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: UR)
This season has not at all been what the New Orleans Saints had hoped for. However, in spite of a season-long injury to expected starting QB Jameis Winston, the offense has been a bright spot in 2022. Twelve-year veteran Andy Dalton has been super-solid as the QB fill in and wide receiver Chris Olave has had a rookie-of-the-year level season.
They weren’t impressive in their victory over the Browns in Week 16, however, landing a spot in our NFL offense rankings this week comes from several solid showings recently, and some slippage from previous teams in the top 20.
- Next opponent: Eagles
19. New York Giants (LW: UR)
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 some credit for breaking all the QB rushing records for the team and has been a solid game manager.
Despite coming up short in Week 16 against a better offensive squad in Minnesota, all of the above was on display, including Jones having a rare 300-yard throwing outburst.
- Next opponent: Colts
18. Chicago Bears (LW: 17)
While the Chicago Bears and QB Justin Fields were a hot mess at times in the first six weeks of the season, they and their young signal caller did grow into being a formidable offense. Especially when it comes to their rushing attack. However, it didn’t often lead to wins on Sunday.
In Week 16 they did not have a performance to remember as Fields was completely kept in check on the ground and through the air by the Bills. One has to wonder if recent injuries have derailed the young QBs improved play.
- Next opponent: Lions
17. Atlanta Falcons (LW: 16)
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 has since led to mixed results and Mariota being benched for rookie Desmond Ridder.
The once formidable offense continued their slump on X-Mas eve against the Ravens. Ridder and the pass game were solid, but their vaunted run game was kept quiet and the nine point result speak for themselves.
- Next opponent: Cardinals
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 18)
This season has been a very difficult one for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Injuries and off-the-field drama have hampered them all year. Yet, in spite of it all, the offensive side of the ball has still been solid and ranks among the top five in the league in passing. It is the only reason why they are in the driver’s seat to win a division title in an awful NFL South this season.
Tom Brady struggled at times in Week 17 against the Cardinals as the future Hall-of-Famer had another uncharacteristic two-interception performance. However, running back Leonard Fournette had his best game of the season by racking up 162 total yards and spearheaded the Bucs to a 19-point showing and win.
- Next opponent: Panthers
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 Week 17.
- Philadelphia Eagles – 29.7
- Kansas City Chiefs – 29.2
- Dallas Cowboys – 28.9
- Buffalo Bills – 28.0
- Cincinnati Bengals – 26.1
15. Baltimore Ravens (LW: 14)
Lamar Jackson has pretty much been a one-man wrecking crew for the Baltimore Ravens for much of the season. Be it through the air or on the ground, Jackson has increased his value heading into free agency and a likely franchise tag next season. Outside of tight end Mark Andrews, the star QB has gotten little help from fellow members of the offense.
However, the star QB suffered a knee injury early in their Week 13 game, and backup Tyler Huntley has not been very good in relief.
The offense wasn’t great again on Christmas Eve, but they did enough to scratch out enough points — with the assistance of their defense — and get a division-clinching win.
- Next opponent: Steelers
14. 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.
For a second straight week, Rodgers and the Packers’ offense posted well over 20 points and made the Dolphins pay for three interceptions from their QB. Racking up 26 points on Sunday. The offensive unit didn’t fill the stat sheet but scored points when necessary and helped the team get another big win to keep their postseason hopes alive.
- Next opponent: Vikings
13. Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 13)
If the Las Vegas Raiders are able to find their way into the playoffs, it will be mostly due to their offense. In spite of some early season frustrations, the trio of Derek Carr, Davante Adams, and Josh Jacobs can be a legit and deadly triple threat.
They weren’t that on Christmas Eve in another one of those frustrating Raiders performances. Carr was soundly outplayed by Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett and the Las Vegas QB threw three killer interceptions on the day. Which short-circuited key drives and set up the sad 10-point showing they posted.
- Next opponent: 49ers
12. Seattle Seahawks (LW: 12)
The Seattle Seahawks offense has been one of the feel-good stories of the 2022 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 outstanding play and rookie Kenneth Walker III having a breakout season.
Walker III was very good again in Week 16 as he posted his third 100-plus rushing performance of the season. However, Smith did not deliver when the team needed it most against the Chiefs and they suffered a third straight loss that might have ended their chances of reaching the playoffs.
- Next opponent: Jets
11. Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 9)
Justin Herbert continues to look like a budding superstar in the new season and his crew of receivers has delivered despite some early injuries. After taking a nasty hit late in their Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the starting QB had an off game in the follow-up but bounced back and powered his unit to be one of the best NFL offenses.
In Week 15, the young gunslinger posted a 313-yard performance, however, two interceptions nearly put them in jeopardy of falling to the Titans at home. In the end, he was able to lead the team to a game-winning drive in a game they needed.
- Next opponent: Colts
2022 NFL offensive stats – Passing
Here you can find which squads have totaled the most yards through the air heading into Week 17 of the NFL season.
- Kansas City Chiefs – 4,553 yards
- Miami Dolphins – 4,124 yards
- Los Angeles Chargers – 4,052 yards
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 4,039 yards
- Cincinnati Benagls – 4,038 yards
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10. Miami Dolphins (LW: 8)
Outside of being without starting QB Tua Tagovailoa for a few weeks, the Miami Dolphins offense has been one of the most formidable squads in the NFL for much of 2022. Especially when it comes to the passing game where offseason acquisition Tyreek Hill has been everything the team hoped for.
Yet, in recent weeks the unit has started to stumble as they look to secure their seed for the playoffs. Week 17 was a perfect example as Tagovailoa looked more like his 2020 version as he threw three interceptions in a forgettable performance that wasted a pair of 100-plus yard games from Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
Next opponent: Patriots
9. San Francisco 49ers (LW: 10)
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 not missed a beat. They showed out again in Week 16 with a 37-point smashing against a good Commanders defense. Tight end George Kittle led the way with a 120-yard performance.
- Next opponent: Raiders
8. Dallas Cowboys (LW: 7)
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 have been able to post points with ease and have notched a couple of 40-point showings with the help of running back Tony Pollard.
However, as the Cowboys head into the final weeks of the season, and in some of the biggest games of the year, Prescott has started to stumble. That includes a two-interception performance against the Titans on TNF. Over the last six games, the Dallas QB has thrown at least one interception. While they are still formidable, Prescott’s consistent mistakes in recent weeks are cause for concern as they drop in our latest NFL offense rankings.
- Next opponent: Commanders
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 11)
With new head coach Doug Pederson leading the team, Trevor Lawrence and the offense have been far more potent in 2022. 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.
While the team has had peaks and valleys this season, they are at a high point as we head to the close of the season. It showed on Thursday night as they faced their toughest test yet in an elite Jets defense. Lawrence was effective, avoided turnovers, and got the ball to tight end, Evan Engram. He had his second 100-plus-yard receiving game in the last three weeks.
The team matches up with the Texans next week in a pivotal division game that offers up a very favorable matchup on the road.
- Next opponent: Texans
6. Detroit Lions (LW: 6)
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.
In Week 15, they had a tough test in an outstanding Jets defense. However, they endured despite being down late and were able to muster a fourth-quarter game-winning drive to keep postseason hopes alive in Motown. It wasn’t pretty but the offense helped secure their biggest win of the year.
On Christmas Eve, the offense played well again, however — as has been the story all year — their defense let them down by giving up 37 to the lowly Panthers.
- Next opponent: Bears
Top 5 offenses in NFL 2022
5. Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 5)
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 has missed some time, but Tee Higgins elevated his game to an all-new level in his absence. Now, with Chase back in the mix, Cincinnati’s offense continues to take off at the right time.
It showed again in Week 16 as Joe Burrow continued his push to MVP contention with a 375-yard and three-TD showing against the Patriots.
- Next opponent: Bills
4. Minnesota Vikings (LW: 3)
Justin Jefferson has continued his ascension to elite status in 2022, as he has been a monster for the Minnesota Vikings this season. Kirk Cousins has also done an outstanding job of giving him opportunities and Dalvin Cook has again been an impact player to lead the ground attack. It is why the Vikings’ offense is a well-oiled machine and one of the very best NFL offenses.
In Week 16, the Giants were far more stout defensively than the Colts the week before. However, when it mattered most Cousins and Jefferson led the way in another come-from-behind win for the Vikings and their gifted offense.
- Next opponent: Packers
3. Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 4)
Jalen Hurts has been outstanding through the air and on the ground in year three. 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.
In Week 16 they were without MVP candidate Hurts, and it didn’t matter. Showing how impressive the Eagles’ offensive blueprint is as backup Gardner Minshew threw for over 300 yards against a tough Cowboys defense. However, his two interceptions played a big role in their eventual loss.
- Next opponent: Saints
2. Buffalo Bills (LW: 2)
Josh Allen has been playing like an MVP in 2022, and Stefon Diggs is one of the best pass-catching targets on Earth. While the run game has not been the equal of the passing attack, it has not stopped the Bills from having one of the best offenses in the NFL for much of the season.
On Christmas Eve the offense was not in vintage form, however, running back Devin Singletary carried the unit on his back as his 106 yards and a touchdown on the ground proved to be huge in their win over the Bears on the road.
- Next opponent: Bengals
1. Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 1)
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense have continued to chug along in 2022. Despite trading off superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the offseason, and dealing with injuries in their receiving corps, they have been the best NFL offense this season.
Week after week they make it look easy and Mahomes is taking all the fun out of throwing for 300 yards because he is doing it on a regular basis. On Saturday, Mahomes had a quiet game with just 224 passing yards. However, his top target, Travis Kelce, was outstanding as he rampaged on the Seahawks to the tune of 113 receiving yards.
- Next opponent: Broncos
NFL Team Total Offense Stats 2022
Take a look at which offenses have racked up the most average total yards heading into Week 17 of the NFL schedule.
- Kansas City Chiefs – 420.6
- Buffalo Bills – 402.3
- Philadelphia Eagles – 397.3
- Detroit Lions – 375.5
- Miami Dolphins – 370.8
This article was originally published on Sportsnaut.com and is republished here with permission.