The defense might win you championships in the NFL but the offense has certainly got teams the opportunity to win those championships over the last decade or so.
With the rules changes in how much you can touch quarterbacks and receivers, high-scoring offense has become the sexy trend in football and it shows with how aggressive front offices have been in making bold moves in free agency and the draft.
There is a ton of talented offensive personnel but here is who I think ranks among the elite (in no particular order).
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints came so close to winning the NFC Championship last season if it hadn’t been for a controversial call by the officials.
Despite losing Mark Ingram and Benjamin Watson this offseason, the Saints high-powered offense will be back led by quarterback Drew Brees.
Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas will lead the skill-position players after each having over 1,400 yards of total offense. New additions Jared Cook, Latavius Murray, and Javorius Allen will hopefully fill the void left by Ingram and Watson’s departures.
Also, keep an eye on Ted Ginn Jr. and Tre’Quan Smith who defenses will definitely have to focus on in the vertical game.
Kansas City Chiefs
MVP Patrick Mahomes will look to try and do three things this upcoming season:
- Repeat his magical 2019 season
- Lead the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl in fifty seasons
- Shake off the dreaded Madden curse
Now that Tyreek Hill’s off-field troubles are potentially in the clear, Mahomes will have most of his weapons back in the wide receiver room with Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Demarcus Robinson. It also helps to have one of the best tight ends in football in Travis Kelce.
With Kareem Hunt in the past, it appears as though the Chiefs will remain with the running back by committee method with Damien and Darrel Williams as well as free-agent signing Carlos Hyde.
Keep an eye on second-round pick Mecole Hardman. Many compared him to Hill when he was drafted by the Chiefs and could be another speedster in the vertical attack.
The Cleveland Browns offense took a giant leap when Freddie Kitchens took over as offensive coordinator midway through last season. It worked out so well that Kitchens ultimately was named the new head coach back in January.
After averaging nearly 24 points and 400 yards of offense per game under Kitchens, how could the Browns get that much better heading into 2019? Oh by adding All-Pros at the wide receiver and running back position.
The acquisitions of Odell Beckham Jr. and Kareem Hunt give the Browns offense a Madden-like personnel on offense.
Adding them with the likes of Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, David Njoku, and of course quarterback Baker Mayfield brings Cleveland back into the AFC Championship conversation for the first time in a long time.
Not to mention they have guys like Rashard Higgins, Antonio Callaway, and Duke Johnson also who can make under-the-radar type impact, Cleveland is going to be a team to watch in 2019.
Los Angeles Rams
Sean McVay has been the offensive mastermind teams have been trying to emulate since he took over the Los Angeles Rams a couple of seasons before. They were bland and conservative under Jeff Fisher and McVay made them fun and exciting to watch.
After averaging 32.9 points per game last season, they’re bringing back all the weapons for Jared Goff as he continues to grow as a quarterback.
Todd Gurley will lead the offense but you have to wonder about his health with arthritis in his knee continued to give him problems throughout last season. When he’s healthy though, he very well could be the best all-around running back in football.
Cooper Kupp returns after tearing his ACL last season and when he’s 100%, there is arguably no better wide receiver trio in football than him, Brandin Cooks, and Robert Woods.
If Carson Wentz can stay healthy, this Philadelphia Eagles offense has the potential to be very, very good in 2019. Wentz has shown he can be an elite quarterback but his health is quite frankly preventing him from reaching that elite status. When he is on the field though, there should be no excuses why he can’t be an MVP front runner.
The Eagles added Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders to the backfield and also brought back DeSean Jackson in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the offseason.
Add those guys along with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia on paper can easily stack up against any offense in football.
Also keep an eye on second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, the wide receiver out of Stanford. It’s unclear how much playing time he’ll get in 2019 but he should receive plenty of open looks with the talent surrounding him.