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Which teams had the best American football offenses to play in the NFL? As the adage goes, defense wins championships, offence wins games. This saying can be completely disregarded if you are able to put together an offensive team as good as the ones in this list. Agree with the list? Think someone an offense was left off? Let us know in the comments below.
1984 Miami Dolphins
In 1984, Dan Marino threw for 5,084 yards in a season where only two other teams managed to throw for over 4,000 yards. Think about that for a second!
Marino also threw an NFL-record 48 touchdowns while nobody else in the league threw more than 32. It was a historic season that changed the way NFL offenses are measured forever.
1999 St. Louis Rams
The 1999 Rams ushered in the “Greatest Show on Turf” era, led by Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk and Isaac Bruce. The team rode its 33 points per game all the way to a Super Bowl victory over the Tennessee Titans thanks to “The Tackle.”
2003 Kansas City Chiefs
The 2003 Chiefs amassed 484 points on their way to an incredible season with an unfortunate ending in their first playoff game.
Nevertheless, the ’03 Chiefs saw Priest Holmes break the NFL record with 27 rushing touchdowns, as well as Trent Green throwing for 4,000 yards. The icing on the cake was kick returner Dante Hall taking the league by storm with an NFL record four kicks returned for touchdowns.
2011 Green Bay Packers
The NFL’s third-highest scoring offense ever racked up 560 points for an average of 35 a game behind peak Aaron Rodgers.
The 15-1 Packers were upset by the New York Giants in their first playoff game.
2013 Denver Broncos
Led by Peyton Manning and his NFL records of 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards, the 2013 Broncos also set NFL records with 606 total points and 76 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, as the adage goes, defense wins championships. The electric Broncos offense was stuffed in the Super Bowl 43-8 by the No. 1 defense of the Seattle Seahawks.
2011 New Orleans Saints
The year 2011 saw an offensive explosion across the NFL, and the New Orleans Saints were a major part of it. Drew Brees set the NFL record with 5,476 passing yards while Darren Sproles set the record for all-purpose yards at 2,696. The team also scored 547 points and broke the all-time record for total yards.
2007 New England Patriots
The 2007 Patriots scored 589 points thanks in part to Tom Brady’s 50 touchdown passes. Both statistics were NFL records until being broken by the 2013 Broncos.
The ’07 Patriots have the dubious distinction of producing only the second 16-0 season in NFL history. The more memorable number is 18-1, as the Patriots were unable to overcome the New York Giants in the Super Bowl to complete the undefeated campaign.
1998 Minnesota Vikings
The 1998 Vikings were something special. They destroyed the NFL record for points in a season by racking up 556 on their way to a 15-1 season before losing to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship.
Randall Cunningham, Cris Carter, and Randy Moss combined to form one of the most prolific attacks the game has ever seen.
1994 San Francisco 49ers
The 1994 49ers, led by all-time greats Steve Young and Jerry Rice, romped through the playoffs to bring home a Super Bowl victory thanks to a 505-point season.
2011 New England Patriots
The Patriots had so many great teams during the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era, it’s almost hard to keep track. However, in 2011, the Patriots racked up 513 points on their way to a second Super Bowl loss at the hands of the New York Giants.
The offense reinvented itself in 2011, as tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez emerged as difference-makers down the middle of the field.
1990 Buffalo Bills
The 1990 Buffalo Bills were ahead of their time as one of the highest scoring teams of its generation. Buffalo, led by quarterback Jim Kelly and a stalwart defense, rode a 13-3 season to an unfortunate one-point loss in Super Bowl XXV to the New York Giants, who seem to have thwarted many teams on this list!
1998 Denver Broncos
John Elway, Terrell Davis and the 1998 Denver Broncos racked up 501 points on their way to producing what was at the time, the third-highest scoring season in NFL history. The Minnesota Vikings of that same year were the only ones to surpass that point total.
However, the 14-2 Broncos brought home their second consecutive Super Bowl, which would wind up being John Elway’s final game.
2001 St. Louis Rams
The Greatest Show on Turf went 14-2 on its way to a second Super Bowl appearance in three years. The Rams also became the first NFL team to rack up over 500 points in three consecutive seasons.
Despite losing the Super Bowl to the Patriots, this Rams team still goes down as one of the best NFL offenses of all time.
1981 San Diego Chargers
Though going just 10-6, the 1981 San Diego Chargers scored 52 more points than any other team that season behind Dan Fouts’ 4,802 and 33 touchdowns and Chuck Muncie’s 19 rushing touchdowns, tying an NFL record.
Fouts’ season went down in history as a trendsetter, as it sparked a change in NFL offenses across the league.
2004 Indianapolis Colts
This was the year Peyton Manning set the NFL record with 49 touchdown passes. Three different receivers collected 1,000 yards receiving in addition to running back Edgerrin James’ 2,000-plus yards from scrimmage.
The season ended unceremoniously with a 20-3 loss to the Patriots in the AFC playoffs.