The beauty of the NFL offseason is that every team has hope. Whether it’s a rookie star or a new head coach or a free massive trade or a free agent, every single team has at least one reason to be excited. Any fan can create a narrative for why this is their year.
However, that excitement will come crashing down for many teams a few weeks into the year. After a few bad performances and tough losses, teams will have to look ahead to next year’s draft. For some franchises, this process is expected. They don’t have much hype besides the fans convincing themselves that they will shine.
So, which teams are actually overrated? These squads have high hopes, but they are going to have a rude awakening this 2022 NFL season.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers are only hyped because of Aaron Rodgers staying and the weak NFC. Besides that, there are question marks in Green Bay.
- How will they replace Davante Adams and his electric plays?
- Can the defense step up without Smith?
- Will the offensive line stay healthy this year?
The Red Flags
This team is easily the best in the NFC North, but other teams are taking steps in the right direction. The Lions had a solid draft, and they should be a better squad this year. The Vikings decided to commit to Kirk Cousins.
Green Bay should win the NFC North, but they won’t be the favorites in the NFC. It’s hard to believe that Rodgers can win the Super Bowl with a significantly worse team.
The Packers have +1200 odds to win the Super Bowl, and I simply don’t see that happening. The offense has a handful of new weapons that haven’t proven themselves, and the offensive line hasn’t stayed healthy for a while now. This is too much for Rodgers to overcome.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders are a good team, but they need to lower expectations. The AFC West has four great teams, and someone has to come last in the division; I expect the Raiders to be the worst team in the AFC West.
The Red Flags
Derek Carr is a great quarterback, but I still have him as the worst in the division. Over half the league would be lucky to have Carr under center, but that is the level of talent in the AFC West.
The Raiders have questions on the offensive line. They will be better after some offseason additions, but none of these players are going to elevate the offensive line above and beyond. Alex Leatherwood needs to step up if he wants to remain the right tackle. Adding Adams is great at receiver, but this team has too many questions.
- How will they look with a new coach?
- Can the defense step up?
- Will Josh Jacobs stay healthy?
These are all red flags, and it’s why I think the Raiders will have a worse record than you might think.
In a stunning turn of events, people think that the Cowboys will be one of the best teams in the NFL.
The Red Flags
A healthy Dak Prescott raises the floor for this team, but losing Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson adds pressure to the passing game. Zeke Elliot has not looked like a top back for two years now. The defense lost some depth, and the draft was nothing exquisite.
Micah Parsons will be great but losing Gregory hurts. Trevon Diggs will take a step forward in some ways, but you can’t expect him to get as many interceptions as he did last year.
The Eagles should be better this season, and I expect them to upset the Cowboys in the NFC East. Dallas can still make the playoffs, but I don’t see them making it past the Wildcard round.