Are you curious to know how well NFL teams will do this season? Read our 2022 NFL season predictor to help with your betting strategy for the season.
This time last year, just about every NFL prediction expert was saying that it would be an absolute lock that the Los Angeles Rams would meet the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl LVI, and the Rams would come out victorious.
Sike—no one was picking that matchup at the beginning of the 2021–2022 season. Yet, that’s exactly what ended up happening.
So what does that tell us? It’s extremely difficult to predict outcomes in the NFL. But that won’t stop us from trying to predict the 2022 NFL Schedule to help with your NFL sportsbook. In this 2022 NFL season predictor, we’ll go over how to bet on NFL games and some of our top 2022 NFL predictions, including major trends, playoff contention, and top-dog teams. Then, at the end of the season, we’ll see just how wrong we were. Sounds like fun? Let’s jump right in
New Team, Who ‘Dis?
Every year, there’s plenty of player movement in the NFL. No team looks the same from one year to the next when you consider the ever-spinning wheel of salary caps, retirements, and new draft picks for the next NFL Draft.
However, for most teams, the position you hope to keep consistent is the man behind the center: the quarterback.
Apparently, a lot of teams missed that memo this year.
The 2022–2023 season is marked by a slew of new QBs lining up under center. The teams you can expect to see with a new starter include:
- Atlanta Falcons – Marcus Mariota
- Carolina Panthers – Baker Mayfield (last year’s starter Sam Darnold is now the backup)
- Cleveland Browns – Deshaun Watson (suspended for 11 games. Jacoby Brissett will start until Watson returns)
- Denver Broncos – Russell Wilson
- Houston Texans – David Mills (actually started 11 games last season, but this is his first year being treated as QB1)
- Indianapolis Colts – Matt Ryan
- Pittsburgh Steelers – Mitch Trubisky
- San Francisco 49ers – Trey Lance
- Seattle Seahawks – Geno Smith
- Washington Commanders – Carson Wentz
That’s nearly a third of the league! And while it’s not inconceivable that a new QB can fit in right from the start (looking at you, Tom Brady, who fit in easily with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after his move from the New England Patriots), it generally takes time to acclimate to new teammates and a new system. Expect some growing pains, especially early in the season, for many, if not all, of these teams.
Old Dog, Old Tricks
On the other end of the spectrum, we have the returning QBs and specifically the returning QBs who have been there before. You can count on these guys in your NFL betting strategy to know how to lead their team and put up numbers. After all, it’s what they always do:
- The truly old dogs – Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers
- The reliable performers – Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs; Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens; Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills; Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys; and Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams
- The good stats and maybe wins – Kirk Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings and Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders
- The young guns – Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals; Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals; Zach Wilson of the New York Jets; and Justin Herbert of the LA Chargers
All of the teams on this list should be able to perform well and are solid picks to have winning seasons.
The AFC West is Loaded
Looking at our QB lists, you may notice that three of the four AFC West teams (Kansas City Chiefs, LA Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders) have a QB in the tried and true category. And the final team in the division (Denver Broncos) has Russell Wilson taking snaps (possibly the best QB to have changed teams this year).
That said, if you look at their records from last season, you’ll see that they were all top-notch teams with top-level records:
- Chiefs: 12-5
- Raiders: 10-7
- Chargers: 9-8
- Broncos: 7-10
Now, take into account the Broncos adding Wilson, the Raiders adding Davante Adams, the Chargers’ Justin Herbert maturing another year, and Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes being Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. This division is set to be a clash of titans. It wouldn’t be surprising to see three of the four teams emerge as playoff contenders by season’s end. To get a more comprehensive look at how the teams are ranked before the season, make sure to check out our NFL power rankings so you can see the teams most likely to perform this season.
The NFC Is There for the Taking
Things look a bit more up in the air when it comes to the NFC. The NFC East is seemingly always a toss-up. The NFC West has two teams (the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers) who are starting new QBs this year and one team (the LA Rams) that’s coming off a Superbowl but already dealing with an injured QB. And as for the South and the North? Neither looks to be too competitive.
This all sets up a battle between our old dogs, Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. And why not? Wouldn’t a battle between these two all-time greats be a fun way to decide the NFC champs this year?
Who Will Win the Superbowl?
Okay, it’s time to tackle the big question: Who’s going to win it all?
Since he didn’t manage to make the Superbowl last year, we’ve got to believe Tom Brady must be fighting some sort of big-game withdrawal symptoms. It’s crazy to think a 45-year-old could lead his team to the Superbowl, but we’ve learned not to bet against Brady. His going out on top seems almost fated to happen.
And who will he face? After last year’s epic Chiefs-Bills playoff game, we’re rooting for a rematch, but this time in the AFC Championship. And we think that Josh Allen and the Bills will emerge victorious this time around.
As for the big game itself…Tom Brady vs. Buffalo has been a pretty lopsided matchup throughout the years. Can the golden boy win again, or will the Bills finally exorcise their Brady-shaped demons? Only time will tell…but we’d pick Brady’s Bucs by a field goal.
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