It took a total of 285 games to decide the NFL’s 102nd champion. And the Los Angeles Rams are now atop the 2020 edition of the NFL Power Rankings.
It’s the 2022 edition of the NFL Power Rankings. In 2021, every team played 17 regular-season contests came down to the final game when it came to determining the entire 14-team playoff field. 9And the first round of the postseason featured far too may lopsided contests.
But starting with the divisional round, it was a different story and it was filled with nail-biters and plenty of last-second heroics. And when it was all said and done, the Los Angeles Rams captured Super Bowl LVI with a 23-20 win over the upstart Cincinnati Bengals.
NFL Power Rankings after Rams win Super Bowl 56
It’s been a horrible stretch for this once-proud franchise as the team finished dead last in the NFC East in 2021. Dating back to 2017, big blue owns a distressing 22-59 record and has now missed the playoffs five consecutive years.
Joe Judge was given the pink slip after two seasons and the franchise’s newest head coach is former Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. He and new general manager Joe Schoen have some pieces to work with.
For the third consecutive year, the Panthers won only five games. And since reaching the playoffs in 2017, Carolina owns a disappointing 22-41 combined record these past four seasons. In 2021, Matt Rhule’s club got off to a surprising 3-0 start but would win just twice in its final 14 outings.
Only the Giants (30) gave up the football more than the Panthers (29) as quarterbacks Sam Darnold, D.J. Walker and Cam Newton combined for 21 interceptions.
College legend Urban Meyer was the team’s newest head coach. But he would not last the season due the season due to numerous issues. The Jaguars showed life at times and rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence had his moments.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell took over for Meyer down the stretch and the team pounded the Colts in Week 18. But the new man in charge is former Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl champion Doug Pederson.
Another year and another last-place finish for the Men from the Motor City. But Dan Campbell’s club showed a lot of life more often than not in 2021. The team is still devoid of talent in many aspects but there was a lot of fight in the club.
The first season in Detroit for quarterback Jared Goff saw those turnover issues that plagued him with the Rams. Aaron Glenn’s defensive unit did give up 50 offensive touchdowns as the pass rush produced just 30 sacks.