Players, teams and surprise plots develop with each NFL season.
A quarterback has a breakout first half. An unexpected team remains undefeated until September. A perceived competitor falls flat on his stomach.
With that in mind, Colin Cowherd provided five bold predictions for 2022 in Friday’s edition of “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 review: “They’ve pivoted to an offensive coach who will support Kirk Cousins. Between Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and a certainly useful offensive line, I like their roster. It’s a wobbly division. Kirk Cousins, like Tua, has finally a coach who supports him. I think it’s important when one of us has a boss who trusts us, respects us. I think Minnesota is going to burst.
“No team that wins eight close games the following year duplicates it, and no team that loses eight close games – including two overtime losses – duplicates it. I think the Vikings win the NFC North. I think they beat the Packers in Game 1, and they’re starting to walk away for Thanksgiving.”
2. Dallas Cowboys miss the playoffs
Colin’s review: “A lot of areas concern me. I haven’t landed Von Miller and lost Randy Gregory. I don’t have a world-class passing rush. That means you can double Micah Parsons more often. They’ve had losses notables on the offensive line, an aging offensive line.La’el Collins [and] connor williams [left]and Tyron Smith is a Hall of Famer, but can’t stay healthy.
“The wide receiving body isn’t as dynamic. CeeDee Lamb goes to one, but Cedrick Wilson is gone, Amari Cooper is gone and Michael Gallup has a torn ACL. And the truth is I don’t think they have an elite coach, and I think as the game has become more sophisticated, that’s no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity.”
3. Bill Belichick retires after the season
Colin’s review: “He hasn’t appointed any coordinators. He has children on staff. The reality is that Bob Kraft and Belichick have always had a bit of a turbulent relationship. Kraft was close to [Tom] Brady. Every book you’ve read about New England, Kraft has tolerated much of Belichick’s snarl. They were 28th 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 is retiring as the greatest manager of all time after another 9-8 year,” he later concluded.
4. Russell Wilson Wins NFL MVP Award
Colin’s review: “I think between Brady and Tampa and [Matthew] From Stafford to the Rams, when you come to a team and all they need is a catalyst, there’s a certain energy you bring to a team with hope. And let’s be honest, Aaron Rodgers won back-to-back MVPs, played his best football with Nathaniel Hackett, who now coaches Russell Wilson. Now [the Broncos] have five prime-time games and seven nationally televised games. I really think it helps them. It creates an urgency, an energy around the program. I think they have the perfect mix of youth between their coach and some of their defensive and offensive players and some solid veterans,” Cowherd said.
“I think [Wilson] makes big numbers and wins MVP because he’s the best story,” he concluded.
Melvin Gordon on Russell Wilson: “He’s Locked Up”
Colin Cowherd asks Melvin Gordon his impression of Russell Wilson, who joins Denver after being traded from the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos RB describes the Pro Bowl QB as “all about football.” The two also talk about team expectations and whether Gordon thinks they are strong competitors in the AFC West.
5. The Los Angeles Rams repeat as Super Bowl champions
Colin’s review: “There’s room for improvement, too. Games were close in the playoffs — San Francisco and Tampa Bay and the Cincinnati Super Bowl — and Stafford led the NFL in interceptions. There’s room for improvement “The division is weaker, they’ve improved at wide receiver with Allen Robinson, they’ve moved up to linebacker and leadership with Bobby Wagner, and let’s be honest: the NFC isn’t as good or as deep.” Cowherd said.
“The NFC has some good teams at the top, but it’s not like the AFC where you have to go through the Bills and Chiefs and Bengals and Ravens and Broncos,” he later said.
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