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2024 NFL offense rankings: Previewing the best NFL offenses ahead of free agency and NFL Draft

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The NFL offense rankings are the glamour list of the National Football League. While laying the smackdown on defense is great, scoring with the rock is the name of the game. The top squads in Sportsnaut’s NFL defense rankings may help determine who wins a championship to some, but the offense is what fills the stadiums and draws the TV ratings.

In this space, you will find a ranking of all 32 offensive units in the 2023 NFL season. We review their performance from the previous weeks and look at how they were able to improve and adjust in this week’s games.

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Now, feast your eyes on the latest NFL offensive rankings for the 2023-24 football season.

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32. Carolina Panthers

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There was always going to be growing pains for No. 1 overall pick Bryce Young in year one with the Carolina Panthers. But no one ever expected things to be as bad as they were. Despite bringing in veterans with Pro Bowls on their resume and new head coach Frank Reich, the Panthers O was a mess all season.

The hope is Young can begin to reach his potential with new head coach Dave Canales, a man who was able to help lead both Geno Smith and Baker Mayfield to career years under his guidance.

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31. New England Patriots

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The New England Patriots were a mess on offense this past season. Mac Jones never returned to his form of two seasons ago and their overall scheming each week was ineffective. It cost legendary head coach Bill Belichick his job and it puts early pressure on his replacement, Jerod Mayo. However, they enter the offseason with a boatload of salary cap space and the third overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. This means they could easily turn things around and be a top 15 O next season.

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30. New York Jets

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Unfortunately, the Jets’ classic bad luck struck again when new QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending injury four plays into the first game of the season. In response, the coaching staff tried to adjust the system in the hopes that backup Zach Wilson could finally play to his potential. That never happened and he was eventually benched in Week 12.

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They have a huge upside next season, but Rodgers returning to form after a serious Achilles injury is a big question mark heading into the offseason.

29. New York Giants

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What should have been another nice step forward has instead been a mostly disastrous season for the New York Giants offense in 2023. Injuries hampered them all year, and starting QB Daniel Jones suffered a season-ending injury before the midway point. Undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito was a late-season bright spot before he also faltered and was eventually benched.

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Saquon Barkley’s future and fixing a terrible offensive line will be major storylines in the offseason.

28. Atlanta Falcons

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Desmond Ridder wasn’t a revelation in 2022 and when he did show signs of development this season, he could not cut down on his turnovers. It led head coach Arthur Smith to bench him in Week 8 and switch to veteran backup Taylor Heinicke. Furthermore, rookie Bijan Robinson showed flashes but was still inconsistent in his debut season.

Finding an answer at QB will be a top priority in the offseason, either in the draft or potentially in the trade market — Justin Fields anyone?

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27. Washington Commanders

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With new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy leading things, the Washington Commanders offense and QB Sam Howell showed some signs of growth this season as the young QB looked to prove he is the future face of the organization. However, toward the end of the season, he struggled mightily and he lost his starting job in Week 17.

To end the season the unit could only muster 10 points in an ugly loss to the Cowboys. The following day head coach Ron Rivera was relieved of his duties and replaced with defensive guru Dan Quinn. They need to address the QB spot in the months ahead and how they do that will have a massive effect on this unit in 2024.

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26. Tennessee Titans

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Over the first few weeks of the 2023 NFL season, the Tennessee Titans offense had mixed results due to the struggles of QB Ryan Tannehill. A long-term injury opened the door to rookie Will Levis getting an opportunity and taking the starting job away from the veteran for several weeks before injuries sidelined him late in the season.

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Derrick Henry is likely headed elsewhere, so figuring out their starting QB and running back will be big decisions in the offseason.

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25. Indianapolis Colts

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Rookie QB Anthony Richardson gave the Indianapolis Colts a whole bunch of hope heading into the new season. However, he battled injuries in the first five weeks before a shoulder joint issue forced him into season-ending surgery and handed the keys for the offense to Gardner Minshew for the remainder of the year.

Minshew was rock solid for the Colts for the rest of the season after taking over in relief and the run game was able to pick up the load. They will get Richardson back and have a lot of potential next season.

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24. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Kenny Pickett and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense was far from spectacular for much of this season, but in the end, they were able to do enough to win games and keep them in the playoff hunt. However, the organization still took the bold step of firing offensive coordinator Matt Canada after Week 11 to try and kick start a group that underperformed for much of the season.

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It will be fascinating to see how Tomlin and the front office look to improve this disappointing unit for next season.

23. Minnesota Vikings

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The Minnesota Vikings offense dealt with a lot in 2023. Dalvin Cook’s departure led to a major decrease in production from the run game and serious injuries to Justin Jefferson and Kirk Cousins were the kind of problems that should derail seasons. However, Minnesota endured somehow and was able to stay in the playoff chase late into the season.

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Re-signing Cousins will be the biggest story of the offseason. If they can’t it is anyone’s guess how they fill that big hole for 2024.

22. Denver Broncos

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With Sean Payton as head coach, many expected the Denver Broncos offense and Russell Wilson to have a major bounceback season in 2023. While they struggled early, the unit became far more competent and efficient in the second half of the season and earned the respect of opponents. However, they went in a different direction at QB to end the season and benched the future Hall-of-Famer to save a bunch of money.

21. New Orleans Saints

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The New Orleans Saints offense was a solid unit during the 2023 season. But considering they had players like Derek Carr, Alvin Kamara, and Chris Olave, they should have been far better. Furthermore, injuries to the veteran QB during the season hampered their progress on several occasions.

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20. Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears offense was poised to take a step forward in 2023 just from adding legit No. 1 receiver D.J. Moore via a trade. They bolstered the offensive line and added some solid pieces in the backfield behind young quarterback Justin Fields. However, it took all the way until the end of the season for them to show their potential.

It will be interesting to see what they do in the weeks ahead and do they stay steadfast in their belief that Fields is the future or use the top overall pick in April on USC star Caleb Williams.

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19. Jacksonville Jaguars

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While they weren’t the best version of themselves over the first few weeks of the season, Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars offense eventually continued the momentum from last season. Unfortunately, that did not last into the second half and down the stretch, the offense surprisingly struggled as they were key in several big losses that undercut their playoff hopes.

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18. Las Vegas Raiders

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Over the first half of the 2023 NFL season, the Las Vegas Raiders’ talent-rich offense was disastrous as Jimmy Garoppolo had trouble staying on the field, and when he did play he was a league leader in interceptions. However, a midseason regime change was made in the hopes that it would spur on some positive change, especially on offense.

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The changes helped and the Raiders’ offense was far better in the second half and they ended their year on a positive note with a 27-point showing in a win over the Broncos. Rookie Aidan O’Connell was impressive at times in Week 18 and Zamir White again showed that Las Vegas might have a real option at running back if they move on from Josh Jacobs in the offseason. How they address QB in the offseason will be huge in where this team lands in the rankings to start the season.

17. Arizona Cardinals

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In 2023 the expectation always was that the Arizona Cardinals would struggle early without star quarterback Kyler Murray. However, at times this season, former backup QB Joshua Dobbs did an admirable job of making the unit more competitive than some expected until Murray was ready to return in November.

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After some big games late in the campaign, the Cards ended the season on a disappointing note as their 20 points were not enough to get a win to end the season. Nevertheless, unlike many other teams, Murray showed he could return to form and the team has a legit franchise QB to build around as they head into the offseason.

16. Cleveland Browns

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There was a lot of hope that in year two with Deshaun Watson as QB, the Cleveland Browns would take a big leap in production. While he struggled early with injuries, he seemed to finally be finding himself midway through the season. But a shoulder injury knocked him out for the rest of the year and led to multiple changes at QB.

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Eventually, the team settled on veteran Joe Flacco and his unexpected career resurgence was key in guiding the team back to the playoffs. However, after weeks of impressive play, the greybeard and the offense had a disastrous showing in their Wild Card Round loss to the Texans. In the loss, Flacco threw two pick-sixes, and the run game was held to just 53 total yards.

It was a disappointing finish for the unit but there is hope the Browns offense can be a top 10 level group next season with the returns of Watson and running back Nick Chubb.

15. Seattle Seahawks

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While they got off to a slow start in 2023, by midseason the Seattle Seahawks offense and QB Geno Smith started to look much more like the impressive unit from last season. However, some late-season struggles led to Seattle being left out of the postseason this year.

While it wasn’t pretty, the Seahawks did enough in Week 18 to scrape out a victory over the Cardinals. While there are many talented players on offense they underperformed this season and have some big questions heading into the offseason.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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To the surprise of many, Baker Mayfield and the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense was a solid unit for much of the season. There were several times where they performed better than expected and if they had a more competent rushing attack for much of the season they might have had double-digit wins in 2023-24.

In their Wild Card clash against the Eagles, the Buccaneers offense produced an all-around effort in a shocking victory. In the Divisional Round Mayfield and the offense were good again, however, his two interceptions were the difference maker in their 31-23 defeat.

The Bucs offense has upside heading into the offseason, but they will need to give the QB a massive contract to re-sign him and Mike Evans’ future in Tampa is up in the air as well.

13. Los Angeles Chargers

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For much of the 2023 season, Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers offense was again the strength of their team. The unit was among the best in the NFL in total yards and was playing at an elite level when it came to throwing the ball around the field in the first half. However, they began to struggle later in the season and Herbert suffering another major hand injury ended his season in Week 14.

Now with Jim Harbaugh leading the team, one would expect this offense to be far better to start next season under his guidance and Herbert back healthy.

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12. Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ offense was one of the most formidable and balanced units in the NFL in 2022, and for much of their 2023 campaign that remained the same as quarterback Jalen Hurts again played like a star in leading the offense. However, in the final few weeks of the season, they struggled and hit some major bumps in the road.

Unfortunately, they were not able to escape that funk in their postseason opener and the nine points they scored was a huge factor in their shocking ouster by the Buccaneers. Hurts was decent, but he got nothing from his run game and just 102 yards from the six other players not named DeVonta Smith who caught passes.

Philly heads into the offseason with some big questions about an offense that fell off the cliff late in the year.

11. Green Bay Packers

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Jordan Love had massive shoes to fill in taking over for Aaron Rodgers. But if he could be anywhere as productive as the future Hall-of-Famer was when he took over for Brett Favre, then the Green Bay Packers would be thrilled. After an up-and-down first eight weeks, Love and the offense started to find their groove in the second half of the season and became a top-10 unit heading into a surprise playoff birth.

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After an outstanding showing in their postseason debut, the Packers’ offense unsurprisingly had a tougher time against the 49ers defense. While the offense delivered some big plays to take a lead, two big second-half INTs for Love were costly in a heartbreaking Divisional Round loss.

Nevertheless, the Green Bay offense heads into the offseason with many reasons to be excited about their long-term outlook.

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10. Cincinnati Bengals

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Joe Burrow sitting out summer activities with a calf injury had a major effect on the Cincinnati Bengals offense to start the season and their performances led to a surprising early fall in the 2023 NFL offense rankings. However, they were able to bounce back from injuries and by the midway point looked like the unit everyone expected. Unfortunately, they were hit with a fatal blow in Burrow’s season-ending wrist injury in Week 11.

While Jake Browning was solid in relief this season but Burrow will be back in 2024 and there is no reason not to expect this group to return to top 10 form.

9. Houston Texans

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While he wasn’t surrounded by a plethora of impressive weapons, it did not stop rookie QB CJ Stroud from having an unreal first season in the league. Over the first half, he set several rookie QB records and helped to establish that Houston had a formidable offense en route to their return to the playoffs in 2024.

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After a strong showing in a dominant win in their postseason debut, reality set in for the Texans offense versus the Baltimore Ravens. The run game only tallied 38 total yards and Stroud was held to under 200 passing yards for only the third time this season. While it was a disappointing end for the unit they still showed a lot of promise this season and head into the offseason having a bright future.

8. Dallas Cowboys

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The assumption going into 2023 was that Dak Prescott and the O would be better after turnover issues last season and Mike McCarthy calling the plays. In the new season, it took some time, but by the midway point, the Dallas Cowboys offense started to look like the effective unit that made them a title contender in 2022.

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Unfortunately, despite Prescott throwing for over 400 yards and 3 TDs in their playoff matchup with the Packers, his 2 INTs and leading an ineffective group early in the game will be the lasting memory of their shocking playoff loss. Their performance in defeat mired what was a strong finish for the offense to end the season.

7. Buffalo Bills

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Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills offense have had a very up-and-down season in 2023, and the midway point of the season turned into a major low as poor play led to the firing of offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey. After the coordinator change, the Bills offense started to come around and played quite well heading into the playoffs.

In their postseason opener against the Steelers, the Bills offense continued their hot streak with a 31-point showing in their victory. However, they struggled at times against the Chiefs’ defense, and their 24 points were not enough to finally beat them in the playoffs.

It will be interesting to see what they do in the offseason to upgrade the offense and if finding a stud running back is the focus.

6. Kansas City Chiefs

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Surprisingly, the Kanas City Chiefs and superstar Patrick Mahomes were an up and down unit for much of the 2023-24 season. They were still a group that deserved respect due to their superstar leader, however, it was not a vintage Chiefs offense without former offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

Nevertheless, they persevered through the postseason and overcame some elite defenses and opposing offenses to help guide them to a second straight Super Bowl victory in February. While they don’t have any elite skill players aside from Travis Kelce, when you have one of the greatest QBs of all-time you will always be one of the best offenses in football.

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5. Los Angeles Rams

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The Los Angeles Rams offense and Matthew Stafford had low expectations entering this year after a rough injury-filled 2022 season. Plus, with Cooper Kupp sidelined to start 2023 it seemed like it would be another down year for the unit. However, the quarterback and rookie receiver Puka Nacua were outstanding this season and led them back to the playoffs.

In their Wild Card Round game against the Lions, the Rams’ offense gave a good effort and posted 23 points in defeat. Stafford tallied 367 yards through the air and Nacua was fantastic in racking up 181 receiving yards. It wasn’t the result they wanted, but there is a lot of promise in this group heading into the 2024 NFL season.

4. Miami Dolphins

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The Miami Dolphins offense led by Tua Tagovailoa was an absolutely dominant force at times this season. As their impressive aerial assault from 2022 returned in the new year. However, their running game led by Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane was a new dimension that made the unit one of the best in the league for much of 2023.

However, their shaky play to end the regular season continued in the NFL playoffs as they could only muster seven points on a cold day in KC against the underrated Chiefs defense. Tagovailoa was held to under 200 passing yards and the run game only posted 76 total yards in their final game of what was a big season for the offense.

How they add to this unit will be fascinating to watch in the months ahead.

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3. Baltimore Ravens

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It took a long time for Lamar Jackson for the Baltimore Ravens offense to get going but when the season hit the midway point they finally started to get on a roll and Jackson showed he was worth every bit of the massive extension he got as he had a campaign that earned him the NFL MVP award this past season.

Going into the offseason, the goal will be to get more weapons for Jackson, especially in the backfield. Because the gifted signal-caller can not continue to be the team’s top rusher and maintain his health long-term.

2. Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions offense entered 2023 hoping to build off a breakout season in 2022 and this past season was very much like the previous as the unit led by quarterback Jared Goff was again outstanding in 2023. It was the heart of it’s team and helped lead them to the franchise’s second ever trip to NFC Championship game.

Next season they will bring back many of the same pieces from this group and will start their campaign as one of the best offenses in the NFL.

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1. San Francisco 49ers

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The San Francisco 49ers offense was one of the best to finish 2022 and had a world of upside heading into 2023. In the new season, they continued that strong play, and Christian McCaffrey and Brock Purdy were two of the best players on offense all season.

Both came up huge in their run to the Super Bowl and are why they head into the offseason as the top unit in our NFL offense rankings. The main reason being is Purdy will have another year of experience and much of the group from this season will be back in 2024.

2023 NFL Offense Total Team Stat Leaders

Below, you can get a look at the top NFL offense total team stat leaders as the 2023 season in the world’s most popular football league rages on.

Who is #1 offense NFL?

The Dallas Cowboys ended the 2023-24 NFL season as the top-scoring team in the league by averaging 29.9 points per game. They were followed by the Miami Dolphins at 29.2 and then the San Francisco 49ers at 28.9. However, a case could be made that the San Francisco 49ers had the best unit since they were among the best all season and played a huge role in leading their team to Super Bowl LVIII.

Who leads the NFL in rushing 2023?

On an individual level, 49ers star Christian McCaffrey was the league’s best rusher this season. However, as a team, the Baltimore Ravens have been the best on the ground as a unit despite losing No. 1 running back JK Dobbins to a season-ending injury early in the year.

Who has the worst offense in NFL 2023?

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This past season, no offense was more dysfunctional than that of the New England Patriots. Quarterback Mac Jones was been benched four different times and they seem to score near single digits weekly.

They were joined in offensive ineptitude this season by both the New York Giants and Jets who have had terrible offenses due to injuries to their starting quarterbacks.

Has any NFL team had number 1 offense and defense?

It is a rarity for the same team to have the best offense and defense during a given season. However, to many NFL experts, the 1996 Green Bay Packers and 2010 San Diego Chargers probably had the best units on both sides of the ball that season.

In the current NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers are the one team in the league that are the closest to having the number 1 offense and defense.

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What is the top scoring offense of all time NFL?

While the Rams teams at the turn of the 21st century were known as the greatest show on turf, the 1950 Los Angeles Rams are the actual top-scoring offense of all time in the NFL after they averaged a whopping 38.8 points per game that year.