AFC West on top of the NFL power ratings, plus track 2022 travel miles and stars lost from OTAs

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone. John Breech is busy agonizing over his high expectations for the Bengals season (more on that below), so I, Cody Benjamin, are here to guide you through all that’s new from around the NFL.

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We have AFC North predictions, rumored updates, and much more:

  1. Today’s Show: Predict North Asia’s winning totals

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Jon Brich joined Will Brinson on Wednesday on the “Pick Six NFL Podcast” to predict records for all four AFC North contenders in 2022. Some highlights:

  • Breech isn’t shy about expecting another big season for the Bengals, suggesting that the worst-case scenario in 2022 is a repeat of their 10-7 finish in 2021, when they eventually advanced all the way to the Super Bowl.
  • Brinson sees the Ravens as a good-value bet to win the degree, especially after they took an 8-9 lead in 2021 despite plenty of injuries.
  • The guys agree that it’s almost impossible to bet Brown at this point, with a possible commentary for Deshaun Watson looming; Breech thinks the suspension will be “longer than shorter,” and Brinson feels an overbearing bet on the expected 9.5-Win total is unwise with Jacoby Brissett potentially on track to start under center.

Watch the entire episode (and subscribe to all kinds of daily NFL discussion) here.

2. Detainee tracker: Keeler Murray, Baker Mayfield among the no-shows

Big names across the NFL avoid organized team activities (OTAs) for various reasons. Can’t you keep track of them all? Tyler Sullivan has you covered All outstanding players do not attend their own practices:

3. Insider Notes: AFC West tops the divisional power rankings

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CBS Sports insider in the NFL owned by Jason La Canfora All eight sections are categorized First to worst ahead of the 2022 season. Not surprisingly, after such a busy season, West Asia is leading the hits standings:

Do I really need to think about this point? Did you notice the off season? And yes, the chiefs still reside here. They’ve been doing well at least in the AFC title match since Andy Reed and Patrick Mahomes started playing on a regular basis. Any of the other three teams might be able to make a case for most improvements, and I don’t think anyone would blink if at least three of those four were in their extended postseason. I will go ahead and crown them here.

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4. 2022 travel mileage tracker: hackers get a rough schedule

Wondering which teams should be traveling farther (and less) next season? Don’t be surprised anymore, because Jon Brych has you covered full rundown. Tom Brady’s team is facing the biggest hurdle when it comes to travel this year, noting:

The Buccaneers will travel a total distance of 26,562 miles this season, which is more than the Steelers, Ravens and Lions combined journey this season (23,052 miles). The Buccaneers’ biggest trip in 2022 will be a trip to Munich in November where they will play their first NFL game in Germany. On that trip alone, the Buccaneers will amass more than six teams’ travel miles for the entire season. The trip to Germany and back would cover 9,992 miles, which is almost fitting, since Tom Brady holds nearly 9,992 NFL records.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Steelers will only travel 6,512 miles for the entire season. This year will mark the fourth time since 2014 the Steelers have driven the fewest miles, and perhaps it’s worth noting that in each of the previous three years (2014, 2016, 2017), they ended up winning the division.

5. Exciting questions about the AFC and North NFC

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The new season is fast approaching, and there are plenty of big questions to answer at the AFC and NFC North.

North NFC (Cody Benjamin):

  • bear: Can QB Justin Fields beat his supporting cast?
  • the black: What is happening in Qatar Bank in the long term?
  • Packers: How would Aaron Rodgers thrive without Davante Adams?
  • Vikings: Can Kevin O’Connell get past the team’s wild card ceiling?

North Asia (Brian Diardo):

  • Bengals: Can it match last year’s success?
  • Brown: Where will Baker Mayfield end up?
  • crows: Is there enough help for Lamar Jackson?
  • Steelers: Who will be the first week starting from QB?

6. Quick Shooting Report: New Steelers GM, Garoppolo’s Commercial Update

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