3 NFL teams that are surprising in 2022
The 2022 NFL season unexpectedly performed well and made the playoffs.
On the other hand, there have been a few nasty surprises like the Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals, all of whom have won seven games or less and missed the playoffs.
In fact, all three teams haven’t won a single game against teams that have qualified for the playoffs.
record against last year’s playoff teams (WL)
5-1: SF, PHI
3-2: BUF, MIN
3-5: KEY, ARCH, PLACE
2-4: VG, SEA
2-5: BAL, CAR, IIA, LV
2-6: IND, NO, NYG
1-7: CHI, HOU
0-9: LAR, TEN, AR
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 12, 2023
Having just won the Super Bowl in the 2021 campaign, the Rams were expected to have a chance to repeat as world champions last season.
Instead, key injuries and poor offensive line play saw them lose star cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Miami Dolphins and fall to 5-12.
Tennessee was picked by some to win the AFC South, but quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown his age and despite a very strong 7-3 record, they have lost their last seven games.
The Cardinals challenged that early, as star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was suspended for six games to start the year after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Marquise Brown, acquired from the Baltimore Ravens, suffered a foot injury and guard Kyler Murray suffered a year-ending ACL tear, and Arizona finished last in the NFC West with a 4-13 record.
In the NFL, where strength of schedule is more important than in other sports, to be a quality team, teams need to be able to beat quality opponents, and the three teams listed above will need to address that in order to make a strong comeback. in 2023.
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