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Top Five Offensive Arsenals In The NFL

Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports

Which NFL offense has the most dangerous weapons?

Nothing gets sports fans to the field or screen like an NFL offense that puts up 40 points. The teams below can burn opposing defenses with both the run and the pass and are poised to put up huge numbers this season. Rankings were determined based on position unit skill, offensive roster depth, and coaching. Which offense contains the most dangerous weapons in the league? 

5. Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan, two years removed from the NFL MVP award, is in his prime and has never had more toys to play with on offense than he does today. Julio Jones is a top-three wide receiver, and Devonta Freeman is a reliable, productive back. Now add rookie receiver Calvin Ridley. Two big-play receivers from Alabama with a good quarterback to throw to them is something to be jacked about. Putting Ridley at X will draw defenses away from Jones at Z, and vice versa. 

The Falcons saw serious drop-off in offensive production last season after Kyle Shanahan left for San Francisco. Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian has a lot to prove in his second year. With improved situational play calling, the Falcons can jump from the eighth-ranked offense in 2017 to a top-five offense in 2018.

4. Philadelphia Eagles 

With MVP hopeful Carson Wentz, backup Nick Foles, and former-quarterback Doug Pederson as head coach, Philly has the best quarterback situation in the entire league. Additionally, the running power of Jay Ajayi will wear down opposing defenses all season long. Philly rushed for 2,115 yards and threw for 3,737 last season. They have the pieces to hit the 6,000 total yard mark this year.


3. New Orleans Saints 

Drew Brees returns for his eighteenth NFL season and his thirteenth with offensive legend Sean Payton as his head coach. Brees has thrown for 5,000 yards in a season five times and has no plans of slowing down.

The thunder-and-lightning combo of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara gives the Saints the best running back duo in the NFL. New Orleans produced 6,259 yards of offense in 2017. They will surpass the 6,000 mark again in 2018.


2. Pittsburgh Steelers

The “Killer B’s” are back and ready to roll. Without the shackle of former Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a new outlook on his career. Big Ben is a dark horse MVP candidate for me this season. 


The best running back in the league, Le’Veon Bell, has been refused a new contract and will be running angry this season to prove he deserves a Todd Gurley-level deal. The Steelers also return the league’s best receiver, Antonio Brown, and one of the most effective rookies of 2017, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger will be throwing the ball all over the field to both of them.

Pittsburgh gained 6,047 yards in 2017. With improved team chemistry and the presence of rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph pushing Roethisberger to perform, Pittsburgh will surpass 6,200 yards this season. Equipped with the best running back and wide receiver in the league and a future first-ballot Hall-of-Fame quarterback, the Steelers can ride their electric offense to get back to the Super Bowl in 2018.

1. Los Angeles Rams 

Head Coach Sean McVay, along with Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels, is one of the best offensive minds in the NFL. The L.A. Rams have extended top-three running back Todd Gurley II with a record-breaking deal and enter 2018 with one of the most intriguing receiving corps in the league (Brandin Cooks also signed a new contract). This was made possible by the fact that third-year quarterback Jared Goff is on an inexpensive rookie contract, which has given the Rams incredible salary cap room to sign these playmakers. 

The Rams have successfully balanced the requirement of a Los Angeles team to make a splash with exciting scorers (like Cooks and Gurley) with the more important task of adding players who have more of an actual impact on wins and losses (like offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth). The Rams will not produce the most yards or points in the league this season, but this will be due to the fact that they also have the best defense in the league, which will force plenty of low-scoring games.

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There are several honorable mentions to be excited about in 2018. Kansas City’s offense features Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, and a new quarterback in Patrick Mahomes who has one of the strongest arms in the NFL. The Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey combo is still an experiment in Carolina. The Panthers also have a great veteran offensive line, including tight end Greg Olsen. And of course, it is impossible to talk about NFL offenses without mentioning the always-lethal system of Josh McDaniels, Tom Brady, and Rob Gronkowski in New England. 


Edited by Brian Kang, Dani Quintana.

SQuiz
Which NFL offense gained the most yards in the 2017 regular season?
Created 7/26/18
  1. Los Angeles Rams
  2. New England Patriots
  3. New Orleans Saints
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers

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