Surprising players, teams and storylines develop in each NFL Season.
Some quarterback has a breakout in the first half. An unexpected team remain undefeated in September. A perceived contender falls flat on his face.
With that in mind, Colin Cowherd made five bold predictions for 2022 in Friday’s The Herd.
Rams win SB LVII, Cowboys miss playoffs in Colin’s bold NFL predictions
Colin Cowherd reveals his bold predictions for the 2022 NFL season.
1. Minnesota Vikings win the NFC North
Colin’s thoughts: “They have turned to an offense coach who will back up Kirk Cousins. Between Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and a certainly usable offensive line, I like their line-up. It’s a shaky division. Like Tua, Kirk Cousins finally has a trainer that supports him. I think it’s important when one of us has a boss who trusts us and respects us. I think Minnesota will burst.
“No team that wins eight close games the following year can do that, and no team that loses eight close games — including two overtime losses — can do that. I think the Vikings win the NFC North. I think they beat the Packers in the opener. and by Thanksgiving they’re going.”
2. Dallas Cowboys miss the playoffs
Colin’s thoughts: “A lot of areas worry me. Didn’t land Von Miller and lost Randy Gregory. Don’t have a world-class pass rush. That means you can double up on Micah Parsons more often. They’ve had notable losses on offense, an aging offensive line la’ ElCollins [and] Connor Williams [left]and Tyron Smith is a Hall of Famer but unable to stay sane.
“The Wide Receiving Corps isn’t nearly as dynamic. CeeDee Lamb switches to one, but Cedrick Wilson is gone, Amari Cooper is gone and Michael Gallup has a cruciate ligament rupture. And the truth is, I don’t think they have an elite coach, and I think the more polished the game has become, the more that’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity.”
3. Bill Belichick retires after the season
Colin’s thoughts: “He didn’t name any coordinators. He has children on staff. The reality is that Bob Kraft and Belichick have always had a somewhat tumultuous relationship. Kraft was close to him [Tom] brady In every book you’ve read about New England, Kraft tolerated much of Belichick’s sullenness. They finished in 28th place in passing. DeVante Parker helps a little. I don’t think they are close to Buffalo. Belichick doesn’t necessarily like what’s happened in the league, where players have more power and defense isn’t as important,” Cowherd said.
“I think Belichick will retire after another 9-8 years as the greatest coach of all time,” he later concluded.
4. Russell Wilson wins NFL MVP
Colin’s thoughts: “I’m thinking between Brady to Tampa and [Matthew] Stafford to the Rams, when you come to a team and all you need is a catalyst, there’s a certain energy that you bring to a team with hope. And let’s face it, Aaron Rodgers won back-to-back MVPs and played his best football with Nathaniel Hackett, who is now Russell Wilson’s coach. now [the Broncos] have five prime time games and seven nationally televised games. I even think it helps them. It creates urgency, an energy around the program. I think they have the perfect mix of youth between their manager and some of their defensive and attacking players and solid veterans,” Cowherd said.
“I find [Wilson] puts on big numbers and wins the MVP because it’s the best story,” he concluded.
Melvin Gordon on Russell Wilson: “He’s locked up”
Colin Cowherd asks Melvin Gordon for his impression of Russell Wilson, who is joining Denver after joining Denver from the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos RB describe the Pro Bowl QB as “all about football.” The two also talk about expectations for the team and whether Gordon sees them as strong contenders in the AFC West.
5. The Los Angeles Rams repeat themselves as Super Bowl champions
Colin’s thoughts: “There is also room for improvement. Games in the playoffs — San Francisco and Tampa Bay and the Cincinnati Super Bowl — were close, and Stafford led the NFL in interceptions. There’s room for improvement Allen Robinson, they’ve upgraded with Bobby Wagner in linebacker and lead, and let’s be honest the NFC isn’t as good and not as deep,” said Cowherd.
“The NFC has a couple of good teams at the top, but it’s not like the AFC where you have to go through the Bills and the Chiefs and the Bengals and the Ravens and the Broncos,” he later said.
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