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Ten Toasty Teams In '22

Mill Woods

Posted on May 8, 2022 13:01

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Very soon, the NFL will announce its 2022 schedule. But we already have some insight into which teams will travel many pleasant miles and which fans may travel trails of tears. After the NFL Draft and the hyperactive free agent period, some teams are looking like the cream of the crop, while others just look like toast.

"Wait 'til next year!" Rebuilding a football team is not a one-year endeavor, but hope springs eternal in the hearts of fans that their favorite team will rise to the top sooner than expected. It is early to make firm predictions, but let's consider which teams are likely to need more than 2022 to make their fans smile again. The future may be bright, but in 2022, I think these teams are toast.

1. Seattle Seahawks. With the Russell Wilson era over, the Hawks join the half of NFL cities that are used to winning half their games — or less. Wilson was half of the Hawk offense and the Legion of Boom has gone bust. Did I mention they play in the NFC West?

2. Washington Commanders. In 2022, the newly-named Capitol Crew will be lucky if they win half their games, because I don't think they have a reliable commander in chief.

3. NY Giants. I expect the ants to be more competitive this season, but 'competitive' is not enough to make New Yorkers smile, so perhaps they should switch to the Jets?

4. Pittsburgh Steelers. Taking a QB from Pitt will help fans' morale, but the team plays in a tough division, where the Super Bengals are now on top.

5. Carolina Panthers. The rebuilding Carolina Cats are likely to be the ones who get mauled, because Tom Brady un-retired and the Falcons improved their roster substantially. 

6. Chicago Bears. Lately, Chicago has become a revolving door for good players. The Bears know defense, but they still need a credible offensive scheme — and the skill players to execute it.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars. If first-round draft picks produced contenders quickly, the Jags would be feasting. But years of lame management and coaching have sewn the seeds of doubt in both players and fans. Loaded up with young talent, the Jags face not only the Titans and Colts, but also the entire AFC West: Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, and the Russell Wilson-led Broncos. Yikes!

8. New England Patriots. If Foxboro Fans were ok with 'pretty good', then all would be well, but there could be many unhappy Sundays in NE, as the Pats take on the division-dominating Bills, the improving Dolphins and Jets, and the Bengals' AFC North division.

9. Arizona Cardinals. Fans hope that the Cards will quit their bad habit of starting the seasons fast and leaving on their knees. But, now that Kyler Murray is no longer invincible — and facing the Rams and 49ers — Arizona may find that all that has changed is the fast start.

10. Minnesota Vikings. While it is true that the Packers got whacked with the loss of Devante Adams, Green Bay remains the division power — and the Lions continue to creep up by adding player talent. The Vikes are still not 'kings' — not of the NFC North, much less the National Conference.

We already know the opponents. In a few days, we'll know the torture schedule.

Mill Woods

Posted on May 8, 2022 13:01

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The Seattle Seahawks are going to spend a ton of time in airplanes during the 2022 NFL season. Th

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