NFL pundits and prognosticators seem to agree on one thing: The AFC West will be good. PFF ranks the Denver Broncos as a top 10 NFL team.
Expectations are high for the Denver Broncos in 2022, but not just from everyone in Broncos Country.
Although the Broncos have gotten some negative attention from national media pundits, there are also plenty of others following through on the statements they’ve made in recent years that this roster was merely a quarterback away.
Pro Football Focus is one of the outlets that seems to be high on the Denver Broncos coming into the 2022 NFL season, and justifiably so.
They recently put out a power rankings list and had the Broncos in the top 10. But not just the top 10…PFF ranks the Broncos 7th in the NFL going into the season.
"Denver catapulted itself into the contenders by trading for Russell Wilson, giving them their first legitimate championship-caliber passer since Peyton Manning. Denver now has to craft an offense that gets the most out of Wilson while doing so without running into the same issues that the Seattle Seahawks had. Can Wilson be unleashed to be the best version of himself without eschewing too much of the quick, routine passes to make the offense among the league’s best?PFF"
The Broncos, by all accounts, are undoubtedly crafting an offense to get the “most” out of Wilson.
Nathaniel Hackett has been the offensive coordinator in Green Bay the last two years where he, head coach Matt LaFleur, and a host of others have collaborated with Aaron Rodgers to make no. 12 the reigning back-to-back league MVP.
To say that Hackett is capable of putting together an offense to get the most out of Russell Wilson might be an understatement, but the proof will be in the pudding, as always.
With the power rankings, 7th in the NFL is more than a fair ranking for a team that finished in last place in the 2021 season in the AFC West.
As a matter of fact, this power rankings list features three AFC West teams in the top seven, two in the top five.
Pro Football Focus is incredibly high on the Los Angeles Chargers, ranking them 5th overall in the NFL going into this season.
The Kansas City Chiefs ranked fourth.
The Chargers at number five overall is a little rich for me, and the loss of Tyreek Hill could push the Chiefs even further down a list like this, but I think it’s fair for pundits to be high on the Chargers with Justin Herbert under center and some massive additions defensively.
Raiders fans might end up being the angriest AFC West fan base at this list because they are all the way down at 16th overall, even after the trade for Davante Adams and signing Chandler Jones.
Rankings at this time of year are great for discussion but they ultimately only serve as a way to look back at the end of the season and see how wrong we all were going into the year.
The Denver Broncos already report for training camp next week, believe it or not. What are the biggest things to be rooting for as the team reports?
Football is always unpredictable, even if we can be relatively certain about some of the teams that will be great going into a given year.