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NFL 2022 Playoff Predictions

Mill Woods

Posted on September 4, 2022 23:29

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The 2022 NFL season starts Thursday night. Football fans are wound up and ready to go. It's time again to look into our crystal balls and guess — I mean predict — which teams will rise and fall. Fourteen of the 32 teams will still be playing once the post-season starts in January. First up: a look at the seven that should triumph in the AFC.

All the final personnel moves have been made, and it is time for the season kickoff.  Here are my seven AFC 2022 playoff picks — in alphabetic order — this is not a ranking.
 
1.     Bengals
The Bengals lost team leaders TE CJ Uzomah and DT Larry Ogunjobe but made a couple of moves to improve the offensive line and signed TE Hayden Hurst.  Behind QB Joe Burrow and RB Joe Mixon, the Bengals remain a rising star, so I don’t look for any ‘Super Bowl slump’. 

Good luck, Browns and Steelers.
 
2.     Bills
Because the division and the AFC are so tough, I only see the Bills rising from the East.  The Bills added LB Von Miller and TE OJ Howard.  And I think Josh Allen is now the most dangerously-complete QB in the NFL. 

The Dolphins are scary — they just hit the Chiefs for WR Tyreek Hill and LB Melvin Ingram.  But the Dolphins, after barely missing the playoffs twice, started over with a new head coach, Mike McDaniels, former 49ers OC. 

The Jets, behind HC Robert Saleh, are a good team with a QB problem.  The Patriots remain a well-coached, balanced team — but not ready for prime time. 
 
3.     Chiefs
The AFC West is now the toughest division in the NFL.  KC has been hit by free agency, especially defenders Matthews and Ingram.  But once more, no team grabbed OC Eric Bieniemy

The Chargers lost LB Uchenna Nwosu to Seattle in free agency.  They had the fourth-ranked offense last season but the 29th-ranked D.  The much-improved Broncos, for now, are simply facing too much competition. 
 
4.     Colts
Like Denver, Indy wants to mimic the 2021 Rams.  They already had a well-coached team, and now, they have veteran QBs Matt Ryan and Nick Foles to lead a Super Bowl push.  They added CB Stephon Gilmore and DE Yannick Ngakoue (from the Raiders) to an already stout defense. 

The Colts also have a favorable schedule, especially four games against the struggling Texans and Jaguars.
 
5.     Raiders
Darren Waller and Davante Adams are on the same team — are you kidding me?  QB Derrick Carr must be in heaven.  Las Vegas took some hits from free agency (Ngakoue) but also grabbed S Duron Harmon and LB Chandler Jones.  I think the Raiders, like the Chiefs, will survive their super tough schedules.
 
6.     Ravens
This is a roll of the dice after Lamar Jackson’s injury.  The Ravens also added bruising RB Mike Davis.  Defensively, their secondary improved with the addition of S Marcus Williams and CB Kyle Fuller
 
7.     Titans
The fierce Titan D is largely intact.  Questions about RB Derrick Henry’s foot injury remain.  How do you replace talents like WRs AJ Brown and Julio Jones?  Sign WR Robert Woods and TE Austin Hooper

So, I'll roll with these seven: Bengals, Bills, Chiefs, Colts, Raiders, Ravens, and Titans.

Next time, we'll talk about the NFC.

Mill Woods

Posted on September 4, 2022 23:29

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Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay say the Rams QB's elbow issue won't affect his workload to begin the season.

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