The 2022 NFL season is right around the corner. Let’s get into it.
– There are several big name NFL players who will have new homes in 2022.
– A number of NFL franchises will have new starting quarterbacks in 2022.
Getting Ready For the 2022 NFL Season
It’s nearly two months until the 2022 NFL season kicks off with what could be a Super Bowl LVII preview – Buffalo at the defending champion Los Angeles Rams.
There will be plenty of surprises this season as a number of offseason trades and free agent developments will have an impact on the season. There are also plenty of questions that need answered in 2022. Will this finally be Tom Brady’s last season? Can the Rams repeat as Super Bowl champs?
Here’s what to expect from the 2022 NFL season. But before we get into it, did you see our last article? We talked about the history of sports betting odds.
The QB Shuffle
It started with the Seattle Seahawks trading Russell Wilson to Denver. The Broncos shipped their sometimes starter Drew Lock to Seattle and now Wilson looks to make Denver an instant Super Bowl contender.
The Broncos certainly have the defense to make a run and new head coach Nathaniel Hackett now has one ingredient Denver has been missing since Peyton Manning left.
Indianapolis dumped the Carson Wentz experiment. After an ugly 2021 season, the Colts sent Wentz to Washington for three draft picks. That opened up the Colts QB job and Indy then worked out a deal to bring former Atlanta QB Matt Ryan to town. Ryan might finally have an offensive line and a defense worthy of making a Super Bowl run.
Then, there is the Cleveland Browns fiasco. Deshaun Watson was acquired via trade but there still may be some legal issues left for him. Cleveland also traded former No. 1 draft pick Baker Mayfield to Carolina where he will compete with Sam Darnold. Mayfield and Darnold competed to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.
New Era in Pittsburgh
It’s been many moons since the Pittsburgh Steelers started someone other than Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback to start a season. The guy was a fixture in the Steel City and won two Super Bowls in his 18 NFL seasons.
Now, it’s time for a change. The Steelers took local favorite Kenny Pickett of the University of Pittsburgh with their first pick in this year’s draft.
Whether or not he wins the job, the Steelers offense will be much different than in year’s past. Pittsburgh also acquired former Bears and Bills QB Mitchell Trubisky to compete with Mason Rudolph, Roethlisberger’s primary backup for the last several seasons.
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Same WR, New Location In the 2022 NFL Season
Former Green Bay WR Davante Adams found a new home in Las Vegas where he is now paired up with good friend Derek Carr. The pair played college football together at Fresno State and now look to take a new-look Raiders offense to greater heights in new head coach Josh McDaniels offense.
The Kansas City Chiefs had no choice but to dump Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs traded the speedy receiver to Miami where Hill will play with QB Tua Tagovailoa. The move makes the Dolphins much better on offense where they have struggled the past few seasons. The Chiefs should be fine without Hill. They still have TE Travis Kelce and KC traded for JuJu Smith-Schuster. Skyy Moore is a talent that was drafted in the second round of the 2022 draft.
Year of the Bills?
Buffalo has won 10-plus games in three straight seasons now under head coach Sean McDermott. The Bills are the offseason betting favorite to win Super Bowl LVII. QB Josh Allen is a superstar and the Bills offense got a lot better in the offseason.
Buffalo drafted running back James Cook and acquired TE OJ Howard in free agency. The Bills had the best defense in the NFL last season and that unit gets even better with the acquisition of former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Von Miller.
Brady’s Year … Again
After missing out on another Super Bowl victory, Tampa Bay QB Tom Brady announced his retirement from the game. At 44 years of age, the guy has done just about everything. He’s won Super Bowls (7), Super Bowl MVPs (5), league MVPs (3), and much more. Top football handicappers are primarily split on Brady this season.
After 40 days though, Brady couldn’t stand it and decided the retirement life wasn’t for him. He has made some appearances at the Bucs’ offseason workouts, which is kind of unusual for him. Brady still looks like he could win another league MVP and carry Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl. If he doesn’t, would he continue in 2023?
NFL MVP for the 2022 NFL Season
Aaron Rodgers has won two straight NFL MVP awards. Can he win a third? He won’t have Adams this season, but what he will have is a bunch of no-name receivers that will only add to his MVP status.
Only one player in the history of the NFL has won three straight MVPs. That would be the guy that Rodgers succeeded in Green Bay – Brett Favre. How about that for some motivation?