2022 NFL Power Rankings
Tony Mario Last Updated: November 24, 2022.
Houston Texans 1-8-1
- Houston got their first win in week 5. Unfortunately, it was against a team still rebuilding like the Jacksonville Jaguars. That's the only game the Houston Texans have won in 2022. Houston looks like they will get the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Previously Ranked: 28th
Chicago Bears 3-8-0
- Chicago may have found their quarterback in Justin Fields. Unfortunately, they have the worst front 7 in the NFL after trading Robert Quinn and Roquan Smith. Chicago has a pretty bad offensive line around Fields too.
Carolina Panthers 3-8-0
- Carolina finally fired Matt Rhule. Carolina's three wins were home victories against NFC South at Bank Of America Stadium.
Previously Ranked: 24th
Jacksonville Jaguars 3-7-0
- Jacksonville has only won one game since starting 2-1. Jacksonville has led in all, but one game this season against the Chiefs. This team could be a team worth keeping an eye on in 2023, but for now Jacksonville is still in a rebuild.
Previously Ranked: 26th
Denver Broncos 3-7-0
- Denver doesn't have left tackle Garrett Bolles, running back Javonte Williams, or cornerback Ronald Darby for the rest of 2022. Denver cut Melvin Gordon the backup running back to Williams. Denver has to rely on Latavius Murray and Chase Edmonds when he comes back from his injury at running back. Nathaniel Hackett also looks like the worst head coach from the 2022 cycle of head coaches.
Previously Ranked: 18th
Las Vegas Raiders 3-7-0
- Las Vegas got off to an 0-3 start. Their only win came against one of the leagues worst coaches in Nathaniel Hackett. Las Vegas swept Denver getting two of their three wins against the Denver Broncos. Josh McDaniels isn't doing much better than Nathaniel Hackett at head coach.
Previously Ranked: 30th
Pittsburgh Steelers 3-7-0
- Kenny Pickett looks like a promising quarterback if he can throw for 300 passing yards in his first career NFL start. I'm also not ready to give up on Najee Harris. Pittsburgh needs a competent blindside upgrade over Dan Moore Jr. at left tackle in the worst way possible. Also, Matt Canada is the worst offensive coordinator in the entire league right now. Pittsburgh's defense is healthy and the toughest part of their schedule is over.
Previously Ranked: 25th
Indianapolis Colts 4-6-1
- The Colts fired Frank Reich. Jeff Saturday, who went 3-7 coaching High School football last year is the interim head coach. That should tell you all you need to know.
Previously Ranked: 21st
Los Angeles Rams 3-7-0
- The Super Bowl 56 Champion Los Angeles Rams definitely don't look like Super Bowl contenders in 2022. Super Bowl 56 MVP Cooper Kupp is out for the year. Matthew Stafford is out in week 12 when the Rams head to Kansas City. Los Angeles also has a ton of injuries on the offensive line. Los Angeles waived running back Darrel Henderson too.
Previously Ranked: 12th
New Orleans Saints 4-7-0
- New Orleans is not the same team without Drew Brees. Michael Thomas is out for the year. Chris Olave could be a building block at wide receiver for New Orleans once the franchise finds a long-term signal caller.
Cleveland Browns 3-7-0
- Cleveland had some injuries earlier in the season. Now Cleveland is fully healthy on both sides of the ball. Deshaun Watson has only one more week in the dog house before he returns from his suspension. Get it, dog house?
Previously Ranked: 19th
Arizona Cardinals 4-6-0
- Arizona gets Kyler Murray back in week 12. DeAndre Hopkins has stepped up the past few weeks since returning from his suspension. Arizona's been affected by injuries on the offensive line. Losing cornerback Byron Murphy to an injury has also hurt this team.
Previously Ranked: 15th
Washington Commanders 6-5-0
- The Washington Commanders started the year 1-4, but have won five of their last six games since Taylor Heinicke took over for Carson Wentz back in week 6.
Previously Ranked: 32nd
Green Bay Packers 4-7-0
- Green Bay has everyone at full health on offense except Romeo Doubs. Green Bay lost Rashan Gary and Eric Stokes to season ending injuries. Those two injuries really took a toll on this defense. D'Vondre Campbell is also injured.
Previously Ranked: 8th
Detroit Lions 4-6-0
- Detroit has won three in a row since D'Andre Swift came back. Detroit is technically the hotest team in the NFC heading into Thanksgiving.
Previously Ranked: 29th
Los Angeles Chargers 5-5-0
- The Chargers look pretty formidable on both sides of the ball. Los Angeles found a temporary solution at left tackle with Jamaree Salyer whose been superb in relief of Rashawn Slater. The Chargers are 2-0 in games where Salyer has been Justin Herbert's blindside. Also, Austin Ekeler looks like the 2021 Austin Ekeler after struggling the first three games. Defensively, the Chargers don't have Joey Bosa or J.C. Jackson. The offense has been the healthiest it's been since week 1.
Previously Ranked: 9th
New York Jets 6-4-0
- The J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets are benching Zach Wilson for Mike White. They should get some players back from injuries on the offensive line too.
Previously Ranked: 17th
Atlanta Falcons 5-6-0
- Atlanta's offensive line actually looked good until week 5. Jake Matthews and Chris Lindstrom are the only players on this offensive line that went the first five weeks of the season without giving up a sack. Atlanta has managed to win some games against mediocre opponents at home, but it's nothing that wows you.
Previously Ranked: 20th
New England Patriots 6-4-0
- New England actually shutout an NFL team this season without their auarterback Mac Jones. New England's defense looks good despite Mac Jones being sluggish on offense. New England is in position to get a wild card, but the bad news is the hardest part of New England's schedule now takes place.
Previously Ranked: 22nd
Tennessee Titans 7-3-0
- Tennessee went from the 1 seed in the AFC last year to being the only 0-2 AFC South team thanks to the tie between the Texans and Colts. Tennessee has only lost one game to Kansas City in overtime with Malik Willis filling in for an injured Ryan Tannehill since the 1-2 start.
Previously Ranked: 16th
Seattle Seahawks 6-4-0
- Seattle has six rookies starting. That's the most rookies a team has starting since the 2006 New Orleans Saints.
Previously Ranked: 27th
San Francisco 49ers 6-4-0
- San Francisco made Super Bowl 54. This roster was depleted with injuries in 2020. San Francisco didn't have Mike McGlinchey in 2021, but had everyone else at full health in January and still made the NFC Championship Game. San Francisco has their offensive line fully healthy now, they traded for Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel is still a 49er, and George Kittle is also still in San Francisco. Injuries at cornerback will keep the 49ers from making a Super Bowl run, but their the best team in the NFC West this season.
Previously Ranked: 13th
New York Giants 7-3-0
- Brian Daboll has just as many wins as his boss in Buffalo Sean McDermott. The former Bills offensive coordinator and current Bills head coach both 7-3. Buffalo's been much deadlier on offense withou Daboll. At the same time, Daboll starting 7-3 with a far worse roster on paper than the Buffalo Bills is why I'd give Daboll my coach of the year vote over McDermott at this point. Daboll held Green Bay to 0 second half points without Leonard Williams, without Azeez Ojulari, without Adoree Jackson, without Aaron Robinson, without Darnay Holmes, and without Fabian Moreau. Say what you want about how bad this roster is, keeping Aaron Rodgers to 0 points without your top four cornerbacks is what a coach of the year candidate does. Outside of the Green Bay game, New York has capitalized off an easy strength of schedule.
Previously Ranked: 7th
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-4-0
- My Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to a fully healthy Green Bay team. Tampa Bay lost 3-4 right outside linebacker Shaquille Barrett to a season ending injury, but everyone else outside of center Ryan Jensen and left guard Aaron Brewer is fully healthy on both sides of the ball. Tampa Bay might still have enough talent to get to the NFC Divisional Round as Tom Brady is undefeated since his divorce.
Previously Ranked: 5th
Cincinnati Bengals 6-4-0
- Cincinnati now controls their own destiny. Last years AFC Champions started 0-2 losing to Mitchell Trubisky and Cooper Rush. Cincinnati's offensive line has done much better the past three weeks. Cincinnati is only one game back in the AFC North. Cincinnati can do damage once Ja'Maar Chase comes back from his injury. Without Chidobe Awuzie, the Bengals will be in a lot of shootouts.
Previously Ranked: 14th
Minnesota Vikings 8-2-0
- Minnesota would be 7-3 had it not been for Josh Allen fumbling the football at his own 1 yard line. Minnesota got pummelled by Dallas 40-3. You can see why that one loss makes me question their ability to get to an NFC Championship game. Minnesota is depleted with injuries at cornerback and Christian Darrisaw reaggrevated a concussion at left tackle against Dallas. How is Minnesota gonna stop Judon tonight without Darrisaw?
Previously Ranked: 4th
Baltimore Ravens 7-3-0
- Baltimore has most of their defense back from injuries. Rashod Bateman is out for the season. Lamar Jackson may not have a number one receiver, but he's got a top 2 tight end in Mark Andrews. Baltimore also has their best defense since Lamar Jackson's MVP season in 2019.
Previously Ranked: 11th
Dallas Cowboys 7-3-0
- Dallas defeated the AFC Champions without Dak Prescott. Dak Prescott is now back from an injury and Dallas pummelled Minnesota on the road. Dallas looks like the front runner to challenge the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC right now.
Previously Ranked: 6th
Miami Dolphins 7-3-0
- The Miami Dolphins got off to a 2-0 start and managed to come back down 35-14 against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium before handing the Buffalo Bills thei first loss of the season in week 3. Miami's has injuries with Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater, Terron Armstead, Austin Jackson, Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. Miami's depleted at quarterback, offensive tackle, and cornerback. The scary thing is if this team is fully healthy in January, they are capable of playing a spoiler role if they draw either the AFC North or the AFC South champion in the wild card round.
Previously Ranked: 10th
Buffalo Bills 7-3-0
- Ken Dorsey looks like an upgrade over Brian Daboll plus you got Joe Brady as your quarterbacks coach. Buffalo defeated the defending Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams 31-10 before defeating last years one seed 41-7. The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs are the two most complete teams in the league right now. Buffalo doesn't have homefield against Kansas City. Josh Allen has won in Arrowhead during the regular season, but not the playoffs yet.
Previously Ranked: 2nd
Kansas City Chiefs 8-2-0
- Kansas City's defense is fully healthy for the first time since week 1. Kansas City's had a few injuries on offense the last few weeks, but as long as Patrick Mahomes and this offensive line is healthy, everything lines up for Kansas City to get to their third Super Bowl under Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes is good enough to win multiple Super Bowls after winning Super Bowl 54. Kansas City's been to the last four AFC Championship games.
Previously Ranked: 3rd
Philadelphia Eagles 9-1-0
- Philadelphia is still the only 9-1 team in the NFL. With Dallas Goedert and Avonte Maddox on injured reserve, you have to wonder if the Eagles retain the leagues best record. For now, Philadelphia looks like a team that could win Super Bowl 57 this year in Glendale, Arizona.