2022 NFL playoff predictions: Which teams will make it? Who’s in the mix for the No. 1 pick?

AthleticismNFL experts are here to make their predictions for which 14 teams they believe will make the playoffs this season. Each writer and editor was asked to choose the seven teams from each conference that they thought would compete for a chance to go to Arizona and play for the Super Bowl in February.

These predictions have nothing to do with who they think will win the Super Bowl or who will win each division. They were just asked a simple question: Will (insert team name here) make the playoffs? It’s a valuable exercise because, as we know, making the playoffs is often the yardstick of whether a team has had a successful season. Only a few teams (hello, Kansas City, Buffalo and Green Bay) have such high expectations that just making the playoffs could be considered a disappointing season.

Last week, AthleticismNFL pundits have made their picks on who will win each split. On Tuesday, we’ll take a look at the expert picks for Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year. On Wednesday, we’ll take a look at their picks for MVP and Coach of the Year. On Thursday, before the Rams and Bills start the season on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ll lock in our Super Bowl picks for the year.

For the sake of simplicity, we have broken them down into AFC and NFC.

FCA

Locks

CREW MAKE PLAY-OFFS

100%

100%

98%

98%

93%

77%

It’s interesting AthleticismExpert selectors selected two teams that missed the AFC playoffs last season to qualify in 2022. The Chargers cost themselves the final playoff berth last season by losing to the Raiders and injuries have ravaged Ravens season. Pundits are a little less confident in the Colts to make the playoffs, but there also seems to be consensus that they will be the team to win the AFC South.

on the bubble

Crew Make playoffs

37%

30%

30%

26%

Clearly our experts believe there are five strong teams at the top of the AFC in the Bills, Chargers, Chiefs, Bengals and Ravens. That’s why everyone split their votes on who they think can win the AFC wildcards.

Competing for the No. 1 pick

CREW Miss Playoffs

100%

100%

100%

100%

98%

91%

There aren’t really any surprising teams in this group. The Dolphins have been a much-discussed team this offseason and have added Tyreek Hill to the mix. That said, our experts don’t believe the Dolphins will break through and make their first playoff appearance since 2016. The Browns’ roster is solid from top to bottom, but they won’t have Deshaun Watson until Game 12 and things could be finished. of reach before his return.

NFC

Division winners

Crew Make playoffs

100%

100%

98%

95%

There are no surprises in the consensus of the NFC’s top four teams. All four are considered Super Bowl contenders and top teams in their respective divisions. Would anyone be shocked to see these four teams play against each other in the Divisional Round in January for the right to play in the NFC Championship Game? All four have good quarterbacks and that’s always the key to winning in the NFL. All four teams made the playoffs last year.

Fight for the joker

AthleticismExperts see these five teams vying for the three wildcard spots in the NFC. Each team has its set of questions, but also has the talent to have a solid year and qualify for the playoffs. Of those teams, Minnesota and New Orleans have new coaches. The Eagles, 49ers and Cardinals made the playoffs last year. San Francisco upset Dallas and Green Bay before losing to Los Angeles in the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers will have a new starting quarterback in Trey Lance.

Competing for the No. 1 draft pick

The only surprising team to see on this list is the Lions. Our experts don’t give Detroit much of a chance to compete in the NFC North or make the playoffs. Last season, the Lions faced the fifth-toughest schedule and they will face the fifth-easiest schedule using BetMGM’s win totals. They face the Panthers, Seahawks and Jaguars, and the Bears twice. Maybe that’s subscribing to the “hard hitting” hype, but the public’s perception of the Lions may be higher than that of our pundits.

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