PFT’s Week One 2022 NFL power rankings

NFL: AUG 19 Preseason - Texans at Rams
Getty Images

1. Rams: Good news, the defending champs always start on top. Bad news, there’s only one direction to go.

2. Buccaneers: It feels like Tom Brady‘s last ride. And it has always felt as if he’s destined to walk away with a trophy under his arm.

3. Bills: They’re carrying the target of a Super Bowl winner without getting to the game in nearly 30 years.

4. Chiefs: How are they not more widely regarded to be ready to get right back to where they’ve been for four straight years?

5. Packers: With a depleted receiver room, the Cheeseheads soon may pivot to ayahuasca.

6. Bengals: Will 80-percent turnover make the offensive line better? It can’t really be much worse than it was in the postseason.

7. 49ers: If they can get adequate performance from the quarterback position and avoid a rash of key injuries, they could make it back to the Super Bowl.

8. Titans: Is this Ryan Tannehill‘s last chance to take the Titans to the next level?

9. Eagles: Five years after winning a Super Bowl, they’re ready to contend again.

10. Cowboys: Can they win in the playoffs this year? First, they have to get back there.

11. Colts: At a time when everyone is wondering whether Russell Wilson will join the Tom Brady/Matthew Stafford parade from new team to NFL title, Matt Ryan may be in a better position to actually pull that off.

12. Ravens: In a tightly-packed AFC, they’re as capable as anyone to get to the postseason and win more than one game there.

13. Cardinals: They’ll be fine in September and October. The pressure will be on in November and December, especially with the Hard Knocks in-season cameras and microphones there.

14. Raiders: The offense should be fine. Can the defense slow down the other three offenses in the division?

15. Chargers: Is it already playoffs or bust for second-year coach Brandon Staley?

16. Steelers: Write them off at your own peril.

17. Patriots: How many years of post-Tom Brady struggles before Brady gets more credit than Bill Belichick for the Super Bowls?

18. Dolphins: If Tua can get it done, the Dolphins can get to the round of eight, and maybe even to the AFC Championship.

19. Broncos: The bar is higher than it should be for a team that has undergone many changes over the past two years. Especially since they have to compete with the Chiefs, Raiders, and Chargers.

20. Saints: The departure of Sean Payton is being met with a surprising degree of nonchalance. It’s a huge void, and it’s still not clear whether anyone still on the coaching staff will be able to fill it.

21. Browns: If they eventually win a Super Bowl with Deshaun Watson, the bizarre journey of 2022 presumably will have been worth it. For anything less than that, it won’t be.

22. Vikings: Ding dong the Zim is dead. That alone could be enough to get the Vikings to the playoffs.

23. Panthers: They’ve got the talent to contend. Which will only make the seat even hotter for the coaching staff.

24. Washington: This is Carson Wentz‘s last chance to be an NFL starter. Will that be enough to get him to stop being reckless with the ball?

25. Seahawks: The presence of Pete Carroll forces us to take them more seriously. Even then, it feels like they’ll have a hard time — especially in a tough division.

26. Falcons: Matt Ryan was the cornerstone of the franchise since 2008. How will they not take a step back without him?

27. Giants: It’s going to take more than a year to fumigate the roster.

28. Lions: Can they climb the ladder? Absolutely. Will they? We’ll see.

29. Jaguars: If they were in the NFC, they’d be a fringe playoff contender. In the AFC, there are just too many good teams.

30. Bears: They’re tearing it down to build it up. It may take a while to build it up.

31. Jets: Hopefully, ownership will give the current regime enough time to get the most out of their current roster.

32. Texans: Bad news, they’ve earned this spot. Good news, there’s only one direction to go.

148 responses to “PFT’s Week One 2022 NFL power rankings

  1. The Raiders are WAY too high, they will be finishing in the bottom 10.

  2. I love my Eagles, but although we made some great offseason moves we’re ranked too high on this list. I’d put us at #16 or so until we prove otherwise. But I’m optimistic !

  3. I really believe this is the year that the Vikings win the Super Bowl. No, i am not a Vikings fan.

  4. Chiefs and Chargers are the clear front runners in the AFC West. Broncos will be right behind them.

    Raiders take a step in the wrong direction amidst all the scandals and draft misses the past couple years.

  5. “17. Patriots: How many years of post-Tom Brady struggles before Brady gets more credit than Bill Belichick for the Super Bowls?”

    I thought this already happened

  6. Buccaneers? They should be somewhere like #8. No way Bengals are better than the Ravens. Burrow won’t have the luxury of the Ravens missing of their top 2 DBs this year.

  7. Dallas is in the top ten because of popularity! They need more than one receiver to contend!

  8. Neither the Cowboys nor the Eagles belong in the top ten. Otherwise this is a good first week list.

  9. The Falcons will be a surprise, going 8-9 rather than the commonly predicted 4-13. Mariotta will mesh better in Arthur Smith’s offense than Ryan and provide the mobility Atlanta has lacked. If he gets injured, expect Desmond Ridder to come in and be above-average, especially for a rookie.

  10. Rams being number 1 is right.

    Buccaneers are the most overrated team in the league. They got worse from last year and are some how number 2…

  11. Chargers at 15!? What are you smoking? Everywhere else I’ve seen they’re rated top 5 to at worst top 5-10 range. They will win the AFC West this year and Herbert > Mahomes

  12. I don’t understand the Packer hype. Rodgers is a legend but there’s a lot of question marks. The new special teams coordinator is that good huh?

  13. 49ers ,Titans, Eagles, Cowboys, Titans over the Ravens seems a bit much. I think the Broncos at 19 seems a bit low, but maybe Im biased. I think they are better than Raiders, Dolphins, Steelers and Patriots.

  14. nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:35 am
    Bob Kraft has many regrets

    —————-

    If you live you 81 you will have regrets. I am sure his regrets are about moments he should have spent with his wife and family and barely about anything else. Football would be last on the list of regrets. His rep took a hit over the massage incident, but I hardly blame him. A moment of weakness from a good man.

  15. nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Buccaneers? They should be somewhere like #8. No way Bengals are better than the Ravens. Burrow won’t have the luxury of the Ravens missing of their top 2 DBs this year

    ———

    The Bengals have a better QB, RB and WRs. The also shored up their offensive line. I would compare the two teams’ defenses as pretty much equal.

    So in what way are the Ravens better?

  16. twittajohnny says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:01 am
    Bills undefeated

    ————-

    As the Bills know intimately, if you don’t win the last one it doesn’t matter.

  17. It’s absolutely absurd if you think the colts the eagles and the titans are even the ravens are better than the raiders. They are not. You will be mistaken as time will tell

  18. maverick says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:00 am
    Rams being number 1 is right.

    Buccaneers are the most overrated team in the league. They got worse from last year and are some how number 2…

    ———

    The NFC is severely depleted from my perspective, and the Bucs are the best of what’s left. I think Bills are #1 then Bucs, then Rams. Stafford won’t be healthy enough to finish the year.

  19. In a year when everyone is chirping about the mighty AFC we have 60% of both the top-5 and top-10 teams from the NFC. Thank you, it is about time someone got back in touch with reality!

  20. 4. Chiefs: How are they not more widely regarded to be ready to get right back to where they’ve been for four straight years?

    ———–

    Because they lost the one thing that no other team had. A player that could get open down field on any play and the only QB in the league that could make those throws. Hill will be worse with Tua and Mahomes will be worse without Hill.

  21. chioeke9 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Raiders at 14?

    ________________

    Agreed, they should be 28th or worse!

  22. bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:19 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:35 am
    Bob Kraft has many regrets

    —————-

    If you live you 81 you will have regrets. I am sure his regrets are about moments he should have spent with his wife and family and barely about anything else. Football would be last on the list of regrets. His rep took a hit over the massage incident, but I hardly blame him. A moment of weakness from a good man.

    ——-

    Let’s be more specific. Kraft has regrets regarding not keeping Tom Brady. His team has not come close to even being competitive in a single postseason game since he left. He is looking at a .500ish team this season and for years to come with “the genius” GM whiffing on early round draft picks.

    Did that clarify it for you?

  23. youain’tgotwhatittakes says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:39 am
    Chiefs and Chargers are the clear front runners in the AFC West. Broncos will be right behind them.

    Raiders take a step in the wrong direction amidst all the scandals and draft misses the past couple years.
    ————————————
    I guess you missed the Raiders beating the Chargers last season to keep them out of the playoffs. The Raiders made the playoffs with those scandals and draft misses. Those misses are mostly gone and they have a better team then they fielded last season. Will their record reflect it could be another thing.

  24. IMHO, the Texans are not the worst team in the NFL! The Texans should be ranked ahead of the Jags, Jets, Bears, & Giants.

    Davis Mill had little to work with last season, yet Mills outperformed Lawrence, Wilson, Fields, and Jones. This season the Texans OL will be much better, and they will have a running game with rookie RB Pierce. The running game will help the Texans control the clock and give Mills more time to throw the ball. The Texans defense will be better with three new starters in the secondary, allowing more coverage sacks this year.

    IMHO, the Texans will be the surprise team of the NFL this season and win 7 to 9 games.

  25. 17. Patriots: How many years of post-Tom Brady struggles before Brady gets more credit than Bill Belichick for the Super Bowls?

    ——–

    The players play the game and deserve most of the credit, like Belichick often says. However, you can’t win 6 Super Bowls with the same coach and QB without them both mattering. Yes a great QB can win one without a great coach. I’m not sure a great coach can win any without a great QB. It hasn’t happened often. Reid just got over the hump with Mahomes for example. He had plenty of chances with lessor guys at the position but couldn’t do it.

  26. Of course Brady gets more credit for the SB wins than Coach B. Even Coach B would tell you that: “I don’t play the game on the field.” However, football is a team sport: Brady didn’t win the games by himself.

  27. Everyone is getting all excited about where their teams are ranked even though it means absolutely nothing. Remember this is not college football ladies and gentlemen. What Pro football Talk or anyone else ranks your team doesn’t ever come into play.

  28. I’m surprised that the Patriots are as high as #17,honestly. Since Brady left, my expectations are zero. Belichick’s moves have been head scratchers, to say the least. How long before the Krafts’ run out of patience? Love the #5 Packers take, also. I love that football is back!

  29. Raiders are the Lions of the AFC says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:37 am
    The Raiders are WAY too high, they will be finishing in the bottom 10.

    ————-

    Raiders and Chargers and Broncos have gotten better. Chiefs have gotten worse. Raiders and Chargers were kind of equal last year and I think they have both improved equally, so it will be close between them. The question is how much worse are the Chiefs? Are they at the same level as the Raiders and Chargers now or are they still slightly ahead? I feel like they are level now.

    As for the Broncos, they improved dramatically at the most important position, so it’s very hard to say where they are in the division. I suspect 4th, but they could compete for the division too. We don’t know until we see them.

  30. “The departure of Sean Payton is being met with a surprising degree of nonchalance. It’s a huge void …”

    No, it’s not. The passing game was ranked 32nd last year even before Winston got hurt. Brees made Payton, who is an overrated and glorified offensive coordinator. If they stink this year, it will be more about the fact their personnel is overrated and they don’t have a quarterback.

  31. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Pack should have traded Rogers
    ________

    Well, since you’re a Viking fan pretending to be something you’re not (Always a knee slapper, by the way. 🙄) I can completely understand your sentiment.

  32. nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:32 am
    bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:19 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:35 am
    Bob Kraft has many regrets

    —————-

    If you live you 81 you will have regrets. I am sure his regrets are about moments he should have spent with his wife and family and barely about anything else. Football would be last on the list of regrets. His rep took a hit over the massage incident, but I hardly blame him. A moment of weakness from a good man.

    ——-

    Let’s be more specific. Kraft has regrets regarding not keeping Tom Brady. His team has not come close to even being competitive in a single postseason game since he left. He is looking at a .500ish team this season and for years to come with “the genius” GM whiffing on early round draft picks.

    Did that clarify it for you?

    ————–

    Kraft is a billionaire who owns a team that won 6 Super Bowls in 20 years. If he has any regrets related to football they would be pretty selfish, which doesn’t seem like Kraft. I am sure Kraft wishes he had Brady longer given how well he’s played, but Kraft is probably also happy he supported Brady when Brady wanted to go a different direction.

    Kraft knows the Patriots would have been better the last 2 years with Brady, but I don’t think anyone, including Kraft, believes they would have contended for a Super Bowl. Given all this was inevitable, I doubt Kraft has many regrets.

  33. LOL

    The Pats were top 10 in both offense and defense last year and got better in the offseason, had a ROY of the QB (with one of the league’s best rookie years for a QB) if not for Jamar Chase’s outstanding rookie year, the Exec of the Year, won 7 straight games with a rookie QB and NFL RECORD, and the line says “how many more years of struggles” will it be without Brady.

    My goodness.

    Indy and Denver haven’t ever recovered from Peyton Manning and it’s been many years. BB does it overnight and it’s somehow a failure.

    We’ll see how New Orleans looks without Brees. So far, not so good.

    It’s just insanity. The lying and misinformation that surrounds the Pats is what we see used by agent orange and that creepy news channel.

    They just keep repeating lies over and over hoping people believe it.

  34. spiderjohn says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:24 am
    In a year when everyone is chirping about the mighty AFC we have 60% of both the top-5 and top-10 teams from the NFC. Thank you, it is about time someone got back in touch with reality!

    —————–

    Well, the AFC are much better. Of course the top few NFC teams could compete with any AFC team, but overall the balance of power has shifted back to where it was 2001-2006. A few great NFC teams, but otherwise NFC teams will be swept by the AFC.

  35. The hype around the Eagles has surprised me – I’ve even seen them in a number of Super Bowl picks. The depleted ranks of high-level quarterbacking in the NFC may create some openings, but it just doesn’t seem like they’re there yet.

    Chargers also seem to be getting vaulted ahead quickly – make it to the playoffs first, guys – so this more realistic ranking for them seems right.

    Ravens – this prediction could be every year. I can’t think of one reason why their postseason doldrums would change. They and Jackson have done nothing different.

    I don’t see how the Texans fall beneath the Giants, Falcons, Jets, and Bears. Those teams are disasters. Texans should be improved from last year and have a sneaky-great coaching staff.

    Patriots: I think Brady is the GOAT, but he will never get full credit for the dynasty, nor should he. It took both guys and a lot of fellow players doing their jobs to make that happen. Brady wouldn’t have that additional ring if he’d gone to a lesser team, while Belichick had far lesser QBs to work with post-Brady. It’s apples to oranges.

  36. “Buccaneers: It feels like Tom Brady‘s last ride. And it has always felt as if he’s destined to walk away with a trophy under his arm.”

    He’s had ample opportunities to do such. And he’s now blown that chance. Brady is going to look more end-stage Peyton Manning this season than anyone would have guessed possible.

  37. indywilson40 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:39 am

    I really believe this is the year that the Vikings win the Super Bowl. No, i am not a Vikings fan.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    No more ayahuasca for this guy, please! He’s hallucinating!

  38. Saying the Jaguars would be a fringe playoff team in the NFC while ranking them below all but one NFC team doesn’t make a ton of sense.

  39. The Bucs are getting way too much love in this ranking and I can’t figure out why. Oh wait, it’s because of their “me before team” QB who has one foot out the door. At least Giselle finally figured it out.

  40. Raiders are the Lions of the AFC says:

    The Raiders are WAY too high, they will be finishing in the bottom 10.

    ———————————————————————

    You apparently don’t understand how fluid power rankings can be across the entire season.

    And yes, the Raiders certainly could finish in the bottom 10 teams of the league by season’s end. That doesn’t mean they should be ranked there now.

  41. nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:20 am
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Buccaneers? They should be somewhere like #8. No way Bengals are better than the Ravens. Burrow won’t have the luxury of the Ravens missing of their top 2 DBs this year

    ———

    The Bengals have a better QB, RB and WRs. The also shored up their offensive line. I would compare the two teams’ defenses as pretty much equal.

    So in what way are the Ravens better?
    ______________________________________________

    How about the Ravens have a better team and coaches, period. Ravens had a ton of injuries last year in key positions. We will own the Bengals again, no worries there. Didn’t the Bengals lose to the Browns twice last year? Nuff said.

  42. In what world would ANYONE put New England lower than Miami?

    Even Belichek’s rankings would have Miami lower than his squad.

  43. It’s just an early ranking so I get it, but the Pack I have as a .500 team at best, the Ravens as a .500 team as well.

    Big question marks are the Cowboys, Bucs, and Chiefs.

  44. I used to love these lists when I used to be a Washington fan. Just scroll to the bottom and move up a few spots and there they were. Year after year.

  45. nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:30 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:20 am
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Buccaneers? They should be somewhere like #8. No way Bengals are better than the Ravens. Burrow won’t have the luxury of the Ravens missing of their top 2 DBs this year

    ———

    The Bengals have a better QB, RB and WRs. The also shored up their offensive line. I would compare the two teams’ defenses as pretty much equal.

    So in what way are the Ravens better?
    ______________________________________________

    How about the Ravens have a better team and coaches, period. Ravens had a ton of injuries last year in key positions. We will own the Bengals again, no worries there. Didn’t the Bengals lose to the Browns twice last year? Nuff said.

    00Rate This

    ————————

    You have no defense. Your offense is predictable and you constantly overrate your team with the blather coming from your coach.

    You’ll be missin the playoffs yet again, which is becoming the norm for Harbaugh. In the l last 10 years, they’ve missed the playoffs 4 or 5 times now.

    It’s a borderline playoff team at best.

  46. bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:44 am
    Raiders are the Lions of the AFC says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:37 am
    The Raiders are WAY too high, they will be finishing in the bottom 10.
    ————-
    Raiders and Chargers and Broncos have gotten better. Chiefs have gotten worse. Raiders and Chargers were kind of equal last year and I think they have both improved equally, so it will be close between them. The question is how much worse are the Chiefs? Are they at the same level as the Raiders and Chargers now or are they still slightly ahead? I feel like they are level now.
    As for the Broncos, they improved dramatically at the most important position, so it’s very hard to say where they are in the division. I suspect 4th, but they could compete for the division too. We don’t know until we see them.

    The Chiefs have caused many teams in the AFC to change defensive schemes, e.g. Buffalo/Von Miller, San Diego/Kahlil Mack et cetera…and nobody really knows exactly what to expect since Tyreek Hill left town. There will be fewer long plays where Hill was unstoppable, but there is a receivers room of very capable players and Andy Reid is rightfully known as an offensive wizard, so look for a lot of surprises

    In addition, the KC offensive line might now be the best in the NFL and the defense has, on paper, improved notably.

    The AFC West games will all be “MUST SEE TV”, but you are likely to be chagrined if you nay say the Chiefs.

  47. The #7 and #9 team QB’s have combined career stats of;
    36 nfl games, 4,800 yards, 27 td’s, 15 ints.
    Oh, and 10 wins, combined, for their careers.

  48. Cardinals are a 6-7 win team this year.

    Much worse roster, brutal schedule, a coach who never wins any 2nd half games, and an overrated QB who will continue to look overmatched without Hopkins around.

  49. youain’tgotwhatittakes says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:39 am

    Chiefs and Chargers are the clear front runners in the AFC West. Broncos will be right behind them.

    Raiders take a step in the wrong direction amidst all the scandals and draft misses the past couple years.

    _____________________

    You couldn’t be more spot on, The Raiders squeaked into the playoffs last year but blew all their draft capital on Devante Adams. The Raiders have no OL and their defense is terrible. They are clearly going to be the struggling team in that division while all the other teams drastically improved their rosters. The Raiders were too busy Gruden scandals and their rookie WRs crashing corvettes in Vegas!

  50. 17. Patriots: How many years of post-Tom Brady struggles before Brady gets more credit than Bill Belichick for the Super Bowls?
    ———————————————————-

    Without Bill masterfully pushing all of Brady’s buttons throughout the years, Brady is David Blough.
    The relationship was the perfect storm of symbiosis.

  51. Raiders are the Lions of the AFC says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:37 am

    The Raiders are WAY too high, they will be finishing in the bottom 10.

    _______________________________________

    Raiders are going to flop big time. They will move down the ladder very fast!

  52. Hope springs eternal for all 32 teams the week before opening day.

    Cincy fans, sleep on the Pittsburgh and Baltimore if you want. Come Week 17, the Bengals will be on the outside looking in for a playoff spot.

  53. The Patriots could be a little higher or a ton lower (thats where I think the range sitsj and way too much is unknown with them at this point. But either way that was Nonsense comment on them. I would like to see Brady succeed with 1) a team strapped for cap space from too many ‘win now’ seasons in a row. And 2) a team turning around and rebuilding, and do either or both without Belichick to get him through that. Lots of QBs can jump to a stacked team and do well, but taking a ‘not stacked’ team on your back and carrying them is a whole different ball game. It can of course be argued that Brady did help Belichick with that at times because he did, but post Brady Belichick has a rebuilding team still making the playoffs which is showing us something. If Brady really wants to impress us go to a mid tier team and see if he can still make that much difference without Belichick.

  54. ————————

    You have no defense. Your offense is predictable and you constantly overrate your team with the blather coming from your coach.

    You’ll be missin the playoffs yet again, which is becoming the norm for Harbaugh. In the l last 10 years, they’ve missed the playoffs 4 or 5 times now.

    It’s a borderline playoff team at best.
    ____________________________________________

    You really went back 10 years? With Lamar, the Ravens have made the playoffs every year he has finished the season. Only the “suddenly highly coveted” Huntley blew our playoffs chances last year. The offense IS very predictable, but you still gotta stop it. Only injuries derailed the Ravens last year. The Ravens will be kicking * and taking a lot of names this year. Are you listening, Buffalo?

  55. touchback 6 says: The Pats were top 10 in both offense and defense last year and got better in the offseason, had a ROY of the QB (with one of the league’s best rookie years for a QB) if not for Jamar Chase’s outstanding rookie year, the Exec of the Year, won 7 straight games with a rookie QB and NFL RECORD, and the line says “how many more years of struggles” will it be without Brady.

    ——————————

    Ben won 13 straight his rookie season… the record.

  56. bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:54 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:32 am
    bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:19 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:35 am
    Bob Kraft has many regrets

    —————-

    If you live you 81 you will have regrets. I am sure his regrets are about moments he should have spent with his wife and family and barely about anything else. Football would be last on the list of regrets. His rep took a hit over the massage incident, but I hardly blame him. A moment of weakness from a good man.

    ——-

    Let’s be more specific. Kraft has regrets regarding not keeping Tom Brady. His team has not come close to even being competitive in a single postseason game since he left. He is looking at a .500ish team this season and for years to come with “the genius” GM whiffing on early round draft picks.

    Did that clarify it for you?

    ————–

    Kraft is a billionaire who owns a team that won 6 Super Bowls in 20 years. If he has any regrets related to football they would be pretty selfish, which doesn’t seem like Kraft. I am sure Kraft wishes he had Brady longer given how well he’s played, but Kraft is probably also happy he supported Brady when Brady wanted to go a different direction.

    Kraft knows the Patriots would have been better the last 2 years with Brady, but I don’t think anyone, including Kraft, believes they would have contended for a Super Bowl. Given all this was inevitable, I doubt Kraft has many regrets

    —————————-

    When Brady left the team around him was hurting badly from too many win now decisions during his final years. It wasn’t bad planning, without hindsight no one expected Brady to keep going like he did so each year was being treated as the last chance to grab something. Had he stayed the money the Patriots would have had to pay him would have prevented any chance if turning the team around, it was about to be a bad team plus Brady situation. Cam Newton was actually a terrific boon for the Pats because he held the spot on the cheap for a year which put BB in a position to do the overhaul and start climbing up the standings again with youth. This year he has swapped in more youth, lots of it. None of this would have happened had they kept Brady. It would have been bad for both sides. I dont think Kraft, BB, nor Brady have any regrets over his departure.

  57. Bills win raiders win tenn wins
    Cinn wins..
    Raiders
    Bills win there div

    Rams Tampa will have 6-11 season

  58. Raiders are winning the west this year! Chiefs WR’s are trash, Staley will go for it on 4th too much and blow the season like last year. Russ isn’t enough to save the donkeys.

  59. nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:30 am

    How about the Ravens have a better team and coaches, period. Ravens had a ton of injuries last year in key positions. We will own the Bengals again, no worries there. Didn’t the Bengals lose to the Browns twice last year? Nuff said

    ———————————-

    Harbaugh is always talked about as a great coach. But aside from one championship (and a lot of teams have done it once) its always an excuse instead of a result. “Our great coach would have led us to greatness except……” has been the mantra every year.

    The truly great coaches also had occasional years with excuses instead of results of course. But they had plen off yeears wi ults, many of them by overcoming things that could have instead been excuses. Harbaugh seems to lack that ingredient. He and his fans talk a good game, but he has had plenty enough years to live up to that game they talk, and its always an excuse instead.

    If you just count end results and not fanboy hype, Harbaugh is maybe above average, but not by a lot if he is. I see him as competent, but nothing special.

  60. Titans at 8? In the afc? They may make the playoffs due to a weak division -colts I still think are better- but 8? And you got MN below 20? Phew

  61. nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Let’s be more specific. Kraft has regrets regarding not keeping Tom Brady.
    ========================================================================================
    How is this still a thing? In his final year in NE, he had one foot out the door. He was negotiating deals to join the Dolphins (and to get ownership in the team). And when that wasnt gonna work out, he started negotiating with the Bucs, the 49ers, the Raiders, and pretty much every team not named “The Patriots”. Kraft was not keeping Tom. Tom was out because Tom wanted out. He said the right things publicly, but now that the back room deals have come to light, how can anyone act like Brady left for any reason other than “Brady was done with the Patriots and he wanted to play somewhere else”. Thats just a fact.

  62. It may just be me, but isn’t it pointless to create a new power ranking before the start of the season that differs from the draft pick order? Yes, we can say Tom Brady will make the Buccaneers, and they could have brought in all the free agents they wanted, but we see ALL the time that free agents acquisitions do not amount to much. The Ravens might be better than the Bengals (as one poster said), but we have no proof of that. There is no way to dictate that those coming off injuries will be as effective as before. How often have we seen an athlete get injured and return a shell of their former self? It is cool to read what each team did in the offseason to better themselves, but a power ranking that is different from the draft makes zero sense until we see proof that teams can perform up to the new “expectations.”

  63. So the Cowboys out scored the Eagles 92-47 last season and they’re still a spot ahead of the Cowboys? I don’t understand all the hype surrounding the Eagles. The games weren’t even close last year and they didn’t upgrade the one position that is the most critical to turning around a team- the quarterback.

  64. Just wondering if this preseason power rankings list is put together by Florio alone or with input from others?

    Anyway you have to start somewhere but having the Titans, Eagles and Cowboys in the top ten is eye opening.

    The Ravens seem buried at 12 while he lists the Bengals at 6 and the Chargers in the middle of the field at 15?

    These picks seem to be more of a reflection on how things finished last year then an anticipation of these new look rosters and what will take place this coming season.

    But bring it on!

  65. gruden grinder says:
    September 6, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Raiders are winning the west this year! Chiefs WR’s are trash, Staley will go for it on 4th too much and blow the season like last year. Russ isn’t enough to save the donkeys.

    ______________________

    The only thing that’s trash is the Raiders OL, LOL! Having protection for your QB is way more important than a WR. WR are a dime a dozen the NFL. OL personnel is the hardest thing to come by and the Raiders dumped their 1st round pick – Leatherwood.

    The only the Raiders are winning that division is LAST PLACE!

  66. Pretty good rankings, better than the others ive seen. I still do not understand the Bengals not being a top 3 team but its opinion based so thats fair. There are bigger question marks for the Bucs, the biggest being is this the year Brady looks his age. Father time is undefeated. Same goes for Aaron Rodgers. When the greats slow down it happens very quickly, that elite level to “good” or “very good” is steep. Those 2 teams both are barely above average if you take them off.

  67. florioforag says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:35 am
    bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:44 am
    Raiders are the Lions of the AFC says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:37 am
    The Raiders are WAY too high, they will be finishing in the bottom 10.
    ————-
    Raiders and Chargers and Broncos have gotten better. Chiefs have gotten worse.

    _____________________________

    The Raiders picking up a massive cap hit for WR while losing critical draft picks this off season is not better. The Raiders have no OL and they dumped their 1st rounder big OL from 2021. The Raiders defense is terrible. If any team got worse this off season it’s the Raiders. Too many eggs in Devante’s basket, the Packers are laughing at the Raiders! Fleeced!

  68. Raiders and Chargers and Broncos have gotten better. Chiefs have gotten worse.

    _____________________________

    The Raiders picking up a massive cap hit for WR while losing critical draft picks this off season is not better. The Raiders have no OL and they dumped their 1st rounder big OL from 2021. The Raiders defense is terrible. If any team got worse this off season it’s the Raiders. Too many eggs in Devante’s basket, the Packers are laughing at the Raiders! Fleeced!

  69. 1 Bills
    2 Rams
    3 Chiefs
    4 Bengals
    5 Packers
    6 Chargers
    7 Buccaneers
    8 Ravens
    9 49ers
    10 Titans
    11 Colts
    12 Steelers
    13 Eagles
    14 Cardinals
    15 Raiders
    16 Dolphins
    17 Cowboys
    18 Broncos
    19 Patriots
    20 Browns
    21 Saints
    22 Vikings
    23 Jaguars
    24 Panthers
    25 Lions
    26 Seahawks
    27 Commanders
    28 Falcons
    29 Bears
    30 Texans
    31 Jets
    32 Giants

  70. nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:30 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:20 am
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Buccaneers? They should be somewhere like #8. No way Bengals are better than the Ravens. Burrow won’t have the luxury of the Ravens missing of their top 2 DBs this year

    ———

    The Bengals have a better QB, RB and WRs. The also shored up their offensive line. I would compare the two teams’ defenses as pretty much equal.

    So in what way are the Ravens better?
    ______________________________________________

    How about the Ravens have a better team and coaches, period. Ravens had a ton of injuries last year in key positions. We will own the Bengals again, no worries there. Didn’t the Bengals lose to the Browns twice last year? Nuff said

    ——

    The Bengals lost to the Browns…and made it to the SB. Meanwhile the Ravens missed the postseason and Lamar has a 1-3 postseason record. Your post won’t age well. I’ll keep a copy for later in the year

  71. gruden grinder says:
    September 6, 2022 at 12:18 pm
    Raiders are winning the west this year! Chiefs WR’s are trash, Staley will go for it on 4th too much and blow the season like last year. Russ isn’t enough to save the donkeys.

    ———————————————————-

    See, now this makes perfect sense, logically, based on the teams. Not saying it will happen, but at least it is a valid argument.

  72. 174eva says:
    September 6, 2022 at 12:30 pm
    Just wondering if this preseason power rankings list is put together by Florio alone or with input from others?

    Anyway you have to start somewhere but having the Titans, Eagles and Cowboys in the top ten is eye opening.

    The Ravens seem buried at 12 while he lists the Bengals at 6 and the Chargers in the middle of the field at 15?

    These picks seem to be more of a reflection on how things finished last year then an anticipation of these new look rosters and what will take place this coming season.

    But bring it on!

    ———————————-

    Since this was done before anyone plays a game and it’s a crapshoot making predictions based on offseason/preseason), it’s a valid thing to largely reflect where it stood last time we watched everyone play as your starting point. It can all be adjust after we start seeing teams on the field again.

  73. florioforag says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:35 am

    The AFC West games will all be “MUST SEE TV”, but you are likely to be chagrined if you nay say the Chiefs.

    ————-

    Good point on the OL. Can’t disagree with that. I think their margin has gotten smaller, but you may very well be right that the Chiefs are still the best team in the AFC West.

  74. Herman Peters says:
    September 6, 2022 at 12:17 pm
    Saints at 20 please give me a break they will be better then most teams

    ————-

    Coach and QB are a problem for the Saints. Their D may still be formidable. I couldn’t put them past BUF, TB, LAR, KC, OAK, LAC, IND, TEN, CIN, BAL, GB, MIN (in no particular order), but anything after that and you could make an argument for the Saints. So maybe somewhere in in 13-17 would be more appropriate.

  75. bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:37 am
    17. Patriots: How many years of post-Tom Brady struggles before Brady gets more credit than Bill Belichick for the Super Bowls?

    ——–

    The players play the game and deserve most of the credit, like Belichick often says. However, you can’t win 6 Super Bowls with the same coach and QB without them both mattering. Yes a great QB can win one without a great coach. I’m not sure a great coach can win any without a great QB. It hasn’t happened often. Reid just got over the hump with Mahomes for example. He had plenty of chances with lessor guys at the position but couldn’t do it.
    —————————–
    Exhibit 1: Joe Gibbs with 3 superbowl wins and no great QBs
    Belichick hasn’t done anything without Brady that deserves the adjective “Great coach”.

  76. do you have rere4brains? says:
    September 6, 2022 at 12:52 pm
    florioforag says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:35 am
    bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:44 am
    Raiders are the Lions of the AFC says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:37 am
    The Raiders are WAY too high, they will be finishing in the bottom 10.
    ————-
    Raiders and Chargers and Broncos have gotten better. Chiefs have gotten worse.

    _____________________________

    The Raiders picking up a massive cap hit for WR while losing critical draft picks this off season is not better. The Raiders have no OL and they dumped their 1st rounder big OL from 2021. The Raiders defense is terrible. If any team got worse this off season it’s the Raiders. Too many eggs in Devante’s basket, the Packers are laughing at the Raiders! Fleeced!

    ————–

    The Raiders D is definitely better. Maybe their business operations hasn’t set them up as well for the future, but they are much better this year than last. 0 Packers fans think GB fleeced the Raiders. They all want Devante back.

  77. nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:03 pm
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:30 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:20 am
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Buccaneers? They should be somewhere like #8. No way Bengals are better than the Ravens. Burrow won’t have the luxury of the Ravens missing of their top 2 DBs this year

    ———

    The Bengals have a better QB, RB and WRs. The also shored up their offensive line. I would compare the two teams’ defenses as pretty much equal.

    So in what way are the Ravens better?
    ______________________________________________

    How about the Ravens have a better team and coaches, period. Ravens had a ton of injuries last year in key positions. We will own the Bengals again, no worries there. Didn’t the Bengals lose to the Browns twice last year? Nuff said

    ——

    The Bengals lost to the Browns…and made it to the SB. Meanwhile the Ravens missed the postseason and Lamar has a 1-3 postseason record. Your post won’t age well. I’ll keep a copy for later in the year
    __________________________________________-

    You do that, and last year the Ravens were first place in the division, until Lamar went down. So, exactly when will you make your big reveal? Keep blowing the dust off.

  78. This is a Quarterback driven league. You will not do well if your team does not have a B+ or better Quarterback. The 49ers are such a team; Trey Lance may or may not be the answer, but as an unproven QB, how can they be ranked in the Top 10?

  79. indywilson40 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:39 am

    I really believe this is the year that the Vikings win the Super Bowl. No, i am not a Vikings fan.
    _________

    If you were a Vikings fan, you would know to never make that prediction.

  80. bobhk says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:28 pm
    bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:37 am
    17. Patriots: How many years of post-Tom Brady struggles before Brady gets more credit than Bill Belichick for the Super Bowls?

    ——–

    The players play the game and deserve most of the credit, like Belichick often says. However, you can’t win 6 Super Bowls with the same coach and QB without them both mattering. Yes a great QB can win one without a great coach. I’m not sure a great coach can win any without a great QB. It hasn’t happened often. Reid just got over the hump with Mahomes for example. He had plenty of chances with lessor guys at the position but couldn’t do it.
    —————————–
    Exhibit 1: Joe Gibbs with 3 superbowl wins and no great QBs
    Belichick hasn’t done anything without Brady that deserves the adjective “Great coach”.

    ———–

    Well Theismann was great. So at least 1 Super Bowl with a great QB. And 87 was the replacement season, so have to consider that too, but you’re right. Gibbs was a great coach for sure. No question and he won a bunch with supreme defense and running game and a mediocre QB.

    As for BB he did win 2 super bowls as DC for the Giants and get his game plan into the HOF. He also turned around a Cleveland franchise and set up the draft pick that became Ray Lewis after they moved. Not to mention, winning in 2001 wasn’t exactly all about Brady. Also, the entire football world was pissed when Brady didn’t give the job back to Bledsoe at the time. So BB was pretty great before Brady ever came along. Not Joe Gibbs great, but pretty great.

  81. iamnotfrank says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:55 pm
    This is a Quarterback driven league. You will not do well if your team does not have a B+ or better Quarterback. The 49ers are such a team; Trey Lance may or may not be the answer, but as an unproven QB, how can they be ranked in the Top 10?
    ——————-
    Because their back up QB was good enough for the team to make it to the final 4 and Super Bowl when healthy (2019 and 2022).
    Given that fact , there’s an argument that they are ranked too low.

  82. plowdawg65 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 12:27 pm
    So the Cowboys out scored the Eagles 92-47 last season and they’re still a spot ahead of the Cowboys? I don’t understand all the hype surrounding the Eagles. The games weren’t even close last year and they didn’t upgrade the one position that is the most critical to turning around a team- the quarterback.
    —-

    True, Dallas hung 50+ points on Washington and Philly toward season’s end. But this was because half of Washington’s team was out on COVID protocols and Philly benched everyone for the upcoming playoffs. And as we saw, Dallas lost in their first round playoff game, so a lot of good it did.

    Also, Dak Prescott has as many Super Bowl rings as Jalen Hurts.

  83. iamnotfrank says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:55 pm
    This is a Quarterback driven league. You will not do well if your team does not have a B+ or better Quarterback. The 49ers are such a team; Trey Lance may or may not be the answer, but as an unproven QB, how can they be ranked in the Top 10?

    ——–

    Well they still have Jimmy G and they went to the NFC Championship twice and the Super Bowl once with him. Either Lance is an upgrade or they should be able to contend again with Jimmy. Jimmy is a proven B+ guy.

  84. The GM is Kwesi says:
    September 6, 2022 at 2:22 pm
    indywilson40 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:39 am

    I really believe this is the year that the Vikings win the Super Bowl. No, i am not a Vikings fan.
    _________

    If you were a Vikings fan, you would know to never make that prediction.

    ——–

    Ha! Hopefully it doesn’t come down to a kick.

  85. The GM is Kwesi says:
    September 6, 2022 at 2:22 pm
    indywilson40 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:39 am

    I really believe this is the year that the Vikings win the Super Bowl. No, i am not a Vikings fan.
    _________

    If you were a Vikings fan, you would know to never make that prediction.

    ———

    As good as the Chargers should be on paper, they lost to the Patriots last year and missed the playoffs. Yes, they have upgraded, but Herbert was handled by better defenses. The jury is still out on how great they will be.

  86. _SG3 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:35 pm
    There is not 14 team better than the Chargers. Lmao @ this list.

    ————

    As good as the Chargers should be on paper, they lost to the Patriots last year and missed the playoffs. Yes, they have upgraded, but Herbert was handled by better defenses. The jury is still out on how great they will be

  87. The patriots are about 15 spots too high. Their super bowl is beating the Jets once this year.

  88. These Week 1 power rankings or whatever you want to call them are certainly gonna be wrong anyway so why not:

    1 Rams
    2 Bills
    3 Chiefs
    4 49ers
    5 Buccaneers
    6 Bengals
    7 Packers
    8 Chargers
    9 Eagles
    10 Ravens
    11 Colts
    12 Broncos
    13 Raiders
    14 Vikings
    15 Titans
    16 Steelers
    17 Dolphins
    18 Saints
    19 Cowboys
    20 Cardinals
    21 Browns
    22 Patriots
    23 Lions
    24 Panthers
    25 Commanders
    26 Jets
    27 Jaguars
    28 Giants
    29 Seahawks
    30 Falcons
    31 Bears
    32 Texans

  89. nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:42 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:03 pm
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:30 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:20 am
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Buccaneers? They should be somewhere like #8. No way Bengals are better than the Ravens. Burrow won’t have the luxury of the Ravens missing of their top 2 DBs this year

    ———

    The Bengals have a better QB, RB and WRs. The also shored up their offensive line. I would compare the two teams’ defenses as pretty much equal.

    So in what way are the Ravens better?
    ______________________________________________

    How about the Ravens have a better team and coaches, period. Ravens had a ton of injuries last year in key positions. We will own the Bengals again, no worries there. Didn’t the Bengals lose to the Browns twice last year? Nuff said

    ——

    The Bengals lost to the Browns…and made it to the SB. Meanwhile the Ravens missed the postseason and Lamar has a 1-3 postseason record. Your post won’t age well. I’ll keep a copy for later in the year
    __________________________________________-

    You do that, and last year the Ravens were first place in the division, until Lamar went down. So, exactly when will you make your big reveal? Keep blowing the dust off

    ———

    The Big Reveal would be Lamar winning another postseason game for the Ravens. And what makes you think he won’t get injured again this season?

  90. Saints were 23-14 starting a QB other than Brees in the Payton era. So it wasn’t just Brees, although he was a HOF-caliber QB. Defense is still potentially formidable. Nearly all of the coaches on both sides of the ball, including DA and Pete Carmichael (the offensive coordinator, at least in title) were hired by Payton, and are returning. This year we will truly see how much Payton will be missed – or not.

  91. Belichick hasn’t done anything without Brady that deserves the adjective “Great coach”.

    ——-

    If Brady had remained in NE instead of leaving, would they have won any playoff games? The last year he was there they were one and done to TN and threw a pick six to end it.

    Would he have been able to beat the Bills last year in the playoffs?

    For all the Brady was the reason people, would the Pats have been SB champs at any point the last 2 years?

  92. The energy some non-fans devote to hating on the Raiders is hilarious. The team should be flattered it takes up so much rent-free space in your heads. Now watch us win the division.

  93. Looks solid. Why is anyone complaining? This is a dart board right now. Every year there are teams we think will be bad who are really good, and teams projected high who disappoint.

    We really won’t know for a month or so how things will shake out. This looks about right at the moment, however.

  94. Well they still have Jimmy G and they went to the NFC Championship twice and the Super Bowl once with him. Either Lance is an upgrade or they should be able to contend again with Jimmy. Jimmy is a proven B+ guy.

    ———-
    Jimmy is not the starter this week, and baring injury, he wont be next week. It would take Lance to lay an egg for at least six weeks before Jimmy G is back in as a starter. This means that Trey Lance, and Trey Lance alone is calculated in this power ranking. A team with an unproven QB should not be in the top 10. Give them 11 I would say, and that is because if Lance is a B+ they will easily break into the Top 10.

  95. Colts, Chargers, Ravens ranked too low, Eagles, Cowboys and 49ers all ranked too high. These are all funny to look back on by about halfway through the season. The top six are all safe bets though.

  96. I didn’t know Brady joined a stacked 7-9 team. That’s funny. Matthew Stafford joined a stacked Rams playoff team. The fact that team made it to the super bowl with Jared Goff tells you everything you need to know about this comparison. Brady would single-handedly turn the Falcons into super bowl contenders overnight. A move like that would give sportsbooks a heart attack.

  97. nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 3:19 pm
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:42 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:03 pm
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:30 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:20 am
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Buccaneers? They should be somewhere like #8. No way Bengals are better than the Ravens. Burrow won’t have the luxury of the Ravens missing of their top 2 DBs this year

    ———

    The Bengals have a better QB, RB and WRs. The also shored up their offensive line. I would compare the two teams’ defenses as pretty much equal.

    So in what way are the Ravens better?
    ______________________________________________

    How about the Ravens have a better team and coaches, period. Ravens had a ton of injuries last year in key positions. We will own the Bengals again, no worries there. Didn’t the Bengals lose to the Browns twice last year? Nuff said

    ——

    The Bengals lost to the Browns…and made it to the SB. Meanwhile the Ravens missed the postseason and Lamar has a 1-3 postseason record. Your post won’t age well. I’ll keep a copy for later in the year
    __________________________________________-

    You do that, and last year the Ravens were first place in the division, until Lamar went down. So, exactly when will you make your big reveal? Keep blowing the dust off

    ———

    The Big Reveal would be Lamar winning another postseason game for the Ravens. And what makes you think he won’t get injured again this season?
    _______________________________________________________________

    One injury in 4 years says he won’t, that’s all I have to go by. What are your data points? All these firsts with Lamar. Only NFL QB where everyone knows his playoff record. Why is that? Because you have to find something to poke a hole in his game. Go troll another QB, plenty ones out there of lesser value and recite Herbert’s playoff record while you are at it, oh wait.

  98. “Chiefs: How are they not more widely regarded to be ready to get right back to where they’ve been for four straight years?”

    How about a significantly less talented receiver room and a defense that seems to get worse every season?

  99. I’m picking the Bengals over the Packers for the Lombardi Trophy. How fitting. Forrest Gregg’s two teams. The top two QB’s face off.

  100. Why is Washington still listed as Washington, when every other team is listed by their nickname, now that Washington’s nickname isn’t “offensive” anymore?

  101. I didn’t know Brady joined a stacked 7-9 team. That’s funny.

    ____

    Its is? These players aren’t any good?

    Mike Evans
    Chris Godwin
    Gronkowski
    Antonio Brown
    Leonard Fournette
    Davonte david
    Devin White
    Shaq barrett
    Jason Pierre Paul

    The reason they went 7-9 the year before is bc Winston threw 30 picks with 6 pick-sixes that literally cost them 4 games. He also threw for over 5000 yards and 33 tds that year (without Gronk, AB, and Fournette).

    But lets keep pretending it was a bad team with no talent……

  102. outstanding rookie year, the Exec of the Year, won 7 straight games with a rookie QB and NFL RECORD, and the line

    ———

    Sorry that’s not an nfl record.

  103. bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:32 pm
    Zero Packers fans think GB fleeced the Raiders. They all want Devante back.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    “That opinion can’t be further from the truth. The Packers went 7-0 without Adams in the lineup. Don’t get the Packer fans wrong….they like him, they wish him the best, they’ll welcome him into the Packer HOF someday, but he won’t be missed. We should know.”
    -Greg Jennings, James Jones, Javon Walker

  104. Ranking the league beginning of season is likely pointless BUT I can see having an idea about each division:

    NFC North: Packers; Vikings; Bears; Lions
    South: Bucs; Saints; Panthers; Falcons
    East: Cowboys; Eagles; Commanders; Giants
    West: Rams; 49ers; Cardinals; Seahawks

    Afc North: Bengals; Steelers; Ravens; Browns
    South: Cols; Titans; Jaguars; Texans
    East: Bills; Dolphins; Patriots; Jets
    West: Chief; Chargers; Raiders; Broncos

  105. Gannon. You are sleeping
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 5:23 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 3:19 pm
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:42 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 1:03 pm
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 11:30 am
    nhpats2011 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 10:20 am
    nite2al says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Buccaneers? They should be somewhere like #8. No way Bengals are better than the Ravens. Burrow won’t have the luxury of the Ravens missing of their top 2 DBs this year

    ———

    The Bengals have a better QB, RB and WRs. The also shored up their offensive line. I would compare the two teams’ defenses as pretty much equal.

    So in what way are the Ravens better?
    ______________________________________________

    How about the Ravens have a better team and coaches, period. Ravens had a ton of injuries last year in key positions. We will own the Bengals again, no worries there. Didn’t the Bengals lose to the Browns twice last year? Nuff said

    ——

    The Bengals lost to the Browns…and made it to the SB. Meanwhile the Ravens missed the postseason and Lamar has a 1-3 postseason record. Your post won’t age well. I’ll keep a copy for later in the year
    __________________________________________-

    You do that, and last year the Ravens were first place in the division, until Lamar went down. So, exactly when will you make your big reveal? Keep blowing the dust off

    ———

    The Big Reveal would be Lamar winning another postseason game for the Ravens. And what makes you think he won’t get injured again this season?
    _______________________________________________________________

    One injury in 4 years says he won’t

    ——

    So using your logic, one playoff win in 4 years says he won’t be winning any postseason games wither. Good logic!

  106. I have a good feeling if the Bengals would have won the super bowl last year this article would not have started with defending champions are always on top.

  107. “Is is? These players aren’t any good? But lets keep pretending it was a bad team with no talent.” And without Brady signing Gronk, Brown and Fournette for the Bucs, which all four of those players scored points for the team in the super bowl, that team would have been awful.

    The Bucs had five wins two seasons prior. Keep saying that Brady wasn’t responsible for the team making the playoffs and winning the super bowl, though. It’s wrong. He was the common denominator.

  108. As good as the Chargers should be on paper, they lost to the Patriots last year and missed the playoffs. Yes, they have upgraded, but Herbert was handled by better defenses. The jury is still out on how great they will behe Bears beat the Raiders

    ___________________-

    The Bears beat the Raiders last season at home! LOL!

    The Raiders are finishing in last place. Patriots will be fighting for their division against the Bills.

  109. My prediction for the 2022 NFL season is, foremost, no repeat champions. Ref ball shenanigans will alter many preconceived notions of what power rankings will take place. Off field matters will become more important than on field achievements. The New York Giants make the playoffs. New England makes the playoffs and wins at least one playoff game. The Buccaneers fall apart due to a wide array of issues, not least of which is Tom Brady’s ambivalence towards his direction in life. This gets known possibly on this Sunday night’s game where I think Brady’s distractions off the field will culminate in at least a below average game; or at worst, an age-related injury which derails his and the Bucs’ season and Brady’s career. The New York Jets make the playoffs in a surprising fashion. The Chiefs make the Super Bowl, unless the Pats upset the balance. The 49ers make the Super Bowl and win. And, in a left field idea, a competitor pro football organization to directly compete with the NFL is announced with guaranteed contracts for players in the NFL to defect. This will be the biggest story, should this occur. The LIV Golf precedent will spread to other sports. Let me know if you think I am off base.

    Lax39

  110. I’m sure everybody disagrees with multiple things here, as i do as well, but ill just point out what I think is the worst. TITANS way overrated at # 8.

  111. ——

    So using your logic, one playoff win in 4 years says he won’t be winning any postseason games wither. Good logic
    ______________________

    Exactly, it’s the same logic that said Stafford and Manning among others would never win a SB because of early playoff losses. Only when it comes to Lamar… Not only are we predictiing poor playoffs, but injury as well. I swear man, no other player in NFL history gets this type of vitriol with the amount of success achieved so far. And Josh Allen is suddenly some great playoff hero at 3-2, haven’t even reached a championship game, but whatever floats your boat guys.

  112. Colts are too high until Ryan proves he still has it. (And with his WR room, that’s gonna be a tough task.) Bucs are too high: Brady has too many issues – including age – to recapture super bowl magic. 49ers are too high: Lance, I believe, will be a bust and by the time Jimmy G takes over the season will be lost. Otherwise, a pretty fair list.

  113. lax39 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 8:46 pm
    My prediction for the 2022 NFL season is, foremost, no repeat champions. Ref ball shenanigans will alter many preconceived notions of what power rankings will take place. Off field matters will become more important than on field achievements. The New York Giants make the playoffs. New England makes the playoffs and wins at least one playoff game. The Buccaneers fall apart due to a wide array of issues, not least of which is Tom Brady’s ambivalence towards his direction in life. This gets known possibly on this Sunday night’s game where I think Brady’s distractions off the field will culminate in at least a below average game; or at worst, an age-related injury which derails his and the Bucs’ season and Brady’s career. The New York Jets make the playoffs in a surprising fashion. The Chiefs make the Super Bowl, unless the Pats upset the balance. The 49ers make the Super Bowl and win. And, in a left field idea, a competitor pro football organization to directly compete with the NFL is announced with guaranteed contracts for players in the NFL to defect. This will be the biggest story, should this occur. The LIV Golf precedent will spread to other sports. Let me know if you think I am off base.

    Lax39
    ——————————-
    I’ll give you the possibility of the Chiefs and the Niners meeting in the SB. Everything else you have here seems way out in left field. The Giants AND the Jets making the playoffs? Not gonna happen. Another pro league? that’s been tried a number of times to no avail. No repeat champions? I agree. Look for the Ravens to get top the SB. Lamar is about to prove why he is the most dangerous weapon in the NFL.

  114. “Is is? These players aren’t any good? But lets keep pretending it was a bad team with no talent.” And without Brady signing Gronk, Brown and Fournette for the Bucs, which all four of those players scored points for the team in the super bowl, that team would have been awful.
    ==========

    2019, no Brady – 3rd scoring offense
    2020 All-star team – 3rd scoring offense

    It was the defense. 29th in 2019 to 8th in 2020.

  115. indywilson40 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 9:39 am
    I really believe this is the year that the Vikings win the Super Bowl. No, i am not a Vikings fan.

    ____________________________________________________________________________________

    I am a Vikings fan and I believe you’ve lost your mind.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.