Seattle Sports Hell 2022 NFL Power Rankings #2

NFL power rankings are never an exact science. There’s a ton of subjectivity to it. Even when you factor in analytics, certain things are weighted more than others (certain factors might be eliminated all together), and they never consider the intangibles. Chemistry, personal struggles, illnesses, aches and pains that don’t show up on an injury report, and sheer randomness.

That being said, I can see a lot of flaws in my power rankings from last week. I’m looking to right some wrongs this week. Did I overreact? It’s impossible to say; again, not an exact science. Let’s get to it.

High Tier

1 – Buffalo Bills
2 – Philadelphia Eagles
3 – Kansas City Chiefs
4 – Dallas Cowboys
5 – Minnesota Vikings

The Giants have slid out, which I think is appropriate. I still think the top three are in a class by themselves, but I like the Cowboys an awful lot (especially on defense), and I’m really impressed by how the Vikings just keep winning. I don’t know if they’re elite in any one area, or if they’re just really good in all areas. But, they’re not just beating bad teams to get to their 6-1 record, so they belong here.

Medium-High Tier

6 – Miami Dolphins
7 – Baltimore Ravens
8 – Tennessee Titans
9 – San Francisco 49ers
10 – L.A. Chargers

Cincinnati and the Jets fell (as did the Giants, falling two tiers!). I might be a little stingy with this tier, but I think it’s important to distinguish that these are VERY good teams, just not the best of the best. They could be. I think Miami is about a win or two away from ascending to the high tier. I also think the 49ers will get there eventually, if they can get healthy. There’s an outside chance for the other teams to jump up, but they look pretty inconsistent to me. I like those Dolphins a lot, though. Tua has impressed the hell out of me! I figured they were wasting their time getting a bunch of baller receivers around him, but they really developed that offense around Tua’s skillset, when he looked absolutely lost his first two seasons.

Medium Tier

11 – Cincinnati Bengals
12 – Seattle Seahawks
13 – L.A. Rams
14 – New York Giants
15 – Atlanta Falcons
16 – Green Bay Packers
17 – Tampa Bay Bucs
18 – Arizona Cardinals
19 – Washington Commanders
20 – New Orleans Saints
21 – Las Vegas Raiders
22 – Indianapolis Colts
23 – Chicago Bears
24 – New England Patriots
25 – New York Jets
26 – Denver Broncos

We’re back to the vast, creamy middle. The Bengals got dinged hard for losing on Monday night to the Browns. The Seahawks are clearly on the come-up, and are a couple more wins away from jumping a tier (as it is, they rose quite a bit from last week). I question putting the Seahawks ahead of the Rams, but unfortunately we won’t get a good look at a head-to-head matchup for a little bit. It might be a slight overreaction to drop the Giants all the way down here, but I contend they haven’t played a very tough schedule. I truly believe they’d lose to every team ranked ahead of them, knowing what we know now (even if they’ve already beaten the Titans and Ravens). The Falcons are certainly friskier than I expected!

There’s probably bound to be a lot of movement below the Falcons on my rankings, as these teams have some talent, but also big flaws. If you’re looking for a potential riser, I wouldn’t sleep on the Broncos. If they can work out the growing pains on offense, the defense is always going to keep them in games. Also, what the fuck happened to the Raiders last week?! Feels flukey to me, but maybe they’re not good? Or the Saints are coming around?

The Colts feel like they’re headed toward the low tier eventually. They switched quarterbacks, they fired their offensive coordinator, everything is just bad right now in Indy. Meanwhile, Washington of all teams continues to hang around (in a very difficult division, no less). I’m interested to get to know this team a bit more.

Low Tier

27 – Cleveland Browns
28 – Carolina Panthers
29 – Jacksonville Jaguars
30 – Houston Texans
31 – Pittsburgh Steelers
32 – Detroit Lions

Feels harsh to keep the Browns here, after they just dismantled the Bengals, but I don’t know how you can trust that offense without Deshaun Watson. They’re lucky they’re so good at running the football, because there’s no excuse for why teams aren’t loading up the box (or succeeding at stopping the run when they do). The Panthers almost beat the Falcons (indeed, probably would have, if it weren’t for a lame unsportsmanlike penalty following a late TD), but they still feel like kind of a mess. I wish I could drop the Jags further, but the teams below them are just TOO bad. Nevertheless, the Jags are underperforming what they should be, and it’s fucking annoying. The Lions just traded their star tight end to a division rival in Minnesota, to show you how things are going there. Expect massive coaching changes this upcoming offseason.