Once upon a time, the defense won championships. However, in 2021, NFL teams needed offensive stars to make their way to the title. Think about the last four. In the NFC, the Rams and 49ers had two of the best pass catchers in the league – Cooper Kupp and George Kittle. Both teams have a habit of adding targets and defensemen year after year in the draft and in free agency. Odell Beckham Jr., the Rams’ midseason acquisition, caught nine passes for 113 yards in Los Angeles’ winning comeback.

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Perhaps things were even clearer in the AFC. The Chiefs, who took first place in this ranking during the legendary 2018 season under the leadership of Patrick Mahomes, built their team around Travis Kelsey and Tyreke Hill. The Bengals are back to beat those Chiefs and nearly win the Super Bowl with their dynamic duo of Ja’Marr Chase and Ty Higgins. Two players selected in consecutive drafts after the Bengals became the worst team in football helped Cincinnati achieve overwhelming success.

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Let’s dive into the annual tradition and rank every NFL team’s offensive playmakers from worst to first. It’s hardly an exact science, but until we talk about real football, it’s kind of funny. However, keep in mind that this only considering each team’s running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. If you could send these players on offense with a league average quarterback, league average offensive line, league average coach, and league average luck, which team would have the best offense?

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I’ll add a few more rules that I used to sort the list:

  • We only think about performance in 2022. Money and long-term work do not matter. The only consideration here is how the player will play during the 17-game season in 2022. I strongly believe that we don’t know much about draft picks until they’re on the field. , so when evaluating rookie performance, I consider how players drafted in similar places performed in their rookie seasons.

  • Injury history, delays and suspensions matter. We cannot predict whether players will suffer serious injuries such as torn ligaments or broken bones, but we have hundreds of players’ recent history that we can use to inform our expectations of how many games they will play in 2022. Likely no injury. undermined the value of players like Christian McCaffrey or Raheem Mostert. We also have players who are expected to miss the start of the season with injuries, including Michael Gallup and Chris Godwin. There are also players who are suspended, such as DeAndre Hopkins, and players who can last until the start of the year, such as Dalton Schultz. These players have had their performance score reduced compared to how confident we are that they will miss time.

  • Wide receivers carry more weight than running backs or tight ends. The league values ​​wide receivers at a different level than other players with skill position. Davante Adams and then Hill returned to the top of the wide wide receiver market this offseason, with the latter making $24.3 million in real money in the first three years of his new contract with Miami. That’s a lot more than the top running back or tight end players, where the market reaches just over $13 million in real money for season 1-3. ends. Also, since finding a few competent players is easier than acquiring a real superstar, players at the very top of their positions get the highest scores. As a result, teams with highly skilled wide receivers thrive on this list, while deep teams built around runners aren’t as impressive.

  • i don’t mention each player. When evaluating this list, I’m looking at the full talent pool on the team (minus the quarterback), but I’m focusing on the top five or six to rank, with extra depth as a tiebreaker. Since there’s a lot to talk about, I’m not mentioning every player that was reviewed, so if someone isn’t mentioned in your favorite team’s summary, it’s only in the interest of being readable.

  • Efficiency matters. Raw numbers are great, but they’re also affected by how fast your team is playing and how the defensive and special teams are positioned on the pitch. The Cowboys played 1,153 games last season, almost 200 more than the Seahawks (954). The Dallas playmakers actually played a few extra games to build up the stats. D.C. Metcalfe should not be blamed for Pete Carroll being slow and his defense falling apart. As a result, you will see a lot of averages here. Two that are often found in recipients, yards per route as well as target share. Yards Per Route is the average number of yards gained by a receiver when he ran a valid route, whether he was caught by a ball or even aimed at a play. The target share is the percentage of time that the receiver was targeted to complete the route. None of the stats are perfect, but they help us understand if a player was able to create moments when he was on the pitch.

Let’s start with the worst group in the league, where one talented defender is forced to keep the whole offense afloat:

Go to command:
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DAY | DET | GB | HOW | IND
JAX | CS | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MY
northeast | NO | New York | New York | FI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | VS