Rams, Vikings, Belichick spotlight Colin’s NFL predictions

Shock gamers, groups and storylines develop throughout each NFL season.

Some quarterback has a breakout first half. An sudden group goes undefeated by September. A perceived contender falls flat on its face.

With that in thoughts, Colin Cowherd offered 5 daring predictions for 2022 on Friday’s version of “The Herd.”

Rams win SB LVII, Cowboys miss playoffs in Colin’s daring NFL predictions

Rams win SB LVII, Cowboys miss playoffs in Colin's bold NFL predictions

Colin Cowherd reveals his daring predictions for the 2022 NFL season.

1. Minnesota Vikings win the NFC North

Colin’s ideas: “They have pivoted to an offensive coach who will support Kirk Cousins. Between Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and a certainly serviceable offensive line, I like their roster. It’s a wonky division. Kirk Cousins, like Tua, finally has a coach that supports him. I think it matters when any of us have a boss that trusts us, respects us. I think Minnesota is going to pop. 

“No group that wins eight shut video games the next 12 months duplicates it, and no group that loses eight shut video games — together with two extra time losses — duplicates that. I believe the Vikings win the NFC North. I believe they beat the Packers within the opener, they usually begin pulling away by Thanksgiving.”

2. Dallas Cowboys miss the playoffs

Colin’s thoughts: “Plenty of areas concern me. Did not land Von Miller and misplaced Randy Gregory. Haven’t got a world-class go rush. Which means you possibly can double extra typically Micah Parsons. That they had notable losses on the offensive line, an getting older offensive line. La’el Collins [and] Connor Williams [left], and Tyron Smith is a Corridor of Famer, however cannot keep wholesome. 

“The wide receiving corps isn’t nearly as dynamic. CeeDee Lamb moves to one, but Cedrick Wilson’s gone, Amari Cooper’s gone and Michael Gallup’s off an ACL tear. And the truth is, I don’t think they have an elite coach, and I think as the game has gotten more sophisticated, that is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity.”

3. Invoice Belichick retires after the season

Colin’s ideas: “He hasn’t named coordinators. He’s got kids on the staff. The reality is Bob Kraft and Belichick have always had a little bit of a turbulent relationship. Kraft was close with [Tom] Brady. Every book you read about New England, Kraft tolerated a lot of the surliness of Belichick. They were 28th-ranked in passing. DeVante Parker helps a little. I don’t think they’re close to Buffalo. Belichick doesn’t necessarily love what’s happened in the league where players have more power and defense isn’t as important,” Cowherd mentioned.

“I think Belichick retires as the greatest coach of all time after another 9-8 year,” he later concluded.

4. Russell Wilson wins NFL MVP

Colin’s ideas: “I think between Brady to Tampa and [Matthew] Stafford to the Rams, when you come to a team and all they need is a catalyst, there is a certain energy that you bring to a team in hopefulness. And let’s be honest, Aaron Rodgers won back-to-back MVPs, played his best football with Nathaniel Hackett, who is now Russell Wilson’s coach. Now [the Broncos] have five prime-time games and seven nationally-televised games. I actually think it helps them. It creates urgency, an energy around the program. I think they have the perfect mix of youth between their coach and some of their defensive and offensive players and solid veteran guys,” Cowherd mentioned.

“I think [Wilson] puts up big numbers and wins the MVP because he’s the best story,” he concluded.

Melvin Gordon on Russell Wilson: ‘He is locked in’

Melvin Gordon on Russell Wilson: 'He's locked in'

Colin Cowherd asks Melvin Gordon for his impression on Russell Wilson, who joins Denver after being traded from the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos RB describes the Professional Bowl QB as “all about football.” The 2 additionally speak expectations for the group, and whether or not Gordon thinks they’re sturdy rivals within the AFC West.

5. Los Angeles Rams repeat as Tremendous Bowl champions

Colin’s ideas: “There’s also room for improvement. The games were close in the playoffs — San Francisco and Tampa Bay and the Cincinnati Super Bowl — and Stafford led the NFL in interceptions. There’s room for improvement. The division’s weaker, they have upgraded at wide receiver with Allen Robinson, they have upgraded at linebacker and leadership with Bobby Wagner, and let’s just be honest: the NFC’s not as good, nor as deep,” Cowherd mentioned.

“The NFC’s got a few good teams at the top, but it’s not like the AFC where you got to go through the Bills and the Chiefs and the Bengals and the Ravens and the Broncos,” he later mentioned.

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