2023 NFL playoffs: Ranking all 14 postseason teams, with Chiefs, Bills headlining Super Bowl contenders

The 2022 NFL playoff image is formally set. After the Lions disturb the Packers in significant style on Sunday night, knocking Green Bay out of postseason contention and raising the Seahawks into the last wild card area, the schedule for Super Wild Card Weekend is total. Now, the genuine video games can start. The postseason is a fresh slate for 14 competitors, and just time will inform which ones are prepared to make a run at the Lombardi. In the meantime, here’s how we’d rank them entering:

Tyreek Hill

Mike McDaniel should have credit for directing Miami to this point, and for opening quarterback Tua Tagovailoa early this year. Tyreek Hill is likewise constantly responsible to shock a video game with his speed. But Tagovailoa is an overall unidentified from a medical perspective recuperating from his newest concussion, and even if his health weren’t at threat, neither he nor No. 2 Teddy Bridgewater have the constant deep-area precision to play shootout, which might well be needed thanks to their susceptible pass defense.

13. Seahawks (9-8)

DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett

Gifted a ticket to the postseason by means of the Lions’ heroics, Seattle has the advantage of experience on the sidelines, where Pete Carroll has actually now led 10 various playoff runs in 13 years. Rookie Kenneth Walker III provide some pop as the old-school bell cow. And the once-porous defense has actually tightened up recently. Unfortunately, things have actually gone the incorrect instructions through the air, where a resurgent Geno Smith has elite targets in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and now has 10 turnovers in his last 8 video games.

Trevor Lawrence

Doug Pederson most likely should have Coach of the Year factor to consider for the method he’s assisted bring back Trevor Lawrence as a rising star under center, and his men have actually played a scrappy brand name of football throughout their five-game win streak to close the year; Pederson’s groups, dating to Philadelphia, have actually constantly gone out with a battle. But they’re a young group whose protective holes have actually likely been masked a bit by taking on the Jets, Texans and Titans down the stretch.

Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones

Winning significant video games in the year 2023 generally suggests winning regularly through the air, which isn’t always something they have actually had the ability to finish with a makeshift getting corps for Daniel Jones, who’s otherwise taken pleasure in peaceful however impressive development under Brian Daboll. Their ceiling, then, feels rather low in contrast to more explosive groups. But as an early-round spoiler, they’re developed to make sounds thanks to the wise physicality that Daboll’s rubbed off onto Saquon Barkley and Co.

Justin Herbert

Welcome to the three-team area of enjoyable, gifted groups who just cannot be relied on. Los Angeles has all the foundation of a title competitor, from the laser-armed Justin Herbert to the ultra-shifty Austin Ekeler to the QB-wrecking Joey Bosa. And yet coach Brandon Staley, whose “D” has actually folded versus inferior challengers, frequently appears to get in his own method on essential choices. No matter the number of splashy names they have on either side of the ball, their video games discover a method to decrease to the wire.

Dak Prescott

Speaking of splashy names, Dallas is the king when it pertains to a flashy on-paper item stopping working to appear when it matters. When they’re shooting on all cylinders, with CeeDee Lamb generating catches and Micah Parsons terrifying QBs off the edge, they are a powerhouse. But their ground video game has actually been flat recently, and more concerningly, for all of the top-level circulation Dak Prescott can under center, the QB has actually been particularly dangerous requiring tosses considering that his return from injury, leading the NFL with 15 choices in simply 12 video games. On top of that, 7 years in, he’s still searching for a specifying big-game success.

Justin Jefferson

Kevin O’Connell has this program headed in the best instructions, in some way allowing Kirk Cousins to produce a few of the gutsiest, most durable work of his profession in an otherwise ineffective year by the QB’s requirements, and in some way winning 13 of 17 video games with a screen of a pass defense. The culture is on the increase, and Justin Jefferson’s smooth playmaking out large makes it even more appealing. The concern is, the couple of times the going’s gotten difficult for them, well, it gets awful; Cousins, Dalvin Cook and the whole operation appears to go crazy if Jefferson isn’t feasting downfield. And then there’s that notorious point differential; in spite of all those wins, we have actually yet to see Minnesota easily and easily function.

Tom Brady

Everything states Tampa Bay need to be one-and-done in the playoffs. Everything other than, well, the male under center. Todd Bowles’ initially go as Bruce Arians’ follower has actually been careless, slow and uninspiring, with conservative propensities badly combining with injury-riddled lineups. But Tom Brady is still airing it out at 45, and still conserving a few of his finest things for crunch time. Bowles’ “D” is typically quick and physical adequate to remain in any video game, so on the off opportunity Brady’s setup does not leave him out to dry, allowing him time to thread strikes to Mike Evans down the sideline, they might quickly play spoiler.

Lamar Jackson

Where is Lamar Jackson today? Physically? Mentally? The star QB hasn’t taken a practice field, not to mention began a video game, in a month. And his schedule, along with his athletic constraints (or do not have thereof) coming off a knee injury, might identify whether they’re even efficient in reaching completion zone on the huge phase. Baltimore’s offense was currently rather one-dimensional, with Jackson and J.K. Dobbins charged with running the program on the ground. Fortunately, John Harbaugh is battle-tested on the sidelines, and their “D,” headlined by Roquan Smith, averages more than a takeaway per video game.

Jalen Hurts

Not so different to their title-winning predecessors of 5 years back, they’re not precisely strutting with heads held high into the competition, in spite of at one point appearing like the well-defined overall plan. The X aspect might well be Jonathan Gannon’s defense, which leads the NFL in sacks however has actually been susceptible to death by a thousand papercuts. But the bye ought to assist QB Jalen Hurts additional recover as their steely dual-threat driver, and his wideout duo of A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith is dependably deadly. Their trenches have actually typically been durable, too, assisting them win really various sort of video games.

Joe Burrow

Though they have actually got an MVP prospect under center in Joe Burrow, they have actually not been a juggernaut down the stretch, topping 30 points simply as soon as in their last 6 video games. What they have actually been, nevertheless, is trusted in the clutch, and Burrow’s quite accuracy tosses are the greatest factor. Ja’Marr Chase’s electrical energy out large definitely assists, as does an opportunistic “D.” You fret a bit about Burrow’s defense, and their health in basic, however as long as Burrow is out there, it is difficult to count them out.

Kyle Shanahan

There was a time when injuries might sap Kyle Shanahan’s extremely renowned system of outcomes, as 2018 and 2020 showed. That time now appears previous, as Shanahan’s run-first attack is loving its 3rd beginning QB of the year, with novice Brock Purdy in some way bringing a lot more grace and passing touch than Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance prior to him. The weapons are elite, with Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel as energy guys and George Kittle working the middle, and DeMeco Ryans’ defense is nasty, with Nick Bosa off the edge and ball magnets at the next levels. They’re so well-rounded. The just significant enigma is whether Purdy, 23, will look various under the brightest lights.

Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs

If fate lies with any competitor, it might be them. Galvanized by the hospitalization and healing of Damar Hamlin, Buffalo was currently the very best geared up to match the Chiefs, their playoff bane, thanks primarily to the fireworks tandem of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs. Allen, obviously, is a lot of a gunslinger he’s susceptible to quiting the ball, however a lot else operate in the Bills’ favor to counteract the periodic miscue: their ground video game is underrated including novice James Cook, the defense is cluttered with skilled playmakers even sans Von Miller, and coach Sean McDermott is as even-keeled a leader as anybody.

1. Chiefs (14-3)

Patrick Mahomes

They’ve advanced to the AFC Championship in each of the 4 seasons Andy Reid’s had Patrick Mahomes as his beginning QB, and the 2 times they didn’t make the Super Bowl, they went to overtime for the conference title. Put just, there is no more secure bet to provide when it matters most. History isn’t the only thing on their side, either. Despite a susceptible defense, Reid is opening the shifty Kadarius Toney at the correct time, Travis Kelce stays an uncoverable security valve, and Mahomes — ever the clutch trick-play artist — is still making MVP plays appearance casual. Like the Patriots of old, when the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick pairing alone required trust, they are today’s steadiest NFL requirement.

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