 17 touchdowns, making him nearly impossible to cover in the red zone.
There's a reason Calvin "Megatron" Johnson has become one of the most feared primary receivers in the NFL. He took his game to elite status during the 2011 regular season, leading the NFL with 1,681 receiving yards. Johnson pulled in 16 touchdown catches as well.
Perhaps the most feared arm in the NFL resides in the league's smallest market, tucked away in football-town USA, Green Bay, Wisc. Aaron Rodgers earned the NFL's MVP award and led the Packers to a 15-1 regular-season record while passing for 4,643 yards. Rodgers connected for 45 TD passes and was intercepted only six times.
Standing out defensively is tough on any team and nearly impossible on a team that many would consider one of the most-feared units in the NFL, but that's exactly what the Ravens' Terrell Suggs did in 2011. He recorded 14 sacks and was voted The Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.