NFL Playoffs 2013: Ranking the Best Offenses in Divisional Round

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIIJanuary 9, 2013

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Defense may win championships, but a great offense can still win games. In the divisional round of the 2013 NFL playoffs, there are a bunch of really great offenses. Which ones are the best?

We'll break down some of the best offenses in divisional round and tell you what makes them so great.


Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning didn't let his neck injury stop him from putting together another amazing season. Manning threw for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns. The Broncos had the fifth-ranked pass offense in the regular season.

Manning has two great weapons in Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. Decker had 1,064 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns, while Thomas had 1,434 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Broncos' run game is merely average, and it has suffered since losing Willis McGahee to injury. Knowshon Moreno has had a nice last few games, but he isn't a dynamic threat.

Still, that hasn't stopped this Broncos offense from putting up big numbers—something it will undoubtedly continue into the playoffs.  


New England Patriots

Tom Brady is at it again, with another terrific season. He threw for 4,827 yards and 34 touchdowns. 

In addition to Brady and an explosive pass offense that averages 291.4 yards per game, the Patriots have a very balanced offense, with a terrific run game as well.

Stevan Ridley has been great this year, rushing for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. That kind of balance takes pressure off of Brady, who still has powerful weapons in Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

New England can score with the best of them and will continue to do so in the playoffs.  


Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons rode an explosive offense to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC. They did it on the strength of a great passing game, which averaged 281.8 yards per game through the air—sixth in the league.

The leader of all this is Matt Ryan, who had a terrific year, throwing for 4,719 yards and 32 touchdowns. It also helps that he had three dynamic weapons to throw to.

Roddy White led the team with 1,351 receiving yards and added seven touchdowns. Julio Jones had 1,198 receiving yards and had 10 touchdowns. And tight end Tony Gonzalez had 930 receiving yards with eight touchdowns.

Having those kind of weapons more than makes up for a dismal running game. The Falcons averaged only 87.3 rushing yards a game, which was 29th in the regular season.

Leading the way on that front is Michael Turner, who is clearly a shell of himself. He did score 10 touchdowns, but rushed for only 800 yards—a big decrease from last year's 1,340 yards. He's averaging almost a yard less per carry this season.

Without a decent run threat, it puts all the more pressure on Ryan, who has responded with varying degrees of success. While his numbers look great, he also threw for 14 interceptions, including five against a woeful Arizona Cardinals defense.

If Ryan doesn't make mistakes and if Turner and the run game can get a little bit of movement, then the Falcons will be hard to beat.  


Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay offense features Aaron Rodgers, who is one of the best quarterbacks in football. He has a unique ability to make throws under pressure and is highly accurate.

Rodgers is having a terrific season, throwing for 4,259 yards and 39 touchdowns. He threw for 274 yards and one touchdown in the Wild Card Game against Minnesota.

Where Green Bay lacks is in the run game. It averages 106 rushing yards per game, which is 20th-best in the league. While DuJuan Harris has provided a spark for the Packers, they have no true game-breaker. 

The team ran for only 76 yards on 31 carries against Minnesota—a dismal 2.5 yards per carry. If the Packers want to return to the Super Bowl, then they can't rely solely on Rodgers and the passing game. The running game will have to step up as well.