NFL: Green Bay Packers and the 5 Most Explosive Offenses Right Now

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2011

NFL: Green Bay Packers and the 5 Most Explosive Offenses Right Now

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    The NFL is fueled by amazing offensive play by amazing offensive players.

    When a group of stars are grouped together, they can form one of the most feared offenses in football. The following teams possess unbelievable talent at key positions like quarterback, running back and wide receiver.

    Opposing defenses fear them, and they light up the scoreboard each and every week.

    Here are the five most explosive offenses in the league.

Honorable Mentions

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    Atlanta Falcons—Led by star quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons have surged late in the year. The team boasts tremendous balance on offense, and they currently rank 10th in the league in scoring. 

    New York GiantsEli Manning's unbelievable play has made this unit one of the most feared in football. The team ranks eighth in the league in yards per game, largely due to their incredible passing game.

    Dallas CowboysTony Romo leads an offense that possesses a terrific running game, and an elite passing attack. Dallas currently ranks sixth in the NFL in both points and yards.

    San Diego Chargers—Even with Philip Rivers' subpar play for the majority of the year, San Diego still ranks among the elite offenses in football. They currently rank fifth in scoring and seventh in yards.

    Carolina Panthers—The emergence of Cam Newton has made the Panthers offense one of the best in football. The passing game ranks among the elite in the NFL, and the running attack is underrated. 

5. Detroit Lions

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    The Detroit Lions have come out of nowhere to develop into one of the elite offenses in football.

    Matthew Stafford is finally healthy, and he is doing wonders for the Detroit. The quarterback has thrown for 33 touchdown passes and the fifth-most yards in the NFL, and he has quickly turned into one of the game's elite passers.

    The talented receiving corps is led by the explosive Calvin Johnson, who currently leads the NFC with 15 touchdown passes. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew and young wideout Titus Young are terrific secondary options in Detroit's aerial attack.

    The Lions' running attack took a hit when Jahvid Best when down earlier this season, but backup Kevin Smith has picked up slack tremendously. 

    Detroit currently ranks fourth in the league in points and fifth in yards, and the offense often picks up the defense when they struggle.

    Matthew Stafford and this developing offense could become the best in the entire league in a few years. 

4. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Even with Philadelphia's struggles this season, the offense still ranks among the best in the NFL. The unit currently ranks third in the league in yards and ninth in points.

    The Eagles possess some of the most explosive offensive players in football, including quarterback Michael Vick. Vick is still developing as a pocket passer, but he has tremendous speed and accuracy, so he is considered one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL.

    Philadelphia owns one of the best wide receiving corps in football. Young wideouts Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson both have tremendous speed and agility and can easily blow past any defender. Tight end Brent Celek is a terrific check down option, and he helps keep defenses honest.

    Even with an amazing passing game, the Eagles biggest offensive strength is their rushing attack. A terrific offensive line helps pave the way for dynamic running back LeSean McCoy to break through opposing defenses.

    "Shady" has an unbelievable 20 touchdowns on the year, and he has an uncanny ability to find holes. McCoy is a tremendous pass-catcher as well.

    All these explosive weapons have made the Eagles offense one of the most dangerous in football. 

3. New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots have owned one of the most potent offenses in football for much of the decade.

    Future Hall of Famer Tom Brady picks up the slack from a very weak defense, and he has made the Pats one of the best teams in all of the NFL. Brady is a pinpoint accurate passer with a strong arm, and he has terrific on-field smarts.

    His receiving options rank among the best in the game. Speedy wide out Wes Welker has developed into the Michigan product's favorite target, as he currently leads the NFL in receptions by a large margin.

    The Patriots also own the most dangerous duo of tight ends in football. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez continue to terrorize opposing defenses, as their unique combination of size and strength makes them impossible to contain. The pair have combined for a ridiculous 143 catches, 1,877 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.

    New England is not the most balanced offense in football, but they do possess a group of young running backs that are loaded with potential.

    Tom Brady and company currently rank third in the league in points and second in yards, and they are arguably the most feared offensive unit in the NFL. 

2. Green Bay Packers

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    The defending Super Bowl champions are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, but it is their offense that carries them.

    Aaron Rodgers continues to post unbelievable stats on a weekly basis, and he currently leads the NFL with a ridiculous 40 touchdown passes. The California product is currently the front-runner for the MVP award.

    Green Bay has arguably the most talented receiving corps in football. Greg Jennings is widely regarded as one of the game's best wideouts, and Jordy Nelson is quickly moving into the same category. Both these stars have terrific speed and hands and have a knack for finding holes in opposing defenses.

    James Jones and Donald Driver are terrific secondary options, and young tight end Jermichael Finley is a strong ball catcher who is loaded with potential.

    The Packers' running game can struggle at times, and this leads the team to be one-dimensional. However, the passing game is so strong that it can still dissect any opponent with ease.

    These explosive weapons have made the Lambeau offense one of the NFL's best, as they currently rank first in points and forth in yards. 

1. New Orleans Saints

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    The New Orleans Saints are the most explosive offense in the NFL.

    Quarterback Drew Brees is one of the game's best, as he attains amazing accuracy and ball speed. The former Super Bowl MVP has no flaws in his game, and he is currently on pace to break the single-season record for both completion percentage and passing yards.

    Brees has plenty of weapons in the Big Easy. Wide receiver Marques Colston has a terrific combination of size and speed, and he is a hard task for the opposing secondary to defend. Lance Moore, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem are also all fine options in the Saints' passing game.

    It is tight end Jimmy Graham who is Brees' favorite target, though. The athletic youngster is a matchup nightmare for any opponent, as he boasts unbelievable size and superb speed. 

    Even with an amazing passing game, the Saints still manage to own one of the league's best rushing attacks. Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram form a terrific trio that are terrific at picking up big yardage. Sproles and Thomas are also terrific pass-catchers out of the backfield. New Orleans' underrated running game ranks eighth in the league in yards, and sixth in yards per carry.

    The NFC South powerhouse has one of the most balanced offenses in football, and they are finally clicking on all cylinders. The Saints offense ranks second in the league in scoring and first in yards.

    No defense in the NFL possesses enough talent to contain this explosive unit.