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

We could be in just a few weeks NFL preseason, but storylines are pouring in like tidal waves.

Stars emerge, veterans regress and shakeups occur as Week 1 of the regular season beckons. 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” gives himself two chances to change his predictions before the game starts. One will be the day of the first game of the regular season, before Bills-Rams on Thursday, September 8. The other came on Tuesday.

Here are Cowherd’s new predictions, along with his reasoning behind the picks and changes.

Ravens, 49ers among Colin’s revised NFL predictions

Ravens, 49ers among Colin's revised NFL predictions

Colin Cowherd shares his updated predictions for the 2022 NFL regular season with Week 1 just a few weeks away.


East: 1. Buffalo Bills, 2. Miami Dolphins3. New England Patriots, 4. New York Jets.

Cowherd’s thoughts: “Bills are the best team, 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.

Cowherd’s thoughts: “I still think the loss of Kansas City Lightning TD-maker Tyreek Hill hurts, and I think Russ [Wilson] in Denver it will pop.”

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

Cowherd’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 the best in a weird division.”

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

Cowherd’s thoughts: “Why [am I making this change]? I’ve been watching the Steelers offensive line and they still can’t figure it out. It’s their third year, they’re making changes, they can’t get it right and they don’t know who their quarterback is. Meanwhile, Baltimore lost a lot of really high-end players last year — Ronnie Stanley, Jimmy Smith, Marcus Peters. They’re stronger, have a better offensive game to protect an MVP-level quarterback.”


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

Cowherd’s thoughts: “First off, Carson Wentz hasn’t had a great camp, all we’ve heard is negativity. Chase Young will be out for a month, he is on the PUP list. That’s not great. … Daniel Jones is having a very good preseason .. He is completing 77% of his passes. It was never a size or athletic thing, he just wasn’t a good thrower of the football. … They have nice weapons on offense. … Brian Daboll fixed Josh Allen, can he fix Daniel Jones?”

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

Cowherd’s thoughts: “Yes, the Vikings.”

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

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

Cowherd’s thoughts: “Very loud camp for Arizona, I don’t like it. But I think it’s more with the Niners. I think their rookie class looks really good … and they seem to have hit on a few big picks again. Deebo Samuel is happy with the long-term contract. This is a list for the Super Bowl. I said this yesterday: Of every team I’ve watched in the preseason, the best lineup looks like San Francisco.

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