Power Ranking All 32 NFL Offenses, Post-Draft

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 8, 2013

Power Ranking All 32 NFL Offenses, Post-Draft

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    When putting together lists like these, you really begin to realize how offensively slanted the National Football League has become. While so many NFL defenses have glaring flaws, it seems all but a few offenses have the potential to be very good in 2013. 

    So before complaining that your favorite team isn't getting the love it deserves, stop and look at the quality of the offenses listed above it. In the NFL in 2013, your offense has to be magnificent to be great and great simply to be good. The standards have changed. 

    On that note, let's assess where all 32 NFL offenses stand with most of free agency and the entire draft in the rear-view mirror. 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jaguars might have scored more points than the Cardinals and Chiefs last year, but at least Arizona and Kansas City have upgraded at quarterback this offseason. Jacksonville spent its No. 2 overall pick on a new tackle, which is nice, but that's not enough. 

    Regardless of what Maurice Jones-Drew is able to do as he returns to health, this offense is going nowhere while it's run by Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne. 

    Stat that matters: Gabbert's yards-per-attempt average of 5.98 ranked dead last in the league among qualifying quarterbacks in 2012. 

31. New York Jets

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    At least the Jets are being proactive about their quarterback problem. A team that turned the ball over a league-high 37 times in 2012 will have Mark Sanchez battle rookie Geno Smith and veteran David Garrard for the job, with Greg McElroy possibly factoring in as well. 

    But this is an offense that averaged only 17.6 points per game and 4.6 yards per play in 2012 before losing Dustin Keller, Shonn Greene and Matt Slauson in the offseason. 

    Chris Ivory's presence could help, as will the return of Santonio Holmes and the possible emergence of Stephen Hill. But with the quarterback position still up in the air, this is still a bad offense—one that scored 10 or fewer points a league-high seven times in 2012.

    Stat that matters: Among quarterbacks with at least 300 attempts, Mark Sanchez was the lowest-rated passer in the NFL last season. 

30. Arizona Cardinals

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    Carson Palmer might not be the quarterback he once was, but he'll look like Joe Montana in comparison to Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. The question now is if the Cardinals will be capable of protecting their new quarterback. 

    This was the NFL's lowest-rated offense in 2012, mainly because it couldn't pass or run, but it also couldn't support its passers and runners. First-round pick Jonathan Cooper will help, and the team will be happy to get Levi Brown back at left tackle, but that might not be enough to get it out of the bottom five.

    Stat that matters: The Cards have surrendered 112 sacks since the start of 2011. No offense has given up more than 94 in the same span. 

29. Cleveland Browns

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    The Browns didn't spend a lot of time or energy in the offseason tweaking an offense that averaged just 18.9 points per game in 2012. But that's because the new regime in Cleveland is surely holding out hope that youngsters such as Trent Richardson, Greg Little, Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and Mitchell Schwartz will continue to blossom. 

    Notice that Brandon Weeden wasn't mentioned above. That's because Jason Campbell is being given a legitimate chance to win the starting quarterback job away from the 2012 first-round pick. Until someone emerges there and performs consistently, the Browns will be a bottom-10 offense. 

    Stat that matters: The Browns had the fourth-lowest team passer rating in the league in 2012.

28. Tennessee Titans

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    One year after the Titans offense ranked 23rd in scoring and 26th in yards, Tennessee looks primed to improve on that side of the ball after adding two new blue-chip guards (Chance Warmack in the draft, Andy Levitre in free agency), along with new weapons Shonn Greene, Justin Hunter and Kevin Walter. 

    Of course, this is still a team that averaged just 6.6 yards per pass attempt in 2012, so it will have to get a big leap from Jake Locker to be considered anything better than average. 

    Stat that matters: Chris Johnson may have rebounded with a 1,200-yard 2012 campaign, but the former 2,000-yard rusher really faded down the stretch, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry during the final six games of the year. He turns 28 in September. 

27. San Diego Chargers

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    Philip Rivers hasn't been himself for two years now, causing many to wonder if this is just what Rivers has become now. Maybe, but he hasn't received much support. The Chargers averaged just 3.6 yards per carry in 2012, ranking second-to-last in the NFL. 

    It's hard to trust Ryan Mathews at this point (he's injury-prone, and he averaged just 3.8 yards per rush last year when healthy), and it's hard to imagine Rivers will be better off with King Dunlap and D.J. Fluker as his starting tackles. 

    This has become a subpar offense. 

    Stat that matters: Between 2008 and 2010, Rivers posted a passer rating of 103.8, which was tops in the NFL. In the two seasons since then, his rating has plummeted to 88.6. 

26. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Losing Willie Colon and Max Starks might not break Pittsburgh's back, but those losses certainly don't make the Steelers any better. Take away deep threat Mike Wallace, top back Rashard Mendenhall and depth lineman Doug Legursky, and it's safe to say you've taken a hit.

    The Steelers didn't have the money to keep those guys or to replace them on the open market. And with the defense going through some major changes, they couldn't devote much of their draft to the offense either. 

    And thus, an offense that ranked 22nd in the league in scoring last year could be in trouble in 2013.

    Stat that matters: The 30 turnovers the Steelers committed in 2012 was their highest total since 2006. 

25. Oakland Raiders

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    The Raiders have replaced the over-the-hill Carson Palmer with Matt Flynn, who has a much higher ceiling under center. But they're also left trying to replace departed starters Cooper Carlisle and Brandon Myers, who was remarkably productive as a pass-catching tight end in 2012. 

    Oakland averaged only 18.1 points per game last season, and while second-round pick Menelik Watson could become a solid tackle, he won't do much to improve this unit as a rookie. 

    Even with Flynn on board, the Raiders will have to get more from former No. 4 overall pick Darren McFadden before they gain some respect on offense. The injury-prone McFadden has missed 16 games the last three years, and he averaged only 3.3 yards per carry when healthy in 2012. 

    Stat that matters: In 2012, 44 NFL running backs carried the ball at least 100 times. Only two had lower yards-per-carry averages than McFadden. 

24. Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Chiefs scored only 211 points in 2012, which was the lowest total in the league by a wide margin. But Kansas City still has some serious talent on offense, and it still managed to surpass the 5,000-yard mark, which six teams didn't hit. 

    Andy Reid and Alex Smith should bring a jolt to an offense that also retained key cogs Dwayne Bowe and Branden Albert (for now) and added No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher to the offensive line. Look for the turnover total to drop dramatically and the point total to increase in 2013. 

    Stat that matters: Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn turned it over 27 times in 16 starts for Kansas City in 2012. New quarterback Alex Smith has just 13 turnovers in his last 25 starts. 

23. St. Louis Rams

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    Adding Jared Cook, Jake Long and Tavon Austin to the starting lineup will certainly help a Rams offense that lost Danny Amendola and Steven Jackson in the offseason. There's also a good chance the Rams won't miss Jackson at all, with youngsters Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy ready to compete for that job. 

    The Rams might have been one of only eight teams that failed to score 300 points in 2012, but the offense picked up steam late in the year. Expect them to keep gaining momentum as key cogs come into their own and Sam Bradford keeps improving in his fourth season. 

    Stat that matters: In terms of yards per attempt, Bradford had seven of the 10 most prolific games of his career in 2012. He's no longer being babied. 

22. Buffalo Bills

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    Maybe E.J. Manuel can emerge this fall and become 2013 edition of Russell Wilson. But the odds of that happening are still low, and the Bills will be ranked below the median in terms of offensive prowess until they can find a quarterback. 

    Buffalo gains some points because it was one of only four teams to average 5.0 yards per carry in 2012, and an increased role for C.J. Spiller could change things in a big way. But Andy Levitre is gone, and it's tough to tell if the Bills got much better in the draft.

    Stat that matters: Only Denver and Cincinnati gave up fewer quarterback pressures than the Bills in 2012, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). 

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Rather quietly, the Buccaneers ranked in the top half of the league last year in terms of points, yards and yards per play. The emergence of Doug Martin was the key, because Josh Freeman had his second straight mediocre season. 

    The Bucs must have faith that Martin can keep being a difference-maker and that Freeman can become more consistent, because they spent four of their first five draft picks on defensive players, they let LeGarrette Blount and Arrelious Benn walk and their biggest free-agent signing was Kevin Ogletree.

    In his fourth season, Freeman's completion percentage dropped from 62.8 to 54.8. What tells us that'll improve in 2013? The one saving grace for the Bucs' passing game is that Freeman and Co. seem to hit a lot of home runs. Last year, they had a league high 16 completions of 40 yards or more.

    Stat that matters: Martin finished fifth in the league in rushing in 2012, but he averaged only 3.7 yards per carry during the final six weeks of the year.

20. Philadelphia Eagles

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    On paper, the Eagles have one hell of an offense. And with right tackle Lane Johnson and tight end Zach Ertz added to the mix via draft and Swiss army knife back James Casey joining via free agency, the sky's the limit for Chip Kelly.

    Kelly is expected to implement an uptempo, unpredictable offense, which should succeed so long as the offensive line is able to stay healthy this year. That wasn't the case in 2012, which made things hard on the rest of the team. 

    The Eagles aren't ranked higher because there's always a chance Kelly flops, and we still don't know what to expect from the quarterback position. The Eagles led the league with 37 turnovers last year, with Michael Vick and Nick Foles struggling most of the year. 

    Stat that matters: Since the start of 2011, Vick's passer rating of 81.8 ranks 23rd in the league among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 300 passes. Within four points are Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tarvaris Jackson and Jake Locker. 

19. Miami Dolphins

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    The Dolphins might have lost Jake Long and Reggie Bush, but it's hard to imagine the offense not taking another step forward in Ryan Tannehill's second season. 

    For starters, Tannehill now has a legitimate No. 1 deep threat in Mike Wallace, who was a free-agent prize in March. The Dolphins also added Tyson Clabo as a starting right tackle opposite Long's replacement, Jonathan Martin, and brought in Dustin Keller as a new toy for Tannehill at tight end. 

    Stat that matters: After starting the season with a 6-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio, Tannehill threw six touchdown passes and only two picks in the final six games of 2012. 

18. Detroit Lions

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    It was strange to see the Lions average only 6.4 yards per pass attempt in 2012, despite having top receiver Calvin Johnson set a new single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards. The problem was that Matthew Stafford's completion percentage dropped by nearly four points, while his passer rating plummeted from 97.2 in 2011 to 79.8 in 2012.

    What happened? The running game was mediocre, but that's been the case for a long time in Detroit. The addition of Reggie Bush might not make up for losing Gosder Cherilus and Jeff Backus, and it's tough to tell what third-round pick Larry Warford will do in his first year at guard. This is still an average-at-best offense, regardless of how good it looks on paper. 

    Stat that matters: The Lions turned it over 33 times in 2012, which was was a 44 percent increase from their 2011 playoff season. 

17. Minnesota Vikings

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    The Vikings are solid on offense so long as Adrian Peterson is Adrian Peterson. With AP falling just short of the single-season rushing record last year, the Vikes finished with a league-high 5.4 yards per carry. 

    But few teams ranked this high have such questionable passing games. Christian Ponder made some big throws down the stretch last year, but the jury's still out on the former first-round pick as a franchise quarterback. And losing Percy Harvin doesn't help. 

    We're giving Ponder the benefit of the doubt and assuming he'll keep getting better, and we're also giving the Vikings credit for adding support for him in free agency (Greg Jennings) and the draft (Cordarrelle Patterson).

    Stat that matters: Without Harvin during the final three games last season, Ponder posted a 95.5 passer rating while throwing four touchdown passes, completing 60 percent of his passes and tossing zero interceptions.

16. Indianapolis Colts

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    Considering how bad their offensive line was, the Indianapolis Colts hung in and put together some top-notch offensive efforts in Andrew Luck's rookie season. The line gave up a league-high 244 quarterback pressures, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), but Luck still managed to complete 65 passes of 20 yards or more, which was the second-highest total in the NFL. 

    Indy's young offense ranked 10th in yards and 18th in points last year, but it's added two new starters on the offensive line in Donald Thomas and Gosder Cherilus, and Luck and Coby Fleener should only get better in Year 2. 

    Stat that matters: Double stat for Andrew Luck: The Colts averaged just 3.8 yards per carry, which was tied for sixth-worst in the NFL, while Luck was pressured on 38.1 percent of his dropbacks, which was the fourth-highest total in the league.

15. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Considering the talent they have, the Bengals had too many lame efforts on offense in 2012, putting up 20 or fewer points on seven occasions in 17 games (including the playoffs). Expect them to establish some more consistency going forward, though, because Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham should only get better. 

    Tight end Tyler Eifert was also added to the mix in the first round of the draft, and second-round pick Giovani Bernard could give the running game a boost. 

    Stat that matters: Only Denver's offensive line was more efficient at pass-blocking than Cincinnati's was last year, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

14. Baltimore Ravens

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    The Ravens went through a lot of changes and suffered some big losses this offseason, but most of that came on the defensive side of the ball. 

    Expect Joe Flacco to keep building momentum after an MVP performance during last year's playoffs, but also expect Flacco and Co. to miss Anquan Boldin, who was dealt to to the 49ers in March. 

    Stat that matters: Including the playoffs last year, Flacco had a league-high 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions on pass attempts targeted 20 yards or more downfield, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). 

13. Carolina Panthers

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    The Panthers had 30 or more points in four of their final six games of 2012, ranking sixth in the NFL in points scored during that span. Does that mean that Cam Newton and Co. have finally found a groove? It's tough to tell, because Carolina also peaked late in 2011 before hibernating well into the 2012 campaign.

    Still, Newton should keep growing entering his third season, and there's a lot of stability in Carolina right now. The Panthers maintained the status quo on offense this offseason, which might be a good thing. 

    Stat that matters: The Panthers turned the ball over only four times in their final six games last year. Only Seattle had fewer turnovers during that span (three).

12. Chicago Bears

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    When healthy, the Bears are dangerous on offense. They finished in the middle of the pack in terms of scoring last year, but one foul stretch sans Jay Cutler did a number on them there. Cutler was hurt against the Texans and missed the following week's game against San Francisco, and the Bears managed to score only 13 points in those two games. 

    And in 2011, before they had Brandon Marshall, the Bears were actually ranked sixth in the league in scoring before Cutler and Matt Forte went down one after another in Weeks 12 and 13. 

    This year, everything could come together. They've upgraded to Jermon Bushrod at left tackle, Kyle Long at left guard and Martellus Bennett at tight end, while also adding Matt Slauson and Eben Britton for support along the much-maligned offensive line.

    Stat that matters: The Bears have surrendered 93 sacks since the start of the 2011 season. That's the third-highest total in the league. 

11. Atlanta Falcons

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    The Falcons have ranked in the top seven in points scored three years in a row now, despite the fact that the running game has offered little help.

    Since 2010, Atlanta has averaged just 3.86 yards per carry, which is the second-lowest total in the NFL during that span. Don't expect that to improve much in 2013 with Lamar Holmes starting in place of the departed Tyson Clabo at right tackle and the washed-up Steven Jackson stepping in for Michael Turner. 

    So long as Matt Ryan's throwing it up to Julio Jones and Roddy White, this will continue to be a great offense. But the Falcons focused on defense in the draft and suffered a net loss on the free-agent market, so they fall short of the top echelon here.

    Stat that matters: Only three teams averaged fewer yards per carry than Atlanta in 2012 (3.7).

10. New York Giants

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    The Giants weren't quite themselves in 2012, yet they still averaged 5.9 yards per play, ranking fourth in the NFL. Losing Ahmad Bradshaw and Martellus Bennett hurts, but Eli Manning could be even better with top pick Justin Pugh starting on the offensive line and David Wilson and Brandon Myers stepping in for those lost weapons.

    The G-Men haven't finished lower than ninth in the league in scoring since 2007, and there's no reason to think that'll change in 2013.

    Stat that matters: New York's yards-per-carry average increased from 3.5 in 2011 to 4.6 in 2012. Only the Redskins improved more dramatically in that category. 

9. San Francisco 49ers

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    The 49ers get so much love for their world-class defense that it's easy to forget how good their offense is, regardless of who's under center. They were very efficient and productive with Alex Smith, but Colin Kaepernick has obviously added a new dimension to a unit that ranked third in the league with 6.0 yards per play in 2012. 

    Not only is Kaepernick going to be running things from the get-go this year, but Anquan Boldin's been added to the mix as well and A.J. Jenkins should have a chance to make an impact in his second year. With all that in mind, this is undoubtedly a top-10 offense. 

    Stat that matters: The 49ers turned the ball over only seven times with Kaepernick leading the offense during the final eight weeks of 2012. That was the third-lowest total in the league during that span. 

8. Dallas Cowboys

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    The Cowboys had only the 15th-ranked scoring offense in the league last year, but they were ranked fifth in that category during the second half of the season. Credit the emergence of Dez Bryant for that. 

    Unfortunately for Dallas, it couldn't build on that momentum much in free agency thanks to league-imposed sanctions, but the 'Boys still added three new offensive weapons in the first three rounds of the draft. Expect first-round pick Travis Frederick to start and make a difference from Day 1.

    Stat that matters: Dez Bryant had 10 touchdowns during the final eight games of the 2012 regular season. No other wide receiver had more than seven during that span. 

7. Houston Texans

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    When you have Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, you're going to be dangerous regardless of supporting cast. Now that the Texans have gone out and spent a first-round pick on a complementary weapon for Johnson, a team that ranked in the top eight in points and yards in 2012 should be even better in 2013.

    Last year, only six offenses gave up fewer sacks than Houston's, while only five backs rushed for more yards than Foster. The offensive line is solid, and quarterback Matt Schaub has put up a top-10 passer rating in each of the last five years. 

    Stat that matters: Andre Johnson has now gone over 1,500 yards three times in the last five years. Only two other receivers have hit that mark three times in NFL history (Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison).

6. Washington Redskins

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    This obviously depends on Robert Griffin III's health, but the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year has yet to have any major setbacks on the road back from reconstructive knee surgery. If he's in the lineup Week 1, there's no reason to believe this isn't a top-10 offense. 

    Despite heavy cap constraints, the Redskins didn't lose a single key offensive player in the offseason, adding a potential playmaker in tight end Jordan Reed in the draft and signing two new options at right tackle. 

    The 'Skins ranked fourth in the league in points and sixth in yards last year. If RG3's OK, expect similar results in 2013. 

    Stat that matters: The Redskins turned the ball over a league-low 14 times in 2012, which was tied for the fifth-lowest 16-game total in NFL history.

5. Green Bay Packers

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    The Green Bay Packers have the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history, and he's in his prime. Need we say more?

    Green Bay might have lost Greg Jennings in the offseason, but the receiving corps is still deep enough for Aaron Rodgers to do his thing. And the Pack might not have had a top-notch running game last year, but they've made a strong effort to improve in that area by spending two prime draft picks on backs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin. 

    Despite the fact they averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, only four teams scored more points than Green Bay did in 2012. Expect them to be in that mix again in 2013, especially with Jordy Nelson returning to health.

    Stat that matters: Aaron Rodgers didn't have a single game in 2012 in which his passer rating was lower than 80. Eleven out of 32 qualifying quarterbacks failed to hit that mark in their final regular-season stat lines. 

4. Seattle Seahawks

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    During the final eight games of the 2012 regular season, only the Patriots scored more points than Seattle. During that stretch, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson was the league's highest-rated quarterback. 

    Expect Wilson to take another big step forward in his second season, especially now that Percy Harvin has been added to his offensive arsenal. 

    Stat that matters: The Seahawks scored 108 points in back-to-back games against the Cardinals and Bills last December. 

3. New Orleans Saints

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    Despite all of their problems in 2012, the New Orleans Saints still managed to lead the NFC with 461 total points while leading the entire league with 6.2 yards per offensive play. 

    The defense was and still is the problem, so don't expect the loss of Jermon Bushrod and Chris Ivory to change things. Drew Brees and that offense should be even better with Sean Payton back and 2012 distractions no longer factoring in. 

    Stat that matters: The Saints averaged 35.0 points during their final four games of 2012, which was better than Green Bay, Denver and New England (but not Seattle). 

2. Denver Broncos

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    One year after finishing second in the league with 481 points, the Broncos got better on offense by adding Wes Welker to Peyton Manning's arsenal.

    With Ryan Clady back under the franchise tag, Louis Vasquez coming in to spruce up the interior offensive line and Willis McGahee returning from injury, the Broncos will be nearly impossible to stop in 2013.

    Stat that matters: Denver scored at least 30 points in eight of its nine regular-season and playoff home games in 2012. 

1. New England Patriots

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    Yes, they lost Wes Welker. But the Patriots replaced Welker with the very dangerous Danny Amendola, and this is a team that scored 76 more points than anyone else in football last season. 

    The rest of the pack could gain on them a bit, but when you consider that the Patriots had 62 more first downs than any offense in the league despite missing Rob Gronkowski for five games, it wouldn't be fair to put anyone else in the top spot.

    Stat that matters: The 557 points the Pats scored in 2012 was the third-highest total in NFL history.