18. New York Giants
The New York Giants were a classic case of overachieving in 2022. Now, this team deserves a lot of respect. They played good defense, they upgraded in the coaching department, and Daniel Jones played arguably the best football of his pro career. And the Giants got results, which you can’t argue with. They won enough games to not only make it to the playoffs but then go on the road and upset the Minnesota Vikings.
Again, the Giants deserve respect, but I’m not buying what Daniel Jones is selling just yet. Not even with Brian Daboll at the helm. I especially am cold on this team if Saquon Barkley holds out for any extended period of time. I’m just not buying the Giants at this point in time. This may seem like an egregiously low spot to rank them after winning a playoff game last year, but I’m willing to be proven wrong here.
17. Tennessee Titans
I feel like I consistently disrespect the Tennessee Titans, but I’m not trying to. They are another team that just doesn’t pass the eye test for me, and I think for a lot of other people as well. As we watched the Titans’ 2022 offseason unfold, what were we supposed to think they were doing? Are they going all-in or are they rebuilding?
The tell-tale signs of rebuilding were there in some aspects, but then not in others. In reality, it looks like the Titans — who have oddly been in a very competitive window the last couple of years — have reloaded as opposed to rebuilt. They did go get Will Levis in the NFL Draft as a possible QB of the future but for now, Ryan Tannehill remains. Derrick Henry remains. The Titans have a good defense and I think they always will under Mike Vrabel. The question is — how far can this offense take the Titans? Can the addition of DeAndre Hopkins help? Do the Titans have enough besides?
I am pretty lukewarm on this team but the more you talk about them, the more you can’t help but trend them up a little bit.