Top-5 Offenses in the NFL Entering the 2022 Season
After one of the craziest off-season’s in recent memory, and most rosters being close to finalized for training camp. I will be going over the top-5 offenses in the NFL entering the 2022 season.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
If I was making this list a year ago, the Bengals would not have even appeared in the top ten offenses. Their fantastic regular season, paired with a magical Super Bowl run are massive reasons why they have moved so high up my list. However, the reason they are in the top five and beat the Los Angeles Rams out, who are sixth, is the great offseason they just had. Their biggest flaw last season was O-line and they addressed that ten-fold in free agency by signing, La’el Collins, Alex Cappa, and Ted Karras.
The Bengals are loaded at every offensive position, from Offensive Rookie of the Year Ja’Marr Chase and fellow receivers, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd to running backs, Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine. Ja’Marr Chase in his first NFL season broke the Bengal’s all-time record for receiving yards in a season (1,440).
He is the 1st player to pass for 900 yards vs a single team in a season, breaking the record previously shared by Joe Montana and Dan Marino. pic.twitter.com/6ePZK1jcfr
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 26, 2021
The leader of the Bengal’s offense is very clearly third-year QB Joe Burrow who threw for 4,611 yards and 34 touchdowns. Additionally, he led the league in both yards per attempt (8.9) and completion percentage (70.4). With an upgraded line and core pieces staying together, the Bengals should have an elite offense in 2022.
4. Kansas City Chiefs
The story of Kansas City’s offseason was the departure of star WR, Tyreek Hill. How the Chiefs will do without Tyreek remains one of the biggest storylines in the NFL. In my opinion, it will have a negative effect, but will not be as significant as some people think. Kansas City filled the hole left by Tyreek by signing receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Additionally, they selected Skyy Moore in the second round of the NFL draft and I believe he will have a big impact for them this season.
QBs with the best career passer rating
Patrick Mahomes – 105.8
Aaron Rodgers – 104.5
Deshaun Watson – 104.5
Russell Wilson – 101.8
Drew Brees – 98.7
Dak Prescott – 98.7
Kirk Cousins – 98.6
Tom Brady – 97.6
Tony Romo – 97.1
Steve Young – 96.8
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) June 5, 2022
The main reason the Chiefs rank as a top five offense in the NFL is that they are home to the best passing duo in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes, and Travis Kelce. In 2021 they ranked third in the NFL in total yards and fourth in scoring. Kelce is one of the most consistent receiving threats in the game and has gone over 1,000 receiving yards in six straight seasons.
Mahomes on the other hand has only started for four seasons but has put up over 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in each. All of these factors paired with some of the best offensive coaching in the NFL with Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy should have the Chiefs looking like an offensive juggernaut in 2022.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers made two major splashes on the offensive side of the ball in the offseason. After Antonio Brown quit the team, and Ali Marpet retired the Bucs went out and signed WR, Russell Gage, and G, Shaq Mason. Brady is entering his 23rd NFL season but is showing no signs of slowing down after throwing for 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns while placing second in MVP voting last season.
They lost Ronald Jones in free agency but replaced him by drafting Rachaad White in the third round. They also still have Leonard Fournette who had over 1,200 yards from scrimmage last season. Furthermore, they have one of the best receiving tandems in the league with Mike Evan and Chris Godwin.
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Troy Aikman (Hall of Famer) threw for 188 total touchdowns in his 12-year career.
Tom Brady has thrown 188 touchdowns SINCE HE TURNED 40. pic.twitter.com/bkWJEHIn7j
— Blue By 90 (@bluebyninety) January 18, 2022
Godwin is recovering from a torn ACL last season, but when healthy is a 1000-yard receiver and a great second option. Mike Evans has put up at least 1000 yards in all of his eight NFL seasons and I see no reason why that will change anytime soon. The Bucs finished second in both total offense and scoring offense last season and I think they will finish close to there this year as well
2. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers will field pretty much the same offense they had last year. The core pieces for an offense that ranked top five last season will all be returning. The only new additions are first-round guard, Zion Johnson, and day three picks, Isiah Spiller and Jamaree Salyer.
Herbert was a pro bowler in his second season, but still has a lot of room to grow and has the potential to become an MVP candidate. Last season he threw for 5,014 yards and 38 touchdowns, and looking at the records he has broken so far in his career is mind-boggling. He has the most passing TD’s by a rookie of all time (38), most games with 300+ passing yards as a rookie (8), most passes completed by a rookie (386), and he is the fastest QB ever to reach 500 completions.
Justin Herbert in his first 2 seasons:
⚡️ 839 completions (1st in NFL HISTORY)
⚡️ 69 passing TDs (1st in NFL HISTORY)
⚡️ 9,350 passing yards (1st in NFL HISTORY) pic.twitter.com/qw8qgrFZxJ
— PFF (@PFF) January 14, 2022
Herbert has a fantastic supporting cast around him headlined by star receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Allen is a five-time pro bowl selection who had 106 receptions for 1,138 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Williams on the other hand had 76 receptions for 1,146 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, which was top ten in the NFL. Running back Austin Ekeler had a breakout season last year, displaying his jack of all trades skill set and setting career highs in rushing yards (911) and rushing touchdowns (12). He also had 70 receptions for 647 yards and eight touchdowns. In conclusion, the Chargers had a top-tier offense last season and should be just as good if not better this year with the same players.
1. Buffalo Bills
In 2021 the Bill’s offense was dynamic, explosive, and dangerous. The centerpiece of that offense is quarterback Josh Allen who is a dynamic dual-threat player with ridiculous arm talent. Allen has opened as the MVP favorite for next season after throwing for 637 yards, nine touchdowns, and no interceptions in two playoff games last season. Speaking of great playoff performances the Bills are expecting a major breakout from WR, Gabriel Davis this season. Davis famously had 201 yards and four touchdowns in the Bill’s playoff loss to the Chiefs. Davis and fellow star WR, Stefon Diggs make up a fantastic 1-2 punch. Diggs was first team All-Pro in 2020 and led the NFL in receptions (127) and receiving yards (1535). In 2021, he made the pro bowl while amassing 103 receptions, 1225 yards, and ten touchdowns.
These Josh Allen numbers are WILD 🤯
Red Zone stats (First 3 seasons):
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) December 14, 2020
Despite having a top-five offense last season Buffalo went out in the offseason and signed receiving threat Jamison Crowder and O.J Howard. Additionally, they signed Pro Bowl guard Roger Saffold who fills a big need for the Bills on the O-Line. The Bills also spent their second pick of the draft on a running back, James Cook, who will only add to Buffalo’s deep and versatile backfield. That backfield now consists of James Cook, Devin Singletary, Zach Moss, and Duke Johnson Jr. I project the Bills to be the number one offense in 2022 and Josh Allen to take home the NFL MVP award.