Josh Frey’s Full 2022 NFL Standings Predictions Plus Playoff Picks

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After so much build-up and anticipation, the time has finally come. The NFL regular season begins tonight. In preparation, we’ve been going over each NFL division over the past week and predicting how each of team will perform during the 2022 season. Below is a recap of the full NFL standings predictions for each division as well as some final playoff predictions for this year.

AFC East

Aug 20, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) looks to throw the ball against the Denver Broncos during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Buffalo Bills (13-4)*
  2. Miami Dolphins (7-10)
  3. New England Patriots (7-10)
  4. New York Jets (5-12)

The Buffalo Bills end up on top in this division once again as Miami and New England struggle to keep up. The health of Tre’Davious White is a concern, but either way, the Bills should very easily end up with top-10 units on both offense and defense this year. Keep an eye on the Jets as a frisky team once Zach Wilson comes back later this season.

NFC East

Aug 12, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Philadelphia Eagles (11-6)*
  2. Dallas Cowboys (8-9)
  3. Washington Commanders (7-10)
  4. New York Giants (6-11)

The Philadelphia Eagles spent this offseason rebuilding their defense, and now, they have one of the most fearsome groups in the league. A strong secondary including James Bradberry, CJ Gardner-Johnson, and Darius Slay paired with Fletcher Cox and Jordan Davis on the front should carry this team to the NFC East title.

AFC North

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  1. Cincinnati Bengals (12-5)*
  2. Baltimore Ravens (11-6)*
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-8)
  4. Cleveland Browns (4-13)

The Bengals don’t suffer a Super Bowl hangover this year, but Baltimore will also take a step up to snatch a wild card spot. Both teams have improved their offensive lines, and strong seasons from both Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson will be crucial for these teams to find success in 2022.

NFC North

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Sep 27, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Green Bay Packers (12-5)*
  2. Minnesota Vikings (11-6)*
  3. Detroit Lions (6-11)
  4. Chicago Bears (4-13)

The Green Bay Packers might take a step back offensively in 2022, but their defense looks like one of the best groups in the NFL. Additionally, the Vikings will find their way back to the playoffs with a rejuvenated team coached by Kevin O’Connell. Kirk Cousins getting some MVP juice won’t hurt, either.

AFC South

Aug 20, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) warms up before the game against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Indianapolis Colts (10-7)*
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-9)
  3. Tennessee Titans (8-9)
  4. Houston Texans (5-12)

The AFC South could very well be the worst division in the NFL this year, but they will all get a little closer to .500 by beating up on each other. While Indy writes the wrong of the last year by making the playoffs, the big surprise from this group is the Jacksonville Jaguars proving to be a competitive team.

NFC South

Aug 27, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs onto the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
  1. New Orleans Saints (12-5)*
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-6)*
  3. Carolina Panthers (7-10)
  4. Atlanta Falcons (3-14)

There are some question marks surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers right now, and the New Orleans Saints went 5-2 with Jameis Winston as the starting QB in 2021. New Orleans has a much-improved receiving group this season, and they will run back a stout defensive group, including acquisitions Tyrann Mathieu and Marcus Maye.

AFC West

Aug 25, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)*
  2. Los Angeles Chargers (12-5)*
  3. Denver Broncos (10-7)*
  4. Las Vegas Raiders (7-10)

The AFC West is an absolute gauntlet in 2022, but a familiar face comes out on top. The Kansas City Chiefs lose Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, but Travis Kelce is still the best tight end in the NFL. It seems to be going overlooked that they brought in JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marques Valdez-Scantling as well.

NFC West

Feb 16, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford during the Super Bowl LVI championship rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Los Angeles Rams (11-6)*
  2. San Francisco 49ers (11-6)*
  3. Arizona Cardinals (8-9)
  4. Seattle Seahawks (4-13)

The Super Bowl champs reign supreme in the NFC West once again. The division remains largely the same as 2021’s group, but the Arizona Cardinals take a step back considering the losses they suffered over the offseason. DeAndre Hopkins six-game suspension early in the season plays a huge role early in the year as well.

AFC Playoff Seeds

  1. Buffalo Bills
  2. Kansas City Chiefs
  3. Cincinnati Bengals
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Los Angeles Chargers
  6. Baltimore Ravens
  7. Denver Broncos

NFC Playoff Seeds

  1. Green Bay Packers
  2. New Orleans Saints
  3. Los Angeles Rams
  4. Philadelphia Eagles
  5. San Francisco 49ers
  6. Minnesota Vikings
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC Playoffs

  • Chiefs over Broncos
  • Bengals over Ravens
  • Chargers over Colts
  • Bills over Chargers
  • Chiefs over Bengals
  • Bills over Chiefs

NFC Playoffs

  • Saints over Buccaneers
  • Vikings over Rams
  • Eagles over Niners
  • Packers over Vikings
  • Eagles over Saints
  • Eagles over Packers

Super Bowl LVII

  • Bills over Eagles

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing as well as minors in History, Human Biology, and Journalism. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh‘s hobbies include training for a marathon, playing video games, and rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. For more of his takes, NFL and otherwise, check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken