2022 NFL season predictions: Selecting the Tremendous Bowl, playoff groups and ultimate standings for all 32 groups

September 8, 2022

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The 2022 NFL season is lastly right here. The league’s 32 groups will play 272 video games between now and the tip of the common season, then 13 extra earlier than we crown a Tremendous Bowl champion in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 12, 2023. 

Earlier than all that, although, the Los Angeles Rams will kick off their very own title protection on Thursday evening, once they tackle the Buffalo Payments. Each of these groups are among the many favorites of their respective conferences, and it ought to come as no shock that they quantity among the many groups unanimously chosen to make the playoffs this season by our panel of specialists. 

What else did Jason La Canfora, Pete Prisco, Will Brinson, John Breech, Ryan Wilson, and myself predict? We’re glad you requested, as a result of the reply to that query is contained beneath. Listed below are just a few notes earlier than we get to the projected standings for every division, wild card groups, and Tremendous Bowl individuals:

  • There was an entire lot of settlement between our panelists this 12 months, however not a single division the place we had unanimous settlement on the precise order of end within the standings. The closest we got here was within the AFC East, the place everybody had the identical staff in first and second and all however one panelist had the identical staff ending third. 
  • The issues we had unanimity on: The Payments successful the AFC East, the Dolphins ending second within the AFC East, the Texans ending final within the AFC South, the Eagles ending first within the NFC East, the Cowboys ending second within the NFC East, and the Bears ending final within the NFC North. 
  • We had 5 unanimous playoff individuals within the AFC: the Payments, Bengals, Ravens, Chiefs, and Chargers. There have been additionally 5 unanimous playoff groups within the NFC: the Eagles, Packers, Buccaneers, Rams, and 49ers. Solely two groups that acquired at the very least one vote to make the playoffs, acquired solely that one vote. (The Jaguars and Raiders.) Each different staff that obtained a vote, acquired a number of votes to make the sector. 
  • There have been FOURTEEN groups that acquired precisely zero votes for the playoffs: Patriots, Jets, Steelers, Browns, Titans, Texans, Giants, Commanders, Lions, Bears, Panthers, Falcons, Cardinals, and Seahawks. 
  • Our six specialists mixed to have a complete of eight completely different groups taking part in within the Tremendous Bowl, however everybody had their Tremendous Bowl winner come from the identical convention. Three panelists picked the identical AFC staff, and no different squad obtained multiple vote. In the meantime, we had 4 completely different NFC champions, with two getting two votes apiece and two getting a single vote. 
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Alright, let’s get to those predictions.