PFT’s 2022 NFL season predictions

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I am ready to get hurt again.

Yes, it’s a self-inflicted wound. But it’s an axe that must be swung. Unlike the one that Jack Del Rio once put in the Jacksonville locker room.

Every year, everyone who covers the NFL makes predictions for the season. If you don’t, you’re not really covering the NFL, are you?

The good news is that the results of the season in relation to the predictions do not operate as a disqualifying event. Otherwise, there would be very few people covering the NFL.

Here are the playoff predictions from all PFT writers. Fortunately, by the time the playoffs roll around, no one will care if we’re wrong or right.

Josh Alper

AFC

1. Bills; 2. Chargers; 3. Colts; 4. Ravens; 5. Chiefs; 6. Raiders; 7. Dolphins.

Wild card: Chargers over Dolphins, Raiders over Colts, Chiefs over Ravens.

Divisional: Bills over Raiders, Chiefs over Chargers.

Conference championship: Bills over Chiefs.

NFC

1. Packers; 2. Eagles; 3. Saints; 4. Rams; 5. Buccaneers; 6. 49ers; 7. Cardinals.

Wild card: Eagles over Cardinals, Saints over 49ers, Rams over Buccaneers.

Divisional: Rams over Packers; Eagles over Saints.

Conference championship: Eagles over Rams.

Super Bowl: Bills over Eagles.


Michael David Smith

AFC

1. Bills; 2. Chiefs; 3. Ravens; 4. Colts; 5. Broncos; 6. Chargers; 7. Bengals.

Wild card: Chiefs over Bengals, Chargers over Ravens, Broncos over Colts.

Divisional: Bills over Chargers, Chiefs over Broncos.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Bills.

NFC

1. Buccaneers; 2. Packers; 3. Cowboys; 4. Rams; 5. Vikings; 6. Eagles; 7. Cardinals.

Wild card: Packers over Cardinals, Cowboys over Eagles, Rams over Vikings.

Divisional: Buccaneers over Rams; Cowboys over Packers.

Conference championship: Buccaneers over Cowboys.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Buccaneers.


Myles Simmons

AFC

1. Bills; 2. Chiefs; 3. Ravens; 4. Colts; 5. Bengals; 6. Raiders; 7. Chargers.

Wild card: Chiefs over Chargers, Raiders over Ravens, Bengals over Colts.

Divisional: Bills over Raiders, Chiefs over Bengals.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Bills.

NFC

1. Buccaneers; 2. Rams; 3. Eagles; 4. Packers; 5. 49ers; 6. Saints; 7. Cowboys.

Wild card: Rams over Cowboys, Saints over Eagles, Packers over 49ers.

Divisional: Buccaneers over Saints; Rams over Packers.

Conference championship: Buccaneers over Rams.

Super Bowl: Buccaneers over Chiefs


Charean Williams

AFC

1. Bills; 2. Colts; 3. Bengals; 4. Raiders; 5. Dolphins; 6. Chargers; 7. Steelers.

Wild card: Steelers over Colts, Bengals over Chargers, Raiders over Dolphins.

Divisional: Bills over Steelers, Raiders over Bengals.

Conference championship: Bills over Raiders.

NFC

1. Eagles; 2. Rams; 3. Packers; 4. Saints; 5. Buccaneers; 6. 49ers; 7. Cardinals.

Wild card: Rams over Cardinals, 49ers over Packers, Saints over Buccaneers.

Divisional: Eagles over 49ers; Rams over Saints.

Conference championship: Eagles over Rams.

Super Bowl: Bills over Eagles.


Mike Florio

AFC

1. Chiefs; 2. Colts; 3. Bills; 4. Steelers; 5. Bengals; 6. Raiders; 7. Chargers.

Wild card: Colts over Chargers, Bills over Raiders, Steelers over Bengals.

Divisional: Chiefs over Steelers, Colts over Bills.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Colts.

NFC

1. Buccaneers; 2. 49ers; 3. Eagles; 4. Vikings; 5. Packers; 6. Rams; 7. Cowboys.

Wild card: 49ers over Cowboys, Rams over Eagles, Packers over Vikings.

Divisional: Buccaneers over Rams; Packers over 49ers.

Conference championship: Packers over Buccaneers.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Packers.

58 responses to “PFT’s 2022 NFL season predictions

  1. Insufficient consideration being given to home field advantage. And teams traveling east to play. Josh Alpert’s having Rams over Packers in Green Bay in January especially jumps out. (Of course, that’s once I get past the Packers being #1 NFC seed, even with an 8-0 head start by being gifted a rag doll division.)

  2. What?!?!? Not one expert selected the Patriots to even make the playoffs? BB and his minions shall be very upset!

  3. patriots will have a better record than the raiders. patriots also will make the playoffs while the Raiders are eliminated from playoff contention by week 12.

  4. Chiefs vs Packers for SB.

    Devante Adams will be at a sportsbook betting on Rodgers in the first round of the playoffs because the Raiders finish 5-12.

  5. Packers will absolutely win it all. Florio, if I am wrong, I am getting your face tattooed on my arm. Mark it down.

  6. Again with the Raider hatred. Aside from being a fan, I hope they make the playoffs just to make you people cry at night because they got there.

  7. Die hard Eagles fan of over 30 years here. This is the first time I can remember where the national media is hyping up the team more than the local media. The consensus in the local market seems to be they have a real shot at winning the NFC East, and maybe winning a playoff game too. I think that’s probably accurate. I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t see them being super bowl contenders.

  8. Funny thing is all these guys with their championship picks can’t even pick tomorrow’s game with any real certainty.

  9. Keep picking the Bills. Not happening.

    If you swapped Lamar Jackson for Jalen Hurts, both teams would for one year be better.

  10. I guess no one here gave the Eagles a chance of winning Super Bowl LII either…fine with me.

  11. Steelers to win the AFCN? As a Ravens fan, I still don’t see why people are sleeping on the Bengals.

  12. No Patriots?

    I guess the experts have lost faith in BB (71-79 without Brady) but still think TB12 (29-10 without BB) has a chance.

    BB-TB12 = mediocrity.

    TB12-BB = 7th Super Bowl victory (and counting).

  13. I HOPE the Packers can do as well as you think, but that WR room is very concerning. They’ll probably take the division or at worst, make it in via wildcard, but after that, who knows.

  14. coolscottyb says:
    September 7, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    I need explination on how the Bengals get better and wind up worse?
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    Because everything went right for the Bengals in the playoffs last season. All 3 playoff games could’ve gone either way & the same goes for the super bowl. The Bengals easily could’ve lost to the Raiders or Titans.

  15. Not one person picked the Patriots ? Really ? Although the AFC is stacked .so maybe not . The Colts are going to surprise of people this year . Colts and Bucs in Super Bowl !

  16. As an eagles fan, I’m pumped about the off-season additions but worried about all of the hype. Let’s pump the brakes a bit.

    Just kidding. Grease the light poles!

  17. “Because everything went right for the Bengals in the playoffs last season. All 3 playoff games could’ve gone either way & the same goes for the super bowl. The Bengals easily could’ve lost to the Raiders or Titans.” Yeah…but they didn’t, did they?

  18. Eagles in the Super Bowl with Hurts as QB…. LOL

    I’m gonna laugh my tail off if the Lions pull a huge upset week one

  19. Robert Kraft has -300 odds of firing Belichick at the end of this season. If that happens, it means retirement. One thing is for certain: the Patriots need a general manager.

  20. “Because everything went right for the Bengals in the playoffs last season. All 3 playoff games could’ve gone either way & the same goes for the super bowl. The Bengals easily could’ve lost to the Raiders or Titans.”

    Every team in the playoffs could have easily lost to the other..

  21. The vitriol against the Eagles in the comments makes me want to put some money on them. If the commenters here zig, the smart money is on the zag.

  22. Only 1 person has the Broncos not finishing in Fourth place in the AFC west. Everyone likes to point out how tough the division is, BUT that is only 6 games. Thats 11 games that aren’t division games. Denver has the easiest schedule in these OTHER 11 games of the four teams by far. Denver won’t be in Fourth place, unless they are ravished with injuries.

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