The Earlys 50 Rams had the greatest offense in NFL history
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2007 Patriots - The 2007 Patriots had one of the best offenses of the 2000's as they averaged 36.81 PPG and finished their season 16-0 with a lost Superbowl to the New York Giants. The 2007 Patriots scored a total of 589 points in the entire season compared to the 50's Rams who only managed to score 466, 100 less than the 2007 Patriots. The Patriots undoubtedly have one of the best QB's that the NFL has ever seen, Tom Brady, as he has thrown for 54, 649 yards, 400 touchdowns, etc. compared to the 1950 St. Louis Rams QB, Bob Waterfield who only threw for 11, 849 yards and only had 97 touchdowns in his entire career. Now before you say this, in 1950, Bob Waterfield threw for a total of 11 touchdowns, Tom Brady threw for a total of 50 touchdowns in 2007 which set an NFL record until it was broken by Peyton Manning in the 2013-2014 season.
1998 Vikings - The 1998 Vikings became a huge powerhouse at the ending of the 1990's as they had a 34.75 PPG record, 556 points in the entire season, and they finished with a 15-1 record, their only loss was their division game, NFC divisional championship. The QB at the time, future Hall of Famer Randall Cunningham. In 1998, Cunningham threw for a total of 34 touchdowns compared to Bob Waterfields 11 touchdowns.
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I thank you for choosing the 2007 Patriots. Despite all of the recent rules that heavily favor offenses, they still were over 2 PPG behind the 1950 Rams! And its not like the Rams ran it a lot, they passed a lot despite stricter rules, for example no pass interference. You said the 1950 Rams scored 100 points less than the 2007 Patriots well yes but thats because they played 4 less games. That is why you have to look at average. When considering what they did and add to the fact the era in which they did it beats the 2007 Patriots offensive production. While yes Tom Brady may have had a better season than any singular player on the 1950 Rams, as a combined team effort the 1950 Rams had a better overall offensive year.
As for the 1998 Vikings, first of all Randall Cunningham is in no way a future hall of famer. The 1998 Vikings averaged 34.75 PPG which is almost 4 PPG under the 1950 Rams despite playing in a more offensive friendly era. That right away discludes the 1998 Vikings from contention.
Lastly, you CAN NOT COMPARE STATS STRAIGHT UP FROM ERAS ALMOST 50 YEARS APART. The era has changed so much. Also, the Rams threw a combined 29 TD passes which woulda lead the league had that been 1 person and which is extremely impressive considering the era.
To conclude, the 1950 Rams are the greatest offense the NFL has ever seen. Unforunately, like some of the other best offenses ever like the 2007 Patriots, 1984 Dolphins and 2013 Broncos they were unable to win it all. They came just 2 points away. But just talking about offense, there is no doubt in my mind the 1950 Rams, or early 1950s Rams when generalizing, are the greatest offense the NFL has ever seen and it may be awhile before we seen one better.
Thank you for providing the statistics for the individual players and I knew you were going to say something about the year difference between the 1950 Rams, 1998 Vikings, and 2007 Patriots (Broncos fan and I agree the Patriots had the best offense). However, I have one team that is known throughout NFL history as having one of the best offenses and defenses in the entire NFL history, the 1972 Dolphins.
1972 Dolphins - Quite possibly one of the best known offenses in the history of the NFL, the 1972 Dolphins were successfully able to have a perfect 14-0 season and they were able to take home the Superbowl trophy. Led by famous QB Bob Griese, the Dolphins became the only team to have reached this milestone and have kept that record even today. Compared to the Rams who were not able to accomplish this feat (yes I know the Superbowl wasn't around back then), the 1972 Dolphins quite possibly had the best offense in the NFL.
Also, you said I couldn't use stats from the 2007 Patriots which says that I basically can't use stats from future teams which is favoring you in so many different ways.
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