2022 NFL Playoffs: Power Rankings (2023)

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With the playoffs around the corner, I am pulling together my power rankings. This is 100% my feeling on where I think the power lies between the AFC and NFC teams. It factors in some stats, some experience, and some gut feelings on which teams will and won’t succeed in the playoffs. The playoffs are a captivating time of year where upsets can happen and carry a team—remember the Titans from a few years ago?


1.) LA Rams: The most complete team in my opinion. They have the defense, the QB, the elite WR, and they have kept a disciplined nature on offense (limiting their penalties). They have a strong third down conversion rate, and a strong kicking game which might come in handy under pressure. The handicap with LA will be if Sony Michel can come through as he has done through the latter half of the season (when some of the teams who were eliminated might have let up on defense a small amount).

2.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The prevailing Super Bowl champs are back in the mix again, and how can you bet against Tom Brady? I do fear a bit for their WR situation with injuries and releases, but it seems like their running game is going as strong as ever. They have a strong offensive line, when they get to the red zone they score, and they have an excellent rush defense. However, they don’t have the strongest special teams, their defense is penalized a lot, and their path of Green Bay after Philadelphia could be rough.

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3.) Green Bay Packers: Discipline is the name of the game with The Packers, who are ELITE at creating turnovers while also limiting penalties AND turnovers on their side of the ball. They are top six in interceptions and top half in fumbles, while sitting in the bottom five in both categories. That is a powerful part of their winning formula. Their defense is very much bend-don’t-break, allowing short area passes but not too many long ones. The biggest strength will be Aaron Rodgers, who is having yet another unbelievable season. Their kicking game could be a severe hinderance, as their lack of risk-taking has actually limited their TD conversion rate in the red zone.

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4.) Dallas Cowboys. Easily one of the most lethal offenses in the playoffs, the Cowboys come in with many of their weapons intact and ready to roll. Dak Prescott has a 1-2 record in the playoffs and he continues to have a strong rushing game to complement his wide receivers. The rush defense for Dallas is somewhat of a bend-don’t-break, as they have limited the rush TDs this season but allowed plenty of yardage. Meanwhile, the Cowboys pass defense is aggressive, which has yielded incompletions AND interceptions—but it has also created quite a few lengthy completions. I see this akin to live by the three in March Madness. It will work great…until it doesn’t.

5.) San Francisco 49ers. A week ago I would have had the 49ers up a spot as they seemed like a sneaky play vs. the Cowboys. If you watched the 49ers late they have really pulled together a strong and complete unit. A healthy Eli Mitchell gave them a strong rush presence, Jimmy G was in sync with Deebo Samuel, and their defense was giving opposing teams fits as they finished the last half with a 7-2 record. The undisciplined play and penalties will hurt them as will turnovers. There is still a dark horse component with them that I like.

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6.) Arizona Cardinals: There will be something special in watching Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray navigate their first playoff game. Both seem to really revel in the spotlight and I think they will be eager to show their skill sets. Kyler has the second-best completion rate in the NFL (69.2%) and can scramble when needed—and Arizona has an equivalent rushing game that can complement those skills. Penalties and special teams play have me concerned about this team, however.

7.) Philadelphia Eagles: There are two sides to this...the first that I think Jalen Hurts could surprise people and turn some heads. This team has enough individual talent to really surprise people. The other and more difficult side is their path to the Super Bowl being with Tampa Bay and Green Bay, and it does not get much tougher than that for any team. The average nature of most of their play will be tough to make a deep run.


1.) Buffalo Bills. The team that was ousted by the Chiefs in the AFC Championship looks to have experience on their back as they enter the playoffs this year. Their offense is among the top in the league in points for per game while being among the top in limiting points against (Madden would love that analysis). While they didn’t use their rushing game as much, it has proven to be competent and strong, likely complemented by a pass game that spreads the defense out. Offensive penalties could bite them and will be something to watch out for.

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2.) Kansas City Chiefs: Experience speaks volumes, and the team who has been to the last two Super Bowls has entered the chat here. At the end of the day Mahomes is likely the most talented QB in the playoffs, and he has repeatedly shown what he can do in the playoffs. Defense is a major issue, especially in allowing yards—where they are bottom five in rush and reception yards. The average line across their last five games was over 56 points.

3.) New England Patriots: The Patriots have a great kicking game and one of the best rushing games in the league (even if you aren’t 100% sure which RB will succeed on a given day). Their offensive line is very solid, giving Mac Jones time and their running backs pockets to exploit. I know this sounds crazy, but I think there is something to be said for the first year experience from Mac on this. Keeping in mind, I have them third I think it will be intriguing to see if Bill can set Jones up for success this quickly this early. No questions on the defense, who have been great against opposing passing games but below average vs. opposing running games.

4.) Cincinnati Bengals: I think the Bengals are one of the teams I have the toughest time predicting. This is a team that lost to Chicago and the New York Jets and then turned around and beat Kansas City after being down 28 – 17 at halftime. They went 4-2 vs. playoff teams this year and have one of the best combos in Burrows to Chase—but even when that fails they will throw 4 wide and use Tee Higgins (1,091 yards), Tyler Boyd (828 yards), and Joe Mixon (314 yards). Their defense is elite vs. the rush but quite porous vs. the pass, which doesn’t bode well against Las Vegas which utilizes Derek Carr heavily.

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5.) Tennessee Titans: One of the best rushing teams in the NFL has done so going through a handful of RBs in the process. It’s clear that the Titans will excel on both rushing and stopping the other team’s rush. This means the deciding factor may come down to receiving. The Titans have a great completion percentage, but they don’t pass much and when they do there is a fair number of turnovers. Closing out their season with Jacksonville, Miami, and Houston being three of their final five games makes it a bit tough to see how they will fare vs. the winner of Pittsburgh and Kansas City. The Titans did lose to the Steelers 19-13 in Week 15.

6.) Las Vegas Raiders: The Raiders will air out the ball quite a bit in lieu of rushing the ball and with that their offense will be one-sided. Their defense is fairly average across both rushing and passing the ball but turnovers is where they could suffer. They ended the season -9 which was the sixth-worst turnover differential in the league. While their interceptions thrown was fairly average, they only intercepted six passes, the fewest in the league. This, plus their offensive penalties (highest in league in yards per game and penalties per game) is problematic for a team looking to assert their passing game. They could eek out a win or two with either their momentum (a crazy situation to make the playoffs) or their kicking game, which is one of the best in the league.

7.) Pittsburgh Steelers: There is something to be said of them surprising the competition; however, that novelty can usually only carry a team for 1-2 rounds before teams really wake up and give them their due credence. Pittsburgh can get to opposing QBs with TJ Watt and they have a solid RB and WR but my fear at the end of the day is how much Big Ben can carry them.

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What is the best NFL team right now 2022? ›

  • Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (8-1)
  • Minnesota Vikings (8-1)
  • Miami Dolphins (7-3)
  • Buffalo Bills (6-3)
  • Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
  • New York Giants (7-2)
  • San Francisco 49ers (5-4)
15 Nov 2022

Which NFL power ranking is best? ›

NFL Power Rankings: Eagles back on top as Chiefs, Dolphins...
  • Detroit Lions (5-7)
  • New England Patriots (6-6)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)
  • Los Angeles Chargers (6-6)
  • Las Vegas Raiders (5-7)
  • Green Bay Packers (5-8)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7)
  • Cleveland Browns (5-7)
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What are the 2022 NFL power rankings? ›

NFL Week 13 Power Rankings 2022: 1-32 poll, expectations
  • Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (10-1)
  • Buffalo Bills (8-3)
  • Dallas Cowboys (8-3)
  • Miami Dolphins (8-3)
  • Minnesota Vikings (9-2)
  • San Francisco 49ers (7-4)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
29 Nov 2022

Which team has the best chance of winning Super Bowl 2022? ›

Rounding out the top five on the odds board are the Kansas City Chiefs (+750), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1200), and the Minnesota Vikings (+1600).
2022-23 Super Bowl Winner Odds.
TeamFutures Odds
San Francisco 49ers+750
Dallas Cowboys+900
Baltimore Ravens+1200
Miami Dolphins+1600
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Who is statistically the best NFL team? ›

When combining regular season and playoff win–loss records, the Bears hold the distinction for most overall games played (1,472), whereas the Packers have recorded the most wins (818) and the highest winning percentage (.573), with an 818–606–38 record (1,462 games played) through the end of Super Bowl LVI.

Are power rankings accurate? ›

Power ratings are an inexact science. They are designed to be a guide to give you a frame of reference. They are subjective in nature, which means nobody's power ratings are 100% accurate. But the ability to look at a game and compare your spread to the spread in the market can be a tremendously valuable resource.

Which NFL team has the best fan? ›

A Green Bay Packers fan base leads all NFL fan bases as of 2022, followed by the Patriots, Cowboys, the Eagles, and a Steeler fan base.

What NFL team has the best defense right now? ›

Kansas City Chiefs (3-1) The biggest issue on defense is ... forcing turnovers.

What NFL team has the best defense 2022? ›

NFL team defense stats – Best pass rush teams in NFL 2022
  • Dallas Cowboys – 30.2% pressure rate (1st), 51% pass-rush win rate (2nd), 45 sacks.
  • Philadelphia Eagles – 24.2% pressure rate (7th), 53% pass-rush win rate (1st), 36 sacks.
  • New York Jets – 24.7% pressure rate (5th), 44% pass-rush win rate (10th), 34 sacks.
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Who is the best team in the AFC? ›


Who is the best quarterback in the NFL 2022? ›

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Which is the No 1 football club in the world? ›

Real Madrid- Best Football Club in the World

The club is roughly estimated to be worth $5.1billion as of 2022. As per records, Real Madrid has 35 La Liga trophies and 14 Champions League trophies under their belt. The team has produced exceptional football players like Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, and Raul.

What team has the most Super Bowl wins? ›

When it comes to most Super Bowl wins, the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied for the most in history, each hoisting the Lombardi Trophy six times.

Who is predicted to win the Super Bowl 2023? ›

The current favorites to win Super Bowl LVII are the Buffalo Bills (+375), the Kansas City Chiefs (+450), and the Philadelphia Eagles (+500). The Bills and Chiefs have been favorites since preseason which could result in an historic playoff matchup.

Who is the favorite to win the Super Bowl this year? ›

The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills open as the two early favorites to win Super Bowl LVII, according to PointsBet. The Chiefs are listed at the best odds to win at +650 while the Bills are right behind them +750.

Who are the favorites in the NFL this year? ›

NFL 2022/23 - NFC Conference - Winner
  • Philadelphia Eagles+220.
  • San Francisco 49ers+320.
  • Dallas Cowboys+380.
  • Minnesota Vikings+650.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers+700.
  • Seattle Seahawks+2000.

Who has the #1 defense in 2022? ›

San Francisco 49ers

Who has Number 1 defense in NFL? ›

Buffalo Bills

Who is the most watched NFL team? ›

Which NFL team is the most popular in the U.S.? The Dallas Cowboys remain “America's Team,” at least in terms of search trends.

How does the NFL power rankings work? ›

The power rating of a team is a calculation of the team's strength relative to other teams in the same league or division. The basic idea is to maximize the amount of transitive relations in a given data set due to game outcomes. For example, if A defeats B and B defeats C, then one can safely say that A>B>C.

Which rankings are most reliable? ›

The three longest established and most influential global rankings are those produced by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Times Higher Education (THE) and Shanghai Ranking Consultancy (the Academic Ranking of World Universities; ARWU).

How do power ranking work? ›

The power ranking is determined by dividing the sum of all the win points, tie points, schedule points, and bonus points by the number of games that you played. It is strongly recommended that you play all 18 games. All games should be completed by the day prior to the seeding meeting.

What is the least favorite NFL team? ›

Out of all 32 teams, the Las Vegas Raiders are the most negatively-viewed NFL team online, with 14.2% posts mentioning them coming in as negative. In second place with nearly 50% less negative sentiment are the Chicago Bears; the Denver Broncos are not far behind, with 7.96% of all posts about them negative.

What is the least liked NFL team? ›

The teams at the bottom were the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, and Los Angeles Chargers.

Who are the toughest fans in NFL? ›

Ranking the 10 Meanest Fanbases in the NFL
  • New York Jets. 8 of 10.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers. 7 of 10. ...
  • New York Giants. 6 of 10. ...
  • New England. 5 of 10. ...
  • Dallas Cowboys. 4 of 10. ...
  • Detroit Lions. 3 of 10. ...
  • Baltimore Ravens. 2 of 10. ...
  • Seattle Seahawks. 1 of 10. ...

Who has the best kicker in the NFL? ›

Justin Tucker

Who are the top 5 defenses in the NFL? ›

Best NFL Defense Rankings
  • Philadelphia Eagles (Get +500 odds on the Eagles to win the Super Bowl with BetMGM) ...
  • New England Patriots. ...
  • New York Giants. ...
  • Chicago Bears. ...
  • Cincinnati Bengals (Get +1400 odds on the Bengals to win the Super Bowl with DraftKings)
12 Oct 2022

Who will win the Defensive Player of the Year 2022? ›

Marcus Smart became the first guard to win Defensive Player of the Year this century when voters selected him as the 2021-22 recipient over Mikal Bridges and Rudy Gobert.

Who usually wins AFC or NFC? ›

The NFC/NFL leads the AFC/AFL with 29 wins to 27.

Who is the favorite in the AFC? ›

The Bills lead the way among the AFC championship favorites at +350, followed by the team that ended Buffalo's 2021 season in the Kansas City Chiefs (+500). Buffalo had the looks of a Super Bowl contender last season before being outlasted by the Chiefs in a divisional round thriller.

What team is better AFC or NFC? ›

AFC teams have 20 Super Bowl wins while NFC teams have 24 since the formation of the NFL in 1970.

Which QB has the strongest arm? ›

Pass velocity and the amount of zip a QB can put on a pass were factors in the ranking, as was the ability to hit the deep ball.
  • Tom Brady, Buccaneers.
  • Aaron Rodgers, Packers.
  • Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs.
  • Joe Burrow, Bengals.
  • Justin Herbert, Chargers.
  • Josh Allen, Bills.
  • Matthew Stafford, Rams.
  • Dak Prescott, Cowboys.
22 Aug 2022

Who is the best QB right now? ›

2022 NFL QB Power Rankings: Patrick Mahomes reigns supreme, Geno Smith enters top 20 ahead of Week 5 - CBSSports.com.

Who is statistically the best quarterback? ›

Brady becomes the greatest quarterback of all time in NFL history. In his career records, he has played in 264 games. He holds second place in terms of passing touchdown percentage at 79,204.

Who is the greatest player ever? ›

#1 Lionel Messi (Argentina) - seven-time Ballon d'Or winner. The Copa America triumph cemented Lionel Messi's place as the greatest player of all time.

Who is the best American football player? ›

NFL Top 100 Players of 2022: Tom Brady is ranked No. 1.

Who is the best player now? ›

1. Lionel Messi (PSG)

Which football team has most fans in world? ›

Real Madrid is the most followed football club and team in the world in 2022.

Who is the best player in the world in 2022? ›

Lionel Messi, Argentina

Of course Lionel Messi is number one on the list. He's the best player in the world and this is likely to be his last chance at winning the World Cup. At 35 years old, Messi is on his second season with PSG and so far has 12 goals and 14 assists in just 18 games.

Was there ever a 0 0 NFL game? ›

As per Pro Football Reference, 73 games in pro football history have ended in a 0-0 tie. However, the last time that took place was almost 80 years ago, meaning there's been no scoreless ties in the Super Bowl era.

What 2 teams have never won a Super Bowl? ›

  • Houston Texans. Houston, the youngest franchise in the NFL, would be much higher on this list if Deshaun Watson's future with the team wasn't uncertain. ...
  • Detroit Lions. ...
  • Carolina Panthers. ...
  • Atlanta Falcons. ...
  • Cincinnati Bengals. ...
  • Jacksonville Jaguars. ...
  • Los Angeles Chargers. ...
  • Minnesota Vikings.
13 Feb 2022

Who was number 1 2022 NFL? ›

1 overall pick in 2022 NFL Draft. The Jaguars started the 2022 NFL Draft with a surprise that's been mere weeks in the making. Jacksonville selected Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker with the No.

Who got Number 1 2022 NFL? ›

1: Travon Walker, Edge, Jacksonville Jaguars.

Who is the number 1 player in the NFL 2022? ›

1 as Rams have three of top 10; Aaron Rodgers No. 2.

Who has the best QB rating 2022? ›

NFL QB Index, Week 13: Dak Prescott earns highest ranking of 2022; new low for Russell Wilson. Your video will be available shortly.

Who is #1 prospect for NFL draft? ›

No. 1, three quarterbacks in top 5.

Who has the most #1 draft picks? ›

The Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams have each made the most first overall selections in history with seven. Of the first overall draft picks, 43 have been selected to a Pro Bowl and of those 43, twelve have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Who is the number one seed NFC 2022? ›

NFC Standings
3San Francisco8-4-0
4Tampa Bay6-6-0
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Who is the most famous NFL player? ›

The list
1Jerry RiceWR
2Jim BrownFB
3Lawrence TaylorLB
4Joe MontanaQB
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Who is the best football player right now? ›

RadioTimes.com brings you our definitive list of the 10 best football players in the world in 2022.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) ...
  • Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich) ...
  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) ...
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) ...
  • Harry Kane (Tottenham) ...
  • Erling Haaland (Man City) ...
  • Kylian Mbappe (PSG) ...
  • Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)


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