2022 NFL playoffs: Which teams are on upset alert?
It’s time for the 2022 NFL playoffs and with that, Super Wild Card Weekend. Here, we rank the teams in terms of their upset alert status.
6. Buffalo Bills (-13.5) vs. Miami Dolphins
Skylar Thompson isn’t going to Buffalo and beating Josh Allen. It would be one of the biggest upsets in NFL history, and while crazy things happen, this would be pushing it. Miami’s defense isn’t good enough to limit Buffalo, which means Thompson will be throwing the ball all over the field behind a bad offensive line with a suspect rushing attack. Not idea.
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5. San Francisco 49ers (-9.5) vs. Seattle Seahawks
The 49ers are on a 10-game winning streak. They’ve also swept the Seahawks this year, giving up exactly six offensive points before full-on garbage time. Seattle is a great story, getting into the playoffs at 9-8 behind Pro Bowl quarterback Geno Smith. But this is where the fairy tale ends. The Seahawks don’t have the roster to slow down San Francisco’s offense, or deal with its pass rush. The Niners are simply the much better team, at home, playing lights out.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (-9.5) vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Bengals shouldn’t have a problem with Tyler Huntley. That said, this is a weird spot if the Ravens can run the ball effectively. That would allow Huntley to play caretaker and let J.K. Dobbins do the heavy lifting, while the defense attempts to limit Joe Burrow and Co. It’s unlikely Cincinnati will lose here, but the Bengals have to be awake against a very good coach, a quality defense and a tough-minded group.
3. Dallas Cowboys (-2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
If there’s any team in the league almost guaranteed to take 10 penalties and turn the ball over twice in a big game, it’s the Cowboys. Dallas has struggled in the major moments for the last 25 years, and we’ve seen quarterback Dak Prescott lead the league with 15 interceptions, despite missing a month and a half. Tampa Bay has been rancid offensively and the coaching is suspect, but if the game is close late, Tom Brady looms.
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2. Minnesota Vikings (-3) vs. New York Giants
Has there ever been a team which won 13 games and nobody believes in? That seems to be the case with Minnesota, largely because it’s a staggering 11-0 in one-score games, including a December win over the Giants. New York was the better team on that day, but two turnovers doomed Big Blue. Can New York avoid the mistakes this time around?
1. Los Angeles Chargers (-2.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are home, on a five-game winning streak, and are getting points? Los Angeles hasn’t stopped the run all year, boding well for second-year running back Travis Etienne to have a big day. Additionally, what is the Chargers’ offense without Mike Williams? Could be a good day for Duval.