NFL Power Rankings: The upper echelon (teams you can’t sleep on)
On one hand, the L.A. Chargers have shown that they can hang in their division. They’ve defeated the Broncos and Raiders. They narrowly lost to the Kansas City Chiefs by a field goal.
Justin Herbert is a top-five quarterback when he is playing at his best, but on the other hand, the Chargers can’t get out of their own way. On paper, this team is much better than their 4-3 record suggests, but games are won on the field, and as the old saying goes, you are what your record says you are.
Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are a healthier team in 2022 than they were a year ago, so what’s the problem? Jackson’s 17 total touchdowns rank him fourth in the NFL in that category, but this team keeps finding ways to beat itself.
The Ravens are the AFC North’s first-place team, but if they don’t stop getting in their own way, this won’t be a championship-level contender.
The New York Giants have hands down been the biggest shock of the 2022 season. Brian Daboll may be the early front-runner for coach of the year, and if the Giants keep finding ways to win, they could go on a deep playoff run as their method of attack works when the weather gets worse in January.