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3 AFC underdogs who could make it to NFL playoffs next season

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence
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Adam Hulse

The 2022 NFL season is less than three months away with the offseason continuing to wind down. Players are reporting to training camps and teams are officially preparing for the upcoming season.

Every team will enter the 2022 season with a different level of expectations. Some teams will be favored to make the playoffs, while others will be underdogs, based on their official preseason betting lines.

Here are three AFC teams who could make the 2022 NFL Playoffs as underdogs:

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#1 Miami Dolphins (+135)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill

The Miami Dolphins finished the 2021 NFL season with a 9-8 record, but missed out on the playoffs. Despite making major improvements to their roster during the offseason, they are not favored to reach the playoffs this season.

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The Dolphins used the free agency period to significantly improve their offense, giving quarterback Tua Tagovailoa his best chance at success. They upgraded their offensive line as well as their skill positions by adding a ton of talent, including Tyreek Hill in a blockbuster trade.

#2 Las Vegas Raiders (+185)

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams

The Las Vegas Raiders made the NFL Playoffs last year despite having the most difficult strength of schedule. This makes it a bit surprising that they are relatively big underdogs to make it to the playoffs in 2022, especially with the upgrades they made to their roster.

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The Raiders improved on both sides of the ball during the 2022 NFL offseason. They acquired Davante Adams in a blockbuster trade while also signing Chandler Jones during the free agency period.

Don't sleep on the Raiders this year, despite their difficult division.

#3 Jacksonville Jaguars (+450)

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson

The Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2021 season with the worst record in the league, but made many upgrades during the offseason in an attempt to quickly turn things around. They added impact players during the free agency period and found solid value during the 2022 NFL Draft.

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The biggest move the Jaguars made during the offseason was hiring Doug Pederson to take over as their head coach. His last position was with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he won a Super Bowl with Nick Foles at quarterback. Pederson could be the key to unlocking the potential of Trevor Lawrence, despite his terrible rookie season.


Edited by John Maxwell
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