Top Five NFL Offenses Entering This Season
Which teams will be putting up a lot of points this year?
In one week, football will finally be back. The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs will be taking on Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans next Thursday. The game marks the beginning of a much anticipated NFL season, and figures to feature two explosive offensives. What better way to start a season. After all, offense is all the rage in the modern NFL. It’s no longer “defense wins championships.” Just look at the playoff teams from last season. Only one team (Bills) made the playoffs that wasn’t in the top-half of points per game. If your team hopes to be successful, they better have a good offense. On that note, let’s look at the top five offenses entering the 2020 NFL season.
5. New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints have all the makings to be the best offense in the NFL. So why are they at five? Well it’s because of their quarterback. Drew Brees, who has been the leader of the Saints for what seems like forever, is starting to finally deteriorate. Now by all means Brees isn’t a bad QB, he just isn’t what he used to be. His arm strength appears to be declining. Brees also hasn’t eclipsed 4,000 yards passing since 2017. Part of that is because of injury, which should be a concern in and of itself. Brees missed five games last year. His best years appear to be behind him, which causes an otherwise stacked offense with Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Emmanuel Sanders to fall to five as opposed to one.
4. Dallas Cowboys
Despite missing the playoffs last season, the Dallas Cowboys still averaged the most total yards per game. Now some of those yards may have been in games that were already decided; but Dallas still had 24 more yards per game than second place. The Cowboys still have Dak Prescott who is coming off the best statistical year of his career (4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns). They also return the workhorse that is Ezekiel Elliott (fourth in rushing last season), and Amari Cooper (eighth in receiving last year). Dallas got perhaps the steal of the draft as well, selecting CeeDee Lamb. Lamb’s pairing with Cooper and Michael Gallup caused Pro Football Focus to rank the Cowboys’ receiving group as the third best in the NFL. Add in an always solid offensive line, and you have a Dallas offense that should score a lot of points.
3. Baltimore Ravens
Last season, the Baltimore Ravens’ offense was historic. They became the first team to average at least 200 yards passing and rushing in a season. They also set the record for most rushing yards in a single season. This was in large part to MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson was spectacular last year, finishing with the sixth-most rushing yards in the NFL (1,206). Baltimore doubled down on their rushing attack this offseason by selecting Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins in the second round. Despite a weak receiving core, Baltimore was still able to be dangerous in the passing game as well. Jackson showcased his ability as a passer, leading the league in passing touchdowns (36). Tight end Mark Andrews played a big role in this, finishing with the second most touchdown catches in the league (10). The Ravens are also equipped with the fifth-best offensive line according to Pro Football Focus. It may be difficult for Baltimore to repeat their league-leading 33.2 points per game, but don’t expect them to score much less.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers took an already solid offense, and upgraded multiple positions. The big one obviously being Tampa Bay swapped Jameis Winston for Tom Brady. The GOAT is now equipped with his best group of skill position players ever. The Bucs have the best receiving group in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans are a handful enough for NFL defenses, yet Tampa wanted more. They lured Rob Gronkowski out of retirement to join an already solid tight end room. Tampa Bay didn’t stop there however. They recently signed Leonard Fournette, who finished last season with the seventh-most rushing yards in the league. A Bucs team that averaged the fourth-most points per game, and the third-most yards per game only got more dangerous this offseason. Expect them to finish top-three in both categories this year.
- Kansas City Chiefs
Who else would really be number one? The reigning Super Bowl champs have the best offense in the NFL. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is on track to becoming the greatest QB of all-time. Even in a down season last year, Mahomes still had 4,031 yards, 26 touchdowns and just five interceptions in 14 games played. The Super Bowl MVP is the best quarterback in the league, and it’s not really that close. His numbers will easily improve playing 16 games this year. The Chiefs also have (in my opinion) the best tight end in the NFL. Travis Kelce is coming off a season in which he had the fourth-most receiving yards in the league (1,229). KC also returns Tyreek Hill. Hill’s blazing speed makes him perhaps the league’s hardest cover. These weapons caused Pro Football Focus to rank the Chiefs’ receiving group as the second-best in the NFL. Kansas City should also get a boost in the run game after drafting LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round. If the rookie can replicate Kareem Hunt’s rookie season in KC, then there’s a good chance the Chiefs’ repeat as champs.