Overview of the 2022 season: Forces present in the National Association

2022 Season Overview: Forces in the National Association

UPDATE DAY

EAST DIVISION: AGAIN THE UNPREDICTABLE…

The only certainty in the Eastern Division of the national conference is that there is no certainty! After all, no team has won this division two years in a row since the Eagles in 2003 and 2004. The throne holders Cowboys lost big names, while the Eagles instead added competitive players. The Giants and Commanders do not seem to be in the game, but are nevertheless betting on talented players and could surprise in a weak section.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Record in 2021: 9-8, playoffs

FIRE IN THE STRAW?

The Eagles have worked well during the season dead to improve their numbers. On paper, they should continue to progress, but a calendar that gives them fewer gifts than last year could cloud the issue.

Last season, of the Eagles' nine wins, only one came against a team with a winning record, the Saints (9-8). In addition, four victories have been won against clubs that have won five games or less.

It should not be concluded that the Eagles do not have a club! The road to success won't be quite so easy, but by adding the burly AJ Brown to their receivers group, they're giving young quarterback Jalen Hurts a real shot at success. Especially since the ground attack, formidable in the second half of the season, returns intact with a good committee (Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott).

It is in defense that the Eagles can even more prevail. This already interesting unit will rely on an excellent duo of cornerbacks to block the pass in Darius Slay and James Bradberry. Linebacker Haason Reddick, who had 23.5 sacks in his last two seasons, is a nice addition.

Prediction for 2022(division champions, playoffs): 10 – 7

› Key additions: AJ Brown and Zach Pascal (receivers), Haason Reddick (linebacker), James Bradberry (cornerback ), Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (safety)

› Rookie to watch: It will be intriguing to see gigantic tackle Jordan Davis, who didn't see the field every play in Georgia. The Eagles want to prepare the succession of Fletcher Cox.

› Key departures:Brandon Brooks (guard), Steven Nelson (cornerback), Ryan Kerrigan and Alex Singleton (linebackers), Rodney McLeod (safety)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 32
In 2021, the Eagles finished 32nd and last in passes attempted, while they were second in runs attempted.

COWBOYS DALLAS
Record in 2021: 12-5. division champions, playoffs

SLOWING SPEED?

Many see the Cowboys as a losing team. There's head coach Mike McCarthy who's hard to like. There is an offensive line that is undergoing changes. And big doubts about the group of receivers weakened. In a rather weak division, they nevertheless remain in good shape.

The departures of Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson leave Dak Prescott with less ammunition, especially since another of his receivers, Michael Gallup, is still nursing a knee injury. The offensive line, with the departure of two starters and the injury to Tyron Smith, could suffer.

In the backfield, Ezekiel Elliott will have to do more. Since joining the NFL six years ago, his average rushing yards per game has declined every season, from 108.7 in 2016 to 58.9 last year. He remains a threat, but Tony Pollard can also contribute.

In defense, Micah Parsons is already one of the star players on the circuit. Tackler Osa Odighizuwa, last year's third-round pick, also seems like a find. Despite Trevon Diggs' big interceptions, the secondary will be the Boys' weak point.

Prediction for 2022 (Series): 9 – 8

› Key additions: James Washington (receiver), Dante Fowler (linebacker)

› Rookie to watch:The Cowboys drafted Tyler Smith in hopes he will become their long-term left tackle. Tyron Smith's injury could earn him this opportunity sooner than expected.

› Key starts: Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson (receivers), La'el Collins (blocker), Connor Williams (guard), Randy Gregory (defensive end)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 1
In his seventh year, Dak Prescott finds himself in the same position as that of his predecessor Tony Romo at the same stage of his career, he who claims only one playoff victory (1-3).

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS
Record in 2021: 7-10, excluded from the playoffs

THIRD LIFE FOR WENTZ

You have to believe that the quarter- fullback Carson Wentz lives a good life. After his spectacular regression with the Eagles and his abominable end to the season with the Colts, the Commanders decided that he was the man for the job to revive their franchise.

It's not like the organization is overflowing with options. The real big names available clearly wouldn't want to get bogged down in an organization undermined at the top by its sleazy owner, Dan Snyder, which navigates from scandal to scandal.

Still, with Wentz, the team is committed to experiencing its share of turnovers and other disappointments. How many quarterbacks have finally seen their careers take off on their third team?

The offensive upside isn't too bad, but if Washington really wants to relive some semblance of glory, the defense that seemed to shine so bright in 2020 needs to pull itself together after the dizzying fall of 2021. 

The line defense was quiet last season. Chase Young's return to health isn't expected for a few more weeks. Quebec cornerback Benjamin St-Juste will play inside rather than outside.

Prediction for 2022 (Excluded from playoffs): 7 – 10

› Key additions: Carson Wentz (quarterback), Andrew Norwell and Trai Turner (guards)

› Rookie to watch: No rookie will mean more to Washington than wide receiver Jahan Dotson. He has impressed in practice and should complement Terry McLaurin.

› Key starts: Brandon Scherff and Ereck Flowers (guards), Matt Ioannidis and Tim Settle (tackles), Jon Bostic (linebacker), Landon Collins (safety)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 10
The once-glorious Washington franchise has only had one 10-or-more win season in the last 16 seasons. 

GIANTS NEW YORK< /strong>
Record in 2021: 4-13, excluded from the playoffs

ONE LAST CHANCE

With a new head coach (Brian Daboll) and a new general manager (Joe Schoen) in place, several Giants players find themselves on an ejection seat, should the downfall of this historic franchise continue. The two leaders enjoyed success together in Buffalo and will have a short time. 

There is of course quarterback Daniel Jones, who enters his fourth year with a 12-25 record and 35 turnovers. In its cover, its presence remains too often deficient. What doesn't help is that he will already be on his third head coach and fourth offensive coordinator in four years.

There's also running back Saquon Barkley. The talent is undeniable, but injuries are recurrent. His two-year average of 3.5 yards per carry isn't exactly reassuring either. Receiver Kenny Golladay, who signed a huge contract last year after a good start career in Detroit, must also get going. Even young Kadarius Toney, only in his second year, would already be on the grill.

Defensively, the front should look pretty good, but the holes elsewhere are definitely there.

Prediction for 2022(Excluded from series): 5 – 12

› Key additions: Mark Glowinski and Jon Feliciano (guards), Tony Jefferson (marauder)

› Rookie to watch: Quarterback chaser Kayvon Thibodeaux has the potential to transform the defense with tons of sacks from the quarterback, but it will be the classic home run or swing. 

› Key departures:James Bradberry (cornerback), Logan Ryan and Jabrill Peppers (safeties), Evan Engram (tight end), Will Hernandez (guard), Austin Johnson (tackleback)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 15
Running back Saquon Barkley has appeared in just 15 of the Giants' 33 games over the past two seasons.

NORTH DIVISION: THE FIGHT GETS TIGHTER

In recent seasons, the Packers have been pretty far ahead of the competition in their division. This time, the Vikings and them should engage in a fierce battle for the top. The Vikings will benefit from a lighter climate with a new pilot and several quality additions. The Bears could rebound quickly if Justin Fields experiences a steep learning curve, and it seems patience is always in order for the Lions.

VIKINGS MINNESOTA
Record in 2021: 8-9, excluded from the playoffs

IN ATTACK MODE

After 11 straight seasons with defensive-minded head coaches, the Vikings have followed the current trend by making ex-Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell their new coach. 

However, the Mauves attack was clearly not a problem in recent seasons. Even though hating Kirk Cousins ​​has become a national sport, he doesn't play bad football, far from it. Since the arrival of Justin Jefferson, the group of receivers is awfully solid. Dalvin Cook is one of the league's best carriers and the offensive line, a laughing stock two years ago, is getting better.

Ironically, it is defensively that the Vikings seem destined for a metamorphosis. The arrival of Za'Darius Smith provides a murderous duo with Danielle Hunter, if of course the two men have settled their health glitches. It remains a big if, but if they are in good shape, watch out! The secondary isn't the most intimidating, but there are excellent linebackers (Jordan Hicks and Eric Kendricks) in coverage to back up. The Vikings are ripe to bounce back. 

2022 Prediction (Division Champions, Playoffs): 11 – 6

› Key Additions : Za'Darius Smith and Jordan Hicks (linebackers), Harrison Phillips and Ross Blacklock (tackles)

› Rookie to watch: Safety Lewis Cine, who hits like a hammer, as well as cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. show up in a secondary that was badly in need of a makeover. 

› Key starts: Anthony Barr (linebacker), Xavier Woods (safety), Everson Griffen (defensive end), Mason Cole (guard)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 8
Of the nine losses suffered last season, no less than eight were by eight points or less.

PACKERS GREEN BAY
Record in 2021: 13-4, division champions, playoffs

RODGERS LOSES HIS WEAPON

The fight for the top of the division between the Packers and the Vikings could very well stretch to the very end. The Packers haven't suddenly become ordinary, but there are questions as to which players left.

We are not talking about anyone. Davante Adams had been Aaron Rodgers' top target for several years. Even if Marquez Valdes-Scantling was not a complete receiver, his presence brought a vertical dimension. The state of health of left blocker David Bakhtiari is not reassuring either.

In defense, the departure of Za'Darius Smith may not hurt as much as it looks. The emergence of Rashan Gary strongly helps to plug the breach, while the secondary remains excellent with Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, Darnell Savage and Adrian Amos. Young Eric Stokes also amazed in his first year.

In short, it's not as if lightning had struck the Packers, who remain well positioned. Rodgers would work wonders with any receiver, they say. He will have more than ever the opportunity to prove it. 

Prediction for 2022 (Series): 11 – 6

› Additions keys: Sammy Watkins (receiver), Jarran Reed (tackle)

› Rookie to watch: The Packers went to receiver Christian Watson in the second round. However, it was their 4th round pick, Romeo Doubs, who shone in camp. An immediate starter! 

› Key starts: Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (receivers), Billy Turner (blocker), Za'Darius Smith (linebacker), Kevin King (cornerback) 

< strong>NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 9
Since winning Super Bowl 45 11 years ago, the Packers have had more playoff losses (9) than wins (7).< /p>

BEARS CHICAGO
Record in 2021: 6-11, excluded from the playoffs

FIELDS UNDER THE SCOPE

For the Bears, the most important point of the season is not performing miracles in the standings, but seeing real signs of progress in their second-year quarterback, Justin Fields.

Several have thrown the stone at him after one season, but it is far too premature. Head coach Matt Nagy left taking his ineffective system. He is replaced by Matt Eberflus, a defense specialist, but who has joined the services of Luke Getsy, who grew up in the offensive system of the Packers. 

Where the shoe pinches for Fields , is that, other than Darnell Mooney, who seems to be settling in well, no other receiver is intimidating. Worse still, too little has been done to plug the holes in the sieve that is the offensive line. Good luck to Fields in this context, he who will simply have to shine for the Bears to have any chance.

In defense, there are some good young elements (Roquan Smith, Jaylon Johnson), but the defensive line seems very weak with the exception of veteran Robert Quinn. The season is still going to be long in Chicago.

Prediction for 2022 (Excluded from playoffs): 5 – 12

› Key additions: Byron Pringle (receiver), Riley Reiff and Alex Leatherwood (blockers), Lucas Patrick (center), Nicholas Morrow (linebacker)

› Rookie to watch:Two rookies could start the season as starters in the secondary, cornerback Kyler Gordon and safety Jaquan Brisker. Some adaptation is expected.

› Key departures: Allen Robinson (receiver), James Daniels (guard), Khalil Mack (linebacker), Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman (tackles) , Deon Bush (safety)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 46
Since 1992, the Bears have posted a pitiful record of 15 wins and 46 losses against the Packers. This explains it…

DETROIT LIONS
Record in 2021: 3-13-1, excluded from the playoffs

THE PROCESS IS UNDERWAY

The reconstruction process Lions is still in full swing. In his first season at the helm last year, Dan Campbell breathed great energy into this team that was to be destroyed week after week, on paper. The Lions, despite a painful record, have often been competitive.

It will be difficult to hope for much better this season. Quarterback Jared Goff remains a good temporary option, but his limitations are obvious. The receiving group still lacks depth, despite the arrival of DJ Chark and rookie Jameson Williams, who will miss the start of the season while continuing to recover from his knee injury.

Even though the offensive line is one of the strengths of the team, the Lions could not do better than 18th place for the ground attack. At least this aspect has finally become a key element under the Campbell regime, which is a plus.

On defense, the Lions have nothing to fear. The second overall pick of the last draft, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson should change the picture, but he's pretty much left to his own devices on the front.

Prediction for 2022 ( Excluded from playoffs): 4 – 13

› Key additions: DJ Chark (receiver), DeShon Elliott (safety), Mike Hughes (cornerback)

< p>› Rookie to watch:Of all the receivers selected in the draft, Jameson Williams is potentially the most explosive and dangerous for the long play. 

› Key starts: Trey Flowers and Nick Williams (defensive ends ), Dean Marlowe (safety), Jalen Reeves-Maybin (linebacker)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 2
Even though he appeared in 26 Lions games in two years, carrier D'Andre Swift has obtained more than 15 litters only twice. 

SOUTH DIVISION: STILL THE TEAM TO BEAT

Everything suggests that the Buccaneers, even if they have lost a few pieces, will still be very alone at the top in the South. The Saints clearly don't have a bad formation, especially on defense, but the departure of Sean Payton and the quarterback position sows doubt. The Panthers continue to search for themselves, while the Falcons are in the midst of rebuilding. The suspense promises to be minimal. 

BUCCANEERS TAMPA BAY
Profile in 2021: divisional champions, playoffs

BRADY'S GOODBYE?

Tom Brady, before playing in the weather vane with his retirement and his return last winter, had mentioned that he wanted nothing to do with a farewell tour by announcing in advance that he would play one last season. So he won't reveal his plans, but the possibility that this will be his last year is very real.

The god of the stadium therefore returns with a training fully loaded with the Bucs. His beloved Rob Gronkowski retired, but, as if he didn't have enough toys at his disposal, the Bucs imported Julio Jones and Russell Gage. Jones looks worn, but a revival of life isn't out of the question. The offensive line is the big unknown given the injuries to Ryan Jensen and Aaron Stinnie, plus a few starts.

There have been changes defensively, but the organization has handled well to make up for losses.

The division, apart from the Saints, remains very weak. In that sense, the Bucs don't seem in any danger of missing the playoffs. The real plot will therefore take place in February. Will Brady retire? Will he return to Tampa? Will he leave for other skies? Bets are open.

Prediction for 2022 (division champions, playoffs): 12 – 5

› Key additions:Julio Jones and Russell Gage (receivers), Shaq Mason (guard), Keanu Neal (safety), Akiem Hicks (tackle)

› Rookie to watch: Besides Leonard Fournette, the Bucs don't have a safe bet in the backfield. In this context, third-round pick Rachaad White should inherit a few opportunities to seize.

› Key departures: Rob Gronkowski (tight end), Ali Marpet and Alex Cappa ( guards), Jordan Whitehead (safety), Ndamukong Suh (tackle), Ronald Jones (carrier)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 2
When Tom Brady announced his retirement, the Bucs were considered by bookmakers as the 15th favorite to win Super Bowl 57. When he returned, they moved up to No. 2.

SAINTS NEW ORLEANS
Record in 2021: 9-8, excluded from the playoffs

A NEW ERA< /strong>

After 15 years in charge, Sean Payton announced his departure, which paved the way for Dennis Allen, defensive coordinator, to replace him. There is therefore a certain form of continuity with the latter, in addition to the offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael who remains in office. It is still a new era. 

Jameis Winston, who returns as quarterback, has never been a safe bet. To his credit, however, before his injury last season, he was 5-2 with 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He will be surrounded by receiver Michael Thomas, who is back after two injury-blighted seasons, as well as veteran Jarvis Landry and first-round pick Chris Olave. 

The defense may have lost its two starting marauders, but it did not lose the change by replacing them with Tyrann Mathieu and Marcus Maye. This unit will remain a force.

The Saints do not have the assets to dream of the Super Bowl, but many have buried them a little hastily due to the departure of Payton. Not so fast…

Prediction for 2022 (Series): 10 – 7

› Key additions: Jarvis Landry (receiver), Tyrann Mathieu, Marcus Maye and Daniel Sorensen (safeties)< /p>

› Rookie to watch: Since 2013, Terron Armstead has been an important cog in the offensive line. First-round pick Trevor Penning, recognized as a surly style player, will replace him on the left flank.

› Key Departures:Terron Armstead (blocker), Marcus Williams, Malcolm Jenkins and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (safeties), Kwon Alexander (linebacker)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 68
During the five In recent seasons, throughout the NFL, rusher Alvin Kamara is the player with the most touchdowns with 68.

PANTHERS CAROLINE
Record in 2021: 5-12, excluded from the playoffs

MAYFIELD ON BOARD

It looks like the 2018 draft. After the unsuccessful trial with quarterback Sam Darnold last season, the staff turned to Baker Mayfield. Both were drafted four years ago and are trying to salvage their careers.

This time it's Mayfield who inherits the job, and, not to mention him as an infallible, he's demonstrated a lot more than Darnold to date. The team has the potential to cause an upset with an attack that has invested on its line, the return of carrier Christian McCaffrey and a good receiver duo in DJ Moore and Robbie Anderson.

The defense is betting on a certain level of talent, especially if the young tertiary wins. Where we wonder is in terms of the coaching staff. Matt Rhule has so far failed to impose a clear vision by playing musical chairs with his quarterbacks. What about the decision to hire Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator? He turned out to be a fiasco at the helm of the Giants.

Prediction for 2022(Excluded from playoffs): 8 – 9

› Key additions: Baker Mayfield (quarterback), Austin Corbett (guard), Bradley Bozeman (center), Laviska Shenault ( receiver), Matt Ioannidis (tackle), Xavier Woods (safety) 

› Rookie to watch: Ikem Ekwonu will quickly have to establish himself as the rock on the offensive line of the Panthers. It could fill a gap that was glaring.

› Key departures:Cam Newton (quarterback), Matt Paradis (center), Haason Reddick (linebacker), Stephon Gilmore and AJ Bouye (cornerbacks)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 2< br>The Panthers defense looked good finishing second in yards allowed. It went downhill with 21st place in points conceded.

FALCONS ATLANTA
Record in 2021: 7-10 , excluded from series

LOTS OF HOLES

Poor Arthur Smith! Since joining the Falcons last year, his team has been losing feathers day by day. During the offseason, his quarterback Matt Ryan asked to be traded, his number one receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended for a sports betting story and another reliable receiver, Russell Gage, lifted the markers. p>

Now leading the offense is Marcus Mariota, who hasn't been a starting quarterback on a regular basis since 2019. His mobility still appears to be intact, but the rest is doubtful, especially with no real proven ammunition. The offensive line is not very reliable and the ground game, even if Cordarrelle Patterson serves well, is not constant.

Not to mention the defense, that wouldn't hurt a fly. Cornerbacks AJ Terrell and Casey Hayward make a great pair, but without a quality front they will still get exploited.

How long until the season turns sour and third-round quarterback Desmond Ridder replaces Mariota?

Prediction for 2022 (Out of playoff): 3 – 14

› Key additions: Marcus Mariota (quarterback), Bryan Edwards (receiver), Casey Hayward (cornerback), Rashaan Evans (linebacker)

< p>› Rookie to watch: The Falcons' receiving group is, by far, the worst in the NFL. Drafted early in the first round, Drake London will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact.

› Key starts:Matt Ryan (quarterback), Russell Gage (receiver), Hayden Hurst (tight end), Foyesade Oluokun and Dante Fowler (linebackers), Duron Harmon (safety)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 4
In the past four seasons, no Falcons running back has gained more than 700 rushing yards.

WEST DIVISION: STRONG CHAMPIONS

The Rams, defending Super Bowl champions, seem to be well settled on the throne and nothing announces their fall in the division. The 49ers came back into the picture last year, but they are relying on an inexperienced quarterback. Success is not guaranteed. The Cardinals dominated the first half of the season before collapsing. What face will they show? The Seahawks clearly no longer appear in the picture.

RAMS LOS ANGELES
Record in 2021: 12-5, division champions, champions of the Super Bowl

STILL A POWER

There is no valid reason to imagine that the Rams will come down from their pedestal, unless their veterans, who have finally tasted a championship, are suddenly less hungry.

That would be amazing coming from such high quality leaders as Aaron Donald, Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Jalen Ramsey. Especially since other veterans who are hungry for victory, such as receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, have joined the chessboard.

Speaking of receivers, it's not out of the question that Odell Beckham will return later when he recovers from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in the Super Bowl. Imagine a group made up of Kupp, Beckham, Robinson and Van Jefferson… 

Some would say that the lack of high draft picks will eventually catch up with the Rams, but they benefit from players for the moment far too talented for the question to arise immediately.

This team still has no major shortcomings and, in the national conference, much weaker than the American, it's easy to imagine another long run in the playoffs. 

Prediction for 2022 (division champions, playoffs): 13 – 4

› Key additions: Allen Robinson (receiver), Bobby Wagner (linebacker), Troy Hill ( cornerback)

› Rookie to watch:The Rams have a knack for finding finds late in the draft. They were dazzled in the preseason by the play of safety Russ Yeast, 7th round pick.

› Key starts: Robert Woods and Odell Beckham Jr. (receivers), Andrew Whitworth (blocker), Austin Corbett (guard), Von Miller (linebacker), Sebastian Joseph-Day (tackle)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 7
Since coaching -head Sean McVay took over in 2017, the Rams have never lost more than seven games in a season.

CARDINALS ARIZONA< br>Record in 2021: 11-6, playoffs

MYSTERIOUS TEAM

The Cardinals are a rather difficult team to decipher. After their smashing 7-0 start last fall, they came down to earth with a 4-7 record in their next 11 games, including a one-sided loss in the playoffs.

There were then all kinds of rumors about a possible cold between quarterback Kyler Murray and management, as well as doubts about his skills as a leader. The whole thing was settled in July by the signing of the second largest contract among quarterbacks. Murray is certainly good, but does he have the qualities to really take the Cardinals to the next level? That remains to be seen.

With DeAndre Hopkins suspended for six games, he will need to quickly develop chemistry with newcomer Marquise Brown. Its speed will be an asset.

The most difficult loss to fill will be that of outside linebacker Chandler Jones. Excluding 2020, the year he was injured, Jones has never produced less than 10.5 sacks in a season. No one in the current lineup will approach this production. The Cards are on the line between an entry and an exclusion from the playoffs.

Prediction for 2022 (Excluded from the playoffs): 9 – 8

› Key additions: Marquise Brown (receiver), Will Hernandez (guard), Jeff Gladney (cornerback), Nick Vigil (linebacker)

› Rookie to watch: Rookie tight ends rarely make a big impact, but the Cards went for Trey McBride in the second round as a possible replacement for Zach Ertz. He will definitely see the field.

› Key starts: Christian Kirk (receiver), Chase Edmonds (base), Chandler Jones and Jordan Hicks (linebackers), Jordan Phillips (tackle)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 5
The Cardinals have lost their last five games at home to close out the season, while going 8-1 on the road.

49ERS SAN FRANCISCO
Record in 2021: 10-7, conference final

THE DEBUT OF TREY LANCE

Not even the greatest fortune teller in the world can predict what the 49ers will look like with a new quarterback who doesn't have a notorious baggage of experience. With Trey Lance, the Niners give themselves the adrenaline of a parachute jump, hoping for a soft landing.

Jimmy Garoppolo, his predecessor, offered a limited ceiling, but a minimum of consistency. In Lance, the 49ers may as well find themselves with an athletic specimen who will transform them for the better as with a player who could adapt poorly to the rigors of the NFL. Especially since his offensive line, apart from the imperturbable rock that is Trent Williams, could make him nervous. 

This team should, as usual, be solid defensively. There have been few major changes on this side, even the addition of cornerback Charvarius Ward will be welcome. He has big game experience.

If Trey Lance doesn't exceed expectations, a step back is in order.

Prediction for 2022 (Excluded from playoffs): 8 – 9

› Key additions: Charvarius Ward (cornerback), Kerry Hyder (defensive end)

› Rookie to watch:2nd-round pick defensive end Drake Jackson has had a good camp and the 49ers will soon make him their quarterback hunter.

› Key starts: Laken Tomlinson (guard), Tom Compton (blocker), Alex Mack (centre), Raheem Mostert (carrier), DJ Jones (tackle), Jaquiski Tartt (safety)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 1
Quarterback Trey Lance played just one game in his final college season at North Dakota State in 2020, before warming up the bench in the NFL last season.

SEAHAWKS SEATTLE
Record in 2021: 7-10, excluded from the playoffs

THE END OF AN ERA< /strong>

By letting go of Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner, the two undisputed leaders of the team, the Seahawks clearly demonstrate that they are turning the most important page in their history.

< p>Wilson had to leave for the Seahawks to invest a first-round pick on blocker Charles Cross, one of the centerpieces of their new foundation. The receiving duo of Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf remains intact, but with Geno Smith tossing them the ball, it's a nice wasted luxury.

In defense, the days of the “Legion of Boom” seem so far away! With cornerbacks like Sidney Jones and Artie Burns, the Seahawks literally invite other teams to attack them from the air. At least rookies Tariq Woolen and Coby Bryant brought some hope to the secondary in training camp. 

The Seahawks are going straight for the wall, and, at this point, that is not a bad thing. The 2023 crop of quarterbacks is full of talent and their reconstruction comes at the right time.

Prediction for 2022 (Excluded from playoffs): 4 – 13

› Key additions:Drew Lock (quarterback), Noah Fant (tight end), Austin Blythe (center), Shelby Harris (defensive end), Uchenna Nwosu (linebacker), Artie Burns (cornerback)

› Recruit to watch: Will Kenneth Walker III finally be the carrier who will make people forget the illustrious Marshawn Lynch? Since his departure, there have been a few flashes, but nothing consistent.

› Key departures: Russell Wilson (quarterback), Duane Brown (blocker), Gerald Everett (tight end), Bobby Wagner (linebacker), DJ Reed (cornerback), Kerry Hyder (defensive end)

NUMBER TO REMEMBER: 8
L he Russell Wilson era ended in Seattle after ten seasons, including eight playoff appearances. The Seahawks have only had one losing season with him.

Prediction for playoff teams:

  • Eagles< /strong>
  • Cowboys
  • Vikings
  • Packers
  • Buccaneers
  • Saints
  • Rams