Handicapping NFL's Offensive Power Rankings in NFC

Jason Lake

Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:28 PM UTC

Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015 12:28 PM UTC

The NFC has once again taken over the football landscape. And judging by these potent offenses, the “senior circuit” will once again rule our NFL picks in 2015.

If you're a football fan of a certain age, you'll remember the time when the NFC was king. The old guard was still in charge of the NFL, while those upstarts from the AFC were trying to eat dinner at the adult's table. The “junior circuit” eventually caught up and overtook the big boys, but here we are in 2015 with the NFC back on top. Well, three out of the four divisions, anyway.

Let's continue our romp through the power rankings with a look at the NFC's offenses. We've taken the advanced stats from 2014, infused the prevailing opinions about how each team has performed this offseason, and put together this somewhat subjective list to help us make better NFL picks this year. To the Rankmobile~!


NFC's Top Offenses

1. Green Bay Packers

2. Dallas Cowboys

3. Philadelphia Eagles

4. Seattle Seahawks

5. New Orleans Saints

6. Atlanta Falcons

7. Detroit Lions

8. Minnesota Vikings

9. New York Giants

10. San Francisco 49ers

11. Carolina Panthers

12. Arizona Cardinals

13. St. Louis Rams

14. Chicago Bears

15. Washington

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Gently Down the Winner Stream
The Packers were far and away the best offensive team in the NFC last year, according to both the efficiency stats at Football Outsiders and the Simple Rating System (SRS) at Pro Football Reference. Need something more old-school? The Packers also led the league at 30.4 points per game, although they did score six touchdowns on defense and special teams. Everything is on track for 2015; one caveat, though, with offensive co-ordinator Tom Clements taking over the calling duties from head coach Mike McCarthy.


Tailback Party
Choosing between the Cowboys and Eagles for second place wasn't easy. Their offensive fates are inextricably linked after Philly's makeover, which included the arrival of former Dallas RB DeMarco Murray (4.7 yards per carry, 57 catches). We're giving Dallas the benefit of the doubt with Tony Romo (34 TDs, nine INT), while offensive maestro Chip Kelly and the Eagles will sort out their muddled QB situation in training camp.


The Unger Games: Catching Leather
It's unlikely we'll see all four teams in the NFC South finish under .500 again. The Saints should have a leg up on the division with their offense already established, but for now, we've got them ranked behind the Seattle Seahawks after the trade that sent nominal TE Jimmy Graham (85 catches, 10 TDs) to Seattle in exchange for center Max Unger. The trade should help both teams, though.


Most of the teams at the bottom of our rankings have reason to be optimistic about their chances of rising up in 2015. We're especially curious about the Bears, who were completely torn apart in the press last year despite losing so many key players to injury. People might not like QB Jay Cutler (28 TDs, 18 INTs), but he could do big things this year with a healthy offense and a new hotshot offensive co-ordinator in Adam Gase.

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