They say defense wins championships, but it sure doesn’t hurt to have a great offense. This is especially the case in the NFL where, due to complex defensive schemes, points can be rather hard to come by. So what NFL offenses figure to give opposing defensive coordinators fits all season long? Let’s take a look at five offenses to be feared as we head into the 2015 NFL season.
5. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle’s bread and butter is typically their defense, which has been stellar over the past couple of seasons. However, they didn’t get to two straight Super Bowls by having a weak, anemic offense. QB Russell Wilson is one of the most-dangerous duel threats in the league, beating teams with both his arm and legs. Then there’s Marshawn Lynch, who is always good for several highlight-reel plays that involve trucking defenders en route to the end zone. Add new addition Jimmy Graham and you’ve got one highly explosive team that will be racking up some major points.
Chip Kelly has a knack for developing excellent offensive teams, and this year’s version will be no different. In fact, it could be even better with Sam Bradford as the new quarterback of the Eagles. Bradford isn’t the only new face in town, though, with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews joining Darren Sproles in what should be a very dominant backfield. Philadelphia finished ninth in rushing last season (124.4 RYPG), but don’t be surprised if they’re number one this year.
3. Green Bay Packers
Last year was one of the best of Aaron Rodgers’ career as he threw for 4,381 yards, 38 TDs and 5 INTs, while generating a 112.2 QBR. With weapons like Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, it certainly won’t be difficult for a healthy Rodgers to replicate his numbers from last season. And once Eddie Lacy got going last year, he gave Green Bay a truly devastating all-around attack. The Packers led the league with 30.4 PPG and there’s no reason to think that they can’t do the same again in 2015.
Traditionally a defensive team, the blue-collar town of Pittsburgh is learning to embrace what’s become an outstanding offense. And it’s not easy to see who’s leading this offense based on last year’s stats: Ben Roethlisberger (4,952 passing yards), Antonio Brown (1,698 receiving yards) and Le’Veon Bell (1,361 rushing yards). These totals equal 8,011 yards, which is the most by a three-player trio in league history. But Pittsburgh’s offensive prowess goes beyond just these three because receivers Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton and Auburn third-rounder Sammy Coates will also pile up stats.
1. Indianapolis Colts
The greatness of Andrew Luck shined through once again as he tallied 4,761 passing yards, 40 passing TDs and 16 INTs. And what’s amazing is that he didn’t really have much of a supporting run game to keep defenses honest. That should be solved going into this season, with Frank Gore joining the Colts. And the passing game will once again be excellent with T.Y. Hilton back, free-agent Andre Johnson, and first-round draft pick Phillip Dorsett. With the most weapons that he’s ever had in his career, expect Luck to put up his best numbers yet in his 4th season.