NFL Power Rankings 2022 | Listing All 32 Team Ranks
The 2022 NFL Draft is now in the rear-view mirror, so it’s time to start looking ahead to next season. Who is the best team heading into the summer and how many AFC teams are ranked inside the top 10 of our latest power rankings?
Here are our NFL Power Rankings heading into the summer!
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2022 NFL Power Rankings
32. Houston Texans
Houston was in desperate need of an infusion of talent this offseason and they got it after selecting Derek Stingley Jr. and Kenyon Green in the first round of the draft. Still, this is arguably the worst roster in the NFL.
The story of the 2022 season for the Texans will be about Davis Mills. If he performs well, the Texans will likely finish much higher than this in our end-of-the-year rankings. If not, the Texans will be searching for a new starting quarterback in 2023.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars spent a ton of money this offseason to add more talent and depth to their roster. But did Jacksonville add any high-end talent? That’s very debatable.
If Trevor Lawrence can make a leap in Year 2, the Jaguars have a decent chance to steal the AFC South. However, it’s still hard to get too excited about this roster.
But if there is any team that could take a Bengals-like leap in 2022, it’s the Jaguars due to their quarterback and their significant upgrade at head coach.
30. Seattle Seahawks
If you were to look at the depth charts of all 32 teams right now, you could make a case that the Seahawks have the worst roster in the NFL. They certainly have the worst quarterback situation as Drew Lock and Geno Smith will compete for the starting job.
The Seahawks have a winning culture, and they’ll find ways to be competitive. However, this team is a distant fourth in their division.
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29. Carolina Panthers
After back-to-back five-win seasons, it’s a make-or-break year for Matt Rhule in Carolina. The Panthers will go into the season with Sam Darnold as their starting quarterback once again, which only seems destined for disaster.
A healthy Christian McCaffrey would undoubtedly help this team in 2022, but that’s no longer something they can bank on. Carolina needs to be competitive this year for Rhule to return in 2023.
28. Chicago Bears
This offseason, the Bears were forced to tear down much of their roster due to salary cap issues. That left Chicago pretty devoid of talent, and without a first-round pick, it’s hard to get too excited about this team in 2022.
However, Justin Fields is entering Year 2 and is a star in the making. If the Bears can find a way to protect him, he should have a breakout season in 2022.
What’s more likely, however, is that the Bears struggle to compete due to their roster gutting, which means they will likely have a top-five pick in 2023.
- See where the Bears select in our 2023 NFL Mock Draft
27. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons have officially hit the reset button on the franchise after trading away Julio Jones and Matt Ryan in consecutive offseasons. Atlanta added Marcus Mariota as a bridge quarterback, potentially to third-round pick Desmond Ridder.
But the real potential here lies with the playmakers. Kyle Pitts is a unicorn at the tight end position, and the Falcons drafted wide receiver Drake London at No. 8 overall.
Can those two players elevate the quarterback and the rest of the roster into contention? If the answer is no, don’t be surprised if the Falcons are in the mix for the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft.
26. New York Giants
The Giants hired Brian Daboll as their new head coach this offseason and selected two of the best players in the 2022 NFL Draft. But is that enough to make them competitive in the weak NFC East?
That answer is dependent on Daniel Jones, who is entering Year 4 in New York. The team declined his fifth-year option, making him a free agent in 2023. Jones needs to prove that he can stay healthy and drastically improve his play if he wants to be on the roster next year.
25. Washington Commanders
Washington traded for Carson Wentz this offseason in a move that received a ton of scrutiny. Is he really an upgrade over what they had at quarterback last year? And even if he is, how big of an upgrade is it?
The good news is that Washington’s roster is pretty solid everywhere else. If Wentz can be a passable starting quarterback, Washington could contend for the division title in 2022.
24. Detroit Lions
The Lions had a fantastic offseason, bringing in talent via free agency and the draft. Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams should be long-term starters, and free-agent wideout D.J. Chark will give Jared Goff another option on the outside.
Detroit was highly competitive in many games last season despite a ton of injuries. So, is this the year the Lions start winning some of those games?
They are still a year away from being a legitimate contender, but this should be a fun team to watch.
23. New York Jets
Did anyone have a better draft than the New York Jets? They nailed their three first-round picks and added some elite talent to important positions. Even second-round running back Breece Hall should be an instant starter and someone capable of winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
But as well as their offseason went, everything comes down to Zach Wilson. He’s got a ton of talent around him and weapons galore. There are no more excuses for the second-year quarterback from BYU.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger officially retired this offseason, so the Steelers are moving forward with first-round pick Kenny Pickett. However, don’t be surprised if Mitchell Trubisky starts the season at quarterback, as he gives the team the best chance to win in 2022.
The Steelers are in a bit of an awkward phase right now. They should be trying to rebuild their roster around Pickett for the long term, but all of their offseason moves indicate they want to win now. We’ll see if Mike Tomlin can squeeze another winning season out of this squad.
21. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings traded back from No. 12 to No. 32 and picked up a ton of Day 2 draft capital. That move paid dividends as they were able to address needs in the secondary and add plenty of depth.
Minnesota has a very talented roster without many holes. While it’s tough to get behind them as a Super Bowl contender, it wouldn’t be shocking if they won double-digit games and made the Packers sweat a little in the NFC North.
20. New England Patriots
The Patriots were super aggressive in free agency last offseason, but not so much this year. Instead, they opted to wait for the draft, where Bill Belichick and co. made a few head-scratching picks.
But like most of the teams behind them, New England’s season will come down to second-year quarterback Mac Jones. In an AFC loaded with talent, the Patriots need Jones to take a big step forward during the 2022 season.
19. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles loaded up on talent this offseason, bringing in veterans such as A.J. Brown, Haason Reddick, and Kyzir White. They also drafted one of the most physically gifted defensive tackles that we’ve ever seen in Jordan Davis.
This roster is the best in the NFC East, but the big question mark is at quarterback. Jalen Hurts looked overmatched in the playoff game against Tampa Bay, and it’s fair to wonder if he’ll hold the Eagles back from winning the division. Otherwise, the rest of the roster is Super Bowl ready.
18. Arizona Cardinals
It’s been a busy offseason for the Cardinals as they’ve dealt with Kyler Murray contract drama, a DeAndre Hopkins suspension, and completed a trade for Marquise Brown.
But Arizona ranks this low because they failed to address the trenches, which was why they lost in the playoffs last year. Arizona’s offensive line is average at best, and they did not add a starter via the draft or free agency.
If the Cardinals want to be a serious contender in the NFC, they’ve got to address their offensive line before they ruin Murray.
17. Miami Dolphins
This offseasons, the Dolphins made some big moves to ensure they would be contenders in the AFC East. The addition of Tyreek Hill gives them one of the fastest offenses in NFL history, and even the Cedrick Wilson signing gives them more depth at receiver.
Miami still has some question marks on the offensive line and how the defense will hold up without Brian Flores, but if Tua Tagovailoa can finally break out in Year 3, the ceiling for this team is incredibly high.
16. New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees and Sean Payton have now “retired” in back-to-back offseasons, but the Saints continue to operate like a team that is ready to compete for a Super Bowl. They re-signed Jameis Winston this offseason and added former All-Pro defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.
The Saints should have one of the best defenses in the NFL again this year, and if Michael Thomas can get back on the field, the offense should improve as well. Plus, rookie receiver Chris Olave will add much-needed speed to the offense.
Bet Tip: Saints to Make Playoffs (+170)
Don’t be afraid to bet on the Saints to make the playoffs in 2022, as this is a talented roster from top to bottom. They’ve won at least nine games in five straight seasons, and the NFC is as weak as ever. They shouldn’t have any problem grabbing one of the Wild Card spots in the conference.
Saints: Make the Playoffs
Bet $20, Payout $54
15. Cleveland Browns
The Browns went as far as they could with Baker Mayfield as their starting quarterback, so they decided to go all-in on a guy that could help them beat teams like the Chiefs, Bills, and Bengals. That guy is Deshaun Watson, who is among the top-five quarterbacks in the league when he is on the field.
When will Watson be available to play for the Browns? That remains to be seen as the league is still investigating his off-field situation.
But make no mistake about it, the Browns are serious Super Bowl contenders whenever Watson does return to the field. And don’t forget about the Amari Cooper addition, as the Browns now have a legit No. 1 receiver on the outside who should pair well with Watson.
14. Tennessee Titans
Last year, the Titans were the No. 1 seed in the AFC but couldn’t beat the Bengals at home in the playoffs. So instead of running things back for the 2022 season, the Titans decided to move on from Julio Jones and traded away star receiver A.J. Brown.
The Titans should still be a good team in 2022, as Mike Vrabel is one of the best coaches in the NFL. However, they lack speed and explosiveness on offense. Nevertheless, they should be a borderline playoff team once again this season.
13. Dallas Cowboys
It’s hard to be excited about the moves the Cowboys made this offseason as they lost Amari Cooper, La’el Collins, Cedrick Wilson, and Randy Gregory. They didn’t add much talent, either, as they hope that the younger players on the roster can make some significant strides.
However, the Cowboys are still the favorites in the NFC East due to Dak Prescott. As long as he is healthy, Dallas should win double-digit games and reclaim the division title by at least a few games.
12. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders made the playoffs for the first time since 2016 despite having an interim coach in Rich Bisaccia. Heading into the 2022 season, they have a clear leader in Josh McDaniels and they’ve built their roster to compete right now.
The Davante Adams trade gives them a bonafide No. 1 receiver and an elite weapon on the outside. Pairing him with Pro Bowlers Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow should give them one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL.
Derek Carr can still be somewhat frustrating on a game-by-game basis, but this is easily the most talent he’s ever had around him. Look for the Raiders to win double-digit games again this season.
11. Indianapolis Colts
Despite not having a first-round pick, the Colts were somehow able to upgrade massively at quarterback as they went from Carson Wentz to Matt Ryan. While Ryan isn’t as dominant as he once was in Atlanta, he should be solid behind one of the league’s best offensive lines and with the help of an elite rushing attack.
The Colts are a much better team on paper than they were a year ago, as their defense is rock solid at every position. As long as Ryan can stay upright, the Colts should be favored to win the AFC South in 2022.
Bet Tip: Colts to Win AFC South (+100)
The only other team capable of winning this division is Tennessee (+130), but the Colts have a far better roster and much more talent on offense. Look for them to dominate the division this year and win the AFC South for the first time since 2014.
Colts: Win the AFC South
Bet $20, Payout $40
10. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers came within one play of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl last year, but they couldn’t get past the Rams. A lot of it had to due with their quarterback.
Entering 2022, the 49ers still have uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position for the 49ers. Is Trey Lance ready to start? Or will San Francisco hold onto Jimmy Garoppolo and keep him as the Week 1 starter?
The quarterback position is the only real question mark for the 49ers right now, as the rest of the roster is good enough to win a Super Bowl.
9. Denver Broncos
After years of stop-gap solutions at quarterback post-Peyton Manning, the Broncos finally have a quarterback that can compete in the loaded AFC West. Russell Wilson is immediately one of the best quarterbacks in the conference and perfectly fits their current offense.
The only real question surrounding the Broncos is how long will it take Wilson to get up to speed in Denver? Otherwise, this is a Super Bowl-ready team with a future Hall of Famer at quarterback.
8. Baltimore Ravens
Before Lamar Jackson went down with an ankle injury, the Ravens were on pace to be the No. 1 seed in the AFC once again. But his injury caused him to struggle in his last few starts, which led to Tyler Huntley starting the season’s final five games.
This offseason, the Ravens added several top-end talents to their defense and will be getting back more than a dozen starters from the injured reserve list. As long as this team stays relatively healthy, they should be a playoff team with a much higher ceiling.
7. Green Bay Packers
The Packers were able to extend Aaron Rodgers, but they lost a few big-time players, including Davante Adams and Za’Darius Smith. How much will that impact them for the 2022 season? We’ll see.
Green Bay should be able to win the NFC North once again, but this team isn’t as talented as it was over the last few years. The Packers will need Rodgers to play like an MVP again if they want to be one of the top seeds in the conference.
6. Los Angeles Chargers
No team in the NFL will be more fun to watch than the Los Angeles Chargers. Not only do they have a superstar quarterback in Justin Herbert, but they added two bonafide studs on defense in Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson.
But what’s almost as crucial as the Mack and Jackson additions is the depth Los Angles gained on defense. They have significantly more talent in their front seven and added a first-round pick to the offensive line in Zion Johnson.
After missing the playoffs last year, it would be a shock if the Chargers weren’t one of the last teams left standing in the AFC as they are a legit Super Bowl contender.
- See where the Chargers rank in our Super Bowl 57 Odds
5. Kansas City Chiefs
One of the biggest storylines of the offseason was the Kansas City Chiefs trading away six-time Pro Bowl receiver Tyreek Hill. He made their offense nearly impossible to defend as his speed is tough to replicate.
The Chiefs couldn’t find a clear-cut replacement this offseason, but they did add depth at receiver. Kansas City selected Skyy Moore in the 2022 NFL Draft and signed veterans JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency.
Is that enough to continue to be the top team in the AFC West? We’ll see. No matter what happens, the Chiefs will be fascinating to watch during the 2022 season.
They’ll still be among the best teams in the NFL due to Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, and Travis Kelce. That much is certain.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals came within a few plays of winning the Super Bowl last year, but their offensive line ultimately let them down. This offseason, Cincinnati addressed that need by bringing in three new starters in Alex Cappa, Ted Karras, and La’el Collins.
The offensive line is still far from elite, but it should give Joe Burrow enough time to make big plays in the passing game. As long as Burrow can stay upright, the Bengals are still the team to beat in the AFC North.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
When Tom Brady announced his retirement, we moved Tampa Bay outside of the top 20. But now that he is officially back and ready for the 2022 season, the Buccaneers are right back inside the top three.
Tampa Bay’s roster isn’t as loaded as it was over the last two seasons, but this is still an excellent team with one of the league’s best quarterbacks. The Buccaneers are a shoo-in to win their division, and don’t be shocked to see them finish as the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
2. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams went all-in for the 2022 season, and it paid off as they won Super Bowl 56 on their home turf. But despite their big risks last year, they’ve somehow managed to retool their roster this offseason, adding Allen Robinson, Bobby Wagner, and Troy Hill.
The NFC West figures to be as tough as ever, but you can count on the Rams to win double-digit games again this campaign.
1. Buffalo Bills
From top to bottom, no team in the NFL has a better roster than the Buffalo Bills. They added some big-time talent this offseason, signing All-Pro edge rusher Von Miller to a massive contract.
Buffalo also crushed its draft, selecting cornerback Kaiir Elam in the first round. He should be a Day 1 starter on defense, playing opposite Tre’Davious White.
As long as Josh Allen can stay healthy, this team is a near-lock to win 12+ games in 2022 and should be among the finalists in the AFC. The conference is as talented and deep as ever, but the Bills are the best team in the league entering the year. Take the Over on the Bills win total as our NFL bet of the day.
Bills: OVER 11.5 Wins
Bet $20, Payout $36