Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter agains the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Predicting the NFL Top Five Offenses in 2014


Denver reigned supreme in 2013 as the best NFL offense.  Will anyone unseat them in 2014?  Here are the top five projected.

#5 – Detroit Lions

Things have approached a zenith for the Detroit Lions.  Their core talent is in their prime and the window for seizing a championship won’t get much better.  At the center of it is their offense.  Already laden with proven commodities like Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford, the team used the 2014 off-season to hopefully bring it all together.  They added solid receiver Golden Tate in free agency to help compliment Johnson and then grabbed dynamic tight end Eric Ebron in the draft.  Combined with an offensive line that allowed just 23 sacks in 2013, the Lions are poised to debut in the top 5.

#4 – Chicago Bears

Talent is what drove the Chicago Bears offense to heights it hasn’t seen in decades.  Despite injuries at quarterback they finished 2013 eighth in total offense and second in scoring.  However, it’s no longer skill but stability that will bring about improvement for them in year two under head coach Marc Trestman.  Their three-headed monster of Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery might be the best in football.  Jay Cutler won’t have to change offenses for the first time since 2011, a highly underrated benefit to his growth.  Throw in an offensive line that gave up just 30 sacks a year ago and is returning all five starters and there is reason to fear the Monsters of the Midway.

#3 – Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly is an offensive mastermind who always finds a way to create points on the scoreboard.  That alone makes the Philadelphia Eagles dangerous.  Never mind they have the reigning rushing champion in LeSean McCoy and a quarterback in Nick Foles who threw 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions a year ago.  Add in veteran spark plug Darren Sproles, returning veteran Jeremy Maclin, promising tight end Zach Ertz and rookie sleeper Jordan Matthews and that is the makings of a versatile and multidimensional attack that will be hard to stop for even the best defenses.

#2 – Denver Broncos

Can things actually get better for what was the best offense in NFL history, statistically?  Losing Eric Decker was a blow but in his place the Denver Broncos swiftly added Emmanuel Sanders and then scooped up Cody Latimer in the draft.  Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady is set to return and improvements on defense should only give Peyton Manning even more opportunities to touch the ball.  The only real question mark surrounding this juggernaut is the running game.  Montee Ball is ready to replace Knowshon Moreno but he is not yet proven.  If he plays up to his talent, then the Broncos will stampede the league again.

#1 – Green Bay Packers

Want to know a scary statistic?  The Green Bay Packers had the 3rd overall offense in the NFL in 2013.  Keep in mind that they accomplished that feat playing 7 of 16 games without Aaron Rodgers.  Imagine if he makes it through the entire season healthy?  Now it’s important to remember James Jones and Jermichael Finley are gone, leaving two holes in the passing attack.  At the same time Eddie Lacy is growing into a Pro Bowler at running back and Randall Cobb should return at full strength to compliment Jordy Nelson.  Throw in a boon of additions at wide receiver from the draft including Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis and the weaponry is abundant for the best quarterback in the business.

Tags: Chicago Bears Denver Broncos Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers NFL Philadelphia Eagles

  • trinity

    I don’t think anyone is outscoring Denver. That offense is simply ridiculous. I would put them number one. Otherwise, good list.

    • Erik Lambert

      Yeah it was a real tossup for me between the Packers and Broncos. The tipping point for me was Eddie Lacy over Montee Ball.

      • trinity

        I went with Denver’s receiving corp. I do think Lacy is better than ball. But I think with Peyton at the helm, ball really doesn’t have to do as much. I think it’s mostly about that passing game, and montee just needs to be solid and hold onto the ball. Denver’s aerial assault is just bananas lol

        • Erik Lambert

          Completely fair argument. I’d just rather take Aaron Rodgers at age 30 than Peyton Manning at 38 who is coming off a Super Bowl shellacking.

          • trinity

            I think Peyton is a better quarterback than Aaron. But I would still rather have Aaron because you’re right, he has nearly a decade left in the tank. Peyton will probably be gone in two years, sadly.

          • Erik Lambert

            In the grand scheme Peyton will turn out the better QB but if two guys are on the same tier you have to go with the guy who is younger.

          • trinity

            We disagree about which offense will be better in 2014, but we definitely agree on the age thing. I think both these teams are going to be contending for a championship this season, along with Seattle and San Francisco. Maybe the saints if they can get over their road woes. We’ll see how it shakes out :)

          • Erik Lambert

            Yes we shall!

          • Panther Hines

            What does two years from now have to do with this debate?

      • millerforrest

        But for the mere reason I would NOT put Packers #1, is Mike McCarthy does not allow Rodgers more chances to throw the ball. If Rodgers has as many ATTs as Manning, then Packers have #1 offense.

        • Erik Lambert

          That’s one way of looking at it but keep in mind when the Packers had the #1 offense in 2011 they stayed committed to the running game and had a tandem rushing attack that topped 1,000 yards.

          • Panther Hines

            Agreed with you there

    • millerforrest

      The only reason I would NOT put Packers #1, is Mike McCarthy does not allow Rodgers more chances to throw the ball. If Rodgers has as many ATTs as Manning, then Packers have #1 offense.

  • DiscountPCRepair SATX

    The Black and Blue Division, once noted for being defensive oriented, now undoubtedly have 3 of the top 5 offenses.

    • Erik Lambert

      Feels weird to say, doesn’t it?

    • Panther Hines

      Wont happen. NO, Denver, NE, whos getting left out?

      • DiscountPCRepair SATX

        NE
        Brady and Gronk and ???

  • Thomas

    Yeah I don’t quite see Chicago in the top 5. Granted they have two huge WRs, but the TE position is pretty lacking.

    • Erik Lambert

      Martellus Bennett had over 750 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. Not sure I would call that lacking especially since it was the guys’ first year in that offensive system.

      • Panther Hines

        Agree with you again. Bennett was a monster last year

  • Armando Cuesta

    You’re absolutely right on point w/ Denver, the only weak point to the offense is in our RB depth. I was hoping we would draft a RB like Carlos Hyde, Charles Simms or Andre Williams w/ our 3rd pick, but, alas, that did not happen. I also think we missed a GREAT opportunity in not signing UDFA Isaiah Crowell post draft….easily a TOP 3 RB in the draft if not for perceived ‘character’ concerns.
    In any event, while Ball is clearly a young, ascending talent, our RB depth clearly needs to addressed.

    • Erik Lambert

      There still may be an opportunity depending on who gets cut during training camp and the preseason. A solid veteran or overlooked rookie could pop loose.

      • Armando Cuesta

        I hope so, Erik, bec in short, it matters not what other moves we make, if the Broncos can’t arm themselves with a competent and versatile running attack, and choose to once again place the entire onus of winning on a 38 year olds right arm, we are doomed to repeat the success….and ultimate failure of last year.

        • Erik Lambert

          Lack of balance killed the Broncos in the Super Bowl. We all know this. Manning has proven he can get them there but they need to do the rest. Ironically defense and the running game often decide championships more than the quarterback.

        • Panther Hines

          Your failure had nothing to do with your offense. Well maybe a tad bit but overall Manning just jad a bad game and zero defensive effort at all to keep the game within reach. Seattle doesn’t have a great offense

    • Panther Hines

      When you have a solid o line and a QB that keeps 8 out of the box, any decent runner who doesnt fumble will do. Thats why you se RBs getting drafted less and less in the first round

      • Armando Cuesta

        I completely disagree with you. It was NOT a “zero defensive effort” whatsoever. If you actually look at the final tally, DEN’s defense held their own initially, until Special teams play and the constant barrage of offensive snaps finally broke the damn in the 2nd half. But the D actually held Lynch and Turbin to 39 & 25 yrds respectively for the entire game. Wilson only passed for 206yrds…hardly an aerial assault. In the first half, they only allowed 22pts scored even in the face of repeated turnovers, and back to back 3-and-OUT’s by the offense. As has been stated, and I’ll re-iterate, it was a game that exposed DEN’s ultimate one dimensional feature…namely, it exposed a lack of a sustainable running attack. And as also noted, Manning did not have one of his better efforts, and this was compounded by the O-line’s ineffectiveness the entire game. You don’t score 8 points in total and then deduce that it had nothing to do w/ the offense! YESS, it WAS a viable, sustainable running attack that was missing on that Sunday to take a least some of the pressure off Manning and DEN’s aerial attack.