Greatest scoring offenses, all of NFL history

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Mar 23, 2008



 
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Here's a look at the most prolific scoring offenses in NFL or AFL history, included all 46 teams that averaged 30.0 PPG or more over the course of an entire season.
 
The 2007 Patriots finished with the second most productive offense in the history of the game, averaging 36.81 PPG. Only the 1950 Rams scored more (38.83 PPG).
 
It should be noted that just 12 of these 46 teams won an NFL or AFL championship. As always, balance in many areas is more importance than dominance in one single area.
 
Anytime you see a statistical anomaly, such as an all-time record, there are usually extenuating circumstances involved. And the scoring record of the 1950 Rams is no exception.
 
The NFL in 1950 absorbed three teams from the All-America Football Conference, the Browns, Baltimore Colts and 49ers. The AAFC's N.Y. Bulldogs, meanwhile, merged with the NFL's N.Y. Yankees and were renamed the N.Y. Yanks for the 1950 season.
 
The Yanks, Colts and 49ers each ended up in the newly renamed National Conference with the Rams. The Yanks and Colts proceeded to field two of the worst defenses in the entire history of the NFL. The Colts surrendered 462 points that season. The Yanks surrendered 367. The 49ers, in their first year in the NFL, struggled to a 3-9 record and fielded the worst offense in football that year (213 points).
 
The Rams played five of their 12 games against these three teams.
 
The Colts were so bad that they folded immediately after the 1950 season (but returned in 1953). The Yanks folded after the 1951 season, never to return to the NFL.
 
GREATEST SCORING OFFENSES (all of NFL history)
 
Team
Games
 Points
PPG
Record
Result
1
1950 Rams
12
466
38.83
9-3
Lost NFL title game
2
2007 Patriots
16
589
36.81
16-0
Lost SB XLII
3
1961 Oilers (AFL)
14
513
36.64
10-3-1
Won AFL title
4
1941 Bears
11
396
36.00
10-1
Won NFL title
5
1998 Vikings
16
556
34.75
15-1
Lost NFC title game
6
1942 Bears
11
376
34.18
11-0
Lost NFL title game
7
1983 Redskins
16
541
33.81
14-2
Lost SB XVIII
8
2000 Rams
16
540
33.75
10-6
Lost NFC wildcard
9
1967 Raiders (AFL)
14
468
33.43
13-1
Lost SB II
10
1948 Cardinals*
12
395
32.92
11-1
Lost NFL title game*
11
1999 Rams
16
526
32.88
13-3
Won SB XXXIV
12
1951 Rams
12
392
32.67
8-4
Won NFL title
13
2004 Colts
16
522
32.63
12-4
Lost div. playoff
14
1968 Raiders (AFL)
14
453
32.36
12-2
Lost AFL title game
15
1984 Dolphins
16
513
32.06
14-2
Lost SB XIX
16
1963 Giants
14
448
32.00
11-3
Lost NFL title game
17
1966 Chiefs
14
448
32.00
11-2-1
Lost SB I
18
1982 Chargers
9
288
32.00
6-3
Lost div. playoff
19
1966 Cowboys
14
445
31.79
10-3-1
Lost NFL title game
20
1958 Colts
12
381
31.75
9-3
Won NFL title
21
1994 49ers
16
505
31.56
13-3
Won SB XXIX
22
2001 Rams
16
503
31.44
14-2
Lost SB XXXVI
23
1948 Eagles
12
376
31.33
9-2-1
Won NFL title
24
1998 Broncos
16
501
31.31
14-2
Won SB XXXIII
25
1948 Bears
12
375
31.25
10-2
Missed playoffs
26
1959 Colts
12
374
31.17
9-3
Won NFL title
27
1953 49ers
12
372
31.00
9-3
Missed playoffs
28
1968 Cowboys
14
431
30.79
12-2
Lost div. playoff
29
2006 Chargers
16
492
30.75
14-2
Lost div. playoff
30
1987 49ers
15
459
30.60
13-2
Lost div. playoff
31
1964 Colts
14
428
30.57
12-2
Lost NFL title game
32
1950 NY Yanks
12
366
30.50
7-5
Missed playoffs
33
1953 Rams
12
366
30.50
8-3-1
Missed playoffs
34
1949 Eagles
12
364
30.33
11-1
Won NFL title
35
1991 Redskins
16
485
30.31
14-2
Won SB XXVI
36
2000 Broncos
16
485
30.31
11-5
Lost AFC wildcard
37
1943 Bears
10
303
30.30
8-1-1
Won NFL title
38
1947 Bears
12
363
30.25
8-4
Missed playoffs
39
1956 Bears
12
363
30.25
9-2-1
Lost NFL title game
40
2003 Chiefs
16
484
30.25
13-3
Lost div. playoff
41
2004 Chiefs
16
483
30.19
7-9
Missed playoffs
42
1960 Browns
12
362
30.17
8-3-1
Missed playoffs
43
1965 49ers
14
421
30.07
7-6-1
Missed playoffs
44
1949 Rams
12
360
30.00
8-2-2
Lost NFL title game**
45
1949 Cardinals
12
360
30.00
6-5-1
Missed playoffs
46
1975 Bills
14
420
30.00
8-6
Missed playoffs
* After scoring nearly 33 PPG in 1948, the Cardinals were actually shutout in the NFL title game, 7-0, by the Eagles. The 1948 Eagles also appear on this list, with the No. 22 offense of all time.
 
** The 1949 Rams were also blanked in the NFL title game by the Eagles, 14-0. The 1949 Eagles, like their 1948 counterparts, also appear on this list, at No. 33.

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