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The NFL gets underway on Thursday night when the Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills. The return of the NFL means the return of “Mazz’s Tiers” on Felger and Mazz!

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  • Tier 1

    BUFFALO, NEW YORK - JANUARY 15: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Highmark Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

    (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

    Los Angeles Rams

    Buffalo Bills

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Kansas City Chiefs

  • Tier 2

    KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 25: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers participates in pregame warmups prior to the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on August 25, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

    (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

    Green Bay Packers

    Denver Broncos

    Los Angeles Chargers

    Las Vegas Raiders

    Cincinnati Bengals

    Dallas Cowboys

    Baltimore Ravens

  • Tier 3

    PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 13: Mitch Trubisky #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Acrisure Stadium on August 13, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

    (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) 

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Miami Dolphins

    Philadelphia Eagles

    Tennessee Titans

    Indianapolis Colts

    Minnesota Vikings

    San Francisco 49ers

    Arizona Cardinals

  • Tier 4

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 26: Quarterback Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of a preseason game at Allegiant Stadium on August 26, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

    (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

    New England Patriots

    New Orleans Saints

    New York Giants

    Cleveland Browns

    Carolina Panthers


  • Tier 5

    DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a second quarter touchdown against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field on September 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

    Seattle Seahawks

    Atlanta Falcons

    Detroit Lions

    New York Jets

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Houston Texans

    Washington Commanders

    Chicago Bears

  • Transcript

    Felger: Tier one!

    Mazz: Okay, so we just just so you have the groundwork, because last year we were sort of, you know, kind this in sort of was organic.

    Jim Murray: Yeah, I think we started it like week eight.

    Mazz: So we’ve created five tiers.

    Felger: Well, is there’s always going to be five, because I think you should just, I think the tiers should be fluid.

    Mazz: Okay, the tiers can be fluid. I like that better. Okay. But Ibut I did season opening five tiers. Tier one. The Rams, the Bills, the Bucs, the Chiefs. That’s it. Those four teams on Tier one. Those to me are the four best teams in the NFL going into the season. Most likely to win a championship. Basically, they’ve all, with the exception of Buffalo, won a championship in the last few years. And Buffalo is the favorite this year. And I think they all have good rosters, good quarterbacks, you get the idea. Tier two…Packers. Broncos. Chargers Raiders, Bengals. Cowboys, Ravens.

    Felger: Wow, that’s a big tier.

    Mazz: I did. I expanded the tier a little bit. I will allow for that. I admit that.

    Jim Murray: These are ultimately talented teams, but you got questions.

    Mazz: Yeah. I mean, I think these are teams that need some things to go right if they’re going to win the Super Bowl. But I like the talent on these teams.

    Felger: Tier three!

    Mazz: Steelers, Dolphins, Eagles, Titans, Colts, Vikings, Niners, Cardinals.

    Felger: Wait a minute. Who?

    Jim Murray: There’s a lot of teams too high on this third tier.

    Felger: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. That’s teams. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. Now we’re up to 19.

    Mazz: Correct. So these are all teams that basically are going to be right around the playoff line, if you think of it that way. Right? There’s going to be 12 teams in the playoffs. Or 14? Yeah. Okay. So these are teams that are right around the playoff.

    Jim Murray: This is the third tier.

    Mazz: So, again, you know, some of these teams will get in. Some of these wont.

    Jim Murray: Good teams that could surprise.

    Mazz: Yeah, some of them will probably jump up if someone drops out of tier two. And there are some teams in tier two that could drop out. Again, this is just a starting point, Mike. So be patient.

    Felger: Fourth tier. Thank you.

    Mazz: Patriots.

    Felger: Oh, there we are. 20th.

    Mazz: Saints, Giants, Browns, Panthers.

    Jim Murray: So these are your supposed midler’s?

    Mazz: These are below the middle, Murray.

    Felger: Yeah, this is third class.

    Jim Murray: I mean I would have the Patriots here if these were my tiers, but to have them lumped with the likes of the Giants.

    Mazz: So I actually think, believe it or not, I think the Giants might be half decent this year. I believe in Daboll. I think that Daniel Jones is better than he played under Joe Judge. I’m not telling you the Giants are stacked, but I think they have a real coach now for the first time in a long time. And so it would not surprise me if the Giants go 7-9 (he means 7-10). This is the suck bag tier…..Tier five…Seahawks, Falcons, Lions, Jets, Jags, Texans, Commanders, Bears. I think all these teams are going to blow. I think they’re going to suck eggs.

    Jim Murray: Lions and Jags going to be better than people think. I think.

    Mazz: So. I’ll give you the Jags could move up a tier. Wouldn’t shock me if the Lions moved up a tier. But again, none of these teams are going to creep into tier three. I think they’re all garbage. Even Jacksonville, Jacksonville has a good year, what to be looking at? 6-11? 7-10?

    Jim Murray: I’m not saying they’re going to be a playoff team, but they can be seven wins.

    Mazz: Yeah, right. And I understand your point because they were three and 14 last year. So could they be better? Sure. They’re still one of the dregs of the league. So, you know, that is not a place where you want to be and right now, the Patriots are closer to the fifth tier than the first tier.