Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the New Orleans Saints in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 20
The Saints showed they weren't exactly all-in on Winston when they tried to trade for Deshaun Watson this offseason, and the short-term nature of Winston's contract backs that up. The Saints didn't go after a quarterback in the draft, but Winston has a lot to prove after starting only seven games last season before an ACL injury to his left knee. Winston needs a healthy and productive year to keep his job long-term, especially considering Andy Dalton has played well in the preseason while Winston recovers from a sprained foot.
NFL.com -- Rank: 13
CBS Sports -- Rank: 6
The Athletic -- Rank: 20
The bad news: Defensive success is notoriously volatile year over year, and there are legit questions about the Saints' ability to protect Winston after Armstead's departure and Trevor Penning's slow start. Even worse, if things go south, the Saints don't own their first-round pick. Few teams enter 2022 with such a wide variance of possible outcomes, from an NFC South championship to a one-and-done year for Allen and the crew.
Nugget to remember: The offensive line is an extra concern because of Winston's playing style. No quarterback took at least three seconds to throw more often than Winston last season, per TruMedia.
The Ringer -- Rank: 18
Yahoo! -- Rank: 18
PFT -- Rank: 20
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