Ranking NFL 2022 “Triplets,” Part I: Bears, Falcons among least inspirational; Saints, dolphins are just below average

Just like we did last year And the year before that And the year before that And the year before that And the year before thatThe crew here at CBSSports.com recently arranged a “triplet” for the NFL team. Why not, right? It’s mid-season, and it’s an unofficial tradition around these parts.

So in the space below, we’re once again counting down the best QB-RB-WR/TE triples in the NFL, ranking the predicted starters for quarterbacks and back-to-backs and their supposed best passing player for the 2022 NFL season. For some teams, it was clear who would fill each role. For others, even less. Where we had to judge which player would start in the middle or who would be the top target, we did.

In the space below, you’ll see our ratings for these triplets. The first number in parentheses is the average team rating based on a vote by many of our writers and editors at CBSSports.com, while the second number reflects the high and low of where our employees rated this individual team. For example, we have team number 32, and Atlanta Falcons, the average rank was 30.5, with a high rank of 26 and 32. We indicated level breaks anywhere where the difference between the average rank of a team and the last exceeded 1.5. For example, file Texas The average ranking was 28.5 and giants His average was 26.4, so the Giants started a new tier.

The ratings reflect the collective wisdom of this crowd, while the corresponding analysis is analytical. Today, we’ll start at the bottom half of the league, and tomorrow we’ll finish at the top levels. Without further ado…

Level 7: It’s ugly

32. Atlanta Falcons (Medium: 30.5 High: 26 Low: 32)

QB: Marcus Mariota RB: Cordarrelle Patterson TE: Kyle Pitts

The Falcons took a huge step backwards in these rankings. That’s partly because Calvin Ridley won’t be on this year’s team, but mostly because they replaced Matt Ryan and replaced him with Mariota, who was off the bench three years ago at Tennessee and hasn’t been a starting player since. He developed a relationship with Arthur Smith during his time with titans, though, that’s how he landed in Atlanta. Patterson broke out as a double threat last year, but the second half of the season showed his limits. Bates is the star of the future, but he needs a better option under the center in order to reach his ceiling.

31. Seattle Seahawks (Medium: 30.2 High: 21 Low: 32)

QB: Gno Smith RB: Rashaad Penny WR: DK Metcalf

The range of Seattle’s rankings was much wider than I expected, although I suppose that’s likely due to Penny’s brutal sprawl and Metcalfe’s record set up with Russell Wilson below center. However, it looks like Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback for this team, so it’s no surprise that they are relegated to the bottom tier.

30. Chicago Bears (Medium: 28.6 High: 25 Low: 31)

QB: Justin Fields RB: David Montgomery WR: Darnell Mooney

Bears were last checked into our offensive infrastructure rankings, so it makes sense that they’d fall near the bottom of this list as well. Fields is very talented, so he has a chance to make this arrangement look ridiculous. However, he will likely not be put in a position to succeed, due to the general lack of talent around him. Montgomery has shown he can handle a triple workload last year and Mooney has developed chemistry with Fields, but this group doesn’t get enough help from the rest of the unit to inspire a lot of confidence.

29. Houston Texans (medium: 28.5, high: 18, low: 32)

QB: Davis Mills RB: Marlon Mack WR: Brandin Cooks

Mills looked awful in his first stint as a starter last year, but showed huge progress during his second stint. We don’t know yet if he has the talent to be a long-term player, but he’s got a chance to prove he can do so. Mack was raped in Indy by Jonathan Taylor but showed he can run efficiently – if he gets a good ban. He probably won’t have it in Houston. One of the league’s most underrated receivers, Cooks is a man who continues to produce 1,000-yard seasons despite dealing with a host of injuries.

Level 6: Not terrible, but not great

28. New York Giants (average: 26.4, high: 23, low: 29)

QB: Daniel Jones RB: Saquon Barkley WR: Kenny Golladay

I was surprised to see the Giants check this low, but if you look at the actual averages, you can see that our employees felt there was almost no difference between them, Planesand the leopards. This seems reasonable, given the suffering of Daniel Jones, and the injury issues of Barkley and Goladay. Brian Daboll should help this group perform better than they did under Joe Judge and Jason Garrett, but they may just need a talent upgrade.

27. New York Jets (medium: 26.3, high: 22, low: 30)

QB: Zach Wilson RIGHT BACK: Breece Hall WR: Garrett Wilson

Wilson was bad for the vast majority of last season and was paired here with two starters, yet the Jets checked in five teams ahead. That’s actually rather impressive, and a solid vote of confidence in the predictions the Jets picked in rounds one and two.

26. Carolina Panthers (medium: 26.2, high: 21, low: 29)

QB: Sam Darnold RB: Christian McCaffrey WR: DJ Moore

Moore has been burdened with terrible quarterbacks throughout his career. He’s a star in hiding, waiting for someone to get the ball with precision and timing. CMC has missed most of the past two seasons due to injury, and it seems we can’t necessarily count on them getting through an entire season. These two have a lot of talent, but that’s not enough to get Sam Darnold out of this caliber.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers (Medium: 25.5 High: 22 Low: 31)

QB: Mitchell Trubisky RB: Najee Harris WR: Diontae Johnson

Trubisky was apparently the greatest quarterback of all time at the Buffalo. At least, that’s what you’d think if you only listened to the hype surrounding his free agency, when he somehow became the best quarterback on the market and attracted the interest of several teams. The last time we saw it as a starter, it wasn’t pretty. This is why despite hiring a very productive jogger and receiver who collects moments each year, they still score near the bottom of the league in these rankings.

24. Detroit Lions (Medium: 24.2 High: 21 Low: 30)

QB: Jared Goff RB: D’Andre Swift TE: TJ Hockenson

The best you can say about Goff is that he won’t kill your offense. Most of the time. He can keep the trains running on time if everything around him is running perfectly. Given Detroit’s strong offensive streak, it likely wouldn’t smash the Lions’ attack. But it will not raise it above where the level of talent should be. Swift is an electric catch pass from the court, and he could do more in his running game if he was allowed to pull more of the court away from the beauty of Williams. Hockenson hasn’t had the real breakout season many expected, but he’s probably one of the top 10 ultimate players right now.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (Medium: 23.7 High: 20 Low: 28)

QB: Trevor Lawrence RB: James Robinson WR: Christian Kirk

It seems to me that the Jags have a “No longer coached by Urban Meyer” in the rankings. Doug Pederson should put Lawrence in much better positions than he did a year ago, and having professional receiving options should be very helpful. But Kirk has never had more than 982 yards in a season, and a “No. 3 wide on attack so good becomes No. 1 wide nowhere else” is so bad. Robinson and Travis Etienne are both coming out with serious injuries.

22. Washington leaders (Medium: 23.1 High: 18 Low: 27)

QB: Carson Wentz Right-back: Antonio Gibson WR: Terry McLaurin

I can’t explain why a group led by Carson Wentz rated this highly. McLaurin is a superstar and needs a real midfielder before we end up wasting the majority of his career. Abused during both NFL seasons, Gibson was labeled an early mill despite being a hybrid wide receiver/back to college. The coaching staff has inflated him as McCaffrey’s next comeback in back-to-back seasons, but he’s refusing to give him a job to fall behind. That doesn’t make sense, but they also added another draft dip this year, after Gibson again sustained injuries to his toes and foot last year.

21. New England Patriots (Medium: 22.7 High: 19 Low: 28)

QB: Mac Jones RB: Damien Harris TE: Hunter Henry

Jones’ strong rookie season has carried the Patriots almost to the mid-tiers, but not quite. How much space does he have to grow? How likely would he have progressed without Josh McDaniels orchestrating his crime, and with an uninspiring squad to capture the pass? Harris is likely to once again lead the Patriots’ 47-man timeshare on the backcourt, and he was instrumental when he ran behind a very good offensive line.

Level 5: Niners

20. San Francisco 49ers (Medium: 20.2 High: 18 Low: 23)

QB: Trey Lance RB: Elijah Mitchell WR: Deebo Samuel

If Lance realizes the potential he has in a Shanahan-style offense, this arrangement will likely look pretty ridiculous. How unprepared he was to start last year was a bit exaggerated, and the constant questions about whether the Niners will bring back Jimmy Garoppolo as their starter seem pretty bizarre. They exchanged first-round picks to move to Lance; He will get the job. Mitchell is the latest Shanahan to come back to have a breakout season despite no pedigree. He ran incredibly hard, and showed at least some passing ability late in the year. Samuel is a player of a kind, and as long as he’s on the list, he’ll raise the bar for those around him.

Level 4: More questions than answers

19. Tennessee Titans (Medium: 18.5 High: 16 Low: 22)

QB: Ryan Tannehill RB: Derrick Henry WR: Treylon Burks

How high would these guys rank with AJ Brown instead of Burks? So much, what to think. How much higher would they be if Henry hadn’t missed a large part of last season with a foot injury? Will they be a threat to break into the top ten? It cannot be ruled out.

18. Miami Dolphin (Medium: 17.9 High: 13 Low: 20)

QB: Tua Tagovailoa Right Back: Chase Edmonds WR: Tyreek Hill

Sorry, TuAnon honest folks, but the Dolphins didn’t quite crack for the first half of the league. There are questions regarding his ability to propel the ball down the field, his ability to do throws under pressure, and his ability to get through a healthy season. There are questions regarding Hill’s ability to maintain his mix of efficiency and explosiveness when outside the Kansas City incubator. Edmunds will likely split the business with Raheem Mostert, Sonny Michele, and possibly Miles Gaskin, but his contract makes it look like he’s going to get his first crack at heavy shots.

17. New Orleans Saints (Medium: 17.3, High: 15, Low: 21)

QB: Jameis Winston Right-back: Alvin Kamara WR: Michael Thomas

Our last team to finish below average is one of the most confusing teams in the league. Winston was extremely risky and high-reward in Tampa, but he was extremely low-risk and high-efficient (at ridiculously low volume) before his injury last year. Will he be able to maintain this style without Sean Payton calling the plays? This is an open question. Will Camara be discontinued? Will Thomas return to the field? If not, could Chris Olaf be the first recipient on the spot?

Stay tuned for part two tomorrow…