NFL Offense Rankings (Updated 2024): 49ers Reign, Bears Up, Chargers Down After Free Agency Moves and Trades

They say defense wins championships. But our NFL offense rankings prove scoring points is the name of the game. Who's on top, and who's bringing up the rear?

Offensive production drives success in the NFL, where 12 of the top 14 most efficient offenses made the playoffs last season. Putting points on the board wins games.

But who has the league’s best offense? How heavily should we weigh quarterback performance, given that it’s the most critical position in sports? How much do complementary pieces matter?

Let’s answer all those questions by ranking the top offenses in the NFL heading into 2024.

Who Has the Best Offense in the NFL?

The San Francisco 49ers have the best offense in the NFL. Brock Purdy was ruthlessly efficient inside Kyle Shanahan’s top-tier scheme, nearly leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl title in his first full season as the club’s starting quarterback.

San Francisco’s offensive depth chart is a veritable embarrassment of riches. Christian McCaffrey is the NFL’s best running back and the reigning Offensive Player of the Year. Brandon Aiyuk exploded to make his first All-Pro team in 2023, while fellow WR Deebo Samuel scored 12 total touchdowns.

Left tackle Trent Williams is still the top offensive lineman in the league. While the 49ers have questions elsewhere up front, Shanahan’s system typically does an excellent job hiding offensive line weak spots.

San Francisco’s offense should look exactly the same (pending the draft) in 2024, and there’s no reason to think Purdy and Co. should be anything other than elite.

Ranking the Remaining NFL Offenses

2) Detroit Lions

The Lions will bring back nearly every member of an offense that went to the NFC Championship Game last year, as guard Jonah Jackson was the club’s only free agent defection. Even offensive play-caller Ben Johnson will return after declining head-coaching interest around the NFL.

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Detroit hasn’t made any additions on the offense side of the ball, but Jared Goff already had so many weapons — RB Jahmyr Gibbs, WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, TE Sam LaPorta — that the Lions didn’t need to force a move. If former first-round WR Jameson Williams can make a leap in 2024, Detroit’s offense could go nuclear.

3) Los Angeles Rams

Matthew Stafford will be well-protected next season. The Rams spent heavily on their offensive line in free agency, re-signing Kevin Dotson before adding Jackson once the market opened.

Sean McVay has reimagined Los Angeles’ scheme over the past few years, and the Dotson-Jackson combination should be a behemoth in the run game. Puka Nacua broke every NFL rookie receiving on the books in 2023 but could still improve in his second pro campaign.

4) Kansas City Chiefs

While the Chiefs finished outside the top 10 in EPA per play last season, a Patrick Mahomes-led offense can only be ranked so low. Kansas City figured it out in the playoffs, facing one of the most difficult postseason paths in league history to win its third Super Bowl in five years.

The Chiefs still have a void at left tackle, where Donovan Smith is a free agent. But K.C. got Mahomes another pass catcher in the first week of agency, landing speed merchant Hollywood Brown on a one-year deal with a base value of just $7 million.

5) Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow was hampered by a calf injury at the beginning of last year, then suffered a season-ending wrist injury in Week 11. Cincinnati narrowly missed the playoffs, but it still ranked 11th in offensive DVOA by the end of the season.

Jake Browning’s development under center has to comfort the Bengals in case Burrow goes down again. But head coach/offensive play-caller Zac Taylor deserves credit for his creative approach and could craft another dominant attack with Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and the franchise-tagged Tee Higgins in 2024.

6) Philadelphia Eagles

Hardly anything went right for the Eagles last season, and that included the offense. Jalen Hurts’ knee injury hindered him all year, while Philadelphia’s offensive disarray eventually cost former play-caller Brian Johnson his job.

New OC Kellen Moore brings a successful track record to the Eagles and should run a more balanced attack that centers around Hurts’ strengths. Philadelphia is losing future Hall of Fame center Jason Kelce to retirement and attempted to counteract his absence by adding a more dynamic running back in Saquon Barkley.

7) Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson was on fire down the stretch of the 2023 campaign, sewing up his second NFL MVP award with seven total TD passes in Weeks 16 and 17. While the Ravens may need to add another pass catcher this offseason, bringing Derrick Henry to Baltimore was an inspired move that felt like it should’ve happened years ago.

Can the Ravens’ typically strong offensive line hold up next season? Left guard John Simpson and right tackle Morgan Moses are gone, right guard Kevin Zeitler is a free agent, and left tackle Ronnie Stanley has been in and out of the lineup with a knee injury for several years.

8) Buffalo Bills

Buffalo’s offense can often devolve into the Josh Allen Show, which is probably why the Bills fired Ken Dorsey and replaced him with new play-caller Joe Brady at midseason. Brady will return in 2024, giving Allen and Co. continuity as they evolve their scheme.

The Bills’ offense line was a pleasant surprise last year, propelling RB James Cook to the best season of his career. Can Stefon Diggs rebound next season? Is Curtis Samuel a better first Buffalo than Gabe Davis was? Will TE Dalton Kincaid take the next step? Questions abound for the Bills.

9) Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins finished second in points scored last season, so ranking them ninth here could look ridiculous at the end of the 2024 campaign. Tua Tagovailoa was an MVP candidate based on statistics alone, but his inconsistencies and low ceiling ultimately dragged Miami down our list.

Still, any offense with Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Raheem Mostert, and De’Von Achane can only be ranked so low.

10) Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott led the NFL in touchdown passes (36), while the Cowboys scored more points (509) than any team in the league in 2023. But how repeatable was that performance?

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Dallas has done next to nothing in free agency, leaving its roster with glaring holes at left tackle, center, and running back. An extension for CeeDee Lamb should be on the club’s agenda, but Brandin Cooks and Michael Gallup weren’t the most electric supporting cast last season.

11) Houston Texans

C.J. Stroud’s upside seems limitless, so there’s a chance Houston’s offense could absolutely explode in 2024. If Stroud turns into an MVP candidate while throwing to Nico Collins, Tank Dell, and others, the Texans will be an obvious Super Bowl contender. Acquiring RB Joe Mixon from the Bengals should improve Houston’s woeful rushing attack, but not as much as keeping its offensive line healthy.

12) Atlanta Falcons

No team will see a QB upgrade as significant as the Falcons in 2024. Dropping Kirk Cousins into a ready-made offense that already included RB Bijan Robinson, WR Drake London, and TE Kyle Pitts and now features new WRs Darnell Mooney and Rondale Moore is beyond fun. Atlanta’s underrated offensive line gives this high-ceiling unit a similarly elevated floor.

13) Green Bay Packers

Jordan Love became an MVP candidate down the stretch, finishing second in the NFL with 32 TD passes before guiding the Packers to a Round 1 playoff victory. The league’s youngest offense swapped out RB Aaron Jones for Josh Jacobs during free agency but will otherwise return an impressive group that includes WRs Jayden Reed, Romeo Doubs, and Christian Watson and TEs Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft.

14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay has hardly made a change on the offensive side of the ball, electing to re-sign QB Baker Mayfield and WR Mike Evans and bring back last year’s depth chart. But play-caller Dave Canales is gone after taking the Carolina Panthers’ head-coaching job. Can new OC Liam Coen help Mayfield keep it up after a career year?

15) Seattle Seahawks

Geno Smith, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Kenneth Walker III, and Zach Charbonnet are all back in 2024, as are third-year OTs Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas, both of whom dealt with injuries last season. First-year OC Ryan Grubb orchestrated a dominant offense at the University of Washington, but he’s never coached in the NFL.

16) Chicago Bears

The Bears made a massive addition during the first week of the new league year, sending a fourth-round pick to the Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen. He’s aging and expensive, but Allen is also coming off a 108-1,243-7 line.

With Allen and DJ Moore on the depth chart, Chicago now boasts one of the best WR duos in the NFL. Signing free agent RB D’Andre Swift was overkill, but surrounding presumptive No. 1 pick Caleb Williams is the right idea.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars

There’s clear room for improvement in Jacksonville, where injuries slowed Trevor Lawrence for most of the season. The Jaguars improved on the interior offensive line by adding center Mitch Morse and re-signing left guard Ezra Cleveland (a midseason trade acquisition). But how Gabe Davis performs as Calvin Ridley’s replacement could determine this unit’s ceiling.

18) New York Jets

What will Aaron Rodgers look like after missing almost all of last year with a torn Achilles? Can a rebuilt Jets offensive line hold up? Who will be New York’s WR2 behind Garrett Wilson?

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Those are the central questions facing Gang Green’s offense this spring, and the answers will control their eventual place on this list.

19) Indianapolis Colts

The Colts could easily end up as a top-10 offense in 2024 if second-year QB Anthony Richardson can stay healthy and fully harness his athletic potential. Shane Steichen nearly guided Indy to the playoffs last year with Gardner Minhsew under center.

Getting an entire season of Richardson and RB Jonathan Taylor behind a revitalized Colts offensive line could result in fireworks.

20) Cleveland Browns

Kevin Stefanski won the NFL’s Coach of the Year award after working through various QB injuries to get the Browns into the postseason. This year, he’s hoping Deshaun Watson can stick in the lineup and give Cleveland something closer to the Pro Bowl performance he believed with the Texans earlier in his career.

The Browns’ offensive line remains elite, while Amari Cooper, Jerry Jeudy, and Elijah Moore comprise an intriguing WR corps. If Watson struggles again, could Cleveland turn to newly-signed backup QB Jameis Winston?

21) New Orleans Saints

The Saints ranked in the middle of the pack in most offensive metrics in 2023, and it’s challenging to see them making much of an improvement next season.

Derek Carr is what he is, while Alvin Kamara will be another year old and running behind an offensive line that didn’t make any improvements in free agency. New Orleans hopes first-year play-caller Klint Kubiak can unlock different results from a relatively stagnant depth chart.

22) Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins is out, Sam Darnold is in — but that’s probably not all the Vikings plan on doing at quarterback. After signing Darnold, Minnesota acquired a second first-round pick in the 2024 draft, giving GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah ammunition to move up for a rookie signal-caller.

Darnold has never proven himself in the NFL, but this would be the best offensive environment he’s ever played in. WRs Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison, TE T.J. Hockenson, and newly-added RB Aaron Jones will give Darnold — or another quarterback — a comfortable surrounding.

23) Tennessee Titans

One way or another, the Titans should have a good idea of whether second-year QB Will Levis has what it takes as a long-term NFL starter after the upcoming season.

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Tennessee spared no expense adding free agent reinforcements around Levis, signing WR Calvin Ridley, RB Tony Pollard, and C Lloyd Cushenberry to expensive multi-year pacts. New head coach/play-caller Brian Callahan should devise a more modern scheme for the Titans after helping Jake Browning succeed as the Bengals’ fill-in in 2023.

24) Los Angeles Chargers

With Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, and Gerald Everett gone from Los Angeles’ roster, Justin Herbert has become the Chargers’ version of the Will Smith empty room meme. The upcoming draft should change the club’s offensive depth chart, but it’s hard to get excited about a unit with either Josh Palmer or Quentin Johnston as its WR1.

25) Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders could make a move for a QB in the 2024 NFL Draft, but free agent addition Gardner Minshew is the team’s starter for now. While his ceiling will ultimately be capped, Minshew did good work with Michael Pittman Jr. in Indy last season and now gets to work with WRs Davante Adams and Jakoby Meyers and second-year TE Michael Mayer.

26) Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray looked comfortable in Arizona’s new scheme by the end of last year and should only make more strides with another offseason in OC Drew Petzing’s system under his belt. Losing WR Marquise Brown represents an obstacle, but the Cardinals could add a dynamic threat like Ohio State wideout Marvin Harrison Jr. in the upcoming draft.

27) Pittsburgh Steelers

Signing Russell Wilson at a league-minimum rate, but does he move the needle over Kenny Pickett? Trading WR Diontae Johnson to the Panthers might’ve been a mistake and will deprive the Steelers’ offense of its best route runner and seperator. New play-caller Arthur Smith almost has to be an improvement over Matt Canada, but there are questions about scheme and roster fit.

28) Carolina Panthers

Johnson went to Carolina, giving Bryce Young the best weapon of his brief NFL career. The Panthers also beefed up Young’s interior protection — probably a wise idea for a 5’10” QB — by inking guards Robert Hunt and Damien Lewis.

Carolina is trying to build a more workable atmosphere around Young after he ranked 29th in QBR during his rookie campaign. How he responds to new head coach/offensive play-caller Dave Canales’ teaching could determine whether Young will stick as the Panthers’ long-term starter.

29) Washington Commanders

Washington already had a solid set of receivers in Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson, but it used free agency to add complementary pieces like RB Austin Ekeler, TE Zach Ertz, and OL Tyler Biadasz and Nick Allegretti.

The Commanders still need more weapons, a left tackle, and depth everywhere, and new OC Kliff Kingsbury remains a question mark. But whichever quarterback Washington selects at No. 2 might be able to elevate this unit.

30) Denver Broncos

It’s not necessarily Sean Payton’s fault that the Broncos offense is devoid of talent, but he’ll be tasked with finding answers over the next several offseasons. After cutting Russell Wison and trading Jerry Jeudy, Denver is looking at Jarrett Stidham throwing to Courtland Sutton and Marvin Mims Jr.

31) New York Giants

The Giants bolstered their offensive line with smart free agent signings, but they lost their only real playmaker in RB Saquon Barkley. New running back Devin Singletary is a downgrade, while QB Daniel Jones will be coming off a torn Achilles. A rookie quarterback or wide receiver could improve New York’s spot in our rankings.

Who Has the Worst Offense in the NFL?

The New England Patriots have the worst offense in the NFL. Jacoby Brissett is a competent NFL starter who can play caretaker until a potential Pats rookie QB is ready, but he doesn’t have much to work with in New England.

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The Patriots have no juice on offense and haven’t added to their receiving corps this offseason. Tight ends Hunter Henry and Austin Hooper are the antithesis of explosive. And left tackle remains a significant hole.

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