2022 NFL Division Winner Predictions

2022 NFL Division Winner Predictions
We asked our talent at The 33rd Team—eight former players, eight former NFL head coaches and a former general manager—to fill out a ballot and make their predictions for each division winner in a season of much intrigue. This is how our analysts think it could play out. >> Other Predictions: Individual Awards | Super […]

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Vikings QB Kirk Cousins Can Throw for 5,000 Yards in 2022

I’m excited for the Minnesota Vikings. I think one thing we know in the NFL is change is constant. The Vikings have a new head coach and general manager. I think new coach Kevin O’Connell is going to work wonders with quarterback Kirk Cousins. Keep in mind: O’Connell was in Los Angeles last year when the Rams acquired Matthew Stafford.

Look at the success Stafford had in his first season, winning a Super Bowl with the Rams. In talking to O’Connell, he said Matthew took ownership of the offense. I think we’re gonna see that with Cousins.

A New Regime

As bad as things were last year in Minnesota, Cousins threw 33 touchdowns and just seven picks. I think he can throw for 5,000 yards in his new offense, and I think O’Connell is going to take the training wheels off.

Remember with Mike Zimmer, who was a defensive-minded head coach and a guy that wanted to establish the running game, he wanted to limit the exposure of Cousins, and that’s not going to be the case with O’Connell. I think it’s going to be free-wheeling. It’s going to be aggressive. It’s gonna be an up-tempo style of offense, which is something I think Cousins will really thrive in.

Cousins’ Supporting Cast

When you look at the supporting cast, Adam Thielen — even on a down year — is good for nine or 10 touchdowns. You look at Justin Jefferson, all he’s done in his first two seasons is shatter records in Minnesota. Dalvin Cook is a really good running back. However, the Vikings need to stay healthy at the tight end position and solidify the interior of their offensive line. I also think they’re going to be better on defense with new coordinator Ed Donatell, who’s going to bring a 3-4 scheme.

The challenge for the Vikings is whether they can narrow that gap between themselves and the Packers in the NFC North. Trust me, Cousins is gonna put up big numbers this year for the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Division Rankings Heading into 2022

NFL Division Rankings Heading into 2022
With training camp approaching rapidly, the 2022 NFL season is nearly among us. Each division brings a unique combination of teams with varying levels of intrigue. Below, the eight NFL divisions have been ranked, primarily based on the following criteria: the strength of the projected top teams, the vulnerability of the projected bottom teams, and […]

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The Best of Football Twitter in Week 6

The Best of Football Twitter in Week 6
Every week during the NFL season, the 33rd Team will present some of the most interesting Tweets that come across our timeline during Sunday’s action. Here’s the Week 6 rundown: Caleb Williams: Highest-graded QB in Week 7 pic.twitter.com/Y3UayNJ3EV — PFF College (@PFF_College) October 18, 2021 All four NFC North teams rank in the top 5 […]

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Targets Retained: NFC North

Targets Retained: NFC North
The NFC North divisional race wasn’t very competitive in 2020, with the Packers taking the crown by five games and being in control for the duration of the season. Going into 2021, defending NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers will be back but he remains in a public spat with the team. Chicago and Detroit have new […]

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Snaps Lost: NFC North

Snaps Lost: NFC North
Behind one of the most dominant campaigns for a quarterback of all-time, the Green Bay Packers took the NFC North in 2020, but a new group of faces will be coming after the title. Old archrivals in Chicago and Detroit have new QBs, while Minnesota is bringing in its fifth new offensive coordinator in the […]

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