The NFL regular season is over, and while we are all now anxiously waiting for the playoffs to begin, it’s also the perfect time to look back over the past 17 weeks to see which players excelled this season. We looked at the offensive stats leaders a couple of weeks ago, but there have been some changes since then, so we thought it might be a good idea to take a look at the final standings. We are focusing on the offensive side of the football for this piece, looking at the QBs, running backs, and receivers. Let’s get right to it so you can keep betting against their NFL odds.
Top Offensive Players after 2020-21 Regular Season
Place an asterisk beside his name if you must, but DeShaun Watson ended the season with the most passing yards in the league. He finished the season with 4, 823 yards passing and 33 TD versus just 7 INT. The Texans are about to rebuild, and they certainly have the key piece to build around.
Watson tool the lead in passing yards after the Kansas City Chiefs decided to give Patrick Mahomes the day off in the final week of the season. Mahomes ended the season with 4,740 passing yards and would have been on top but for the missed week.
Rumors of Tom Brady’s demise may have been exaggerated, as the veteran gunslinger came in 3rd in the passing category with 4,633 yards. He tossed 40 TD passed against 12 INT and seemed to get better as the season wore on.
It wasn’t really a close race in the rushing department, with Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans leading the way in several categories. He had the most carries with 378, the most yards with 2,027, and the most TDs with 17.
It was a disappointing year for the Minnesota Vikings, but a good one personally for Dalvin Cook, who ran for 1,557 yards and 16 TD. That number would have been higher had Cook not missed the final game of the season after the passing of his father.
Cook finished well ahead of Johnathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts, who had a solid season, running for 1,169 yards and 11 TDs.
One of the biggest headlines of the offseason was Stefon Diggs jumping ship and moving to the Buffalo Bills. It proved to be a smart decision, as he ended the season at the top of the receiver list with 1,535 yards and 8 TD grabs.
There is no better tight end in the league than Travis Kelce right now and he proved that again by racking up 1,416 yards on 105 receptions, adding in 11 TD grabs. Kelce also sat out the final game of the season.
Another big name move this past offseason saw DeAndre Hopkins heading to Arizona. While the Cardinals ultimately missed out on the playoffs, Hopkins still put up big numbers, amassing 1,407 yards and 6 TD.
Rounding out the top 5 was Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings and Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers.