The AFC is dwelling to the perfect quarterback play, and the strongest convention within the NFL. There are my picks to win every division in 2022 (Playoff groups in daring)

AFC WEST

Prediction:

  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Kansas Metropolis Chiefs
  • Denver Broncos
  • Las Vegas Raiders

The winner of the Tremendous Bowl is greater than possible going to come back out of this division, and I’m simply going to come back out and with my boldest prediction proper out of the gate.

When the mud settles on the 2022 common season, the Los Angeles Chargers are going to be in first place. 

Justin Herbert is able to make a leap to NFL MVP, and the Chargers have probably the most harmful vast receiver room within the NFL. Brandon Staley gained 9 video games final yr regardless of having the fourth-worst scoring protection, and you realize that’s been consuming at him after utilizing his credentials as the highest defensive coordinator in 2020 with the LA Rams to land this gig. There’s a variety of strain on Khalil Mack to assist get this defensive position over the hump, as a result of Joey Bosa and Jerry Tillery weren’t doing sufficient to get it achieved with out him. 

Patrick Mahomes continues to be that dude, and so they would possibly win the Tremendous Bowl with out profitable the division, however Tyreek Hill was an important a part of their offensive success. Do you actually suppose 8.6 yards per reception JuJu Smith-Schuster goes to switch that manufacturing? We’ll simply need to see.

I feel the Broncos get in with the addition of Mr. Limitless, Russell Wilson. That leaves the Raiders on the skin trying in- and don’t try to inform me the Silver and Black are going to construct on final yr’s shocking rally behind interim Head Coach Wealthy Bisaccia. He’s up within the freezing chilly frozen tundra now, and the Raiders probabilities of making the 2022 playoffs went with him.

I’m not saying the Raiders can’t make some noise this yr, however they’ve the unhealthy fortune of taking a minimal of 4 losses in convention play. 

So to recap, your MVP and Tremendous Bowl champion are possible each popping out of the AFC West.

AFC South

Prediction:

  • Tennessee Titans
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Houston Texans
  • Jacksonville Jaguars

I imagine Ryan Tannehill is nearer to the 2021 model than the 33 Landing, 7 interception 2020 model that had Dolphins followers able to stroll into the ocean.

However I additionally imagine it doesn’t matter. The power of the Titans is their operating recreation behind Derrick Henry and a finally-healthy offensive line. In the event that they do what they’re presupposed to within the operating recreation, and the protection continues the huge leap ahead it made in 2021, they’re going to win the division.

The Colts are persevering with their finish of profession Las Vegas residency QB carousel, this time with Matt Ryan. And in case you take into account that Matt Ryan has had one good season each three years for the previous 14 seasons, he’s most likely due for an honest yr. However identical to the Titans, it is a crew constructed on operating and protection, and the famous person pair of Johnathan Taylor and Darius Leonard are most likely sufficient to place Indy on the playoff bubble.

The Houston Texans and my outdated crew, the Jacksonville Jaguars, are each a lot improved, and I count on them to be in a variety of video games till the bitter finish, however these endings shall be bitter. I count on 5-6 win seasons for each squads. 

For any of those groups to make the leap to Tremendous Bowl contender, they’re going to wish to have a sure-fire franchise QB, however I can’t say with a straight face that any of them have one in the intervening time.

AFC North

Prediction:

  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Cleveland Browns

In the event you don’t suppose Lamar Jackson is value $250 million assured, you’ll by the top of the season. This division is about to be all Baltimore, on a regular basis. 

John Harbaugh is coming off solely his second shedding season because the Ravens head coach within the final 14 years, and the worst crew protection we’ve seen from Baltimore since 2002. Not solely are we going to see development to the imply, if this crew stays wholesome, we would see dominance. For my part, the Tremendous Bowl champ is popping out of the AFC West, but when it’s anybody else, that is the crew to look at. 

I’m not a Cincinnati Bengals hater, however let’s be sincere. They obtained sizzling on the proper time final yr, however within the Tremendous Bowl, the higher crew gained. I do have them making the playoffs in 2022, and whereas that must be sufficient for Bengals followers that went 31 years between playoff victories, a style of success could make you grasping. Be affected person with Joe Burrow and Zac Taylor, and also you’ll get again ultimately.

I’ve the Pittsburgh Steelers ending third within the division and contending for a playoff spot. Sure, even with Mitch Trubisky taking snaps. I might come out of retirement to play QB for the Steelers and Mike Tomlin continues to be going to discover a approach for my outdated ass to tug them to 9 wins. The issue with that is that it retains you out of vary to take a shot on a high QB within the draft, so this is perhaps one thing they need to reconcile in free company this offseason. I hear their rival has a QB with a suspect contract state of affairs…

Final, and undoubtedly least, the Cleveland Browns determined to waste a wonderfully good roster on a suspended QB. If Deshaun Watson wasn’t being held out for you-know-what, it is a Tremendous Bowl contending roster. And perhaps that’s why they’re keen to take all the warmth that comes with this choice, and punt their success till 2023. 

And if the Ravens don’t deal with issues with their QB’s contract state of affairs, these standings might flip subsequent yr.

AFC EAST

Prediction:

  • Buffalo Payments
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Jets

The division belongs to Josh Allen and the Buffalo Payments. I’ve at all times been a Josh Allen fan, and also you undoubtedly don’t must lookup any of my takes about him previous to the 2020 season as a result of I’m telling the reality. You imagine me, proper? Anyway, if the Payments have a non-QB scramble oriented operating recreation, it’s a wrap. 

Miami just isn’t going to be nearly as good as some prognosticators suppose, however I do have them ending second,and certain making the playoffs. When your personal proprietor is attempting to maneuver you off the crew for Tom Brady or Deshaun Watson, you aren’t that man. I’m speaking to you, Tua. However take pleasure in additions like Tyreek Hill and Chase Edmonds, they’re undoubtedly the kind of guys that may masks arm power points with playmaking skill.

Recycling failed head coaches onto the offensive employees would possibly work for Nick Saban, however do we actually suppose Invoice Belichick goes to get away with utilizing Mat Patricia and Joe Choose to switch the whole offensive employees that Josh McDaniels took to Las Vegas? I feel the Patriots shall be ok to complete third within the AFC East. With out Tom Brady, years of unhealthy ability place drafting by Belichick is the final word cause the Patriots have fallen off, and shouldn’t be thought-about legit contenders.

And final, as common, the New York Jets. Do I actually need to elucidate why? Or can I simply say that Joe Flacco is 2-12 in his final 14 begins, and Zach Wilson is barely barely higher, going 3-10 as a rookie.

Similar to when Tom Brady dominated the division, the one crew with a reputable QB stays king of the mountain.

George Wrighster is a former Pac-12 and long-time NFL tight finish. As a tv/radio host, opinionist, and analyst, who’s UNAFRAID to talk the reality. Opposite to trade norms he makes use of, details, stats, and customary sense to win an argument. He has lined school soccer, basketball, NFL, NBA, MLB since 2014. By years of enjoying school soccer, masking bowl video games, teaching adjustments, and scandals, he has a fantastic pulse for the convention and nationwide perspective.

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