3. Las Vegas Raiders
I predicted the Las Vegas Raiders to finish under .500 in 2022 as the team not only has the worst quarterback in the AFC West but it has a below-average defense that legitimately has the potential to be a bottom-five defense in the league. Raider fans will tout Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones but the reality is that Jones is regressing and the rest of the defense is really bad and really thin.
However, to counteract a really bad defense is a really good offense that is going to lead to a lot of shootouts for the Raiders. Charger fans learned the hard way last year that this is not a sustainable way for success and I would even argue that the Chargers' defense last season had more talent than the Raiders' defense does this upcoming season.
Derek Carr might be the worst quarterback in the AFC West but he certainly is not a bad quarterback. In fact, I have always been in the camp that thinks Carr is a bit underrated and with talent around him he can lead a team to a playoff push.
Carr certainly has talent around him. The Raiders have one of the best receiving corps in the league with Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow and DeMarcus Robinson as the team's top three options. Darren Waller is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the league and Josh Jacobs is a solid option at running back.
The offensive line definitely has some question marks and that could lead to some disappointment offensively but as long as everyone stays healthy, the Raiders should be able to spread the offense out and run a Patriots-like offense with Josh McDaniels as the team's new head coach.