Greatest scoring offenses, Super Bowl Era

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Mar 23, 2008



 
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Here's a look at the most prolific offenses of the Super Bowl Era. The list includes every team that scored 30.0 or more points per game (23 teams).
 
At 36.81 PPG, the 2007 Patriots go down as the most prolific offense of the Super Bowl Era and the second most prolific offense in all of NFL history, behind the standard set by the 1950 Rams (38.83 PPG).
 
As you'll see from the list below, fielding a great offense is not really that important. After all, only four of the 23 most prolific offenses in the Super Bowl Era went on to win the championship. All the rest stumbled somewhere along the way. In fact, only 10 of the 23 teams even reached the Super Bowl.
 
The failure of the greatest offensive teams proves a Cold, Hard Football Facts maxim that balance in many areas is more important than dominance in a single area.
 
When looking at the list below, it pays to keep in mind that there is a vast difference between the Dead Ball and Live Ball Eras in modern NFL history. Essentially, it grew increasingly difficult to score in the late 1960s and 1970s, culminating in a 1977 season that was utterly dominated by defense. The NFL changed a number of rules before the 1978 season to open up offense. Scoring shot up dramatically in the following years, and continues to remain quite high compared with league-wide scoring in the mid-1970s.
 
Put in this perspective, it's pretty impressive what the 1975 Bills (30.0 PPG) were able to accomplish in an era ruled by defense. Luckily, they had O.J. Simpson that year to mercilessly slash through opposing teams.
 
GREATEST SCORING OFFENSES (Super Bowl Era)
 
Team
Games
 Points
PPG
Record
Result
1
2007 Patriots
16
589
36.81
16-0
Lost SB XLII
2
1998 Vikings
16
556
34.75
15-1
Lost NFC title game
3
1983 Redskins
16
541
33.81
14-2
Lost SB XVIII
4
2000 Rams
16
540
33.75
10-6
Lost NFC wildcard
5
1967 Raiders (AFL)
14
468
33.43
13-1
Lost SB II
6
1999 Rams
16
526
32.88
13-3
Won SB XXXIV
7
2004 Colts
16
522
32.63
12-4
Lost div. playoff
8
1968 Raiders (AFL)
14
453
32.36
12-2
Lost AFL title game
9
1984 Dolphins
16
513
32.06
14-2
Lost SB XIX
10
1966 Chiefs
14
448
32.00
11-2-1
Lost SB I
11
1982 Chargers
9
288
32.00
6-3
Lost div. playoff
12
1966 Cowboys
14
445
31.79
10-3-1
Lost NFL title game
13
1994 49ers
16
505
31.56
13-3
Won SB XXIX
14
2001 Rams
16
503
31.44
14-2
Lost SB XXXVI
15
1998 Broncos
16
501
31.31
14-2
Won SB XXXIII
16
1968 Cowboys
14
431
30.79
12-2
Lost div. playoff
17
2006 Chargers
16
492
30.75
14-2
Lost div. playoff
18
1987 49ers
15
459
30.60
13-2
Lost div. playoff
19
1991 Redskins
16
485
30.31
14-2
Won SB XXVI
20
2000 Broncos
16
485
30.31
11-5
Lost AFC wildcard
21
2003 Chiefs
16
484
30.25
13-3
Lost div. playoff
22
2004 Chiefs
16
483
30.19
7-9
Missed playoffs
23
1975 Bills
14
420
30.00
8-6
Missed playoffs
 

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