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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top 10 NFL Offenses headed into the 2023 Season

Top 10 NFL Offenses headed into the 2023 Season

Publish Date: 06/03/2023
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Top offenses in 2023

Many questions are being asked headed into the 2023 season, and today we will answer one of those questions. Who has the best offense in the NFL heading into the 2023 season?

Teams like the 49ers, Ravens, Jaguars and Cowboys all seem shaky on this list. Teams like the Jets and Vikings could jump quickly into this group once the season starts.

10) Baltimore Ravens

From Weeks 1-11, Jackson led the Ravens in terms of EPA per play – evidence of his unique talent set and ability. Now, he will get the chance to work alongside a fantastic group of wide receivers.

By signing Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor while also selecting Zay Flowers at No. 5, the Ravens now possess two proven veterans at receiver who should start contributing from Day 1. In addition, Flowers brings potential from Day One as an explosive slot receiver rookie who could become part of their arsenal in 2023.

The timing of this change coincides with Greg Roman being replaced by Todd Monken as offensive coordinator who will aim to open up a Jackson-driven run game without jeopardizing its efficiency.

Health has been the only thing standing in their way; Jackson was limited to 12 games during each of his last two seasons due to injuries; OBJ recently underwent ACL reconstruction; and J.K. Dobbins has struggled to stay healthy throughout his three years in the league.

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9) Jacksonville Jaguars

Christian Kirk, Evan Engram (provided he signs the franchise tag), Brandon Scherff and Zay Jones will return for their second season with the franchise, each playing an instrumental role in Trevor Lawrence’s successful rookie campaign in Year 2.

Now they get to add Calvin Ridley, who will come back from suspension and can be their No. 1 receiver.

Doug Pederson’s hire as head coach and the addition of several key receiving options propelled this team into one of the top-10 offenses, which should remain there with continued synergy between players and coaches.

The Jags are most concerned about Jawaan Taylor leaving in free agency; the Chiefs paid dearly to get him. Additionally, Cam Robinson and Ben Bartch suffered season-ending injuries that they’ll need time to rehab from over the summer.

As such, they would likely start the season off by starting Anton Harrison and former second-round draft pick Walker Little as starting tackles – both relatively unproven players who may make life more challenging for Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne.

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8) Detroit Lions

At the core of their ranking for the Lions is their offensive line, which allowed only 24 sacks during the year and tied for ninth in yards before contact in the run game.

That unit, featuring Frank Ragnow and Penei Sewell, is versatile enough to enable Ben Johnson’s offensive coordinator, Michael Stackpole, to execute offenses through diverse run games.

2023’s running game will see an entirely different backfield. Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift are gone, while former Bears running back David Montgomery is joining as an all-pro running back, and Jahmyr Gibbs could emerge as a star from Day 1.

Lions fans should note one key weakness on their team: an inconsistent group of receivers. Amon-Ra St. Brown excels as a slot receiver, while Jameson Williams will face suspension for six games for violating league gambling policies.

Marvin Jones hasn’t done enough to compensate for a dearth of playmakers on the outside this season.

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7) San Fransisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance led one of the league’s premier offenses in 2022; alongside Jimmy Garoppolo and Brock Purdy. All three quarterbacks started games for San Francisco.

Purdy was their last pick in 2022’s draft but went 7-1 as a starter – including two playoff victories!

Purdy was much better than expected, while the Niners have created an environment which makes it harder for quarterbacks to fail. Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Christian McCaffrey and George Kittle make for an unbeatable combination.

Shanahan’s scheme excels at getting the ball to their playmakers quickly in various ways, incorporating play-action passing, and using pre-snap motion to keep his opponents guessing.

That certainly makes the life of quarterbacks easier.

However, they take a slight hit due to Purdy’s uncertain status going into the season. Coach Kyle Shanahan recently told media outlets that Purdy should return by training camp from his UCL injury that caused him to be ineffective in the NFC Championship Game; however, according to David Lombardi of The Athletic he has yet to throw a ball yet.

If Trey Lance or Sam Darnold must play significant minutes, predicting how this unit will look becomes more challenging.



6) Dallas Cowboys

In 2022, the Cowboys Dak Prescott was a turnover machine.

The Cowboys should see relief from that issue by 2023: Their core remains mostly intact; Dalton Schultz left via free agency but didn’t reproduce his stellar 2021 performance (57 receptions for 577 yards).

The Cowboys should be able to replace his production with Jake Ferguson, Peyton Hendershot and second-round pick Luke Schoonmaker – three promising young guys.

Ezekiel Elliott is no longer on the roster, though a reunion remains possible. Tony Pollard may take over as featured back after amassing 5.9 yards per touch and 1,378 total yards last season.

Brandin Cooks stands out as a welcome addition to this team. After Dak Prescott threw 15 interceptions, it became evident they needed more options at receiver than CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup alone.

Now they have Cooks, who brings secondary-shifting speed that should make him an asset in the passing game.

An offensive line capable of challenging for supremacy in football brings everything together. If Tyron Smith can remain healthy, this would allow Tyler Smith to move over from left guard into Tyron Smith’s spot at right guard for an effective starting five of both Smiths along with Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin and Terence Steele.

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5) Miami Dolphins

Hill demonstrated his greatness is not simply attributable to playing for Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes; Waddle proved himself as one of the premier No. 2 receivers in the league.

Chosen Anderson and Braxon Berrios offered additional depth at receiver as pass-catchers who could take advantage of any openings created by these two.

Achane may be the most significant offseason addition. He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash during the predraft process and possessed speed similar to Raheem Mostert without age-related limitations.

This offensive line prevents this group from ranking higher. Terron Armstead stands out, yet due to his injury history, he should only be relied upon with caution.

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Where Has Miami Dolphins’ Offense Improved In 2023 Offseason?

4) Buffalo Bills

It’s always fascinating to watch how top offensive teams develop over time. Led by Josh Allen, the Bills boast one of the most potent offenses in the league but have come up short in making it to the Super Bowl.

Bills personnel changes show a clear progression this offseason after finishing second in terms of EPA per play and scoring.

No longer available are slot receivers Isaiah McKenzie and Cole Beasley; in their place are blocking receiver Trent Sherfield and tight end Dalton Kincaid, with Kincaid capable of operating as both blocking receiver and slot receiver.

Devin Singletary (5’7″, 203 pounds) was replaced with Latavius Murray (6’3″, 230 pounds) and Damien Harris (5’11”, 214 pounds).

Last season, the Buffalo Bills ran one of the lowest 12-person rosters in the league, according to 33rd Team’s statistics. That should change now with Kincaid and Dawson Knox on board.

Last season, the Bills were an explosive offense reliant too heavily on Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen for success. Now they boast an expanded and more versatile offensive lineup which provides one of the premier scoring threats in football.

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Did Buffalo Bills improve offensive talent around Josh Allen in 2023 offseason?

3) Philadelphia Eagles

Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles have established an offensive blueprint that teams across the league will likely mimic for decades.

Jalen Hurts an extremely athletic quarterback. Paired with Steichen’s creative offensive mind and given a great offensive line and receivers. This combination resulted in success.

Hurts earned himself a five-year, $255 million contract in return. By 2023, the Eagles transformed from being known for their running game into one that could also throw effectively; Hurts finished 12th overall in passing EPA ratings.

This unit should return near the top of statistical categories this season, thanks to Miles Sanders and Isaac Seumalo being significant losses. However, the Eagles did an outstanding job of replacing his absence by trading for D’Andre Swift and signing Rashaad Penny – both low-risk, high-reward investments.

Olamide Zaccheaus could be an under-the-radar acquisition. His versatility would complement A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith as key wide receiver targets, providing A-J Brown and DeVonta Smith with someone else to target in the slot.

The Eagles selected Cam Jurgens in the second round of last year’s draft in preparation for losing veterans on the interior, and this move proved essential in replacing what was lost without missing a beat.

Transition from Steichen to former quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson as offensive coordinator is uncertain.

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Eagles Offense Poised to Take the Next Step in 2023? | Sports Take

2) Kansas City Chiefs

Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce proved themselves as a deadly offensive trio for Kansas City.

The Chiefs finished as No. 1 in the most important categories despite losing game-changer Tyreek Hill this season, so it is easy to have faith they belong at near the even after suffering losses of JuJu Smith-Schuster, both starting tackles, Mecole Hardman and Mecole Hardman.

The Kansas City Chiefs recently added two free-agent signings, Jawaan Taylor and Donovan Smith. Taylor provides them with an athletic upgrade over Andrew Wylie at right tackle, while Donovan Smith needs to return to form following a less-than-stellar season with Tampa Bay; surrendering six sacks and incurring 12 penalties was not part of an effective offense so perhaps playing for a successful team may help restore him to form.

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1) Cincinnati Bengals

Last season, the Bengals once again produced one of the NFL’s most potent offenses by adding another quality player at a critical position who could help provide stability on an offensive line in need.

After Kansas City decided not to sign Orlando Brown Jr., the Bengals became huge winners, signing him to a four-year, $64.1 million contract and upgrading both Jonah Williams (right tackle) and La’el Collins (right tackle), who were under contract last season.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Williams requested a trade, but none has materialized as yet.

Up until it does, Burrow has received impressive protection in front of him. That is particularly critical given he still boasts one of the league’s premier receiving corps in Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd as target receivers.

Joe Mixon remains a significant question mark at running back, having seen his production decline with an average 3.9 yard per carry average last season and facing an aggravated menacing charge for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman in January – though he has pled not guilty to such allegations.

Samaje Perine now in Denver wasn’t much better, with an average per tote rating of just 4.1 per carry. Fifth-round draft pick Chase Brown could provide some needed depth.

A strengthened offensive line should provide additional assistance here, too.

Joe Burrow’s contract extension could cement their spot among the top five on this list for years to come.

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