The following is a list of the highest scoring teams in NFL history, based upon average points scored per game during the regular season. I’ve listed every team that averaged at least 35.00 points per game.
These were clearly the teams with the best offenses in NFL history. As you will see below, though, having a great offense does not always translate into winning a championship or the Super Bowl. Almost all of these teams did make the championship game or the Super Bowl, but only two of them won the game.
Highest Scoring Teams with Best Offenses in NFL History
1. 1950 Los Angeles Rams – 38.83 points per game
The highest scoring team in NFL history was the 1950 Los Angeles Rams, who averaged 38.83 points per game. The 1950 Rams were arguably the greatest offensive team in NFL history, as they had games during the season in which they scored 70, 65, 51, 45, 45, and 43 points.
For the 1950 season, the Rams scored 466 points in 12 games. The team went 9-3 during the regular season, but lost the NFL Championship game to the Cleveland Browns by a score of 30-28.
The 1950 Rams had a number of Pro Football Hall of Fame players including quarterbacks Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin, as well as Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch and Tom Fears, who led the NFL that season in catches (84) and receiving yards (1,116).
Also on the team were Vitamin Smith, who returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in 1950, and running back Dan Towler, who has one of the highest yards per carry averages in NFL history. The 70 points the Rams scored in one game during the 1950 season is the third most points ever scored by a NFL team.
2. 2007 New England Patriots – 36.81 points per game
The 2007 New England Patriots averaged 36.81 points per game, the second highest total for a season in NFL history. The Patriots scored 589 points in 16 regular season games in 2007, and won every game.
The 2007 Patriots made it to the Super Bowl undefeated, but they were upset, 17-14, by the New York Giants. During the regular season, the most points the Patriots scored in a game was 56, and the fewest was 20.
The best offensive players on the Patriots in 2007 were quarterback Tom Brady and wide receivers Wes Welker and Randy Moss.
3. 1961 Houston Oilers – 36.64 points per game
The 1961 Houston Oilers scored an average of 36.64 points per game playing in the AFL. The Oilers, behind quarterback George Blanda and wide receivers Bill Groman (17 TDs) and Charley Hennigan (12 TDs), had games of 55, 55, 49, 48, 47, and 45 points in 1961.
The 1961 Houston Oilers are especially noteworthy because they went on to win the AFL Championship game that season over the San Diego Chargers, but the score was only 10-3. The Oilers were 10-3-1 during the regular season, and are the highest scoring team to ever win a championship.
4. 1941 Chicago Bears – 36.00 points per game
The 1941 Chicago Bears scored 396 points in 11 games for the fourth highest scoring average in NFL history at 36.00 points per game. The Bears went 10-1 during the 1941 regular season.
The 1941 Bears had games during the regular season in which they scored 53, 49, 49, and 48 points, and they steamrolled to a NFL Championship game win over the New York Giants, 37-9.
5. 2011 Green Bay Packers – 35.00 points per game
Led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the 2011 Green Bay Packers averaged 35.00 points per game during the regular season. The Packers went 15-1 in the regular season, but were upset in the playoffs at home by the New York Giants, 37-20.