What makes a great NFL offense? It's not as easy as picking the team that puts up the most yards, or points. What clubs can score as well on the road as at home? Where does playing indoors or outdoors not matter? Here are the Top 10 for this season.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (22/1 on NFL odds to win Super Bowl)
Perhaps I'm drinking too much of the Chip Kelly Kool-Aid, but now that the players in his offense have adjusted to it for a season, the Eagles should play even faster in 2014. They won't obviously be steamrolling teams like Kelly's clubs at Oregon, but they will catch many of them off guard. Yes, the DeSean Jackson loss hurts, but Jeremy Maclin should be able to ably replace him. Plus, the Eagles added Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews in the second round of the draft. Trade acquisition Darren Sproles couldn't find a better fit for his talents than this offense. It's a shame this team doesn't play in a dome.
2. Green Bay Packers (12/1)
Here's all I'm saying: Aaron Rodgers threw for 2,536 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions in essentially eight games last season. So, double that presuming he plays all 16 in 2014. Electric receiver Randall Cobb also should put up huge numbers after being limited to six regular-season games. He caught that epic last-minute touchdown pass to beat the Bears in Week 17 for the NFC North. Finally, you have the expected improvement of Rookie of the Year RB Eddie Lacy.
3. Denver Broncos (7/1)
How can the Broncos not be No. 1 after setting nearly every offensive record possible last year? It's not exactly easy for a 38-year-old quarterback to play all 16 games. Peyton Manning has been amazingly durable, but if he misses, say, two games, you are looking at Brock Osweiler. Also, the losses of Knowshon Moreno and Eric Decker could be felt. More so Moreno, because neither Montee Ball nor Ronnie Hillman grabbed the starting running back job when he had the chance last year. Ball also has a fumbling problem.
4. Detroit Lions (50/1)
Our first dome team. If the new coaching staff can get Matthew Stafford to cut down on the mistakes, this offense could be nearly unstoppable. It's impossible to guard all of Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron, and running back Reggie Bush coming out of the backfield. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Stafford leads the NFL in passing yards. The Lions get the edge over New Orleans because their running game is better.
5. New Orleans Saints (20/1)
If this were simply in home games, Drew Brees and Co. would be No. 1 on this list. Here's the problem: Last year at home, Brees completed 73.6 percent of his passes for 27 touchdowns, three interceptions and a rating of 126.3 that would have led the NFL; on the road, he completed 64 percent of his throws for 12 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a rating of 84.8 that was middle-of-the pack. The Saints really need home-field advantage in the playoffs, but at least there's no outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl this season.
6. Chicago Bears (20/1)
When was the last time that someone thought a Bears offense might be in the Top 10 of the NFL entering a season? As recently as 2012, the Bears finished 29th in total yards, and 16th in points. However, that was under defensive head coach Lovie Smith. For once, the Bears tried an offensive guy, and Marc Trestman worked wonders in 2013. It's all now on Jay Cutler to be healthy as this may be his best chance to play in a Super Bowl.
7. Washington Redskins (50/1)
If new head coach Jay Gruden could turn Andy Dalton into a very good (regular-season) quarterback, what can he do with now a fully healthy Robert Griffin III? Even with all of RGIII's issues last year the Redskins finished ninth in total offense. Now he's happy with the new regime and you add DeSean Jackson.
8. New England Patriots (8/1)
It's a shame New England couldn't hang on to free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, who emerged as a late-season beast for the Pats in 2013. Tom Brady unfortunately still lacks that game-breaking No. 1 receiver like a Randy Moss. Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman are underneath guys. Then, of course, there's the Rob Gronkowski injury issues.
9. Atlanta Falcons (28/1)
In 2012 on the way to the NFC title game, the Falcons were No. 8 in the NFL in total yards and No. 7 in points. Last year on the way to a 4-12 mark, the Falcons slipped to No. 14 and No. 20, respectively. Expect 2012 numbers this season. The offensive line problem has been addressed. Julio Jones is healthy. True, tight end Tony Gonzalez will be missed, but the running game can only get better from last year's disaster (dead last).
10. Arizona Cardinals (40/1)
It's now clear that Bruce Arians is a heck of a good coach. He worked wonders in Indianapolis as the interim guy in 2012 and turned around the Cardinals as their head coach last year. Arizona was No. 12 in yards, and if Carson Palmer can cut down his interceptions, the offensive line can actually block at times and there's a semblance of a running game, look out. Watch Andre Ellington this season; he will have a year like Buffalo's C.J. Spiller did in 2012.
Just Missed The Cut: San Diego, Dallas, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Houston.