The Worst NFL Offense In The Last 30 Years

Following up my last post about the best offense from the last 30 years, I bring to you the worst offense from the last 30 years. This is very similar to that post in terms of the way I went about gathering the data and statistics and as well as the way I analyzed them. Upon request from someone who read my last post, I changed/added one thing. The only difference is that I also looked at how they compared to the league averages. I took the league averages and then took what percentage off the team was of that league average. So hypothetically let’s say a team got a total of 52 yards in a season, but the league average was 100, then they would be exactly 48 percent off of the league average. Granted this example was simplified down to use numbers that would make the explanation easier, because no team is only going to get 52 yards in a season nor would a league average be 100, but hopefully you get the point. This provides a more realistic look at how poor the teams offense truly was. I plan to go back and do this with the best offense post, but I’m making no promises.

After finding what percentage off of the league average that the five teams were in each of my four categories that I discussed in the last post, I arranged and ranked them by that number rather than their actual totals and it looked like this:

Total Points Scored League Averages
Year Team Points Pts/Game Plays Pts/Play Points Plays Pts/Game % Off
1992 Seahawks 140 8.750 945 0.148 299.7 958.5 18.731 53.29
1991 Colts 143 8.938 923 0.155 303.8 972.2 18.988 52.93
1998 Eagles 161 10.063 1017 0.158 340.5 1008.8 21.281 52.72
2000 Browns 161 10.063 859 0.187 330.8 1007.5 20.675 51.33
2006 Raiders 168 10.500 949 0.177 330.5 1000.0 20.656 49.17










Points Per Play League Averages
Year Team Points Pts/Game Plays Pts/Play Points Plays Pts/Play % Off
1998 Eagles 161 10.063 1017 0.158 340.5 1008.8 0.338 53.10
1992 Seahawks 140 8.750 945 0.148 299.7 958.5 0.313 52.62
1991 Colts 143 8.938 923 0.155 303.8 972.2 0.312 50.42
2006 Raiders 168 10.500 949 0.177 330.5 1000.0 0.331 46.44
2000 Browns 161 10.063 859 0.187 330.8 1007.5 0.328 42.92
Total Yards Gained League Averages
Year Team Yards Yds/Game Plays Yds/Play Yards Plays Yds/Game % Off
1988 Lions 3405 212.81 920 3.701 5153.2 1026.7 322.08 33.92
2002 Texans 3572 223.25 947 3.772 5253.8 1017.8 328.36 32.01
2000 Browns 3530 220.63 859 4.109 5110.8 1007.5 319.43 30.93
1992 Seahawks 3374 210.88 945 3.570 4770.5 958.5 298.16 29.27
1992 Patriots 3584 224.00 928 3.862 4770.5 958.5 298.16 24.87
Yards Per Play League Averages
Year Team Yards Yds/Game Plays Yds/Play Yards Plays Yds/Play % Off
1992 Seahawks 3374 210.88 945 3.570 4770.5 958.5 4.98 28.26
2002 Texans 3572 223.25 947 3.772 5253.8 1017.8 5.16 26.93
1988 Lions 3405 212.81 920 3.701 5153.2 1026.7 5.02 26.26
1992 Patriots 3584 224.00 928 3.862 4770.5 958.5 4.98 22.40
1978 49ers 4047 252.94 1062 3.811 4810.6 1033.0 4.66 18.17

As you can see adding the “% Off” category didn’t actually change the total point rankings at all, but did effect the other three. As you can see, there are a total of nine teams making up these four charts, and two teams are actually from the same year. Just like last time, I’m going to give you some numbers to think about. Only the 1978 49ers were on one list, six teams were on two of the lists and again, only one team was on all four lists. This time around, no two teams are from the same franchise.

Like I mentioned in the best offense post, I prefer to work with averages and percentages because I believe looking at just flat totals can be deceiving.  The only team to make both the yards per play list as well as the points per play list, also happens to be the only team that made all four lists, the 1992 Seahawks.

In my eyes, this made the decision pretty easy. Making it on all four of my lists, being at the top of two of the lists, it makes them stand out like a sore thumb. The worst NFL offense from the last 30 years in the 1992 Seattle Seahawks.

Feel free to check out the post that will explain this whole process in more detail as well as give you who I picked as the top offense from the last 30 years.

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