Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White (27) lines up for a play against the New England Patriots in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
With the offseason movement of free agency and the draft behind us, it’s time for NFL power rankings with a focus on the AFC.
16. Houston Texans
Davis Mills is somewhat intriguing. The rest of the Texans’ roster is not.
15. New York Jets
The Jets did a ton this season to upgrade, but it really comes down to whether you believe Zach Wilson is going to take advantage of it all.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville fired Urban Meyer, which that alone might be good for winning four more games. Add in Doug Pederson, and that’s progress.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers
In a conference loaded with star quarterbacks, you can’t rank any higher in the 2022 NFL power rankings when your situation involves Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett.
12. New England Patriots
Mac Jones was a really fun storyline in New England for most of last season. Now? He’s about the 11th-best quarterback in his own conference.
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11. Miami Dolphins
Tua Time? It better be. The Dolphins gave Tua Tagovailoa huge help with receiver Tyreek Hill and left tackle Terron Armstead. Can he step up?
10. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders fans will probably quibble, but the defense still lacks badly sans the edge rushers, and while Derek Carr is legitimately good, he’s the worst quarterback in his own division.
9. Tennessee Titans
The Titans went from the No. 1 seed to ninth in the AFC power rankings and only lost A.J. Brown. Tough room, that AFC.
8. Cleveland Browns
It’s impossible to rate the Browns without knowing what’s happening with Deshaun Watson, so they sit right in the middle.
7. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts did a nice job this offseason, bolstering the offense with quarterback Matt Ryan and then snagging corner Stephon Gilmore late in free agency.
6. Denver Broncos
Denver could be really good and contend for a Super Bowl, or be 8-9. It depends on how good first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett is, and which version of Russel Wilson the Broncos are getting.
5. Los Angeles Chargers
It’s time for the Chargers to make their move. The roster is loaded on both sides of the ball. Enough about potential. Step it up and win some big games.
4. Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore was ravaged by injuries last year. If the Ravens stay healthy, they’re going to win double-digit games and contend in the AFC.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are getting undervalued after going to the Super Bowl in Cinderella fashion. The defense is very good and the offense has weapons galore.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City is retooling, but this is a team with Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid, Travis Kelce, a great offensive line and a slew of intriguing young players. The Chiefs will be right there in January.
1. Buffalo Bills
If the Bills can’t win it all this year, one begins to wonder when.