Which 5 NFL teams do we think will see great offensive improvement in 2020?
In the NFL, it’s all about scoring more points than the other guys.
Though one could argue that defenses still win championships, it’s pretty hard to play in conference championships these days if your offense can’t get to 30 points when it needs to. Sure, you’ll have strong defensive-minded teams like the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars that’ll thrive on that side of the ball to great success, but defensive prowess fluctuates year over year.
As for offense, if you have the right quarterback, the right players around him and a solid offensive coordinator or offensive-minded head coach, you can win big for a very long time. Though you may need to reload on either side of the ball in the NFL Draft and in NFL free agency, your Super Bowl window is never slammed shut when you have an offense you can rely on year in and year out.
So what we’re going to do today is take a look at five NFL offenses that ranked outside of the top-10 in scoring that have a real shot of improving this fall. For some, the climb from the bottom of the league to the upper-middle would be huge. For others, going from middle of the pack to top-10 is certainly on the table. Either way, this quintet will be better on that side of the ball for sure.
Will many of the teams inside the top 10 stay there again in 2020? Absolutely. If teams like the Kansas City Chiefs (No. 5 in 2019), the New Orleans Saints (No. 4 in 2019) or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 3 in 2019) fall out of the top 10, something went horribly wrong. As for who could join them in the NFL’s upper tier of offensive viability, that remains to be seen. Who will they be?
Here are 5 NFL teams ready to show us what they got on offense this fall.
There are two teams of this group capable of making the climb from the teens last year into the top 10. The first team we’re going to touch on today is the Atlanta Falcons. For much of the Matt Ryan era in Flowery Branch, the Dirty Birds have had one of the better offenses in the league. It’s never terrible, but occasionally the running game will disappear and all hell will break loose.
And that was precisely the case for the 2019 Falcons. The team overcame a disastrous 1-7 start to finish the year at a mediocre 7-9 mark. While the passing offense was great per usual, ranking No. 3 in yardage, the Falcons were dreadful pounding the rock, ranking 30th in the NFL and dead last in the NFC. Again, this tends to happen in Dirk Koetter-run offenses, but things can change.
While Koetter will abandon the run faster than a suburban mom at a pool when it starts to rain, he does get a big upgrade at the running back position in Todd Gurley over Devonta Freeman. Though both were multi-time Pro Bowlers in the 2010s, Gurley was always the better player, the better pass-catcher and simply could not be better as a pass protector. His addition is huge for Atlanta.
Though the loss of tight end Austin Hooper to the Cleveland Browns in free agency stinks, Atlanta traded for former first-round pick Hayden Hurts with the Baltimore Ravens. Add in continued growth out of No. 2 and No. 3 wide receivers in Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage Jr. and this offense will be more than Ryan and Julio Jones. Look for highly-drafted offensive line to improve as well.