Top Five: NFL offenses after Week 4

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NFL,Jeffrey Tomik

After a quarter of the NFL season, the Redskins have the second-highest scoring offense in the NFC. Meanwhile, the Saints are winless and the Packers are averaging almost 14 points fewer than a year ago. So after Week 4, who has the best offense in the league?

5. Washington Redskins » Led by rookie sensation Robert Griffin III, the Redskins have the top rushing attack in the league, averaging 175.5 yards a game. They also rank in the top five in scoring and total yards and have turned it over just two times all year.

4. Baltimore Ravens » Ray Rice has been a dynamic back since he got to the NFL. But now Joe Flacco, who has the third-most passing yards in the league, and deep-threat Torrey Smith are showing big strides.

3. Houston Texans » The defense gets a lot of the credit, but the Texans have scored at least 27 points in each of their first four games. With running back Arian Foster and receiver Andre Johnson, quarterback Matt Schaub has lots of weapons.

2. Atlanta Falcons » Quarterback Matt Ryan is the first-quarter MVP. He has 11 touchdowns to just two interceptions and leads the league with a 112.1 passer rating for the undefeated Falcons. Atlanta's Roddy White and Julio Jones may form the best receiver tandem in the league.

1. New England Patriots » It's no surprise that Tom Brady and Co. lead the NFL in scoring (33.5 points a game). But their running game with Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden and Danny Woodhead has been shockingly successful. The Patriots average 144 yards a game on the ground -- nearly 10 yards more than the Texans.

- Jeffrey Tomik

jtomik@washingtonexaminer.com

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