How do the Cincinnati Bengals stack up?

The Cincinnati Bengals had been the fourth whole seed final season after worthwhile the AFC North with a ten-7 whole file. If the Bengals want to win the division, that file may not minimize it this 12 months. The AFC is loaded with expertise, and this playoff race may even be terribly consideration-grabbing come December and January. listed right here are my 2022 NFC and AFC playoff predictions.

NFC Playoff Predictions

(Division Winners) 

1. l. a. Rams – (thirteen-4)

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – (12-5)

three. Philadelphia Eagles – (eleven-6)

4. Minnesota Vikings – (eleven-6)

(Wild Card) 

5. inexperienced Bay Packers – (eleven-6)

6. San Francisco 49ers – (eleven-6)

7. New Orleans Saints – (10-7)

(inside the Hunt) 

– Arizona Cardinals – (10-7)

– Dallas Cowboys – (10-7)

– Washington Commanders – (eight-9)

The NFC may even be a slugfest simply like the AFC, however for various causes. This convention is crushed up. Many teams are battling the damage bug to this point all by the preseason, however when breaking down which teams have the most interesting upside and what are mortal locks, the l. a. Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to thoughts as a consequence of the most interesting two teams inside the convention this 12 months.

Some may view the two massive upsets as controversial: the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings win their respective divisions in shut battles in opposition to the inexperienced Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles had a very safe offseason with the addition of A.J. Brown. The Cowboys misplaced some key objects, and the likelihood that star offensive deal with Tyron Smith may probably be out till December hurts the prospects of the Cowboys taking this division. The NFC East seems like a two-man race, and that i really feel the Commanders dangle round however finally fall brief.

The Saints and 49ers lock up the remaining two spots inside the NFC playoffs ensuing from their fixed expertise on every side of the ball. NOLA’s success will fall on Jameis Winston’s shoulders; nonetheless, with rookie wideout Chris Olave inside the picture and Michael Thomas healthful collectively with the signing of Jarvis Landry, Winston can have an large deal of selections to distribute the soccer. Alvin Kamara may even be anticipated to play the complete season after his trial was delayed as quickly as as quickly as extra.

The 49ers have moved on from Jimmy Garoppolo and shifted their future to Trey Lance. Between them and the Cardinals, will most likely be a aggressive shootout for second place inside the NFC West. I simply like the 49ers’ roster extra, which is why i really feel they clinch a wild card playoff spot.

so as that caps off my NFC playoff predictions. As for the AFC….

Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals

Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals (picture by Rob Carr/Getty photographs)

AFC Playoff Predictions

(Division Winners) 

1. Buffalo funds – (14-three)

2. Indianapolis Colts – (12-5)

three. Cincinnati Bengals – (eleven-6)

4. l. a. Chargers – (eleven-6)

(Wild Card) 

5. Baltimore Ravens – (eleven-6)

6. Kansas metropolis Chiefs – (10-7)

7. Denver Broncos – (10-7)

(inside the Hunt)

– Las Vegas Raiders – (9-eight)

– Miami Dolphins – (9-eight)

– Tennessee Titans – (9-eight)

– New England Patriots – (eight-9)

– Pittsburgh Steelers – (eight-9)

This convention may even be nail-bitingly shut, as proven in my predicted data of the teams inside the playoff picture and the teams inside the hunt. Playoff spots will likely be decided by one or two wins or losses, and tiebreakers will play an limitless position in who advances and who goes dwelling.

i really feel the Buffalo funds win the AFC this season. Having the Colts as a consequence of the No. 2 seed is daring, however they play in basically the most questionable AFC division and have one among many simpler schedules. The Colts may simply coast to 12 wins at the same time as quickly as they lose their head-to-head matchups in opposition to the Chiefs and Chargers, arguably their solely two terribly troublesome video games in 2022.

I went backwards and forwards on the third and fifth seeds as a consequence of i really feel the North may probably be obtained by the Ravens, however Baltimore having that Week 18 sport away in Cincinnati made me lean in the direction of the Bengals.

The AFC West may go any doable means given the 4 elite teams in that division. It hurts to go away out the Raiders as a consequence of i really feel they are a very extreme menace and will even discover your self worthwhile this division, however in contrast collectively with his rivals, Derek Carr is the least competent although he is nonetheless an large QB. I’m placing my money on Herbert, Mahomes, and Russell Wilson earlier than Carr.

i’ve the Chargers worthwhile the division ensuing from the monstrous signings they made to a protection that was one among many worst inside the league final 12 months. They added Khalil Mack to the inside and J.C Jackson, most likely the most interesting ballhawks, to the secondary, to not level out they nonetheless have Joey Bosa, most likely the most interesting cross-rushers inside the league.

exterior of that, there are simply a few teams you may probably transfer round, probably the Miami Dolphins or the Tennessee Titans, however i really feel they solely miss out and each finish 9-eight to finish the season.


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