Last week, we took an in-depth look at which NFL teams might be able to dethrone the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos for the during the 2017 season. Seattle and Denver have been leading the way in point prevention, yardage suppression and defensive efficiency for years, and were at the top of the league last season as well.
This week, we’re going to do the same exercise, but for the other side of the ball.
The two best offenses in football in 2016 belonged to the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. Atlanta finished the season as the eighth-highest scoring team in NFL history, led the league in total yards and finished first in Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, a measure of efficiency that adjusts performance for down, distance and opponent). New England finished third in scoring, fourth in yards and second in DVOA despite playing without Tom Brady for four weeks and getting shut down and shut out by the Bills in one of those games.
Given the minimal roster turnover in Atlanta (offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is a big loss, but Steve Sarkisian) and the made by New England, we can expect the Falcons and Patriots to be in the mix for the title of best offense in football in 2017 as well.