Power-Ranking All 32 NFL Offenses Post-Draft
Ranking NFL offenses is hard, believe it or not.
Sure, off the top of your head you can name the best ones and the absolute worst ones, but when you get into the middle portion of the rankings, you start to realize that there are 18-19 offenses that you look at and think to yourself, "But they're not that bad, though."
Exactly. The point here is that there are plenty of great offenses.
Whether it's created by their quarterback, free-agent signings, the presence of a certain coaching figure or through the draft, there are very few actual terrible offenses.
In this past draft alone, we saw 10 quarterbacks, 32 wide receivers, 29 running backs (including fullbacks) and 14 tight ends get drafted.
With those kinds of numbers, how can a team really not improve.
Ranking these teams brought out a ton of internal arguments, but when it was all said and done, this looks like a set of rankings that most would find to be OK.
So, without further ado: All 32 NFL offenses ranked.
Starting at 32, it's the....
32. Los Angeles Rams
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Matt LaFleur
Outside of running back Todd Gurley, the Los Angeles Rams are an absolute wasteland of an offense.
In 2016, quarterback Jared Goff showed nothing in his few appearances his rookie season, and his weapons for this season are nowhere near elite when you look at wide receivers Tavon Austin, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and tight ends Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee.
As mentioned before, Gurley is the only bright spot, but how do you expect him to get anything going if the rest of the team around him is what is outlined above? Those opposing defenses could play 10 in the box if they wanted to.
The Rams offense is definitely the worst in football.
31. New York Jets
2017 Offensive Coordinator: John Morton
Not too far behind the Rams are the New York Jets.
The offense has a solid piece in wide receiver Eric Decker. However, he is coming off hip surgery.
After that the Jets have an offense that consists of Josh McCown at quarterback, Matt Forte and Bilal Powell at running back, and Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson and ArDarius Stewart at receiver along with Decker.
Don't get me wrong, Anderson and Stewart are two quality young talents, but the Jets' quarterback is McCown (if he can stay healthy long enough), and I'm not even sure they roster tight ends on this team.
Forte was supposed to be a solid running back, but between the team being terrible and his age not slowing down, it's going to be tough for him to produce.
And oh hey, the offensive line is awful.
Another miserable season for the Jets is coming up.
30. San Francisco 49ers
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan (also head coach)
Bringing in head coach Kyle Shanahan makes me a little more optimistic about the San Francisco 49ers' long-term future, but for 2017, their offense is one of the worst around.
Equipped with the dynamic duo of Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer at quarterback, the 49ers have solid receivers in Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Kerley, decent running backs in Carlos Hyde and new backup Joe Williams along with an average tight end in Vance McDonald.
Those all sound positive, so why so low? Well, the quarterback situation is dreadful. Sure, I said often in 2016 I'd rather have Hoyer than Brock Osweiler, but is that really saying much?
This team could use multiple quarterbacks in 2017, and Hyde's health is also a question mark.
On paper, they might not be totally terrible, but when it plays out on the field, I'm not sure it will translate.
29. Chicago Bears
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Dowell Loggains
This ranking makes me sad because of the affection I have for Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard, but a lot of this has to do with their quarterback, Mike Glennon.
Plain and simple: I just don't think Glennon is any good. He was in the right place at the right time and got a sizable payday—but hey, good for him on that front.
The receiver position is filled with some promising names like Cameron Meredith, Kendall Wright and Kevin White, but between White's injury history and Glennon at quarterback, there are concerns over what these guys will be able to produce.
The tight end position is locked down with Zach Miller and newly arrived Adam Shaheen, but again, Glennon will determine the impact they have.
We could, at some point, see new rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky make his debut this season, which probably won't help things either.
This offense will be led by Howard, but there will still likely be a high amount of turnovers from whoever is starting at quarterback.
28. Cleveland Browns
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Hue Jackson (also head coach)
The picture above is a symbol of the Cleveland Browns' season in 2016.
However, 2017 should see a slight improvement.
On offense, the Browns lost wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and cut tight end Gary Barnidge, but they picked up Kenny Britt to replace Pryor and rookie David Njoku to replace Barnidge.
Those are somewhat lateral moves, all things considered.
Kessler isn't a terrible quarterback. Do I think he's a starter in the NFL long term? No. Is he a serviceable game-manager? Sure.
Behind him, there's Osweiler and rookie DeShone Kizer, who is a true mystery at this point and should not see the field in 2017.
Not only do the Browns have Njoku and Britt, but they also have Corey Coleman, Rashard Higgins as well as running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr.
With some youth and consistent production on board, the Browns are finally out of the cellar of something.
27. Baltimore Ravens
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Marty Mornhinweg
While the Baltimore Ravens have a solid but not elite quarterback in Joe Flacco, the rest of their offense leaves a lot to be desired.
From a spectator's point of view, the Ravens have perhaps one of the most boring offensive units in the game.
Heading into the 2017 draft, the Ravens should have addressed the wide receiver position.
Did they? Nope.
What about running back?
So you're telling me their offense consists of running backs Kenneth Dixon, Terrance West and Danny Woodhead, wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace and tight ends Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams and Ben Watson?
Their best skill-position player is Woodhead for crying out loud. Not that he's bad, but don't expect a team to be above the 27 spot with him as their best weapon.
The Ravens did, however, draft an under-the-radar player in guard Nico Siragusa which will allow Alex Lewis to switch to right tackle, improving the offensive line overall. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley is coming off a solid rookie season after returning in Week 9, so a combination of his continued quality play and Marshall Yanda will help protect Flacco.
Baltimore is a potential playoff team. Their offense will do enough, but it is not an inspiring unit at all. Anything extra will need to come from Flacco directly.
Their defense on the other hand...
26. Denver Broncos
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Mike McCoy
Believe it or not, choosing between the 25 and 26 spot was extremely difficult.
But at 26 come the Denver Broncos.
While the Broncos will be a tough out in 2017, it will mostly be because of their defense.
Their offense has some nice pieces, but it's greatly dampened by quarterback Trevor Siemian.
Siemian is not a bad quarterback for Denver as a whole because of that great defense, but we're focusing on offense alone here, and it's just difficult to put a unit led by him any higher.
The Broncos' running game will feature Devontae Booker and C.J. Anderson, who is coming off a torn meniscus.
In 2016, Booker averaged just a measly 3.5 yards per carry, so hopefully he can improve on that.
The wide receiver position is fine in Denver with Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. However, the tight end group isn't anything special with Jeff Heuerman, Virgil Green and rookie Jake Butt coming in off a knee injury.
Again, the Broncos will be a solid team record-wise, but their offense is not anything to get excited over.
25. Minnesota Vikings
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Pat Shurmur
After a year with an atrocious offensive line, the Minnesota Vikings will continue their theme of being a relatively pedestrian offense.
Sure, the Vikings added offensive tackle Riley Reiff and picked up running backs Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook in free agency and the draft respectively, but the passing attack is misleading.
Bradford led the league with an incredible 71 percent completion rate last season and has wide receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, but he was also dead last in average depth of target at just 6.6—he doesn't throw deep. At all.
The running game is improved, but the offensive line is still pretty bad, even with the addition of Reiff.
The Vikings possess an offense that will be heavily reliant on Diggs producing (he scored just three touchdowns on less than 1,000 yards receiving in 2016) and the new running game to be the focal point.
24. Buffalo Bills
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Rick Dennison
Considering the health of wide receiver Sammy Watkins and the lack of depth at the receiver position, the Buffalo Bills offense takes a bit of a hit here.
The Bills made good decisions this offseason in bringing back quarterback Tyrod Taylor and drafting wide receiver Zay Jones out of East Carolina, but their offense is still worrisome.
While they gained Jones, they did lose receiver Robert Woods and running back Mike Gillislee, who account for some underrated loses considering the Bills' depth.
On the surface, Taylor, Watkins and LeSean McCoy is a good trio, but Watkins' legitimate injury concerns from what seems like a never-ending foot issue are definitely something to take into account here.
The Bills will be fun to watch with everyone on the field, but how long that will last is the question.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett
As much as it pains me to put running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Allen Robinson down here in the low 20s, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a very legitimate problem on their offense: The guy throwing the football: quarterback Blake Bortles.
There's really no way to put this: Bortles is not a good quarterback. He has some of the weirdest mechanics, and his accuracy is among the worst in the league.
Outside of Fournette and Robinson, the Jaguars' skill-position players do have some injury concerns—running backs Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon have missed a combined 11 games over the past two seasons, and wide receiver Allen Hurns didn't play past Week 12 in 2016.
With some durability concerns, an improving (but still not great) offensive line and Bortles being Bortles, the Jaguars offense will lag behind their stacked defense.
2017 should be it for Bortles in Jacksonville.
22. Houston Texans
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Bill O'Brien (also head coach)
The Houston Texans are a team with quite a few really exciting offensive weapons.
From wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller to tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz to running backs Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman, the Texans have plenty of great pieces already.
However, like the Jaguars, the Texans are victims of one player—their quarterback.
Right now, we're being told it's Tom Savage. While Savage is indeed better than their quarterback from 2016 in Brock Osweiler, he's definitely not a quarterback you're satisfied with, especially when you look at the rest of the roster.
First-round pick Deshaun Watson should provide strong camp competition, and hopefully he can take the reigns at some point during the 2017 NFL season. But rookie quarterbacks rarely produce huge seasons, and it'd be a leap of faith to project Watson to put up huge numbers in his first year.
Most of the offense in football runs through who is throwing the football, and even teams with nice pieces around the quarterback cannot make an offense function like it should if their quarterback isn't going to light up the stat sheet.
21. Detroit Lions
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Bob Cooter
We're getting into the area in which the next 21 offenses are all at least fine in their own right—there are plenty of solid offenses in the NFL.
When you look at the Detroit Lions, you see a rebuilt offensive line and a fairly non-existent running game featuring Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner. They also possess some good receivers who would ideally be No. 2 options in Marvin Jones and Golden Tate and a tight end in Eric Ebron who hasn't lived up to his first-round draft pick pedigree.
And oh yeah, a quarterback in Matthew Stafford who throws the ball seven million times a season.
The Lions are still an offense that depends on Stafford and Stafford alone.
In the draft, the Lions should have added a running back who can help produce on the ground, but they did not.
Keep in mind, the leading rusher on the Lions was Riddick with less than 400 yards on fewer than 100 carries.
Stafford can keep throwing all he wants, but with no running game, the Lions fall on this list.
20. Indianapolis Colts
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Rob Chudzinski
Hit with many injuries in recent years, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's health is key to making this offense go—he looked beat up in 2016.
With wide receiver T.Y. Hilton attached to his hip, the Colts have a solid one-two punch. Outside of that, there isn't anything that's overwhelmingly impressive.
In 2016, the Colts had the third-worst pass-blocking offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus—Luck continues to get demolished.
The running game is OK with Frank Gore and newly added Marlon Mack, but it's nothing sensational.
Besides Hilton, the Colts' best weapons are tight end Jack Doyle, who finally made a name for himself last season, and wide receivers Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett. Moncrief was hurt most of 2016, and Dorsett did not step up effectively in his absence.
Luck and Hilton are great, but the rest of the offense leaves a lot be desired.
What the Colts have that the Lions don't, though, is an actual run game of some kind.
19. Carolina Panthers
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shula
Heading into the draft, the Carolina Panthers offense might have been lower on this list, but they made some great acquisitions in running back Christian McCaffrey and wide receiver Curtis Samuel.
It will be interesting to see how Shula utilizes these two players.
Unfortunately, McCaffrey probably isn't going to get enough carries to push incumbent running back Jonathan Stewart aside altogether.
McCaffrey and Samuel will be lined up all over the field giving the Panthers some more options, but the best playmaker they have is McCaffrey, and the best pure receiving threat quarterback Cam Newton has is tight end Greg Olsen.
Not to mention, the offensive line still needs some work, too.
Newton and the utilization of McCaffrey will be key to how this offense operates in 2017.
18. Seattle Seahawks
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Darrell Bevell
Dear Seattle, George Fant is not a left tackle. Nor is Luke Joeckel.
It beats me why the Seattle Seahawks did not address their offensive line in the draft, and that's a big part of why they dropped here.
Sure, they have quarterback Russell Wilson, wide receivers Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin, tight end Jimmy Graham and a stable of running backs featuring Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, but this offensive line is a killer.
Assuming the running game can stay healthy, that should be a fine unit to deploy, but there are question marks in terms of if Lacy can stay on a football field.
Baldwin is a nice receiver, but Lockett didn't really come into his own in 2016, so we'll have to see how that pans out.
Graham is a great name to have on a depth chart, but he hasn't actually produced much since being with the Seahawks.
17. Kansas City Chiefs
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Matt Nagy
The Kansas City Chiefs at 17? Yeah, it just so happens that's where they fall.
Like some other teams, the quarterback play of Alex Smith really holds this offense back. The selection of Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL draft should fix that as soon as he's ready to be moved into the starting lineup.
With weapons like tight end Travis Kelce and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jeremy Maclin, you would think this unit would be higher, but Smith isn't known for his outbursts of offense.
The offensive line is above average, and that will help Smith and running backs Spencer Ware and incoming rookie Kareem Hunt for sure.
The Chiefs have an offense that finished 20th in the league in total yards in 2016, so they're not the most over-powering, though they do have weapons.
A huge key to this offense will be how the team utilizes Hill and his ability to totally change the outcome of a game with a single touch.
A better quarterback would boost the ranking here.
16. Tennessee Titans
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Terry Robiskie
Combined with the youth at the receiver position and a veteran presence in the running game, the Tennessee Titans are filled with promise.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota is definitely the franchise quarterback for the team, and his running ability makes for a more dynamic offense. What makes him stand out, though, is that he can diagnose defenses well and has an excellent pocket presence.
The wide receiver position was a big hole for the Titans heading into the draft, and they addressed that need in drafting Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick and Taywan Taylor a little later.
After Taylor and Davis, the Titans have Rishard Matthews at receiver and Delanie Walker at tight end—two very respectable players.
The running game is one of the better ones around with DeMarco Murray and the mountain of a man that is Derrick Henry.
Relying on youth at the receiver position is a bit risky, but outside of that, the Titans look like the team to beat in the AFC South and have a top-three offensive line, per PFF.
15. Washington Redskins
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Matt Cavanaugh
Losing wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson will make any offense worse, and that's what happened to the Washington Redskins this offseason.
However, in losing DJax and Garçon, the Redskins picked up former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to replace them, while the team will be hopeful of getting a healthy campaign from Josh Doctson.
Not to mention, the Redskins have a great slot receiver in Jamison Crowder.
Besides their receivers, Washington has a top-notch tight end in Jordan Reed, though there are concerns with injuries—especially to the head.
The Redskins' backfield held steady in 2016 thanks to Rob Kelley, and the team added more to it when they drafted Samaje Perine, who will produce more than Matt Jones. Thankfully, the Redskins have a quality offensive line.
And hey, let's not forget future San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kirk Cousins—he's actually a good quarterback, regardless of what Dan Snyder and the Redskins think.
Though the ranking is 15th, this is an offensive unit that I would definitely be fine with if I was building my own team.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Frank Reich
After the big free-agent acquisition of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and the pickup of fellow wide receiver Torrey Smith, the Eagles offense, headed by sophomore quarterback Carson Wentz, is set to have an exciting passing attack in 2017.
Jeffery and Smith aren't even the rest of it—Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz and Brent Celek are also included here.
The running game isn't the best, with Ryan Mathews, Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles, but there are enough bodies to make it tolerable.
The Eagles are another team with probably a top-10 offensive line, but what puts them above some teams near them is the presence of Jeffery on that offense, assuming he's healthy.
Wentz is an exciting quarterback prospect through and through—if he can take his game to the next level in 2017, look out.
13. Arizona Cardinals
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Harold Goodwin
With this perhaps being the final season we see out of quarterback Carson Palmer, the Arizona Cardinals will once again be heavily reliant on running back David Johnson.
Johnson needs no introduction as he is arguably the best running back in the sport, but Palmer makes you a little uneasy.
While he had some decent numbers like his 26 touchdown passes, Palmer finished 23rd in the league in completion percentage at 61 percent and he certainly regressed from his 2015 form.
At his disposal, Palmer has the ever-so-reliable Larry Fitzgerald as well as John Brown. Beyond that, there is J.J. Nelson and tight end Jermaine Gresham, but they don't get me all that excited, though Nelson is intriguing.
Speaking of intriguing, the Cardinals plan to use former running back Andre Ellington at receiver this season, and he should do pretty well there.
The offensive line didn't help Palmer in 2016 and finished as the second-worst unit in the league in pass-blocking, per PFF, so hopefully that improves—that will be key to Palmer holding steady.
There's a lot of veterans on this team, but the new, young, fresh-blood offenses are taking over.
12. Los Angeles Chargers
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt
Drafting wide receiver Mike Williams in the first round of the draft left fantasy football players scratching their heads, but for real football purposes, he adds another great option for quarterback Philip Rivers.
I mean, just look at these weapons: At wide receiver, there is Williams, Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams; at tight end, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates; and at running back, there is Melvin Gordon.
The Chargers are loaded up on offense.
You'd like for the offensive line to be better outside of the addition of Russell Okung, but there are so many weapons on this offense that you can't help but become infatuated with it.
Let's hope that Allen can stay healthy and get back on the field—was the Williams draft pick a sign that might not be the case?
This might be the sleeper team of 2017.
11. Miami Dolphins
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Clyde Christensen
Ranking a team just outside the top 10 with their quarterback coming off ACL surgery is always a risky proposition, but the Miami Dolphins are worthy.
As mentioned, quarterback Ryan Tannehill is coming off a knee injury (that didn't require surgery), but Tannehill is a good enough quarterback to please the appetites of his numerous pass-catching threats.
While the Chargers are also loaded up, the health of Keenan Allen is something of a mystery.
This offseason, the Dolphins added tight end Julius Thomas, who will either be a component to this offense or nothing at all—there's really no in between.
However, the receivers are fantastic: DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry and even Leonte Carroo.
The presence of running back Jay Ajayi is what really puts this offense over the top, as he is one of the better running backs in the NFL—yup, I said it.
Imagine if the offensive line was better? Yikes.
Bringing back Stills as a deep-threat option and Landry gobbling up all the catches over the middle makes the Dolphins offense one that is going to be difficult to game plan for in 2017.
10. Dallas Cowboys
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Scott Linehan
With an incredible offensive line, two stud sophomores and a top-level wide receiver on hand, the Dallas Cowboys crack the top 10.
You know the studs: Quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Sure, there are some questions to how good exactly Prescott is, but he's definitely good enough to make this offense function and produce.
And hey, that Elliott guy is good at football too—he led the league in rushing in his rookie season.
Looking at the weapons for Prescott, he has Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and tight end Jason Witten.
Witten is a dependable tight end and, well, Dez is Dez.
Beasley is a very underrated weapon to have coming out of the slot too.
What prevents the Cowboys from being higher is that they really only have a big three in Bryant, Prescott, and Elliot—the teams ahead of them here have just way too many weapons, and some have quarterbacks who I'd rather have at the end of the day.
Can Prescott keep up his rookie success? That's a huge factor when looking at the future of this Cowboys roster.
9. Cincinnati Bengals
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Ken Zampese
If not for quarterback Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals would be higher on this list.
Dalton threw just 18 touchdown passes in 2016.
What high-powered offense do you know that has a quarterback throwing just 18 passing touchdowns? Exactly.
What also hurts the Bengals is their losses on the offensive line in left tackle Andrew Whitworth and tackle Kevin Zeitler. The offensive line is left with five guys who haven't played a ton of football.
However, looking at the positives, the Bengals have wide receivers A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell, and their first-round draft pick in speed-demon John Ross. Not to mention tight end Tyler Eifert.
The fun, doesn't stop there, though—what about the running game?
What's so special about Jeremy Hill you might ask? Well nothing really outside of his goal-line touchdowns, but Gio Bernard coming off an ACL and draft pick Joe Mixon add a whole other dynamic to this offense.
Yes, the Mixon pick is highly controversial, but from a pure football standpoint, there is an argument to be made that he was the best running back in the entire draft.
An offense that has Boyd, Ross, Green, Eifert and Mixon? Sign me up.
8. New York Giants
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Sullivan
While I'm not a fan of the New York Giants offensive line (in particular left tackle Ereck Flowers) or their running game, the Giants pass-catchers alone make them a top-eight offensive unit in the league.
Throwing 27 touchdown passes in what was rated as quarterback Eli Manning's worst season of his career, per PFF, it's going to be difficult for Manning to not improve given the weapons he now has and for the simple fact that it's unlikely he is worse than he was last season.
Who are these weapons you ask? Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, the newly-added Brandon Marshall and tight ends Will Tye and newcomer Evan Engram.
Adding Marshall to a squad of Beckham and Shepard was already nuts, but throwing in a weapon like Engram makes this offense a whole different animal.
For one, it's going to be impossible to double-team Beckham, as you have other threats like Marshall to worry about (yes, at his advanced age he can still play), and Engram is going to be a nightmare for defenses to match up against.
Of course, like all offenses, the quarterback in this case needs to step up, and a true running back out of Shane Vereen, rookie Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins needs to emerge.
The Giants are one of my favorite NFC East teams this year, and a big part of it has to do with their offense.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Todd Monken
Ranking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at seven leaves a sour taste in my mouth, but the six teams ahead of them are understandable.
This team was a contender to go No. 1, but it has a lot of new faces, and the consistency of the other teams above them here needs to be praised.
Nevertheless, the Bucs offense is absolutely mouth-watering.
While quarterback Jameis Winston has some issues with accuracy, finishing 25th in the league in 2016, he's obviously still a quarterback teams would be comfortable with moving forward.
Where this offense really looks incredible is the pass-catchers: Wide receivers Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries and newcomer Chris Godwin are joined by tight ends Cameron Brate and first-round draft pick O.J. Howard.
Evans alone is intimidating enough, but adding in Jackson, Brate, Godwin—who can run any route in the game—and Howard?
What an incredible young offense.
There are two main concerns, though. The offensive line was among the worst in the league on PFF in 2016 and hasn't exactly changed since then, and the running game is perhaps the most mysterious inside the top seven.
Running back Doug Martin is suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season. We've seen Martin be a stud in the past, and if he can regain that image this season, we'll talk about No. 1 again.
However, we're dealing with a group of guys consisting of Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims, and new guy Jeremy McNichols. Rodgers was fine when asked to play in 2016, but he isn't your prototypical 25-carry-a-game back.
6. New Orleans Saints
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Pete Carmichael Jr.
The New Orleans Saints offense needs no introduction, as any attack led by quarterback Drew Brees is bound to be fantastic, but there are some changes from last year.
First, wide receiver Brandin Cooks left to go to the New England Patriot via trade—a team that you'll see later in this slideshow.
Though they lost Cooks, they added two players to the running back position in Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara through free agency and the draft respectively.
Losing Cooks obviously doesn't help this offense. Cooks isn't an incredible receiver, but yes, he is still a productive weapon to have in the arsenal.
The emergence of wide receiver Michael Thomas in his rookie season was amazing to witness and probably made moving on from Cooks a bit easier. After Thomas, the Saints have Willie Snead (who is a legitimate second wide receiver) and Brandon Coleman.
Tight end Coby Fleener could be another factor in this offense. When he arrived to the Saints, there were high expectations, but he has fallen short of those thus far.
What makes the Saints most exciting outside of Thomas is the backfield of Peterson, Mark Ingram and Kamara.
Between Peterson and Ingram, the running game will be productive behind an offensive line that is being underrated. Kamara is a pure pass-catching threat who can make jaws drop with the ball in his hands.
The Saints offense has been one of the best for years. They're not slowing down.
5. Oakland Raiders
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Todd Downing
The Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints are close, but the Raiders get the slight edge with the Saints losing Cooks and the Raiders adding running back Marshawn Lynch and tight end Jared Cook.
If I could, I'd have a 5A and 5B, but here we are.
Anyways, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is coming off a broken leg, but we can all agree he's entering the conversation as one of the better quarterbacks in the league.
His offensive weapons aren't too shabby—wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and tight ends Cook and Clive Walford.
Lynch is a bit of a risk as he didn't play at all in 2016, but it would be quite surprising if he was a bust.
Like the Saints, the Raiders also have one of the best offensive lines in the game, even with losing right tackle Menelik Watson.
The Raiders defense is a bit behind their offense. Good thing, because this attack is one of the best five in the league.
4. Atlanta Falcons
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Steve Sarkisian
Coming off a Super Bowl appearance, the Atlanta Falcons are still one of the best in the business on the offensive side of the ball.
The team hasn't changed at all on offense. Quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receivers Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel, and Justin Hardy, tight ends Austin Hooper and running backs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman comprise a special group.
This is the same offense that scored nearly 100 more points than the second-placed team in 2016.
Staying the same isn't always a bad thing, and the Falcons and their top-seven offensive line, per PFF, are a prime example of that.
3. Green Bay Packers
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Edgar Bennett
Like the Atlanta Falcons, the Green Bay Packers are almost the same offense, but they did add a running back in the draft and picked up a new tight end in free agency—can someone check to make sure general manager Ted Thompson is OK?
The running back? BYU's Jamaal Williams, who is similar to Frank Gore and will add a legitimate runner to a backfield that only had Ty Montgomery beforehand.
Martellus Bennett is the new tight end—he's good, right? He's probably the best tight end they've had since, uh...a long time.
Wide receiver Jordy Nelson had a slow start to the season, but he got better later on. However, there are question marks still surrounding Randall Cobb and Davante Adams—they need to step up this season.
We might as well address the elephant in the room: They have Aaron Rodgers. If that isn't enough convincing, I don't know what is.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Todd Haley
Of course I'd rather have Aaron Rodgers over Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger right now, but it's close enough in that the offense surrounding Big Ben puts the Steelers over the Packers.
With studs like wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell, that would probably be enough convincing for most, but add in the return of wide receiver Martavis Bryant, tight ends Jesse James and Ladarius Green, a reliable slot receiver in Eli Rogers and the newly-drafted wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and the case becomes even more convincing.
The "Killer B's" will be at it again in 2017, but this time they'll have four "B's" instead of three.
1. New England Patriots
2017 Offensive Coordinator: Josh McDaniels
These darn New England Patriots just won't go away, huh?
Head and shoulders above the league already, this offense and the way it's set up is almost unstoppable.
Starting with the return of a healthy Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots also added Brandin Cooks to a wide receiver group featuring Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell.
The Patriots also replaced Martellus Bennett with Dwayne Allen this offseason. Sure, Bennett is the obvious choice between the two, but Allen will be a fine complement to Gronk.
Running back LeGarrette Blount is officially done with the Patriots, it seems, and the team added former Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee, who will provide the Patriots with a much more effective back.
Sticking with the backfield, the Patriots also have James White, who, as we saw in Superbowl 51, is a terrific receiving option.
Here's some math: Take everything above, add it to quarterback Tom Brady and what do you get? A repeat Super Bowl title.
(Well, most likely).