Too Much to Handle: Most Overpowering Offenses in the NFL

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst INovember 1, 2013

Too Much to Handle: Most Overpowering Offenses in the NFL

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    Today's NFL is more offense-oriented than ever before with bigger, stronger, faster and more complex offenses taking over the league.

    Stars like Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson are the faces of the league, and all are rare talents who are destined for Hall of Fame glory after their careers end.

    Offenses are putting up unbelievable numbers this year, but the top tier is really a cut above the rest.

    These 10 offenses are simply too dynamic and overpowering for defenses to handle.

    All stats from NFL.com, accurate as of Thursday, Oct. 31.

Denver Broncos

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    The Denver Broncos have been the NFL's most dominant offense this season by a wide margin.

    They are tops in many team yardage and scoring categories and have scored over 110 more points than the next highest-scoring team, which is an absurd gap considering we are only halfway through the season.

    Peyton Manning deservedly gets the majority of the credit, but his supporting cast cannot be overlooked. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker make up the league's best receiving corps, and Julius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno have been very good as well.

Detroit Lions

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    There are an unlimited amount of superlatives to describe Calvin Johnson, but I will try to keep it simple. If you replace Johnson with any other wide receiver in the league, the entire Detroit Lions team (and especially the offense) would be significantly worse.

    There is no other player at any position who is simply that much better than his peers, but Johnson really carries Detroit's offense on his back.

    Reggie Bush has been a great addition, and Matthew Stafford obviously has talent, but Johnson's once-in-a-generation talent makes the Lions so dangerous. He has almost 100 more receiving yards than anyone else in the league to go along with seven scores.

San Diego Chargers

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    Who could have seen Philip Rivers' resurgence coming? The 31-year-old is throwing for more than 300 yards per game and has 15 touchdowns on the year.

    Antonio Gates has also revitalized his career in conjunction with Rivers, and the two have connected for nearly 500 yards and two touchdowns already.

    Danny Woodhead has been a great addition as a pass-catching option out of the backfield, but the emergence of rookie receiver Keenan Allen has helped put San Diego's passing attack over the top. They are fourth in the league with 402.9 yards per game.

San Francisco 49ers

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    When defenses prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers, they spend the bulk of their time trying to figure out how to slow down quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

    The second-year starter is a dynamic talent who runs like the wind at 6'4" but also has an absolute cannon for an arm. He has been sensational the past few games, propelling the 49ers to score at a 27.2 point-per-game clip, good for sixth in the NFL.

    Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter have proven to be a good 1-2 punch out of the backfield, while tight end Vernon Davis has 518 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions. Good luck stopping all that firepower.

Dallas Cowboys

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    Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are certainly lightning rods for criticism (however misguided it may be), but nobody can deny how well the two have played over the past couple of seasons.

    The two have had a fantastic connection that has led the offense to scoring the fourth-most points per game this season. Bryant gets some relief from rookie receiver Terrance Williams and tight end Jason Witten, who are both reliable safety valves for Romo.

    DeMarco Murray had also been outstanding running the ball up until suffering an injury on October 13. But he told the Star-Ledger he is raring to go, which makes the Cowboys' attack all the more dangerous.

New Orleans Saints

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    There is no debate that the New Orleans Saints are Drew Brees' team. But this year, Jimmy Graham has been instrumental in the offense's success.

    The tight end is an absolute matchup nightmare and tied for second in the NFL with eight touchdown catches while putting up 90 receiving yards per game.

    Darren Sproles provides a major spark in the receiving game out of the backfield, while Marques Colston is still one of the premier possession receivers in the game. These three are more than enough ammo for Brees to run a high-octane offense.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    Andy Dalton is a smart, talented quarterback who thrives behind a solid offensive line. He has the pleasure of throwing to A.J. Green, who is a top-three wide receiver in the league.

    But the Cincinnati Bengals' offense has really taken a major step forward this year because of two rookies, running back Gio Bernard and tight end Tyler Eifert.

    Bernard is an explosive back who complements BenJarvus Green-Ellis perfectly. Eifert is a scrappy 6'6" playmaker who is a willing blocker and makes a dynamic duo with Jermaine Gresham. It's hard for defenses to account for all of the Bengals' talent.

Green Bay Packers

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    Aaron Rodgers is the leader and most valuable player on the Green Bay Packers' offense, but Jordy Nelson's talent cannot be understated.

    He is the most underrated offensive player in the entire NFL right now and has made his case to be in the discussion of elite wideouts in the league with 39 catches for 649 yards and seven touchdowns.

    No Randall Cobb or Jermichael Finley in Week 8? The Packers just stuck Nelson in the slot and watched as he carved up Minnesota for two touchdowns. Add in powerful rookie running back Eddie Lacy, and the Packers are simply unstoppable.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Losing Reggie Wayne for the season is no small setback for the Indianapolis Colts' offense. But if anyone is capable of stepping up when his team needs him, it's Andrew Luck.

    The loss of Wayne gives the speedy T.Y. Hilton, who has been productive when called upon, the ability to step up as a full-time starter opposite Darrius Heyward-Bey.

    Coby Fleener, Trent Richardson and Donald Brown all fill their roles well alongside one of the better offensive lines in the league.

    But Luck is the key to the offense. He is a great field general with impressive arm strength and accuracy, although it's his ability to extend the plays as a powerful runner that puts him over the top.

Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Philadelphia Eagles brought Chip Kelly in to revamp the organization, and his offense got off to a torrid start, averaging 27.7 points per game through the first six games of the season.

    But health woes have plagued the quarterback position. Michael Vick is dealing with a hamstring injury (which may not be as bad as everyone thought), and Nick Foles suffered a concussion in Philadelphia's Oct. 20 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

    The Eagles' offense is obviously less threatening with Matt Barkley at quarterback, but that shouldn't be for more than a game or two. And opposing defenses still have to deal with LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Kelly's ridiculously fast-paced style.