The NFL offense rankings are the glamour list of the league. While laying the smackdown on defense is great, scoring with the rock is the name of the game. And while defense may win championships, the offense is what fills the stadiums.
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Moving on, in this space, you will find our latest ranking of the 20 premier offensive units in the NFL. However, because of the physical violence and competition level in the league, the top 20 will surely churn up new orders throughout the season.
Now, feast your eyes on the latest NFL offensive rankings following Week 16 of the 2022 NFL season.
20. New Orleans Saints (LW: 18)
The season was not what the New Orleans Saints had hoped for. However, in spite of a season-long injury to expected starting QB Jameis Winston, the offense was still a bright spot. Twelve-year veteran Andy Dalton was super-solid as the QB fill-in and rookie wide receiver Chris Olavehad a ROTY-level season.
Yet, in Week 18 they had one of their worst showings of the season as the offensive unit ended their year with just seven points against the Panthers. While veteran star Alvin Kamara shined, Dalton was held well under 200 yards and Olave coughed up a pivotal fumble.
19. Carolina Panthers (LW: 19)
The Carolina Panthers’ offensive situation was a mess for much of the year. Baker Mayfield was a massive disappointment at QB and the team traded off their best player on the unit, Christian McCaffrey, before the NFL trade deadline. However, under interim head coach, Steve Wilks the offense was far better.
Unfortunately, they ended their season with a whimper instead of a roar by scoring only 10 points against the Saints. Fortunately for them 10 was enough as the Saint’s offense could only must seven points in Week 18. While the season on the whole was forgettable, the last few weeks had several bright sides, especially for the offense.
18. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 20)
For the first half of the season, the Atlanta Falcons offense was one of the biggest surprises in the league. Veteran QB Marcus Mariota was reliable, and their rushing attack was one of the tops in the NFL. However, defenses eventually started to figure them out and forced Atlanta to beat them with their passing. It led to mixed results and Mariota being benched for rookie Desmond Ridder.
While the once formidable offense went into a decline in the final weeks of the season, Week 18 offered a productive finish as they posted 30 points against the Buccaneers. Ridder was solid with 224 passing yards while running back Tyler Allgeier and rookie receiver Drake London ended their campaigns with 100+ yard showings.
17. New York Giants (LW: 17)
The New York Giants’ success on offense this season has been less about the overall talent, and more about great scheming, execution late, and Pro Bowl play from running back Saquon Barkley. Daniel Jones also deserves credit for destroying all of the team’s QB rushing records and being a very solid game manager.
Jones was the star in the Giants’ playoff spot clinching victory against the Cowboys in Week 17. As he posted four touchdowns, with two each coming through the air and on the ground. It’s part of why they jumped up a couple of spots in our NFL offense rankings.
In the season finale, head coach Brian Daboll chose to rest his top offensive weapons in what unsurprisingly was a loss to the Eagles.
- Playoff opponent: Vikings
16. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 16)
Lamar Jackson was having a very good season until a Week 13 knee injury sidelined him and the offense’s efficiency for the next couple of months. Backup Tyler Huntley was not very good in his first couple of starts, however, the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff has tried to put him in more favorable positions since, and put more offensive responsibilities on the shoulders of their skills players.
In the final game of the season, they were without Jackson and Huntley and had to start third-stringer Anthony Brown. While he was solid (286 passing yards), his two interceptions cost them a playoff home-field coin toss in a loss to the Bengals. Hopefully, the team’s signal-caller superstar will be back for their Wild Card rematch next week with Cincinnati.
- Playoff opponent: Bengals
2022 NFL offensive stats – Scoring
Let’s take a look at the five NFL offenses that know how to run up the score and are averaging the most points per game heading into the final week of the NFL schedule.
- Kansas City Chiefs – 29.1
- Dallas Cowboys – 28.8
- Philadelphia Eagles – 28.4
- Detroit Lions – 27.1
- Buffalo Bills – 26.3
15. Green Bay Packers (LW: 15)
This has been a massively disappointing season for the Green Bay Packers, and especially their offense. They gave QB Aaron Rodgers an absurd contract in the offseason that pays him around $50 million annually, yet the O has been middle of the road at best for much of the year.
In Week 17, the offense benefitted from an outstanding performance by their defense and delivered on the four turnovers they were given. On the surface, 41 points seem like recent for hope, but outside of Aaron Jones’ 111-yard showing, there were few standout performances on the day. That is why they fall again in this week’s NFL offense rankings.
- Next opponent: Lions
14. Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 13)
The Las Vegas Raiders offense was one of the more frustrating units in the 2022-2023 season. A career year from Josh Jacobs and a strong showing from Davante Adams was wasted due to poor scheming of head coach Josh McDaniels and a down year from long-time starting QB Derek Carr.
Unsurprisingly, once Carr was benched, they dropped both games with Jarrett Stidham as their starter, including a season finale defeat to the Chiefs.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 14)
This season has been a very difficult one for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Injuries and off-the-field drama hampered them. Yet, in spite of it all, the offensive side of the ball was still solid and ranked among the top five in the league in passing. It is why they were still in the race and were able to secure an NFC South title in 2022.
In Week 18, the Bucs had little to play for with their spot in the playoffs already set, so Tom Brady and the offensive starters received limited use in a loss to the Falcons.
- Playoff opponent: Cowboys
12. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 12)
The Seattle Seahawks offense was one of the feel-good stories of the 2022-2023 NFL season. Many observers of the sport expected a major dropoff on that side of the ball with Russell Wilson gone, yet the team has been shockingly good at times due to Geno Smith’s strong play and rookie Kenneth Walker III having a breakout season.
While Smith was far from perfect (213 yards, one TD, two INTs) in Week 18, in their biggest game of the year the offense got it done in overtime to help the team beat the Rams. The victory kept their playoff hopes alive heading into Sunday’s evening matchup between the Packers and Lions.
11. Miami Dolphins (LW: 10)
Outside of being without starting QB Tua Tagovailoa for a few weeks, the Miami Dolphins offense was one of the best in the NFL for much of 2022. Especially when it came to the passing game, as off-season acquisition Tyreek Hill was everything the team hoped for. Yet, that wasn’t the case late in the season, especially when their QB went down with another concussion.
In Week 18, they got a solid performance from third-stringer Skylar Thompson as they were able to do just enough to grind out a hard-fought 11-6 win that helped the team secure a first-round matchup in the playoffs against the Bills.
- Playoff opponent: Bills
2022 NFL offensive stats – Passing
Here you can find which squads have totaled the most yards through the air heading into Week 18 of the NFL season.
- Kansas City Chiefs – 4,881 yards
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4,450 yards
- Miami Dolphins – 4,371 yards
- Los Angeles Chargers – 4,291 yards
- Minnesota Vikings – 4,143 yards
NFL offense rankings: 10 best 2022
10. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 9)
Once Dak Prescott returned, after missing several weeks with a hand injury, the Dallas Cowboys offense soared throughout the second half of the season. They were able to post points with ease and have notched a couple of 40-point showings with the help of running back Tony Pollard.
However, in the final weeks of the season, Prescott started to stumble. That includes throwing at least one interception in the team’s last seven games. While the ‘Boys’ offense deserves respect, they head into their Wild Card matchup with the Buccaneers not playing their best football.
- Playoff opponent: Buccaneers
9. Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 11)
Justin Herbert continued to evolve into a budding superstar in 2022-2023 and his crew of receivers delivered despite some early injuries. Even after a nasty Week 2 hit knocked him out of the game, he showcased why he could be one of the faces of the NFL for years to come.
In the season finale, Herbert and wide receiver Keenan Allen had outstanding games, however, their defense let them down as 28 was not enough to beat a horrible Broncos team. Next week will feature a matchup of elite young QBs when Herbert and the Chargers battle Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars.
- Playoff opponent: Jaguars
8. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 8)
After struggling in the early going of the season, the San Franciso 49ers offense got into a solid rhythm midway through the season. That was bolstered by the NFL trade deadline acquisition of star running back Christian McCaffrey and a strong effort from Jimmy Garoppolo in relief of an injured Trey Lance. Unfortunately, the 49ers O took a massive hit in Week 13 when Garoppolo suffered a foot injury.
However, backup Brock Purdy has been outstanding in relief and the offense has taken leaps up our NFL offense rankings. While their stats from Week 18 don’t jump off the page, they were highly effective and made good use of two interceptions from their defense, and put up 38 against the Cardinals.
- Playoff opponent: Packers/Seahawks
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 6)
With new head coach Doug Pederson leading the team, Trevor Lawrence and the offense were far more potent in 2022-2023. They have a solid threat on the ground with Travis Etienne and a legit WR1 in Christian Kirk. However, they have also been very inconsistent at times.
In one of the biggest games the organization has had in years, the offense was able to get the job done and lead them to a 20-16 win over the Titans and a division title. While their offensive stars didn’t fill up the stat sheet, their top players made the plays they need to late under a major spotlight in primetime.
- Playoff opponent: Chargers
6. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 7)
Justin Jefferson continued his ascension to elite status in 2022 and was a monster for the Minnesota Vikings this season. Kirk Cousins also did an outstanding job of giving him opportunities and Dalvin Cook again was an impact player on the ground. It is why the Vikings’ O was a well-oiled machine and one of the very best NFL offenses.
In Week 18 they decided to give their starters limited work as they looked to avoid injuries ahead of their Wild Card game next week.
- Playoff opponent: Giants
Top 5 offenses in NFL 2022
5. Detroit Lions (LW: 5)
Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions’ offense have been far better than expected in 2022. They have certainly had some low points, but their explosiveness is the only reason why they are still in contention for a playoff spot late into the season.
On Christmas Eve, the offense played well again in what has been a bit of a hot streak for them in recent weeks. However — as has been the story all year — their defense let them down by giving up 37 to the lowly Panthers.
On Sunday, they exploded again for 41 points against the Bears. But this time the defense did their job in one of the team’s best wins of the season. Goff threw three TDs and running back Jamaal Williams had a massive 144 yards showing on the ground.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 4)
Jalen Hurts was outstanding through the air and on the ground in year three and is a favorite to be the NFL MVP. Plus, Miles Sanders has also offered up another strong threat in the rushing game, and AJ Brown has been exactly what the team hoped for when they traded for him in April.
After missing a pair of games, Hurts was back on the field in the season finale versus the Giants. Although he was not in vintage form, it was a much-needed performance (229 yards, one INT) to knock off a little rust before a bye in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.
- Playoff opponent: Bye
3. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 3)
It took some time for the Cincinnati Bengals offense to get going, due to Joe Burrow missing a lot of time this summer, but once they got in a rhythm they quickly rose back up our NFL offense rankings. Superstar wideout Ja’Marr Chase was a beast and Tee Higgins turned into an elite wingman in 2022-2023.
In Week 18, the offense rose to the occasion and helped to deny the rival Ravens a chance at a coin-flip that could decide home field for their Wild Card rematch next week.
- Playoff opponent: Ravens
2. Buffalo Bills (LW: 2)
Josh Allen played like an MVP candidate in 2022-2023, and Stefon Diggs was one of the best pass-catching targets on Earth. While the run game was not the equal of the passing attack, it has not stopped the Bills from having one of the best offenses in the NFL.
In Week 18, they played to stay in the hunt for a coin-flip in a potential AFC championship game and got the job done against the Patriots — who were playing for their playoff lives on Sunday. Allen was strong as he threw for 254 yards and three TDs, as he led the offense to a big late-season victory following the scary events of their Monday night game in Week 17.
- Playoff opponent: Dolphins
1. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 1)
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense continued to chug along in 2022 after trading off superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the offseason and dealing with injuries in their receiving corps. In spite of it all, they were one of, if not the best NFL offense all season.
With a chance to solidify a first-round bye in the playoffs in Week 18, the Chiefs posted another 30+ point game in a win over the rival Raiders. The offense will now have a week of rest as they wait to see who awaits them in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
- Playoff opponent: Bye
NFL Team Total Offense Stats 2022-’23
Take a look at which offenses have racked up the most total yards per game heading into Week 18 of the NFL.
- Kansas City Chiefs – 417.7
- Philadelphia Eagles – 392.0
- Detroit Lions – 383.6
- Buffalo Bills – 381.4
- San Francisco 49ers – 369.1
This article was originally published on Sportsnaut.com and is republished here with permission.