The 2023 NFL season is here.
An offseason’s worth of drama and moves provided fodder for fans and pundits when breaking down the best offense in the NFL. But now the teams will prove whether all that analysis is accurate.
Here are our latest NFL Offense Power Rankings, ranking all 32 teams from around the league from worst to best.
NFL Offense Power Rankings 32-21
32. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona averaged a league-worst 6.0 yards per attempt and a paltry 28.5% first-down rate on pass plays (second worst). No player on this offense graded higher than 17th at their position on Pro Football Focus.
QB Kyler Murray recently turned 26 and will open the season on the PUP list while recovering from a knee injury that ended his 2022 season, leaving Joshua Dobbs as the opening-day starter. Arizona traded WR DeAndre Hopkins to Tennessee, leaving Hollywood Brown and aging veteran TE Zach Ertz as the primary threats.
The Cardinals used the No. 6 overall pick on Ohio State OL Paris Johnson Jr., an athletic work-in-progress prospect who should be a top tackle for years to come. But this season should be really tough for Arizona, depending on how Murray rebounds.
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31. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts finished with just 289 points, tied for second-fewest in the league in 2022, and could be even worse this season.
Not only is Indy relying on a rookie quarterback, in No. 4 pick Anthony Richardson, but it is also likely to offload franchise running back Jonathan Taylor after alienating him all offseason.
Richardson should still have No. 1 receiver Michael Pittman Jr. to throw to, and first-year coach Shane Steichen should develop an offense catered to his stars. But this should be a tough offense to watch with an inexperienced quarterback, a suspect-at-best running game, and an offensive line that surrendered 60 sacks last season.
30. Houston Texans
Selecting Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud with the second overall pick provides much-needed optimism and takes the pressure off RB Dameon Pierce to shoulder the load.
TE Dalton Schultz gives the Texans a weapon over the middle. The fatal flaw continues to be a ragtag group of young receivers, although Houston did sign WRs Robert Woods and Noah Brown.
The Titans only managed to gain 6.3 yards per pass attempt (tied for second fewest) and ranked second to last in rushing yards. New head coach DeMeco Ryans and offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik arrived from the 49ers to inject new life into this franchise.
29. Washington Commanders
The Commanders are putting their hopes in QB Sam Howell in what will be his second season. They also signed QB Jacoby Brissett, an unspectacular passer with a solid 2022 season filling in for Deshaun Watson in Cleveland.
Between RB Brian Robinson, TE Logan Thomas, and WRs Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel, and Dyami Brown, there are a lot of weapons for new offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. But can Howell get them the ball, and can the remade offensive line keep him upright after Washington gave up 48 sacks last season?
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Baker Mayfield is the penciled-in starter under center. RB Rachaad White had his moments, but he didn’t fare much better than departed free agent RB Leonard Fournette. The Bucs only had three runs of 20-plus yards (ranked last).
Tampa Bay’s offensive line allowed the fewest sacks (22), but that largely had to do with now-retired QB Tom Brady’s ability to get the ball out of his hands. With WRs Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Russell Gage still on the roster, the sky’s the limit. But Mayfield is the big question mark heading into 2023.
27. Los Angeles Rams
There are special pieces already in place in WR Cooper Kupp, QB Matthew Stafford, and RB Cam Akers, but Stafford was injured, and the offensive line surrendered 59 sacks, third-most in the NFL.
The Rams used a second-round pick on TCU interior lineman Steve Avila, but this group needs to take a big leap forward to keep Stafford upright. That’s the only way to improve on last year’s 16 passing touchdowns (third-fewest)
26. Pittsburgh Steelers
With only 12 passing touchdowns in 2022 (ranked last), the Steelers opted to use their 14th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft on Georgia OT Broderick Jones. That should help deliver more running room for RB Najee Harris.
WRs Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, and FA signing Allen Robinson are a fine group on paper. Ultimately, we’re waiting for Kenny Pickett to develop into what the Steelers hope is a franchise quarterback.
25. Carolina Panthers
With the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers selected Alabama QB Bryce Young. The expectations have been reset with a new franchise quarterback.
WR D.J. Moore was part of the blockbuster trade to the Bears that landed Carolina the No. 1 overall pick. But the Panthers signed WRs D.J. Chark and Adam Thielen to go along with presumed top starter Terrace Marshall Jr. They also signed TE Hayden Hurst to shore up a tight end group that’s underwhelmed for years.
Big free agent signee RB Miles Sanders will be the lead back, and we should also expect to see plenty of RB Chuba Hubbard in the mix.
24. Green Bay Packers
The departure of future Hall of Famer QB Aaron Rodgers can’t be overstated. QB Jordan Love takes over an offense that must find a new identity.
Look for this offense to lean heavily on RBs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon. Both backs are graded in the top 10 at their position on PFF.
But Green Bay’s receivers could be problematic, particularly since the Packers didn’t replace Davante Adams last year and watched Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb join Rodgers with the Jets. Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs were inconsistent in 2022, and the Packers added five new rookies to break in (three receivers and two tight ends).
23. Chicago Bears
There were certainly highs and lows in QB Justin Fields’ 2022 campaign. He rushed for the second-most yards by a quarterback (1,143), yet he was sacked 58 times (fourth most). The Bears only had 109 passing first downs, the lowest total by far and 29 fewer than the next-best team.
RB David Montgomery signed as a free agent in Detroit, leaving incumbent RB Khalil Herbert to be paired with free agent D’Onta Foreman.
It’s now on Fields’ shoulders to better ingratiate TE Cole Kmet and WRs D.J. Moore, Darnell Mooney, and Chase Claypool to give this offense a more balanced attack.
22. New Orleans Saints
The emergence of WR Chris Olave was hit or miss as the Saints’ offense battled with consistency issues on both sides of the ball. WR Michael Thomas only played in three games, although New Orleans gleaned solid production from third-year TE Juwan Johnson.
QB Derek Carr was signed to a big contract (four years, $150 million) and is tasked with helping the offense return to its bread and butter: RB Alvin Kamara. Kamara will be suspended three games to start the season and is joined in the backfield by free agent signing RB Jamaal Williams and third-round pick Kendre Miller from TCU.
21. Tennessee Titans
The Malik Willis era appears to be already over. In his rookie season, we didn’t see much from WR Treylon Burks either. We’ll now wait to see if 2023 second-round selection Kentucky QB Will Levis can usurp veteran QB Ryan Tannehill.
But Tennessee added an extremely talented, albeit aging WR in Hopkins to join a backfield led by Derrick Henry. Tannehill, if healthy, can still make plays in the passing game, and there is backfield depth in third-round selection Tyjae Spears, as well as last year’s fourth-round RB Hassan Haskins.
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20. Denver Broncos
The arrival of head coach Sean Payton be as the biggest coaching coup of the offseason. His steady hand should immediately improve the fortunes of QB Russell Wilson and Co., especially since Wilson will have an embarrassment of WRs in Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, and second-round pick Marvin Mims Jr.
We’ll quickly learn whether Wilson is cooked or cooking in 2023.
19. New England Patriots
QB Mac Jones failed to show much improvement in his second year and split time with unheralded backup Bailey Zappe. Jones will have a couple new weapons in his arsenal, including WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and TE Mike Gesicki.
The backfield will be spearheaded by RB Rhamondre Stevenson, with RB Damien Harris departing in free agency, and the Pats also added Ezekiel Elliott during training camp.
The Patriots were subpar in both passing (21st) and rushing (24th). Failing to spend any 2023 draft capital in the first three rounds on offense feels like a misstep.
18. Atlanta Falcons
How can a team with the second-worst passing attack in 2022 rank so high? Well, Atlanta is doing it the old-fashioned way: by building a formidable ground game. The Falcons selected RB Bijan Robinson with the eighth pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. He is a plug-and-play superstar.
The Falcons spent the 38th overall pick on Syracuse OG Matthew Bergeron to bolster an offensive line ranked fifth by PFF at the close of 2022.
We need to see WR Drake London improve his route tree, and the wild card, TE Kyle Pitts, has to have his talents better utilized by second-year QB Desmond Ridder. Considering Atlanta signed QB Taylor Heinicke, the jury may still be out on this quarterback controversy.
17. New York Giants
A bounce-back year from RB Saquon Barkley punctuated a stellar season for the Giants, and he’ll play under the franchise tag in 2023. Not content to rest on their laurels, the Giants traded for TE Darren Waller in March, signed FA WR Parris Campbell, and used a third-round pick on 2022 Biletnikoff Award winner Jalin Hyatt.
QB Daniel Jones protected the football exceptionally well, tossing only five INTs on 472 attempts which resulted in a league-best 1.1 INTs per 100 attempts. But the Giants need more big plays in the passing game after posting a league-low 28 passes for 20-plus yards.
16. Cleveland Browns
The Browns did a great job leaning into their best offensive attributes in 2022. Interior linemen Joel Bitonio and Ethan Pocic played at an elite level and delivered next-level opportunities for RB Nick Chubb.
QB Deshaun Watson remains the question mark. He provided one game with more than 250 passing yards in six games played and that was a 23-10 loss to the Bengals. Getting WRs Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Elijah Moore more involved consistently could push the Browns far up the offense power rankings.
15. Seattle Seahawks
The 2022 Comeback Player of the Year, QB Geno Smith, was a feel-good story for the ages. But can he duplicate his performance by leading Seattle to the playoffs?
Still, Seattle rewarded Smith by choosing Ohio State WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba with the 20th pick of the draft. JSN joins the already formidable, yet too often inconsistent, duo of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
Despite what was a promising 2022 rookie season from RB Kenneth Walker III, the Seahawks used a second-round choice on UCLA RB Zach Charbonnet. Charbonnet and Walker should make up a stellar 1-2 backfield punch.
14. Las Vegas Raiders
QB Jimmy Garoppolo is the splash signing, and he’ll be tasked with getting the Raiders’ offense back on track in the post-Derek Carr era.
Waller is gone, but incumbent WRs Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow are joined by a slew of underachieving free-agent receivers like Jakobi Meyers, Phillip Dorsett, DeAndre Carter and Cam Sims. The Raiders also spent a third-round choice on Cincinnati WR Tre Tucker.
RB Josh Jacobs was the workhorse in 2022, leading the NFL in rushing yards, though he did miss the entire preseason while holding out due to a contract dispute. His production is vital since there are legitimate questions in Garoppolo’s ability to push the ball down the field.
13. Baltimore Ravens
The contract dispute is over, so Baltimore and QB Lamar Jackson can hopefully find their rhythm again. LJ8 missed five games in each of the last two seasons. After tossing 10 TDs in the Ravens’ first three games, Jackson had seven TDs in his final nine contests.
Free agent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. joins Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay. The Ravens opted to spend another first-round pick on a wide receiver, Zay Flowers out of Boston College.
Some consistency at running back is a must after J.K. Dobbins was only healthy for half the season. In 2022, four Ravens RBs had 250-plus yards.
12. Minnesota Vikings
The offense was not the problem for the 2022 Vikings. Sure, they could have been a little more balanced (672 pass attempts, third most), but can you blame them for throwing it up to WR Justin Jefferson so often?
The Vikings let Thielen walk via free agency, then cut Cook. But they still have solid RB Alexander Mattison and used the first-round pick 2021 Bilektnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison.
The in-season acquisition of TE T.J. Hockenson seemed to be a great fit. What might help Minnesota the most is better play on defense.
11. Miami Dolphins
Many analysts felt WR Tyreek Hill would never match his numbers in Miami after departing via trade from the Chiefs. They were wrong. Instead, Hill posted career-highs with 119 receptions, 170 targets and 1,710 yards. Not to be outdone, WR Jaylen Waddle improved upon his rookie campaign with 75 receptions for 1,356 yards and eight scores.
Joining Mike McDaniel from the 49ers, the Dolphins added RBs Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. Look for rookie RB De’Von Achane, a third-round pick out of Texas A&M, to challenge for playing time this season.
The Dolphins are getting docked because they made no significant improvements to their offensive line, despite the health concerns surrounding QB Tua Tagovailoa. When on the field, Tua has played exceptionally, but another head injury could jeopardize both his career and the Dolphins’ season.
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10. Cincinnati Bengals
All-world WR Ja’Marr Chase still led the team in receptions, targets, yards and receiving touchdowns despite only playing in 12 games. WRs Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd complete what may be the best trio of wideouts in the league.
The Bengals couldn’t muster much of a ground game in 2022. RB Joe Mixon rushed for only 814 yards on 210 carries in 14 games. He was more involved in the passing game with career-highs of 60 receptions on 75 targets.
The Bengals offense is incredible, but they are ranked this low due to the uncertainty surrounding QB Joe Burrow. The Pro Bowler, who has 69 touchdowns and just over a 69% completion rate across his last two seasons, is nursing a calf injury and may not be ready for Week 1.
9. New York Jets
The Jets made a splash move by trading for Rodgers. They also loaded up their receiving corps by signing his former teammates Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb. The pair joins first-year revelation Garrett Wilson, FA signing Mecole Hardman and veterans Corey Davis and Denzel Mims.
New York’s offensive MVP may end up being RB Breece Hall. It’s still early, but considering he tore his ACL in Week 7 (late October), Hall should be on track to suit up in Week 1 — though New York did add Dalvin Cook to spell Hall until he’s 100 percent.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars
After trading for WR Calvin Ridley, the Jaguars are looking to take another step forward following an excellent 2022. The pundits scratched their heads at forking over so much money last offseason for WR Christian Kirk, but he didn’t miss a beat with a career-best season (84/1,108/8).
In what was effectively his rookie season, second-year RB Travis Etienne posted nearly 1,500 combined yards rushing and receiving. The Jags addressed his work load by drafting Auburn RB Tank Bigsby in the third round
Look for QB Trevor Lawrence to improve on an impressive second season where he more than doubled his passing touchdowns (12 to 25), halved his INT total (17 to 8), and added a yard to his yards per attempt (6.0 to 7.0).
7. Los Angeles Chargers
After two incredible seasons to start his career, QB Justin Herbert took a small step back statistically. It didn’t help that WRs Keenan Allen and Mike Williams missed 11 games combined.
It’s still a testament to Herbert as six Chargers pass-catchers had at least 538 receiving yards, yet none eclipsed 900. Even Austin Ekeler had career-bests with 915 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, and 107 receptions.
The Chargers addressed their offense by choosing WR Quentin Johnston from TCU with the 21st pick. Johnston, Allen, Williams, and 2022 breakout performer Joshua Palmer give Herbert ample weapons.
6. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers, who rank No. 1 in our NFL Defense Power Rankings, eventually found their way when QB Brock Purdy became the starter. However, Purdy’s elbow injury doomed San Francisco’s offense in the NFC Championship Game, and there’s little safety net since the Niners traded 2021 No. 3 pick Trey Lance to Dallas.
Still, San Francisco’s run-first approach and strong defense allows them to play within their strengths. And despite starting three QBs in 2022, San Francisco still averaged 7.9 yards per attempt, good for fourth best.
Trading for RB Christian McCaffrey was a game-changer. Pairing the All-Pro back with TE George Kittle, plus WRs Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk proved to be a lethal combination.
5. Detroit Lions
We know the Lions offense is going to pound the rock this year, but to reload the running back position was a bold move. Not only did they draft Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs with the 12th overall pick, they then traded presumed starter RB D’Andre Swift to the Eagles. Gibbs joins free agent signing RB David Montgomery.
QB Jared Goff had his best season in years, and although Detroit drafted Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker in the third round, he is coming off an ACL tear and is unlikely to seriously challenge for Goff’s job this year.
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown is the big playmaker here after consecutive monster seasons, and he welcomes back WR Marvin Jones to Detroit. Sam LaPorta, a second-round pick out of Iowa, looks to follow in his alma mater’s tradition of churning out pro-ready tight ends.
4. Dallas Cowboys
This backfield finally belongs to RB Tony Pollard, who is ranked No. 13 in our NFL RB power rankings, and that’s for the best. In his fourth season, the former Memphis back contributed just shy of 1,400 combined rushing and receiving yards on 5.2 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per reception. His ascension to bellcow status should result in a ton of production.
QB Dak Prescott enters his eighth season needing to take better care of the football. He threw 15 INTs in just 12 games last year, a league-worst 3.8% interception rate.
The Cowboys may have pulled off a coup by acquiring veteran WR Brandin Cooks from Houston, and he should be a great second or third option alongside WRs CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
With three Super Bowl appearances in the last four years and two titles, the Chiefs must be doing something right. In his sixth season and after all the accolades that preceded it, QB Patrick Mahomes passed for 41 touchdowns and a career-best 5,250 yards, winning the MVP and opening as the NFL MVP favorite to again in 2023.
All that couldn’t be accomplished without the incredible production from TE Travis Kelce, who delivered his seventh straight 1,000-yard season.
But the Chiefs get docked due to their patchwork receiving corps and suspect running game. KC did address the former by choosing SMU WR Rashee Rice in the second round, and second-year RB Isiah Pacheco was a pleasant surprise by amassing 830 rushing yards in his rookie campaign.
Any kind of improvement in play from WRs Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore would be a bonus in 2023.
2. Buffalo Bills
The Bills offense is loaded even though thanks mostly to QB Josh Allen, ranked No. 4 in our NFL QB power rankings, and WR Stefon Diggs. Allen has 35 TDs in each of the last three seasons, and although he does need to protect the ball better, he guided an offense that ranked second in the league in points per game (28.4) in 2022.
Allen can spread the ball around to WR Gabe Davis and TE Dawson Knox but also leads the running game that should be much improved. RB James Cook looks like the early starter, but offseason additions Damien Harris and Latavius Murray should also contribute.
But this offense could be even better if first-round pick TE Dalton Kincaid from Utah becomes the No. 2 receiving option behind Diggs.
1. Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia should be borderline unstoppable on offense as long as QB Jalen Hurts remains upright. Not only does he have a devastating pair of receivers in A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, but the Eagles traded for RB D’Andre Swift to replace Miles Sanders.
Not only can Hurts run the ball (760 yards and seven TDs), he protected the ball exceedingly well with just six INTs on 460 attempts.
TE Dallas Goedert is a formidable weapon that rounds out a special group when Philadelphia uses 11 or 12 personnel.
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