The 20 Most High-Powered Offenses in Sports History
Offense sells tickets. That's the beginning of a famous quote attributed to high school basketball coach Dave Thorson.
While the rest of the quote goes on to say that defense wins championships, most fans don't attend games in hopes of watching a defensive struggle. Instead, they'd rather see the scoreboard light up with a lot of points.
In football, fans want to see their team throw the deep ball for an 80-yard touchdown strike. They don't want to see punt after punt as teams play a battle of field position.
It's all about the hat trick in hockey and partaking in the tradition of throwing your hat on the ice. As great as a nice save is from your goalie, there's nothing fun about a 1-0 game.
In baseball, nothing compares to a grand slam home run when your team is down. While attending a no-hitter or perfect game is something fans remember forever, how often does it happen?
Basketball fans love seeing a player drop 50 points. It's more exciting than watching star players struggle shooting the ball.
While defense is a key component in winning championships, no team can get to that point without putting some numbers on the board itself.
Here's a look at the 20 most high-powered offenses in the history of the four major sports in North America (with one notable exception).
20. 2010-11 Miami Heat
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Before anyone starts yelling obscenities about this pick, listen to the facts.
The 2010-11 Miami Heat assembled three of the best players in the NBA and two of the top five players in the league.
Sure, most people outside of Miami didn't like the fact that the Heat assembled a "super team," but the stats speak for themselves.
LeBron James averaged 26.7 points per game, while Dwyane Wade averaged 25.5 and Chris Bosh 18.7. Added together, the trio averaged 70.9 points per game, one of the highest averages for a trio in NBA history.
While the Big Three didn't win an NBA title in their first year together, they dominated in many ways, setting themselves up for a title run in 2011-12.
The Heat went 58-24 during the year, scoring more than 100 points in 45 games.
The playoffs saw them lose one game in each round of the Eastern Conference portion of the NBA playoffs. However, the NBA Finals were a different story, as the Dallas Mavericks pulled out a series win in six games.
Most people will criticize "The Decision," James' exit from Cleveland and the way everything was handled in Miami. However, the one thing the Big Three ushered in was a new era of "super teams."
The super-team concept could eventually water down the NBA, but for now, the chance to see these three, along with "super teams" in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and New York, is something that excites many NBA fans.
19. 1941 Chicago Bears
While the 1941 Chicago Bears played the fewest games (13) of any team on this list, they still go down as a great offensive team.
Including the playoffs, the Bears scored a total of 466 points for an average of 35.9 points per game.
Unlike most of the other football teams on this list, the Bears did it mostly on the ground, scoring 29 rushing touchdowns.
The ground game comprised of mostly four backs (Norm Standlee, Bill Osmanski, George McAfee and Hugh Gallarneau) as the Bears rushed for a total of 2,264 yards, with the four mentioned combining for 1,563 of those yards.
Quarterback Sid Luckman threw for 1,181 yards and nine touchdowns, while Ken Kavanaugh was the leading receiver with 314 yards and six touchdowns.
The Bears had a four-game stretch where they outscored their opponents 184-35. In fact, in 10 of their 13 games, they scored at least 31 points.
The Green Bay Packers' 16-14 win (Nov. 2) over the Bears accounted for Chicago's only regular season loss, as did Chicago's 25-17 win (Sept. 28) account for Green Bay's only regular season loss. The Bears ultimately got the last laugh as they beat the Packers in the divisional playoffs, 33-14, to advance to the NFL championship game.
In the title game, the Bears handled the New York Giants, 37-9, as the Bears scored 28 points in the second half to take the win.
Chicago also played the NFL All-Stars on Jan. 4, 1942, beating them 35-24. The second quarter was the key, as the Bears scored 21 points to take an 18-point lead, a deficit the NFL All-Stars could never recover from.
The game was originally scheduled to be held in Los Angeles (as had the previous three), but due to travel restrictions because of World War II, the game was held in New York. Because of that, the All-Star Game became the first January football game played in New York.
What makes this team even greater is the fact that eight of them left the next day to join the military. One of them (Young Bussey) would not survive the war.
Chicago did its dirty work on the ground. In the words of current University of Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, it played "old-man football."
And that's the way the job gets done.
18. 2000 St. Louis Rams
The Rams scored 540 points during the 2000 regular season.
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Had it not been for a horrible defense, the 2000 St. Louis Rams would have likely gone to the Super Bowl and won it.
The Rams scored 540 points during the regular season, but continually lost games because of their defense. The 33.8 points per game was the highest in the league, while the 29.4 points allowed per game was the second-highest.
St. Louis was led by reigning NFL MVP Kurt Warner, who threw for 3,429 yards and 21 touchdowns. However, Warner broke his hand and was replaced by Trent Green, who was impressive as well with 2,063 yards passing and 16 touchdowns in five games started. Combined, the yards passing by Warner and Green total to more than Drew Brees' record-setting 2011 season in which he passed for 5,476 yards.
Torry Holt (82 catches, 1,635 yards) and Isaac Bruce (87 catches, 1,471 yards) led the receiving corps, which also saw Az-Zahir Hakim catch 53 passes for 734 yards.
Marshall Faulk did it all out of the backfield. He rushed for 1,359 yards and 18 touchdowns and had 81 catches for 830 yards and eight touchdowns. For his efforts, Faulk was named NFL MVP, marking the first time since Mark Moseley (1982) and Joe Theismann (1983) that a pair of teammates won the award in back-to-back years.
Things started off well for the Rams as they won their first six games, scoring at least 37 points in each. In those six games, the Rams averaged 43.7 points per game.
However, the Rams lost six of their next 10 games, averaging only 27.3 points per game. The run started with a 54-34 whipping at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The regular season closed with a 26-21 victory at New Orleans, and the playoffs ended one week later in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs against those same Saints, 31-28. The victory marked the first in Saints playoff history.
While the offense did slow down in the last 11 games, the defense still struggled, only giving up 21 points or less twice.
One can only wonder how far the Rams could have gone if the defense had been better.
This Rams team helped usher in what we see in the NFL today. Pass-happy offenses are the norm, with three quarterbacks throwing for more than 5,000 yards in 2011. Previous to that, 5,000 yards had only been reached twice in history.
It's safe to say the Rams helped change the game forever.
17. 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers
The 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers had five players with 90 or more RBI en route to a 105-49 record.
The Dodgers scored 955 runs (6.2 per game) during the year, scoring seven or more runs 62 times and 10 or more runs 26 times.
Brooklyn was led by Roy Campanella with a .312 average, 41 home runs and 142 RBI and Duke Snider with a .336 average, 42 home runs and 126 RBI.
Gil Hodges also batted .302 with 31 home runs and 122 RBI, while Jackie Robinson and Carl Furillo each had at least 90 RBI.
Even more impressive is that six of the eight offensive starters scored more than 100 runs.
The Dodgers advanced to the World Series, where they lost to the Yankees 4-2.
The 1953 season also has the distinction of being the last year where Robinson played a significant role in the offense. Over the next three years, Robinson only had 33 home runs and 138 RBI.
While the season ended in disappointment for the Dodgers, it showed the franchise would long be considered one of baseball's greatest.
For Brooklyn fans, that feeling wouldn't last long, as the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
16. 1970 Brazilian Soccer Team
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The 1970 Brazilian World Cup soccer team has to go down as one of the greatest in history, and it was voted the best team in soccer history in a poll conducted by World Soccer magazine in 2007 (via The New York Times).
With stars like Pelé, Clodoaldo, Gérson, Jairzinho, Rivelino and Tostão, the Brazilians had a stacked offensive team.
Brazil won World Cup titles in 1958 and 1962, but suffered a disappointing first-round exit in the 1966 World Cup.
In 1970, the Brazilians came back with resilience, playing an aggressive attacking style. Brazil won all three of their group matches by a combined score of 8-3. From there, the Brazilians dominated Peru in the quarterfinals, 4-2, before beating Uruguay in the semifinals, 3-1.
The finals were a thing of beauty as Brazil controlled Italy in a 4-1 victory.
What makes the 1970 team so interesting is, they gambled offensively. The seven goals given up in the tournament is the most by any World Cup champion since.
For soccer followers at the time, they could have seen Brazil scoring in bunches at the World Cup. During qualifying, the Brazilians outscored Paraguay, Colombia and Venezuela 23-2 in six games.
This team was soccer's version of "The Dream Team," as there was no way they were going to be stopped.
15. Grinnell College Basketball: Any Year
Who the heck is Grinnell College?
Most people know as much about Grinnell College as they do about rules in any sport.
But the Pioneers, a small Division III school, are known for one thing: shooting lights out on the scoreboard.
Employing a scheme known as "The System," Grinnell head coach David Arseneault encourages his players to shoot, and to shoot a lot.
In a Sports Illustrated article in 2005, it was mentioned that the Pioneers run out a fresh set of players every dead ball:
"We're trying to perfect chaos," said Grinnell coach David Arsenault. "Most basketball today, especially at the professional level, has a lot of dead time. We send a new group of five out there every 35 seconds to run around and create as much disturbance as they can."
During the time on the floor, players are encouraged to shoot the ball, and shoot it often:
Once out there, the fresh-legged Pioneers race up the floor on offense, full-court press on defense and shoot 3-pointers—lots of 3-pointers. Their goals in every game are to take 100 shots—at least half of which should be treys—take at least 30 more shots than their opponent, rebound at least one third of its misses and force at least 32 turnovers.
For its efforts, Grinnell is usually seen scoring more than 100 points. Last year, the Pioneers scored at least 100 points in 16 of their 23 games, with a season high of 150 against William Penn University (Iowa).
While the Pioneers lost in the first round of their conference tournament and went no further, Arsenault will likely keep the offensive attack going as long as he's on campus.
Grinnell may never win a national title at any level, but the way the offense runs is in keeping with the theme of this article.
14. 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers
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The 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers were one of the most exciting teams in NBA history, averaging 117.8 points per game.
With players like Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Showtime Lakers finished the year with a record of 65-17 and won the NBA title.
Johnson averaged 23.9 points and 12.2 assists per game, while Worthy averaged 19.4 points and Abdul-Jabbar 17.5. Byron Scott (17.0), A.C. Green (10.8), Michael Cooper (10.5) and Mychal Thompson (10.1) each averaged over 10 points per game as well.
The Lakers scored at least 100 points in all but six games and over 130 points in 14 games.
Los Angeles went on to dominate in the playoffs as well, sweeping the Nuggets in the first round by scoring an average of 135.7 points per game. In the second round, the Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 4-1, averaging 122.6 points per game.
In the Western Conference Finals, the Lakers swept the Seattle SuperSonics, averaging 114.8 points per game.
In the NBA Finals, things got tougher for the Lakers, as it took them six games to beat the Boston Celtics. During the series, the Lakers averaged 115.2 points.
Individually, Worthy averaged 23.6 points in the postseason, while Johnson averaged 21.8 and Abdul-Jabbar 19.2.
The Showtime Lakers will go down as one of the most exciting teams mainly because they did it on both sides of the floor.
While some may argue that teams led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal are the greatest in team history, it's hard to discount the excitement this group brought.
Behind an offense where the ball started with the greatest point guard ever, this Lakers dynasty goes down as one of the greatest ever across any sport.
13. 1932 Philadelphia Athletics
The 1932 Philadelphia Athletics are one of only two baseball teams on this list that didn't make the playoffs.
The Athletics finished with a record of 94-60, 13 games behind the Yankees for a spot in the World Series.
Philadelphia had two 150-RBI players in Jimmie Foxx (169) and Al Simmons (151). Foxx finished with a .364 average, 58 home runs and a 1.218 OPS. Simmons had a .322 average, 35 home runs and a .915 OPS.
Catcher Mickey Cochrane batted .293 with 23 home runs and 112 RBI, while Eric McNair (95) and Jimmy Dykes (90) had big RBI seasons as well.
For the year, the Athletics scored 981 runs (6.4 per game), with Foxx, Simmons, Cochrane and Mule Haas scoring more than 90 runs.
Philadelphia scored seven or more runs 68 times while scoring 10 or more runs 25 times.
While the Athletics didn't make the World Series, their ability to score runs in bunches lands them on this list. After all, it's not the offense's fault the pitchers couldn't hold down leads.
12. 1950 Los Angeles Rams
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The Los Angeles Rams had some high-scoring games during the 1950 season.
The Rams were led by two quarterbacks, Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield, who combined for 3,601 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Tom Fears led the team with 84 receptions for 1,116 yards and seven touchdowns, while Dick Hoerner had 10 rushing touchdowns.
Also on the team was "Mr. Outside" Glenn Davis after he spent three years in military service upon graduation from West Point.
Things didn't start out as smoothly for the Rams, as they lost two of their first four games, including a 56-20 beating at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth game.
After a 30-28 win over the Detroit Lions the next week, the Rams kicked it into gear. They scored 135 total points in their next two games, marking the first and only time in NFL history that a team scored more than 60 points twice in a season.
The Rams got revenge on the Chicago Bears in the conference championship, avenging a loss three weeks prior by beating the Bears 24-14 to advance to the NFL championship.
However, the Browns pulled out a 30-28 win, disappointing yet another high-scoring team.
Los Angeles was able to get the job done in all phases of offense, and it didn't depend on one player. For a team to be truly great, it must have reserve players ready to step in when called upon.
When looking at the numbers, it's safe to say this team had just that.
11. 1983 Washington Redskins
Joe Gibbs led the Redskins to a 14-2 record in the regular season.
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The 1983 Washington Redskins stand as the third-highest-scoring team in NFL history with 541 total points. They began the season trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions, something that had only been done four previous times in history.
The Redskins were led by quarterback Joe Theismann, who had 3,714 yards passing and 29 touchdowns. John Riggins dominated on the ground, rushing for 1,347 yards and 24 touchdowns, which still ranks fifth in history.
Washington also had Charlie Brown (not the comic strip character) at receiver. He caught 78 balls for 1,225 yards and eight touchdowns.
During the regular season, the Redskins lost two games. Both were by one point, to the Dallas Cowboys (Sept. 5) and Green Bay Packers (Oct. 17).
Outside of those two losses, the Redskins had 38-14 and 45-7 victories over the St. Louis Cardinals for their biggest wins of the year.
The Redskins also scored at least 27 points each game from the third week through the end of the regular season.
The postseason saw Washington dominate the Los Angeles Rams, 51-7, in the divisional playoffs. They followed that up with a squeaker against the San Francisco 49ers (24-21) in the conference championship.
Where it went wrong for the Redskins was in the Super Bowl, when they lost to the Los Angeles Raiders, 38-9, which was their lowest output of the season. The Redskins were down 21-3 at halftime and could never recover.
Their balance with the pass and the run, and their ability to do both well, gave opposing coaches headaches. The fact that the Redskins dominated in those phases of offense lands them on this list.
10. 1961 Houston Oilers
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The 1961 Houston Oilers are a team that started off slow but reeled off 10 straight victories en route to an AFL title.
The Oilers scored 523 points during the season (including playoffs) for an average of 34.9 points per game.
George Blanda led the Oilers with 3,330 yards passing and 36 touchdowns, while Jacky Lee also saw action under center with 1,205 yards passing and 12 touchdowns.
The Oilers had two 1,000-yard receivers in Charley Hennigan (1,746 yards, 12 touchdowns) and Bill Groman (1,175 yards, 18 total touchdowns), while Billy Cannon had 1,534 total yards and 15 touchdowns. Hennigan's receiving total still ranks third in NFL history.
After a 55-0 win over the Oakland Raiders to begin the season, the Oilers went winless in their next four contests, although the last was a 31-31 tie with the Boston Patriots.
Lou Rymkus was replaced as the team's head coach after the tie. Replacing him was Wally Lemm, who was an assistant coach with the team during the 1960 season. After that year, Lemm resigned his position and returned home to Libertyville, Ill.
From there, the Oilers couldn't be stopped, as they won seven of their next nine games by at least three touchdowns. Five of those games were also won by 31 or more points, including a 55-14 thrashing of the Denver Broncos.
In the AFL championship, the Oiler offense was held to 10 points, but the team still ended up beating the San Diego Chargers, 10-3.
Scoring seemed to come easy to the Oilers after changing head coaches. The fact that they went from a team that averaged 26.6 points in their first five games to 41.1 points in their last nine games says a lot.
9. 1999 Cleveland Indians
Manny Ramirez had 44 home runs and 165 RBI in 1999.
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The 1999 Cleveland Indians had one of the most powerful offenses in MLB history.
During the year, the Indians scored 1,009 runs (6.2 per game), getting big numbers put up by multiple players.
Leading the way was Manny Ramirez with a .333 average, 44 home runs and 165 RBI. The 165 RBI was the most in a season since 1938, when Jimmie Foxx drove in 175 runs.
Jim Thome also had a big season with 33 home runs and 108 RBI, while Roberto Alomar had 24 home runs and 120 RBI.
In addition to those three, the Indians also had Omar Vizquel and Kenny Lofton score more than 100 runs.
As a team, the Indians scored seven or more runs 68 times while scoring 10 runs or more 28 times.
However, the season didn't end well for the Indians after they finished the regular season with a 97-65 record. In the American League Division Series, the Indians lost in five games to the Boston Red Sox, dropping the final three games of the series after taking a 2-0 lead.
Despite the early playoff exit, the Indians showed that a small-market team can hit with the big boys.
After the season was over, Ramirez left the Indians and signed with the Red Sox as a free agent, breaking up one of the best Cleveland teams in history.
8. 1982-83 Edmonton Oilers
The 1982-83 Edmonton Oilers scored 424 goals on the year, scoring in bunches in just about every game.
The Oilers were 47-21-12 on the year and made it to the Stanley Cup Final.
The team's 424 goals set an NHL record for team goals in a season. The next season, the Oilers broke that mark by 22 goals.
Wayne Gretzky led this team as well with 71 goals and 125 assists, which was a league record at the time.
Also on the team were Mark Messier (48 goals, 58 assists), Glenn Anderson (48 goals, 56 assists), Jari Kurri (45 goals, 59 assists) and Paul Coffey (29 goals, 67 assists). The four 100-point scorers on the Oilers is tied for the most in NHL history.
The Oilers had 46 games in which they scored five or more goals while scoring seven or more goals in 25 of those games.
Through the first three rounds of the playoffs, the Oilers went 11-1 and outscored their opponents 74-33, including seven games with five goals or more.
The Stanley Cup Final did not go as well, however, as the Oilers were swept by the New York Islanders. The Oilers were held to three goals or less in all four games.
Despite the disappointment of being swept in the Stanley Cup Final, the Oilers still had a season they could be proud of.
Edmonton actually had four straight years of 400-plus-goal seasons, which still rank as the four highest-scoring seasons in NHL history.
7. 1981-82 Denver Nuggets
The 1981-82 Denver Nuggets hold the distinction of having averaged the most points per game in NBA history with 126.5. Oddly enough, the Nuggets also had the worst defense in the league that year.
The Nuggets were led by 20-point scorers Alex English (25.4), Dan Issel (22.9) and Kiki Vandeweghe (21.5). David Thompson (14.9), Dave Robisch (12.0) and Billy McKinney (10.8) also averaged double figures.
Although the three-point line had been established a few years earlier, the Nuggets hardly took any shots from behind the arc. Over the course of the season, the Nuggets only took 149 total three-pointers.
Instead, the Nuggets did it with the run-and-gun, preferring to get their points on the fast break rather than in a half-court set.
The Nuggets finished with a 46-36 record, but were eliminated in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs by the Phoenix Suns.
Still, when looking back at games the Nuggets played over the course of the year, it's amazing to see what they did.
The Nuggets scored at least 100 points in every game during the year with 105 points being their lowest total. But again, the defense also gave up at least 100 points in every game. The Nuggets also scored at least 130 points in 29 games.
This team is another case of a team with a great offense but a poor defense. Imagine had the Nuggets defense been just a little bit better; they might have gone down as one of the best teams ever.
Well, maybe not.
6. 1998 Minnesota Vikings
Randy Moss led the Vikings with 1,313 yards in 1998.
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By all accounts, the Minnesota Vikings should have made it to the Super Bowl in 1998.
They scored 556 points in the regular season (the most in a season up to that point) and had multiple opportunities to beat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game, but it didn't happen.
Still, the Vikings must be considered one of the best offenses in NFL history.
Their only loss during the regular season came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-24. Outside of that, the Vikings had seven games where they won by at least three touchdowns. They also scored at least 40 points four times.
Randall Cunningham had 3,704 yards passing and 34 touchdowns, while rookie Randy Moss and veteran Cris Carter combined to catch 147 passes for 2,324 yards. Robert Smith was the leading rusher with 1,187 yards and six touchdowns.
Against Dallas on Nov. 26, Moss only had three catches. However, all three catches were for touchdowns, and he finished with a total of 163 yards.
Throughout the regular season, the Vikings simply put up points in bunches. From Weeks 13 to 16, the Vikings scored a total of 182 points.
In the divisional playoffs, the Vikings offense again showed up, putting 41 points on the board.
The NFC title game was a little different, as the Falcons kept pace with the Vikings. However, as time was running out in the fourth quarter, Gary Anderson had a chance to put the game away and give the Vikings a 10-point lead.
Anderson, who had not missed a field goal all year, did this time, and the Falcons subsequently scored a touchdown to tie the game and send it into overtime.
From there, the Vikings offense couldn't do anything, as Atlanta eventually kicked a field goal to win the game.
While the season ended in disappointment for the Vikings, what they did on offense goes down in history. What they did was the original "Greatest Show on Turf." It just took a few extra years for the Rams to catch on.
5. 1931 New York Yankees
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The 1931 New York Yankees still hold the American League record for most runs scored in a season with 1,067 runs (6.97 per game).
New York had four players with 100 or more RBI and six players score 100 or more runs.
Lou Gehrig led the team with a .341 average, 46 home runs and 184 RBI, while Babe Ruth had a .373 average with 46 home runs and 163 RBI.
Ben Chapman (122) and Lyn Lary (107) each had more than 100 RBI as well, while Joe Sewell and Earle Combs joined the previous four in scoring more than 100 runs.
The Yankees finished the season with a 94-59 record, but didn't make the playoffs, as they finished 13.5 games behind the Philadelphia Athletics.
Over the 153 games, the Yankees scored seven or more runs in 83 games, while scoring 10 or more runs in 33 games.
The fact alone that this team scored the most runs in American League history is enough to put it on this list. But unlike the MLB record holder, the 1894 Boston Beaneaters with 1,220 runs, the Yankees faced stiffer competition and still put up big numbers.
4. 2012 Oregon Ducks
The Oregon Ducks are averaging 54.3 points per game.
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When it comes to college football, there is no team more exciting than this year's Oregon Ducks.
If they haven't scored a touchdown within minutes (real time) of you turning on the game, then there must have been a few television timeouts.
The Ducks are scoring at a blistering pace, averaging 54.3 points per game, which is 1.7 points behind the FBS record held by the 1940 Army team.
And it's not just the number of points the Ducks put up, but the manner in which they do so.
Leading the charge for this year's team is Kenjon Barner, who will likely be in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Barner has 1,295 yards rushing so far this year, with 321 of those yards coming recently against a good USC defense.
Barner isn't the only one, however. Oregon has six players with at least 25 carries on the season and nine players with at least 10 receptions.
The ball is continually spread around to different guys, making it hard for defenses to key in on one person.
Known mostly for running a high-octane, no-huddle offense, the Ducks wear out their opponents to the point where the second half is a blowout.
When it comes to college offenses, none are better than Oregon.
Next time you turn on a game to watch the Ducks, grab a stopwatch and time how long it takes from the first play of the possession until they score a touchdown.
While they do disappoint sometimes and have to punt, you'll see the Ducks score multiple times over the course of a game—and at a lightning-quick pace.
3. 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers
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The 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers hold the distinction of scoring the most team goals in NHL history.
The Oilers scored 446 goals as a team, led by "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky with 87 goals and 118 assists. His goals scored rank second all-time. Two years before, Gretzky set the mark that still stands today with 92 goals scored.
His 205 points scored rank fourth in history. But again, he holds all of the spots above that, with his most coming in 1985-86 when he had 215 points.
Edmonton also had great season performances from Paul Coffey (40 goals, 86 assists), Jari Kurri (52 goals, 61 assists) and Glenn Anderson (54 goals).
With all of those goal scorers, this team holds NHL records for most 50-goal scorers (three) and 40-goal scorers (four) in a season.
In the regular season, the Oilers went 57-18-5, scoring five or more goals in 53 of their 80 games. Couple that with 32 games of seven or more goals, and you see how dominant the Oilers were.
In the playoffs, Edmonton was equally as dominant. It swept the Winnipeg Jets (3-0) in the Smythe Division semifinal, outscoring them 18-7.
In the Smythe Division final, the Calgary Flames took Edmonton to seven games after the Oilers took a 3-1 series lead. However, Game 7 was all Oilers, as they won 7-4 behind six different players who scored a goal.
The Oilers dominated the Minnesota North Stars in the Campbell Conference final with a 22-10 goal advantage in four games.
Finally, in the Stanley Cup Final, Edmonton took the cup with a 4-1 series victory over the New York Islanders. With the series tied 1-1, Edmonton won the final three games (7-2, 7-2, 5-2) to win the cup.
In total, the Oilers scored 94 playoff goals.
This team never took a night off. The players scored so many goals that they likely dreamed about scoring goals.
No team will ever come close to matching what Edmonton did in 1983-84. There will never be as good a young group of players as Edmonton had in its glory days.
2. 2007 New England Patriots
Randy Moss helped the Patriots to an undefeated regular season.
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The Patriots simply dominated throughout the year, setting an NFL record by scoring 589 points (36.8 per game). Other NFL records set included wins in the regular season (16), highest point differential (plus-315), most first downs (391) and most touchdowns scored (75).
And that's just the team records. Individual season records that were set included Tom Brady with the most passing touchdowns (50) and Randy Moss with the most receiving touchdowns (23).
Throughout the year, the Patriots owned teams as they ran up the score multiple times.
Some players didn't like it, but head coach Bill Belichick didn't care, showing teams that the Patriots didn't need to spy on other teams to win a game, as the Spygate incident indicated.
In Week 17, the Patriots faced the New York Giants and battled to a 38-35 win, prompting some to believe the two teams would meet again in the Super Bowl.
The playoffs saw the Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-20 and the San Diego Chargers 21-12 en route to the Super Bowl.
Then the highly prolific offense was slowed down in the Super Bowl, as the Giants held the Patriots to a season-low 14 points, taking a three-point win for the title.
While things ended in disappointment for the Patriots, it's hard to discount what they did throughout the season.
Plus, when you have a coach that runs up the score just to spite people, it makes the game a lot more interesting.
1. 1927 New York Yankees
The 1927 New York Yankees featured a slew of sluggers nicknamed Murderers' Row.
Led by players like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the 1927 lineup featured two other future Hall of Fame members in Earle Combs and Tony Lazzeri.
Ruth led the way with a .356 average with 60 home runs and 164 RBI. Gehrig batted .373 with 47 home runs and 175 RBI. Lazzeri and Bob Meusel each had over 100 RBI as well.
Ruth's 60 home runs in the season was a record that would stand until 1961, when Roger Maris hit 61 in a season. Gehrig's 175 RBI still ranks fourth all-time in baseball history.
Five players in the lineup batted over .300, with the lowest batting average coming from Joe Dugan at .269.
As a team, the Yankees scored 975 runs (6.3 per game).
Looking at those numbers, it's safe to assume nobody wanted to face the Yankees.
The Yankees went 110-44 during the regular season and swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series.
The 1927 World Series also has the distinction of being the only World Series that ended with a walk-off wild pitch when Combs scored on a wild pitch by Johnny Miljus.
The 1927 Yankees are without a doubt not only the best offensive team in sports history, but they also might be the best overall team in sports history.
Nobody can come close to matching what the Yankees did against the quality of competition they faced.
Note: Keep in mind this list is only 20 teams, which means some of the best teams ever will not be present.