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  1. jackiejokeman

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    Five best offenses in the NFL in 2014:

    by Erik Lambert

    Denver reigned supreme in 2013 as the best NFL offense. Will anyone unseat them in 2014? Here are the top five projected.

    #5 – Detroit Lions

    Things have approached a zenith for the Detroit Lions. Their core talent is in their prime and the window for seizing a championship won’t get much better. At the center of it is their offense. Already laden with proven commodities like Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford, the team used the 2014 off-season to hopefully bring it all together. They added solid receiver Golden Tate in free agency to help compliment Johnson and then grabbed dynamic tight end Eric Ebron in the draft. Combined with an offensive line that allowed just 23 sacks in 2013, the Lions are poised to debut in the top 5.

    #4 – Chicago Bears

    Talent is what drove the Chicago Bears offense to heights it hasn’t seen in decades. Despite injuries at quarterback they finished 2013 eighth in total offense and second in scoring. However, it’s no longer skill but stability that will bring about improvement for them in year two under head coach Marc Trestman. Their three-headed monster of Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery might be the best in football. Jay Cutler won’t have to change offenses for the first time since 2011, a highly underrated benefit to his growth. Throw in an offensive line that gave up just 30 sacks a year ago and is returning all five starters and there is reason to fear the Monsters of the Midway.

    #3 – Philadelphia Eagles

    Chip Kelly is an offensive mastermind who always finds a way to create points on the scoreboard. That alone makes the Philadelphia Eagles dangerous. Never mind they have the reigning rushing champion in LeSean McCoy and a quarterback in Nick Foles who threw 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions a year ago. Add in veteran spark plug Darren Sproles, returning veteran Jeremy Maclin, promising tight end Zach Ertz and rookie sleeper Jordan Matthews and that is the makings of a versatile and multidimensional attack that will be hard to stop for even the best defenses.

    #2 – Denver Broncos

    Can things actually get better for what was the best offense in NFL history, statistically? Losing Eric Decker was a blow but in his place the Denver Broncos swiftly added Emmanuel Sanders and then scooped up Cody Latimer in the draft. Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady is set to return and improvements on defense should only give Peyton Manning even more opportunities to touch the ball. The only real question mark surrounding this juggernaut is the running game. Montee Ball is ready to replace Knowshon Moreno but he is not yet proven. If he plays up to his talent, then the Broncos will stampede the league again.

    #1 – Green Bay Packers

    Want to know a scary statistic? The Green Bay Packers had the 3rd overall offense in the NFL in 2013. Keep in mind that they accomplished that feat playing 7 of 16 games without Aaron Rodgers. Imagine if he makes it through the entire season healthy? Now it’s important to remember James Jones and Jermichael Finley are gone, leaving two holes in the passing attack. At the same time Eddie Lacy is growing into a Pro Bowler at running back and Randall Cobb should return at full strength to compliment Jordy Nelson. Throw in a boon of additions at wide receiver from the draft including Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis and the weaponry is abundant for the best quarterback in the business.
     
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    Wow, GB, Chi, and Detroit all in the top 5. Pretty impressive for the old Black and Blue division.
     
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    Hard to believe they are saying 3 of the top 5 offenses in the NFL this year are NFCN teams. Green Bay and Detroit will be powerhouse offenses, and we can't count on Aaron Rodgers going down for 7 games again this year. We'd better hope that our defense is truly fixed and Tucker can coach.
     
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    I can't believe we've reached a point where the Bears are continuously being talked about as a top 5 offense. OFFENSE. It just seems like yesterday when Hester was our #1, and we had Roy Williams and SausageBacon and Rashead Davis. I can't believe how far they have come.

    And besides being pessimistic about Briggs (sorry), I feel the defense will be surprisingly good.
     
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    That's exactly what I thought. When's the last time that happened if ever? If three of four NFCN teams have top five offenses then it all comes down to who has the best defense of that bunch doesn't it?

    We have an offense that can put 30 points or more per game on the board but do we have a defense that can keep the other guys under 30, or better yet under 20 like the defenses of old? If they can we win.
     
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    That is exactly how I see it.

    And also, there will be games against the best teams, where we won't score 30. We may have a day where we score 14 or 17 points. In those games, against top teams, the defense HAS to be stout or you lose. It's that simple. Now that we have a solid offense in Chicago, it's not like the defense is optional equipment now. We still need a solid D too.
     
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    Yeah it'd be a bitch if we'd just reversed things and now we have perennial top 5 offenses and bottom ten defenses and go right back to a string of 8-8 and 9-7 years. From this point forward 10 wins should be a mediocre year.
     
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    Exactly ... Frisco and Seattle arent happy with 10-6 and neither should we.

    Some say we are in a rebuilding year ... you cant be in a rebuilding year EVER anymore.

    We will get passed by. The likes of the NFC North ... and the rest of the NFL will beat us.

    This isnt your fathers CHICAGO BEARS anymore.
     
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    As has been said, 3 of the top 5 offenses are right her in the NFCN. That means that we have to compete against 2 of the top 5 just to win our division. Not fun to think about. We have to continue to accumulate firepower as well as try to put together a top 5 defense. There is just to much offensive capabilty in our division to think we can get by with an ok defense. It's not just one other good team where we can hope to lose and maybe still get in an oa wildcard. We have to come in no worse than second to win a wildcard, and even better ti win the division. That means either the ability to outscore Rogers or to be able to contain their offense. In reality, you probably need to do a fair amount of both, but with where we are in our division we catually need to shoot for a top 3 defense.

    Kind of sucks, but I think we can get there or pretty close.
     
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    More than the actual act of Rodgers coming back it's the fact they have a true #1 RB for the first time in forever that really worries me about GB. You can't just concentrate on the pass with them anymore and when you focus shutting down the run (which won't be nearly as easy as in years past) you're going to give Rodgers more opportunities. I hope we have what it takes on defense to stifle that potent offense.

    How weird is it that Monsters of the Midway is now being used to describe our monster offense?

    Detroit adding Golden Tate is pretty big. Calvin will always draw coverage and Tate isn't one known for drops. Ebron will benefit from those two commanding most of the attention, along with Bush who's great outta the backfield.
     
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