Top 5 NFL Offenses in 2016
We're just a couple months away until the NFL season kicks off, and several teams are eager to make a championship run after a very dynamic offseason. Although the Denver Broncos proved to us that defense wins championships last season, a productive offense is necessary when it comes to putting points on the scoreboard. Looking ahead, we've created a list of the top 5 offenses to watch in 2016, plus a sleeper you may want to watch.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are loaded with weapons on the offensive end, and quarterback Andy Dalton has been consistently improving his game every year. With a 25:7 touchdown-interception ratio in 2015, Dalton has shown great improvement with his decision-making and will be looking to capitalize in 2016 with Wide receiver A.J Green back at full speed after an ongoing toe injury kept him limited last season. Also, expect Giovanni Bernard to remain a threat as their receiving back, while running back Jeremy Hill looks to rebound after a disappointing season last year.
4. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona was one of the best offenses in the NFL last year despite having aging veterans Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, and Chris Johnson running the show. Don't be surprised to find them in the mix again either. Chris Johnson returned to the team, but the electrifying back David Johnson is expected to become the team's bell cow in his just his second year, after dominating the red zone his rookie year. They will be fun to watch this upcoming season.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers have had one of the best offenses in the league for a few years now. With Big Ben, his favorite target Antonio Brown, and running back Le’Veon Bell determined to come back strong after tearing his MCL last season, the Steelers should pick up right where they left off. D'Angelo Williams dominance last season may get him more playing time on the field as well, giving defenses much more to worry about. They will be without wide receiver Martavis Bryant (suspension), but the addition of 6’6 tight end Ladarius Green should be enough to make up for his production. Unfortunately, the Steelers' lackluster secondary over the past few years has been their biggest weakness, limiting their team success.
2. New England Patriots
The only thing stopping the Pats from being number one on this list is pretty obvious. The four-game suspension of future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. Don't count them out though. They should be fine despite no Brady with Bill Belichick pulling the strings, and as expected Brady should pick up right where he left off with his top two targets Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
1. Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers' season didn't go as expected last year after finishing just second in the NFC North. They managed to make the playoffs and come up with a victory in the first round, but expectations were much higher coming into the season. The season-ending ACL injury of Jordy Nelson played a major role. With Nelson ready to return to the field this season alongside Randall Cobb, it won't be hard for the Packers to regain their reputation as the league’s top offense. Also, running back Eddie Lacy has slimmed down a bit, after losing his starting job for a brief stint last season. There were suspicions that Lacy was out of shape at the time, so hopefully his new look will positively impact his performance on the field.
Sleeper Alert: Oakland Raiders
The Raiders have built a talented young core on the offensive end. Quarterback Derek Carr showed he has the potential to become a star in the NFL. Receiver Amari Cooper also showed he can be relied on as the number one receiving option in just his rookie year alongside veteran Michael Crabtree, who also showed he can still can put up some pretty good numbers. With a stronger chemistry and receiving running back Latavius Murray in the backfield, don't be surprised if the Raiders make some noise this year.