Touchdown Wire way too early for 2022 offseason NFL power rankings

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

10. Arizona Cardinals

2021 review: 11-6

An 11-6 record, yes, but the Cardinals finished last year on a big run. Few people in Arizona need reminding. To ease those concerns, the team needs to make sure QB Kyler Murray is on full throttle after the odd start he had in the offseason. A next step could be upgrading the secondary in the desert.

9. Los Angeles Chargers

QB Justin Herbert is very promising. He should soon enter the elite level with Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Joe Burrow, if he is not there already. This defense in Los Angeles needs to be addressed in a few places, though. I can’t put everything on Herbert every week. Fix a few spots, loaders. Maybe start at cornerback and this team isn’t far behind.

8. San Francisco 49ers

2021 review: 10-7

The Niners are a damn good team and showed us all of that again in the playoffs. However, they can’t be placed in the top five until we know what’s happening under center. It looks like San Fran could go with Trey Lance at quarterback, but as long as the coveted prospect is playing decently, the 49ers have a chance once again.

7. Tennessee Titans

2021 review: 12-5

The Titans go where Ryan Tannehill takes them. He’s rarely going to blow a game wide open, so the way things line up again in Tennessee, the plan is to help the QB. With Julio Jones and AJ Brown in the fold, bringing in someone to master midfield as a tight end could help the Titans stay atop the AFC – assuming their defensive turnaround from 2021 continues .

6. Dallas Cowboys

2021 review: 12-5

Dan Quinn’s return is a big boost for the Dallas Cowboys — and unexpected. If he can guide another successful defensive season in Dallas, the offense with QB Dak Prescott should continue to hum. Many questions of consistency and game management still arise with Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy.

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