49ers, Giants, Ravens move up in Cowherd’s adjusted projections

We might just be in a few weeks NFL Pre-session, but the stories are rolling in like tidal waves.

Stars are rising, giants are falling, and shake-ups are taking place as the first week of the regular season unfolds. And the action has Colin Cowherd second-guessing some of his early predictions for the league’s end-of-season standings.

The host of “The Herd” is finally giving himself two chances to change his assumptions before the game begins. One will be the day of the first regular-season game, Thursday, Sept. 8 before Bills-Rams. Next Tuesday came.

Here are Cowherd’s new predictions, as well as the reasoning behind the picks and changes.

Ravens, 49ers among Colin’s revised NFL predictions

Ravens, 49ers among Colin's revised NFL predictions

Colin Cowherd has just a few weeks to go with his updated 2022 NFL regular-season predictions Week 1.

AFC

East: 1. Buffalo Bill, 2. Miami Dolphins3. New England Patriots, 4. New York Jet.

Bull’s Thoughts: “The Bills are the best team, the Jets are the worst, I’ll take the Dolphins over the Patriots based on their offensive weapons.”

West: 1. Denver Broncos2. Kansas City Chiefs3. Los Angeles Chargers4. Las Vegas Raiders.

Bull’s Thoughts: “I still think Kansas City losing the lightning-strike TD-maker Tyreek Hill hurts, and I think Russ [Wilson] Popping in Denver.”

South: 1. Indianapolis Colts2. Tennessee Titans3. Jacksonville Jaguars4. Houston Texans.

Bull’s Thoughts: “I don’t love the South, and I don’t love the Colts. I think they need two receivers and another corner, but they’re surprisingly good in the division.”

Answer: 1. Cincinnati Bengals2. Baltimore Ravens (first third), 3. Pittsburgh Steelers (first second), 4. Cleveland Browns.

Bull’s Thoughts: “Why [am I making this change]? I’ve looked at the Steelers’ offensive line, and they still can’t figure it out. It’s their third year, they’re making changes, can’t get it right, and they don’t know who their quarterback is. Baltimore lost several high-end players last year – Ronnie Stanley, Jimmy Smith, Marcus Peters. They’ve got healthy, good offensive line play to protect an MVP-level quarterback.”

NFC

East: 1. Philadelphia Eagles2. Dallas Cowboys3. New York Giants (first fourth), 4. Washington commanders (first third).

Bull’s Thoughts: “First, Carson Wentz hasn’t had a good camp, all we hear is negativity. Chase Young won’t play for a month, he’s on the PUP list. That’s not good. … Daniel Jones is having a very good preseason. He’s completing 77% of his passes. is doing. It’s never been a size or athletic thing, he’s just not a good thrower of the football. … They have good weapons offensively. … Brian Daboll fixed Josh Allen, can he fix Daniel Jones?”

Answer: 1. Minnesota Vikings2. Green Bay Packers3. Detroit Lions4. Chicago Bears.

Bull’s Thoughts: “Yes, Vikings.”

the south: 1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers2. New Orleans Saints3. Carolina Panthers4. Atlanta Falcons. Bull’s Thoughts: “Everyone else [besides] Tampa is rebuilding. The Saints don’t think they are, but with Jameis Winston at quarterback, you’re kind of rebuilding.”

West: 1. Los Angeles Rams2. San Francisco 49ers (first third), 3. Arizona Cardinals (first second), 4. Seattle Seahawks.

Bull’s Thoughts: “Very noisy camp for Arizona, don’t like that. But I think it’s more with the Niners. I think their rookie class looks really good … and it looks like, again, they’ve hit on some big-time picks. DeBo Samuel Happy with the long-term deal. This is a Super Bowl roster. I said it yesterday: Of every team I’ve watched in the preseason, the best roster seems to be San Francisco.”


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