Best Offenses in the NFL
Tom Brady to the Bucs. Philip Rivers to the Colts. There have been some wild moves this off-season and i’m eagerly waiting to see the result. This list is my prediction on who I think will be the top 10 best offenses in the NFL next season. I will be grading my projections for each position group including Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers, Tight Ends and Offensive Line. The top 10 NFL offenses will not be the same as last season.
#10 – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are no joke next season. You can question whether Philip Rivers has much left in the tank, but the reality is that he is a big upgrade from Jacoby Brissett. Unlike his time with the Chargers, Rivers has the luxury of being behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL complimented by their overpowered run game.
I questioned the pick of Jonathan Taylor in my draft grades, but the trio of Marlon Mack, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines looks very dangerous.
Their Wide Receivers were inconsistent last season, but T.Y. Hilton looks to return to full health. They also added the massive frame of Michael Pittman to the offense with speedster Parris Campbell looking to improve on a mediocre rookie season.
Trey Burton was added to the tight end corp, but this will be a lot of the Jack Doyle show.
When it’s all said and done there is too much talent behind this overpowered of an offensive line not to be top 10. If Rivers can’t do that, then i’ll be the one to say his career is coming to an end.
#9 – Atlanta Falcons
Way too many people disrespect Matt Ryan. He is one of the most underrated Quarterbacks ever who I still think can put up MVP numbers. The lack of pass protection hurt is overall production last season as Matt Ryan was sacked a career high 48 times. Even with the pressure he was still making big time throws. The reality is as long as he has Julio Jones, he will be just fine.
His stats weren’t as good as Michael Thomas, but I still think Julio is the most talented Wide Receiver in the NFL. The Falcons trade Mohamed Sanu last season, but i’m all in on the ability of Calvin Ridley. He keeps getting better and will look to impress with an even bigger target share.
The Falcons also lost Austin Hooper in free agency, but traded for Hayden Hurst. While I don’t think he will put up Hooper numbers, Hurst is a sleeper. He was buried below Mark Andrews in the Ravens depth chart and approaches the breakout year for tight ends.
Devonta Freeman and this rushing attack was abysmal last season. Freeman looked like a shell of himself, but many raise that same question about Gurley. Will he be healthy enough to become a top 10 running back again? To me he’s on the bubble, but on a one year contract has a lot to prove next season. Ultimately no running back can succeed that well behind the Falcons offensive line of 2019.
This offensive line was a mess last season. They struggled creating holes leading to the 30th ranked rushing offense last season and allowed 48 sacks. They drafted two offensive linemen in the first round last season and it’s not easy being a rookie. If Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary can start playing like 1st round picks, this offensive line will have a massive turnaround.
The icing on the cake for me is their weak defense. We will see this offense on the field playing from behind for the majority of the season and Matt Ryan has some serious weapons at his disposal.
#8 – Green Bay Packers
If the Packers drafted better this team would easily be in the top 5. They instead decided to draft for the future leaving Aaron Rodgers with the same cast as last season. Rodgers can still be great, but the receiving corp leaves his upside limited.
I love Davante Adams next season and I think he will be force fed the ball. If you have the chance to draft him in fantasy football, do it because he is the only reliable target for Rodgers. Devin Funchess is just another guy and nothing suggests to me that he will even be better than Allan Lazard.
This rushing attack will be the focal point for this offense. Especially when Adams was down last season, they rode this rushing attack and as a result Aaron Jones was a top 5 running back. I hated the A.J. Dillon pick as he isn’t much of a pass catcher. Jamaal Williams will retain his pass catching role and Dillon will merely be a second fiddle to Jones on run downs. He is the succession plan for Jones who is on his contract year.
This offensive line keeps it’s main pieces on route to another impressive season. They are quietly one of the best pass protecting offensive lines in the NFL while also opening holes for the league leading 16 rushing touchdowns of Aaron Jones.
While Tight End might be the least important position it’s worth noting this is one of the worst in the league. Jimmy Graham is now a Chicago Bear and I imagine this corp will be a carousal next season looking for the best guy.