Bad NFL teams in 2021 have a chance in 2022: Who will go from worst to first?

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The beauty of the beginning NFL regular season is that all the teams have the same record and the chances of a dream season are still on the table.

Dreams can turn into nightmares in an instant.

Those who had their hopes dashed last season are looking to turn it around and return to the postseason.

The eight teams that finished last in their respective divisions last season were the Baltimore Ravens, carolina panthersDenver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) calls out a play during a game against the Cleveland Browns on August 12, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) calls out a play during a game against the Cleveland Browns on August 12, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
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OutKick sports betting expert Geoff Clark told Fox News Digital that he believed the Jaguars had the best chance to go from worst to first and win the AFC South. The Jaguars are +750 away from winning the division, according to to the FOX bet.

“The most obvious answer is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence is a stud, and his rookie season was a wasted year considering the turmoil of the Jacksonville head coaches. The Jaguars hired a head coach with proven success and a Super Bowl title on Doug Pederson,” Clark said.

“In addition, Jacksonville’s front office acquired some serious talent to surround Lawrence, capitalizing on his rookie deal. Not to mention, 2021 first-round pick and Clemson teammate running back Travis Etienne should be healthy at enter 2022.

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“The final reason Jacksonville looks like a promising ‘worst to first’ contender is the AFC South: The Jaguars’ division is hands down the softest in the NFL. The Tennessee Titans could fall back after winning a ton of coin toss contests in 2021 and part ways with star catcher AJ Brown this offseason.

“The Indianapolis Colts have a new starting quarterback for the fifth straight season and are by no means insurance for the division or the AFC playoffs. And the Houston Texans are a dumpster with one of the least talented rosters in the league.” .

According to FOX Bet, the Ravens have the best chance going from worst to first at +145. Baltimore went 8-9 last season in a tight AFC North.

If the team is healthier than it was last year, the Ravens could be a good bet to win the division, Clark said.

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens throws out the ball on Dec. 5, 2021, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens throws out the ball on Dec. 5, 2021, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
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“I wouldn’t hate to take … the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North at +145 because they’re actually fielding a pro team this season,” Clark told Fox News Digital. “The Ravens had by far the most games missed due to injuries and COVID in 2021. Baltimore started the year 8-3 and Lamar Jackson was a candidate for MVP up to that point. But, Baltimore’s season effectively ended once Lamar was injured in a Week 13 game against the Cleveland Browns.

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“However, the Ravens bring back former All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Staley and selected center Tyler Linderbaum with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. So Baltimore’s offensive line should be a top 10 unit and open up running lines for Lamar and RB JK Dobbins.

“Finally, the Ravens lost two elite cornerbacks in 2021, Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, and added first-round safety Kyle Hamilton to an already stacked secondary. Lamar needs better wide receivers, but Baltimore’s running game is going to be sick, and the defense has a ceiling in the top five.”

Read below to find out which one is the least likely or most likely to win their respective divisions.

new york jets

Joe Flacco (19) of the New York Jets in action against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on November 21, 2021 in East Rutherford, NJ

Joe Flacco (19) of the New York Jets in action against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on November 21, 2021 in East Rutherford, NJ
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Odds of winning the AFC East: +2000

2021 record: 4-13

Seattle Seahawks

Geno Smith (7) of the Seattle Seahawks in action during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Pittsburgh.

Geno Smith (7) of the Seattle Seahawks in action during a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Pittsburgh.
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Odds of winning the NFC West: +1400

2021 record: 7-10

carolina panthers

Odds of winning the NFC South: +1000

2021 record: 5-12

Detroit Lions

Odds of winning the NFC North: +900

2021 record: 3-13-1

New York Giants

New York Giants' Saquon Barkley (26) runs a route during a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley (26) runs a route during a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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Odds of winning the NFC East: +800

2021 record: 4-13

jacksonville jaguars

Odds of winning AFC South: +750

2021 record: 3-14

Denver Broncos

Russell Wilson (3) of the Denver Broncos celebrates a Kendall Hinton touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at Empower Field At Mile High on August 13, 2022 in Denver.

Russell Wilson (3) of the Denver Broncos celebrates a Kendall Hinton touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at Empower Field At Mile High on August 13, 2022 in Denver.
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Odds of winning the AFC West: +275

2021 record: 7-10

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The Baltimore Ravens

Odds of winning AFC North: +145

2021 record: 8-9

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