Who Ranks Top Of The NFC In Our BBUSA Season Grades?

Check out Part One of this article for our end of season rankings for teams in the AFC.

We now know that the Los Angeles Rams will be the team representing the NFC in Super Bowl LVI in their own SoFi Stadium on the 13th February, facing the Cincinnati Bengals.

However, it has been a season of big ups and downs for teams in the NFC, with some performing above or below expected and others producing the quality that we generally expected of them, whether that is good or bad.

So to round off the season and ahead of the Pro Bowl this weekend and the Super Bowl the following week, we are going to go through all 16 teams in the NFC and grade them on various aspects of their team and on their season overall, as we have done already for the AFC.

However, let’s begin by referencing back to how the 16 teams in the NFC ranked in our opening Power Rankings of the season before the Week 1 games began. Their position in the opening Power Rankings of the season of all 32 NFL teams is shown in brackets.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1)
Los Angeles Rams (5)
Green Bay Packers (6)
San Francisco 49ers (9)
Seattle Seahawks (10)
Dallas Cowboys (15)
Arizona Cardinals (17)
Minnesota Vikings (18)
New Orleans Saints (19)
Washington Football Team (20)
Chicago Bears (21)
Atlanta Falcons (24)
Carolina Panthers (25)
New York Giants (26)
Philadelphia Eagles (27)
Detroit Lions (31)

NFC 2021-22 Season Grades & Rankings

Los Angeles Rams

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Regular Season Record – 12-5-0 (1st in NFC West)
Post Season Record – 3-0-0 (beat Cardinals, Buccaneers, 49ers – NFC Champions)
Offense Grade – A-
Defense Grade – A-
Coaching Grade – A-
2021 Draft Grade – D
Star Man (Offense) – Cooper Kupp (WR)
Star Man (Defense) – Aaron Donald (DT)
Best Rookie – Ernest Jones (LB)
The Big Question In 2022 – Can the Rams keep Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller?

Overall Grade – A

A chance to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium, signing OBJ and Von Miller proved a masterstroke for a team built to win now and they’re doing just that.

Green Bay Packers

Regular Season Record – 13-4-0 (1st in NFC North)
Post Season Record – 0-1-0 (Lost Divisional Round 13-10 to 49ers)
Offense Grade – A
Defense Grade – B+
Coaching Grade – B+
2021 Draft Grade – B
Star Man (Offense) – Aaron Rodgers (QB)
Star Man (Defense) – Rasul Douglas (CB)
Best Rookie – Eric Stokes (CB)
The Big Question In 2022 – Will Aaron Rodgers & Davante Adams leave?

Overall Grade – A-

Was this a goodbye from Aaron Rodgers? The Packers were the best regular season team but once again stumbled badly in the playoffs to the 49ers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Regular Season Record – 13-4-0 (1st in NFC South)
Post Season Record – 1-1 (Beat Eagles, Lost 30-27 to Rams, Divisional Round)
Offense Grade – A
Defense Grade – B-
Coaching Grade – B
2021 Draft Grade – E
Star Man (Offense) – Tom Brady (QB)
Star Man (Defense) – Shaquil Barrett (LB)
Best Rookie – Joe Tryon (OLB)
The Big Question In 2022 – If Brady retires, who will replace the irreplaceable?

Overall Grade – A-

That loss to the Rams will hurt, but this was another solid season from the veteran Bucs. The question is ,how much longer does this veteran team have left at the top if Brady retires?

San Francisco 49ers

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Regular Season Record – 10-7-0 (3rd in NFC West)
Post Season Record – 2-1 (Beat Cowboys, Packers, Lost 20-17 to Rams, Conference Championship)
Offense Grade – B-
Defense Grade – A
Coaching Grade – A
2021 Draft Grade – C-
Star Man (Offense) – Deebo Samuel (RB/WR)
Star Man (Defense) – Nick Bosa (DE)
Best Rookie – Talanoa Hufanga (S)
The Big Question In 2022 – Will Trey Lance step up at QB next season?

Overall Grade – A-

Not the best regular season but found their feet in the playoffs, Jimmy Garoppolo’s future though looks uncertain but is Trey Lance, their big pick in the draft, the answer?

Dallas Cowboys

Regular Season Record – 12-5-0 (1st in NFC East)
Post Season Record – 0-1-0 (Lost 23-17 to 49ers, Wild Card Round)
Offense Grade – B+
Defense Grade – A-
Coaching Grade – B
2021 Draft Grade – A
Star Man (Offense) – Dak Prescott (QB)
Star Man (Defense) – Micah Parsons (ILB)
Best Rookie – Micah Parsons (ILB)
The Big Question In 2022 – What’s the missing link to make the Cowboys a team capable of winning the Super Bowl?

Overall Grade – B+

A good season, but better was expected of the Cowboys in the post-season and they came up short. They did get superb value with picking Micah Parsons 12th in the draft. There’s more to come from the Cowboys next year.

Philadelphia Eagles

Regular Season Record – 9-8-0 (2nd in NFC East)
Post Season Record – 0-1-0 (L 31-15 to Buccaneers, Wild Card Round)
Offense Grade – B-
Defense Grade – B+
Coaching Grade – A-
2021 Draft Grade – A
Star Man (Offense) – Jalen Hurts (QB)
Star Man (Defense) – Javin Hargrave (DT)
Best Rookie – DeVonta Smith (WR)
The Big Question In 2022 – Do the Eagles keep faith with Jalen Hurts, or perhaps seek a replacement at QB?

Overall Grade – B+

Hurts had a solid year at QB for the Eagles, but there are many who feel he isn’t of the required ability. With the likes of Carr, Cousins and possibly Rodgers available, could the Eagles use their big draft leverage this year to land a star QB?

Arizona Cardinals

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Regular Season Record – 11-6-0 (2nd in NFC West)
Post Season Record – 0-1-0 (L 34-11 to Rams, Wild Card Round)
Offense Grade – B
Defense Grade – B-
Coaching Grade – C+
2021 Draft Grade – C
Star Man (Offense) – Kyler Murray (QB)
Star Man (Defense) – Chandler Jones (LB)
Best Rookie – Rondale Moore (WR)
The Big Question In 2022 – Can the Cardinals put right their dismal end to the season?

Overall Grade – B

Over the first 7 weeks of the season, the Cardinals looked like Super Bowl Champions. Over the remainder, they played no better than a 0.400 team. Will the real Cardinals please stand up?

New Orleans Saints

Regular Season Record – 9-8-0 (2nd in NFC South)
Post Season Record – None
Offense Grade – C+
Defense Grade – A-
Coaching Grade – B+
2021 Draft Grade – B
Star Man (Offense) – Marquez Callaway (WR)
Star Man (Defense) – Cam Jordan (DE)
Best Rookie – Pete Werner
The Big Question In 2022 – Who can the Saints find to replace Sean Payton as HC?

Overall Grade – B-

It’s going to be the most important off-season in 16 years in New Orleans. Who can they get to replace Sean Payton and what he achieved? And with their QB situation up in the air, this is going to be a tough job for anybody that inherits the HC position.

Minnesota Vikings

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Regular Season Record – 8-9-0 (2nd in NFC North)
Post Season Record – None
Offense Grade – C+
Defense Grade – B-
Coaching Grade – D-
2021 Draft Grade – D+
Star Man (Offense) – Justin Jefferson (WR)
Star Man (Defense) – Eric Kendricks (LB)
Best Rookie – Christian Darrisaw (OT)
The Big Question In 2022 – Who will come in as head coach? Will it be Jim Harbaugh?

Overall Grade – C

The Vikings should have been closer to the Packers this season, but they weren’t and that is a worry for a team that has underperformed for two seasons in a row. Whoever the new HC is has a big job here.

Seattle Seahawks

Regular Season Record – 7-10-0 (4th in NFC West)
Post Season Record – None
Offense Grade – B-
Defense Grade – B-
Coaching Grade – C-
2021 Draft Grade – E+
Star Man (Offense) – Tyler Lockett (WR)
Star Man (Defense) – Jordyn Brooks (LB)
Best Rookie – D’Wayne Eskridge (WR)
The Big Question In 2022 – Will Russell Wilson stay or go?

Overall Grade – C-

The Seahawks season depends largely on what QB Russell Wilson does in the offseason. If he pushes for a move again and gets his wish, this coud be a very tough year ahead for the ‘Hawks.

Washington Football Team

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Regular Season Record – 7-10-0 (3rd in NFC East)
Post Season Record – None
Offense Grade – D
Defense Grade – D
Coaching Grade – C
2021 Draft Grade – B-
Star Man (Offense) – Terry McLaurin (WR)
Star Man (Defense) – Jonathan Allen (DT)
Best Rookie – Samuel Cosmi (OT)
The Big Question In 2022 – Can the Washington defense get back on track in 2022?

Overall Grade – C-

A very disappointing season for Washington who saw injuries decimate their defensive line. However, a lack of potency on offense is equally worrying for this team.

Atlanta Falcons

Regular Season Record – 7-10-0 (3rd in NFC South)
Post Season Record – None
Offense Grade – D-
Defense Grade – C-
Coaching Grade – C-
2021 Draft Grade – B+
Star Man (Offense) – Kyle Pitts (TE)
Star Man (Defense) – Foyesade Oluokun (LB)
Best Rookie – Kyle Pitts (TE)
The Big Question In 2022 – Can the Falcons give Matt Ryan a few more offensive weapons this coming season?

Overall Grade – C-

Head coach Arthur Smith may get a pass in his first year as a Falcon, but he will need more from his team to make them a force again in the NFC South, which could be a winnable division next season.

Chicago Bears

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Regular Season Record – 6-11-0 (3rd in NFC North)
Post Season Record – None
Offense Grade – D
Defense Grade – B
Coaching Grade – D
2021 Draft Grade – B
Star Man (Offense) – David Montgomery (RB)
Star Man (Defense) – Robert Quinn (LB)
Best Rookie – Justin Fields (QB)
The Big Question In 2022 – Can Fields continue his maturing into a top NFL calibre QB and lift the Bears offense to the next level?

Overall Grade – D+

It feels like another season of treading water from the Bears but they did have some positives with a defense that played well above the 6-11 record and Justin Fields showing promise at QB.

New York Giants

Regular Season Record – 4-13-0 (4th in NFC East)
Post Season Record – None
Offense Grade – E
Defense Grade – C+
Coaching Grade – D
2021 Draft Grade – C-
Star Man (Offense) – Evan Engram (TE)
Star Man (Defense) – Leonard Williams (DE)
Best Rookie – Kadarius Toney (WR)
The Big Question In 2022 – Can the new coaching team make the Giants relevant again?

Overall Grade – D

There’s a new era starting in New York and it is badly needed after another very poor season. It remains to be seen who will be a part of new Head Coach Brian Daboll’s plans.

Carolina Panthers

Regular Season Record – 5-12-0 (4th in NFC South)
Post Season Record – None
Offense Grade – E
Defense Grade – D
Coaching Grade – D
2021 Draft Grade – D
Star Man (Offense) – DJ.Moore (WR)
Star Man (Defense) – Brian Burns (DE)
Best Rookie – Chuba Hubbard (RB)
The Big Question In 2022 – Will Panthers give Sam Darnold another chance or move on?

Overall Grade – D-

The Panthers started the season 3-0 and then went 2-12 in their remaining games. Issues at QB and with key players often injured, this is a team in need of a complete rebuild.

Detroit Lions

Regular Season Record – 3-13-1 (4th in NFC North)
Post Season Record – None
Offense Grade – E
Defense Grade – C
Coaching Grade – B-
2021 Draft Grade – B+
Star Man (Offense) – D’Andre Swift (RB)
Star Man (Defense) – Amani Oruwariye (CB)
Best Rookie – Penei Sewell (OT)
The Big Question In 2022 – Who do the Lions take with Pick 2 in the NFL Draft?

Overall Grade – D-

Another tough year for the Lions but the team did improve once they’d got that elusive first win and they played hard in several other games. They should improve next year with some solid moves in the draft and free agency.

 

Author: Paula Dunn