Power Ranking the Best Offensive Units Remaining in the NFL Divisional Round

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIJanuary 10, 2013

Power Ranking the Best Offensive Units Remaining in the NFL Divisional Round

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    The NFL divisional round is left with some of the best offensive units in the NFL.

    From the dual 1,000-yard receivers in Atlanta and Denver to the strong running games in Seattle and San Francisco, offenses will reign supreme beginning Saturday.

    So, which teams left in the playoffs have the best offenses?

    Here's a look at the best offensive teams in the divisional round.

8. Baltimore Ravens

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    When it comes to the Baltimore Ravens offense, nothing jumps out at you.

    Sure, there are the abilities of Ray Rice as a playmaker, but there's not much else to be excited about.

    The Ravens had 441 yards last week against the Indianapolis Colts, but ranked 15th in passing yards (233.7) and 11th in rushing (118.8) during the regular season.

    The receiving corps includes Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, but both haven't been consistent.

    Boldin had 145 yards against the Colts, but hasn't put up consistent numbers throughout the year.

    For the Ravens to come out with a win against Denver, the offense has to be more explosive.

7. Seattle Seahawks

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    What makes the Seattle Seahawks a good team is their running game.

    Marshawn Lynch is one of the best backs in the league, with 1,590 yards this year.

    Outside of the run game, Russell Wilson has done a good job of not making mistakes in the pass game.

    With 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, Wilson has taken care of the ball this year.

    However, the top two receivers have a total of 1,436 yards combined. That's not exactly a recipe for success.

    For Seattle, it all starts with the running game, but things have to improve with Wilson in the pass game.

6. San Francisco 49ers

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    The San Francisco 49ers are another team known for their running game, but a new wrinkle has been thrown into the equation.

    Colin Kaepernick took over under center for Alex Smith midway through the season, but the 49ers have struggled a little along the way.

    Michael Crabtree has had success with Kaepernick at quarterback. Over the last four games, the fourth-year receiver has 28 receptions for 437 yards.

    However, it's all about the running game and Frank Gore in San Francisco.

    Gore has rushed for 1,214 yards and is the No. 1 option. But Kaepernick is also a threat, as he's rushed for 415 yards this season.

    Still, the lack of a second receiver that can carry the load could hurt the 49ers.

5. Houston Texans

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    The Houston Texans were one of the top teams in the NFL...through Week 13.

    The Texans were balanced between Arian Foster in the run game, and Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson in the passing game.

    Foster rushed for 1,424 yards, while Johnson had 1,598 receiving yards. Both are among the best in the NFL at their respective positions.

    Through 13 games, the Texans scored in bunches and were among the top offenses in the NFL.

    Then, they paid a trip to Foxboro and were utterly destroyed.

    In three of the last four games this year, the Texans lost. They've struggled ever since, giving fans no confidence heading into New England again this week for another matchup with the Patriots.

4. Green Bay Packers

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    The Green Bay Packers don't have a high-powered running game, but when it comes to the passing game, they are one of the best in the league.

    It all begins with Aaron Rodgers. For the year, Rodgers has 4,295 yards passing and 39 touchdowns.

    He had three sub-par games this year, where he either threw for less than 200 yards or had no touchdown passes.

    While the Packers don't have any 1,000-yard receivers, they do have five players Rodgers can spread the ball around to.

    Randall Cobb has the ability to create out in space. He's been the perfect complement in the slot position and a big reason why the Packers are confident this postseason.

    Throw in Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Jermichael Finley, and you have a team that defenses have trouble covering.

    Green Bay is able to have success because of Rodgers' ability to spread the ball around.

    It's that tactic that should be the winning formula against the 49ers.

3. Atlanta Falcons

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    Gone is the power-running game for the Atlanta Falcons.

    However, the Falcons have a passing game like none ever seen in Atlanta.

    Matt Ryan is having the best year of his career, throwing for 4,719 yards and 32 touchdowns. He does have 14 interceptions on the year, but remember five of those came against Arizona.

    On the outsides are Julio Jones and Roddy White, possibly the best receiving duo in the NFL.

    They have combined for 2,549 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns.

    If that isn't enough, there's also Tony Gonzalez, who has put in another solid year with 930 yards receiving.

    Having three players that you can depend on to make big catches when needed will play to the Falcons' advantage.

    While fans do get frustrated at the lack of a running game, the passing game is what will propel the Falcons to the Super Bowl.

2. Denver Broncos

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    Peyton Manning has made the Denver Broncos a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

    While things did start out slowly for the Broncos this year, they have won 11 straight games and are the hottest team in the NFL.

    Manning has 4,659 yards passing and 39 touchdowns this year, making him a front-runner for the NFL MVP.

    Also, he's made the receivers around him better.

    Last year, players like Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker had their struggles due to inconsistency under center.

    This year, the pair have combined for 2,498 yards and 23 touchdowns.

    It also seems like Thomas is developing into one of the best receivers in the game.

    Running the ball, the Broncos have Knowshon Moreno, who has had success since Willis McGahee went out with injury.

    If both parts of the offense can click, there's no reason to believe the Broncos can't earn a trip to the Super Bowl.

1. New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots have shown weakness this year, but of their four losses, only one came to a non-playoff team.

    The Patriots ranked first in total offense (427.9 yards per game) and points scored (34.8 per game).

    Tom Brady leads the high-powered offense again with a lot of weapons to play with.

    Stevan Ridley has stepped up as the feature back, with 1,263 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. He's elusive in the backfield and makes it hard for teams to bring him down.

    When it comes to guys receiving passes from Brady, where do you start?

    Wes Welker has thrived in the New England system. This year, he's caught 118 passes for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns.

    Then there's Brandon Lloyd, who has revitalized his career in Foxboro.

    Rob Gronkowski had a great 2011, but dealt with injuries in 2012. Still, he's a threat over the middle. As is Aaron Hernandez, who dealt with his own injuries this year.

    Any way you look at it, Brady has weapons in both phases of offense. He's one of the smartest quarterbacks in the league and will utilize that to his advantage.