A wild offseason filled with surprise trades rocked rosters from coast to coast. Both Super Bowl participants’ lineups lost some key elements; As a result, neither the world champions Los Angeles Rams nor the AFC champions Cincinnati Bengals top the Pro Football Focus annual rankings for 2022.
Where do the Rams and Bengals stand? Which team rose to number 1? Which teams are ready to pounce and which ones look like they’re falling behind?
With the 2022 draft and free agency behind us, we’ll break down each team’s lineup using the PFF database, with an eye on likely starters. We’ve looked at both PFF grades from the 2021 season – a number included for each planned starter – as well as a broader assessment of each player’s career using PFF grades and stats.
Pro Football Focus grades of 90-plus are considered elite, 80-89.9 are good/quality, 70-79.9 are average, and 69.9 or below are considered below average.
For rookies and players who were not (or hardly) active in 2021, we used college grades or NFL grades from previous seasons. NFL grades from 2020 or earlier are marked with
College grades from 2021 are marked with (**) and college grades from 2020 or earlier are marked with (***).
Here’s how the 32 rosters stack up this season, complete with each lineup’s greatest strengths, weaknesses, and X-Factors.
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ARI | ATL | BA | BUF | CAR | CHI | cin
KLE | DEL | CAVE | DET | EN | HAU | IND
JAX | KC | LAK | LAR | LV | MIA | MINIMUM
NE | NO | New York | NYJ | PHI | pit | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH Greatest Strength:
The only two quarterbacks with a higher PFF rating than Josh Allen in the last two seasons are Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. The physical tools were always there, but Allen managed to add the accuracy that was lacking in his early years in the league. Allen’s development is the main reason the Bills are entering the 2022 season as Super Bowl favorites, although general manager Brandon Beane and the rest of this front office deserve credit for building a full roster. Biggest weakness:
The right side of Buffalo’s offensive line has some potential in Ryan Bates and Spencer Brown, but neither has much experience. Bates posted a 64.4 PFF grade from five starts on the left in 2021 — his first season with over 100 offensive snaps — and Brown came out of his last year with a 59.3 PFF pass-blocking grade from 846 offensive snaps rookie season. The Bills are banking on these two growing together on the right, but that could be a weak point. X factor for 2022: