NFL Power Rankings of the entire AFC after the 2022 preseason

NFL Power Rankings -Steelers, Kenny Pickett. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
NFL Power Rankings -Steelers, Kenny Pickett. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports /
1 of 8

Winning a championship in the NFL requires months of preparation, focus, and determination. An extensive off-season helped coaches and players re-evaluate goals for the journey ahead. With less than a month away until kick-off, which teams deserve to sit high in the preseason NFL power rankings?

Preseason football has shown us a glimpse of the action to come. While coaches add the finishing touches to schemes, analysts and reporters evaluate each early showing. Convincing or not, each performance is used to determine rank.

Competition in the AFC will cause franchises to play at their best. Here is an idea of how the conference will look this season.

Houston Texans, NFL Power Rankings
NFL Power Rankings -Houston Texans, Davis Mills – Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

10. . . . Houston Texans. 16. team

No.16 AFC Preseason NFL Power Rankings: Houston Texans
2021 Record: 4-13

Working through the rebuilding process is difficult for fans in Houston. Watching franchise players like JJ Watt and Deshaun Watson relocate has been a hard pill to swallow. Head coach Lovie Smith is prepared to turn things around. Developing second-year QB Davis Mills will be essential for success this season. His 16 touchdowns and ten interceptions during his rookie season showed glimpses of a promising future. Houston’s 278.1 yards per game average in 2021 finished as the worst in the league and must improve in the upcoming season.

No.15 AFC Preseason NFL Power Rankings: Jacksonville Jaguars
2021 Record: 3-14

. . . Jacksonville Jaguars. 15. team. 52

Head coach Doug Pederson is confident that the Jaguars will improve from their 3-14 record in 2021. Trevor Lawrence, James Robinson, and Marvin Jones have shown that they are more than prepared to take on the upcoming season. In 2021, Trevor Lawrence finished the season with 3,641 yards passing – ranking 17th in yardage among active quarterbacks. Limiting turnovers will help Lawrence improve in his sophomore season.

Repeating a 17-interception performance will not help the team climb out of the AFC South. Relying on young offensive talent requires a strong Defense. Travon Walker and Devin Lloyd must protect the endzone – leaving the Jaguars to rely on younger talent to make things happen in 2022.