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Denver Broncos and the Top 20 NFL Teams with the Most Points Scored in a Season

The 2013 Denver Broncos May Become The Highest Scoring Offense In NFL History Sunday

The 2013 Denver Broncos May Become The Highest Scoring Offense In NFL History Sunday

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are on course to become the most explosive offense in NFL history. They’re just 18 points away from the highest scoring offense ever with just a game to go. They’d supplant the 16-0 Tom Brady-led 2007 New England Patriots.

Brady’s Patriot squads, though, have overall been the most explosive teams in history. They appear four times amongst the 20 teams who have scored the most points in a season.

Kurt Warner‘s St. Louis Rams packed quite a punch, too (three appearances) as did Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints at one time (two times, really).

Most of these offenses made their marks recently – more than half since 2000, and all but two since 1991 – but there are a couple anachronisms in there. How about the Dan Marino-helmed 1984 Miami Dolphins and the even better Joe Theismann-led 1983 Washington Redskins.

UPDATED LIST: Through the 2013 season. The 2013 Denver Broncos are now the highest-scoring team of all time, passing the 2007 New England Patriots. Also note: these are just NFL teams. AFL and AAFC are not included. If the AFL and AAFC were included: the 1961 Houston Oilers (AFL) scored 513 points and the 1948 San Francisco 49ers (AAFC) scored 495 points. Thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com‘s play index.

  TEAM SEASON POINTS W L T
1. Denver Broncos 2013 606 13 3 0
2. New England Patriots 2007 589 16 0 0
3. Green Bay Packers 2011 560 15 1 0
4. New England Patriots 2012 557 12 4 0
5. Minnesota Vikings 1998 556 15 1 0
6. New Orleans Saints 2011 547 13 3 0
7. Washington Redskins 1983 541 14 2 0
8. St. Louis Rams 2000 540 10 6 0
9. St. Louis Rams 1999 526 13 3 0
10. Indianapolis Colts 2004 522 12 4 0
11. New England Patriots 2010 518 14 2 0
12. Miami Dolphins 1984 513 14 2 0
12. New England Patriots 2011 513 13 3 0
14. New Orleans Saints 2009 510 13 3 0
15. San Francisco 49ers 1994 505 13 3 0
16. St. Louis Rams 2001 503 14 2 0
17. Denver Broncos 1998 501 14 2 0
18. San Diego Chargers 2006 492 14 2 0
19. Denver Broncos 2000 485 11 5 0
19. Washington Redskins 1991 485 14 2 0

Photo: Mark Leffingwell / Reuters via nydailynews.com

The Highest-Scoring Offenses in NFL History (Single Season)

The 1950 Los Angeles Rams Scored 38.83 Points a Game

The 1950 Los Angeles Rams, led by Quarterbacks Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield, Scored 38.83 Points a Game

The 2007 New England Patriots? Nope.

It’s a throwback. The 1950 L.A. Rams are the highest scoring offense in NFL history, running up the scoreboard to the tune of nearly 39 (38.83) points a game. There were only 12 games on the schedule back then, though. Still, talk about dominating your contemporaries.

Those 16-0 Pats from 2007 are the highest scoring offense of the 16-game era (1978-present).

Here are the top 20 teams with the highest points per game averages in a season. My how offense has exploded – 10 of the top 20 occurred from 2000-on.

TEAM SEASON PPG
1. Los Angeles Rams 1950 38.83 12 9 3 0
2. New England Patriots 2007 36.81 16 16 0 0
3. Green Bay Packers 2011 35.00 16 15 1 0
4. New England Patriots 2012 34.81 16 12 4 0
5. Minnesota Vikings 1998 34.75 16 15 1 0
6. New Orleans Saints 2011 34.19 16 13 3 0
7. Washington Redskins 1983 33.81 16 14 2 0
8. St. Louis Rams 2000 33.75 16 10 6 0
9. St. Louis Rams 1999 32.88 16 13 3 0
10. Indianapolis Colts 2004 32.63 16 12 4 0
11. New England Patriots 2010 32.38 16 14 2 0
12. Miami Dolphins 1984 32.06 16 14 2 0
12. New England Patriots 2011 32.06 16 13 3 0
14. New York Giants 1963 32.00 14 11 3 0
15. New Orleans Saints 2009 31.88 16 13 3 0
16. Dallas Cowboys 1966 31.79 14 10 3 1
17. San Francisco 49ers 1994 31.56 16 13 3 0
18. St. Louis Rams 2001 31.44 16 14 2 0
19. Denver Broncos 1998 31.31 16 14 2 0
20. Dallas Cowboys 1968 30.79 14 12 2 0

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NFL: Every Team’s Best Regular Season Record (16-Game Schedule)

The 2007 New England Patriots Went 16-0 During the Regular Season

The 2007 New England Patriots Went 16-0 During the Regular Season

The Seattle Seahawks are 4-0 for the first time in their history. Their best record was 13-3 in 2005 – a season they made it to the Super Bowl (and lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers).

Are the Seahawks on their way to another Super Bowl appearance? They should be. According to the current odds (and the team’s strong offensive and defensive play), Seattle is now the favorite to come out of the NFC. They’ve supplanted the San Francisco 49ers, who were the preseason favorites.

The Denver Broncos (and a blisteringly hot Peyton Manning) are the overall favorites to not only take the AFC, but the whole enchilada. They, too, are 4-0. The Broncos best record was John Elway‘s final year – 1998. They went 14-2 and won a second Super Bowl in a row.

And don’t look now, the New England Patriots sit atop the AFC East (again) at 4-0. We all know the Pats’ best record ever and what happened…

Another 4-0 team will join the rest Monday night when the 3-0 New Orleans Saints face off against the 3-0 Miami Dolphins.

Today’s list features the best regular season record each team has posted during the 16-game era (1978-present).

TEAM W L T SEASON SUPER BOWL RESULT
Arizona Cardinals 10 6 0 2009  
           
Atlanta Falcons 14 2 0 1998 Lost Super Bowl to Denver Broncos
           
Baltimore Ravens 13 3 0 2006  
           
Buffalo Bills 13 3 0 1990 Lost Super Bowl to New York Giants
  13 3 0 1991 Lost Super Bowl to Washington Redskins
           
Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 1996  
  12 4 0 2008  
           
Chicago Bears 15 1 0 1985 Won Super Bowl over New England Patriots
           
Cincinnati Bengals 12 4 0 1981 Lost Super Bowl to San Francisco 49ers
  12 4 0 1988 Lost Super Bowl to San Francisco 49ers
           
Cleveland Browns 12 4 0 1986  
           
Dallas Cowboys 13 3 0 1992 Won Super Bowl over Buffalo Bills
  13 3 0 2007  
           
Denver Broncos 14 2 0 1998 Won Super Bowl over Atlanta Falcons
           
Detroit Lions 12 4 0 1991  
           
Green Bay Packers 15 1 0 2011  
           
Houston Texans 12 4 0 2012  
           
Indianapolis Colts 14 2 0 2005  
  14 2 0 2009 Lost Super Bowl to New Orleans Saints
           
Jacksonville Jaguars 14 2 0 1999  
           
Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 1995  
  13 3 0 1997  
  13 3 0 2003  
           
Miami Dolphins 14 2 0 1984 Lost Super Bowl to San Francisco 49ers
           
Minnesota Vikings 15 1 0 1998  
           
New England Patriots 16 0 0 2007 Lost Super Bowl to New York Giants
           
New Orleans Saints 13 3 0 2009 Won Super Bowl over Indianapolis Colts
  13 3 0 2011  
           
New York Giants 14 2 0 1986 Won Super Bowl over Denver Broncos
           
New York Jets 12 4 0 1998  
           
Oakland Raiders 12 4 0 2000  
           
Philadelphia Eagles 13 3 0 2004 Lost Super Bowl to New England Patriots
           
Pittsburgh Steelers 15 1 0 2004  
           
San Diego Chargers 14 2 0 2006  
           
San Francisco 49ers 15 1 0 1984 Won Super Bowl over Miami Dolphins
           
Seattle Seahawks 13 3 0 2005 Lost Super Bowl to Pittsburgh Steelers
           
St. Louis Rams 14 2 0 2001 Lost Super Bowl to New England Patriots
           
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12 4 0 2002 Won Super Bowl over Oakland Raiders
           
Tennessee Titans 13 3 0 1999 Lost Super Bowl to St. Louis Rams
  13 3 0 2000  
  13 3 0 2008  
           
Washington Redskins 14 2 0 1983 Lost Super Bowl to Los Angeles Raiders
  14 2 0 1991 Won Super Bowl over Buffalo Bills

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