Comparing the Denver Broncos to the Best Offenses in NFL History

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The Denver Broncos have been off to a ridiculous start offensively this season, averaging 483 yards and 45 points per game through their first four contests. Peyton Manning looks like he’s playing Madden on rookie, throwing for 16 touchdowns and no interceptions, and he is on pace to shatter every significant single season passing record in NFL history.

The Broncos look completely unstoppable, and there is no comparison for their offense in today’s NFL. So how do the Broncos compare to the greatest NFL offenses of all time? Teams that were considered in this comparison included the 2011 New Orleans Saints, 2007 New England Patriots, 2000 St. Louis Rams, 1998 Minnesota Vikings, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1984 Miami Dolphins, 1983 Washington Redskins and 1981 San Diego Chargers (feel free to yell at me in the comments about who I forgot).

Note: teams from earlier in NFL history weren’t strongly considered due to the changes in the style of play in the last 30 years. The best offenses of earlier NFL eras have very little statistical comparison to today’s offenses, and it is difficult to compare how good they actually were when the statistics are so far apart.

The NFL record for points per game is 36.8, held by the 2007 Patriots, while the record for yards per game is 467, held by the 2011 Saints. The Broncos are on pace to break both these records, and doing so would seal their place in history as the greatest offense of all time.

Assuming health, there is nothing on the Broncos’ schedule that looks likely to prevent them from continuing to win games by large margins. They have two games against the Kansas City Chiefs and a road matchup with the Houston Texans. Those are the only games against top defenses. The rest of the games should see very high point totals for Denver.

Obviously this is a very small sample size, and there is a lot of football left to be played. However, the Broncos are on a record setting pace, and there is very little reason to think it won’t continue. The Broncos have the best offense in the NFL, and after this season it may prove to be the best of all time.

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  • Bronco Joe

    What about the 97-98 Denver Broncos? They were unstoppable as well.