Dustin Baker’s 2022 NFL Ranking Predictions

December 9, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

Dustin Baker’s 2022 NFL Ranking Predictions

According to Vegas Sportsbook, the likeliest game for Super Bowl LVII is the Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – which almost guarantees that this particular combination will be not occur.

Thinking outside the box, taking into account dark horses, roster strength, team age and parity in the NFL, these are the NFL predictions for 2022.

** = Participant in the Wildcard qualifiers

AFC East

September 23, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

Buffalo Tickets: 13-4
Miami Dolphins: 9-8
New England Patriots: 8-9
New York Jets: 6-11

A team reaches the AFC East January tournament. Unsurprisingly, it’s everyone’s favorite pick for the Super Bowl.

AFC North

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July 29, 2022; Owings Mills, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports.

Baltimore Ravens: 11-6
** Cincinnati Bengals: 10-7
Pittsburgh Steelers: 9-8
Cleveland Browns: 7-10

After a “bad” season downplayed by the world for Lamar Jackson, the Ravens bounce back to win the division, while the Bengals do enough to clinch a playoff berth.

AFC South

August 20, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports.

Indianapolis Colts: 11-6
Tennessee Titans: 8-9
Jacksonville Jaguars: 6-11
Houston Texans: 3-14

The world learns that Matt Ryan is still a productive and reliable passer – unlike his predecessor, Carson Wentz – and the Colts win the division. The rest of the teams are borderline comical.

AFC West

October 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports.

Kansas City Chiefs: 12-5
** Denver Broncos: 11-6
**Los Angeles Chargers: 10-7
Las Vegas Raiders: 8-9

Murderer’s Row – this is AFC West in 2022 and into the foreseeable future. The Chiefs’ strategy of acknowledging defensive shortcomings is paying off when it comes to Tyreek Hill’s trade. Yet this division is deadly.

NFC East

August 26, 2022; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports.

Dallas Cowboys: 10-7
*Philadelphia Eagles: 10-7
Washington Commanders: 7-10
New York Giants: 6-11

Because the Cowboys have brought in defensive playmakers Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs, they’re balanced. This will keep them at the top of the NFC East. The Eagles have been nibbling at Dallas’ heels all season.

NFC North

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November 1, 2020; Green Bay, Wis., USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescent via USA TODAY NETWORK.

Green Bay Packers: 11-6
**Minnesota Vikings: 11-6
Detroit Lions: 6-11
Chicago Bears: 4-13

The Packers are coming down to earth after 13 winning seasons, and the Vikings’ experience with first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell is relatively successful. The Lions and Bears pose no serious threat to either team.

NFC South

January 16, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is congratulated by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 12-5
New Orleans Saints: 8-9
Carolina Panthers: 7-10
Atlanta Falcons: 2-15

The Buccaneers should blow off steam in this division, win it easily and head to the playoffs. The Saints might be sneaky, but they no longer have Sean Payton to lean on for consistency.

NFC West

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September 19, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hardiman-USA TODAY Sports.

Arizona Cardinals: 11-6
**Los Angeles Rams: 10-7
** San Francisco 49ers: 10-7
Seattle Seahawks: 5-12

AFC playoff seeds

  1. Invoices
  2. Chiefs
  3. Foals
  4. crows
  5. Broncos
  6. Chargers
  7. bengals

NFC Playoff Seeds

  1. Buccaneers
  2. Cardinals
  3. Packers
  4. Cowboys
  5. vikings
  6. 49ers
  7. Eagles

AFC playoffs

Chiefs on the Bengals
Chargers on Colts
Broncos on Ravens

Bill Chargers
Heads on Broncos

Heads on chargers

NFC Playoffs

Cardinals on Eagles
49ers on Packers
Vikings versus Cowboys

Buccaneers over 49
Cardinals vs. Vikings

Cardinals versus Buccaneers

Super Bowl LVII

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl Champion

Kansas City Chiefs

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. He host a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, airing every Wednesday with Raun Saw and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Guilty pleasures listed: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, “The Sopranos” and The Doors (the band).

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