Predicting the 2022 NFL Season Standings – Pewter Report

NFL coaching camps are formally underway. There are place battles available, roster spots to be earned, and lots of unknown variables nonetheless left to be found. Naturally that makes this the right time to foretell the ultimate outcomes of the season, proper? Some issues are simply enjoyable to try. And if I hit on lots of these, finest imagine I shall be taking a victory lap come January/February.

And if I miss? Effectively, what number of of you’ll actually bear in mind? With all of that mentioned I took a have a look at every week’s lineup of matchups and predicted winners. This led to a closing standings. I used the NFL’s tie-breaker eventualities to create correct seeding after which put collectively how I believe the playoffs will shake out.

I hope you all take pleasure in. Or be happy to inform me how delusional I’m!

AFC East

Buffalo (15-2)

New England (11-6)

Miami (9-8)

New York (7-11)

All through the NFL Buffalo is broadly thought to be having a Prime 3 roster and a Prime 5 quarterback. Add in an out-of-conference slate that features the NFC North and you’ve got the recipe for a doubtlessly dominant report. You’ll see I’ve this division on the whole performing effectively. New England posts double-digit wins due to a predicted step-forward for second yr signal-caller Mac Jones.

Miami posts a profitable report due to an excellent protection and probably the greatest teams of offensive playmakers within the recreation. Nevertheless, they’re held again by their quarterback and an offensive line that I nonetheless view as under common. Lastly, the Jets take a step ahead after having a unbelievable draft.

AFC South

Indianapolis (9-8)

Tennessee (7-10)

Jacksonville (3-14)

Houston (2-15)

Bucs OLB Shaq Barrett – Photograph courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For me that is the worst division in soccer. I’ve the Colts profitable the South with a barely above .500 report. Not that their group isn’t good, however they’ve some powerful convention matchups in opposition to Kansas Metropolis, Denver, New England, and Las Vegas. As well as, they match up in opposition to the NFC East who I believe shall be far more aggressive this yr. I see Tennessee taking an enormous step again this yr. Buying and selling away AJ Brown with no true alternative (as a lot as I like Treylon Burks) causes this group to take an enormous step again on offense. And whereas I just like the group’s protection general, I fear about their edge rushers.

I nonetheless see Jacksonville and Houston as being backside tier groups. Jacksonville as a result of I nonetheless see evident holes on their roster, and Houston as a result of I don’t belief Lovie Smith to get probably the most out of his middling roster. I’m excited to see what every of those group’s second-year quarterbacks are going to do although.

AFC North

Baltimore (12-5)

Cleveland (10-7)

Cincinnati (10-7)

Pittsburgh (8-9)

Whereas there was a lot to-do made in regards to the AFC West (and rightfully so!), I believe some could also be sleeping on the AFC North. It options the AFC’s consultant within the Tremendous Bowl final yr. Becoming a member of the Bengals is doubtlessly the perfect top-to-bottom roster within the NFL within the Browns. The Ravens have a particularly gifted group that must be a lot more healthy this yr. Add in a Steelers squad that has by no means completed under .500 with Mike Tomlin as head coach and the standings right here may get wild!

AFC West

Los Angeles (14-3)

Kansas Metropolis (12-5)

Las Vegas (9-8)

Denver (9-8)

This was one of many hardest divisions to foretell. Every group has a Prime-12ish quarterback who can gentle up the scoreboard. Every group encompasses a sturdy solid of playmakers. A number of notes on how I got here to those standings. I’m all-in on Brandon Staley and the Chargers. I like their roster-building philosophy and their aggressive, in-game decision-making. Add in the truth that Justin Herbert appears to be ascending to a Prime 5 quarterback and I’ll die on the hill that the Chargers usurp Kansas Metropolis this yr.

I’ve Vegas sweeping Denver this yr head-to-head which is why they end third within the division to the Broncos’ fifth. For me it got here right down to the truth that I believe new head coach Josh McDaniels will get extra out of an inferior roster. Plus, I’m increased on Derek Carr than most. For him to steer his group to the playoffs final yr via the entire distractions they needed to endure … effectively there’s one thing particular about that.

NFC East

Dallas (12-5)

Philadelphia (9-8)

Washington (7-10)

New York (6-11)

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott – Photograph by: USA At this time

Not the NFC “least,” this division takes a step ahead with constant aggressive soccer. Dallas runs away with the division because of having the perfect quarterback by a substantial margin. Philadelphia makes issues attention-grabbing and earns a playoff berth as a result of NFC being in a down yr comparatively to the AFC.

New York and Washington earn some spoiler wins all year long, as every group has a good core of gamers dragged down by bottom-tier quarterbacks. It’s a brand new begin for the Giants with Brian Daboll, however it’s time for Ron Rivera to indicate some enchancment with the Commanders.

NFC South

Tampa Bay (13-4)

New Orleans (8-9)

Carolina (4-13)

Atlanta (2-15)

If I had led with this division within the standings none of you’d have learn the remainder. So, I saved it right here in the direction of the underside. I’ve the Bucs working away with the South. They’ve by far the perfect roster and the perfect quarterback. And regardless of a gauntlet of a schedule, I nonetheless see the group tying 2021 for probably the most wins in franchise historical past.

For these questioning I’ve the Bucs shedding to the Saints in New Orleans, Baltimore, Cleveland, and San Francisco. The Saints make the playoffs on this situation regardless of a shedding report. And as you possibly can see, I’m very, very low on the Panthers and the Falcons’ outlooks.

NFC North

Inexperienced Bay (13-4)

Detroit (8-9)

Minnesota (7-10)

Chicago (3-14)

Regardless of a large receiver room that’s suspect at finest I see Inexperienced Bay nonetheless dominating within the North standings. Tying Tampa Bay for the perfect report within the NFC, the Pack will get the No. 2 seed because of shedding to the Bucs within the common season.

I believe Detroit is constructing one thing particular and other people are inclined to overlook that Jared Goff has quarterbacked a number of playoff groups. That features a 2017 Rams group that made all of it the way in which to the Tremendous Bowl. In case you put some expertise round him, he can win some video games. Minnesota will proceed their close-game, middling report methods. And poor Justin Fields…

NFC West

Los Angeles (12-5)

San Fransisco (12-5)

Arizona (7-11)

Seattle (2-15)

Bucs NT Vita Vea

Bucs NT Vita Vea – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Having cut up the head-to-head matchups, I’ve the Rams profitable the division standings over San Francisco because of a greater division report. I’m fading the Cardinals. There are lots of holes on that roster. DeAndre Hopkins is about to overlook an excellent chunk of the season because of suspension, and apparently their quarterback needs to be compelled to review. Seattle is in a full-on rebuild and their report displays that.

Playoff Seeding


  1. Buffalo
  2. Los Angeles Chargers
  3. Baltimore
  4. Indianapolis
  5. Kansas Metropolis
  6. New England
  7. Cleveland

The defending AFC champs miss the playoffs because of tiebreakers with Cleveland. Buffalo lands the bye week.


  1. Tampa Bay
  2. Inexperienced Bay
  3. Los Angeles Rams
  4. Dallas
  5. San Francisco
  6. Philadelphia
  7. New Orleans

The Bucs get the bye week whereas New Orleans has to journey to Inexperienced Bay.

Wild Card Week

L.A. Chargers beat Cleveland

New England upsets Baltimore

Kansas Metropolis beats Indianapolis

Inexperienced Bay beats New Orleans

L.A. Rams defeat Philadelphia

San Francisco beats Dallas

Divisional Spherical

Buffalo beats New England

L.A. Chargers beat Kansas Metropolis

Tampa Bay beats San Francisco

Rams beat Inexperienced Bay

Convention Championships

L.A. Chargers defeat Buffalo

Tampa Bay defeats L.A. Rams

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles – Photograph by: USA At this time

Tremendous Bowl

Tampa Bay defeats L.A. Chargers

In an in depth recreation I predict Tom Brady’s expertise edging out the outstanding expertise of Justin Herbert. Todd Bowles places collectively a defensive recreation plan just like the 2021 Tremendous Bowl. That helps hold Herbert and the Chargers offense in verify. Brady rides off into the sundown. Fade to black.