2022 Regular Season plus Super Bowl 57 Prediction

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 at 8:37 pm ET

This will be my full team dive for the year. No long rants about any long snappers or 3rd string Centers in this one. This is literally a prediction-based article that ends with regular season awards and a Super Bowl prediction. These predictions come from the projections I do every year and it is a grind. I hope you enjoy it. At the end of the article, I will touch on some fantasy results from these projections as well. Ah hell, this is a fantasy website so lets also give fantasy breakout, sleeper, bust, and MVP of the year as well!

NFC North
Packers 12-5
Vikings 11-6
Lions 8-9
Bears 3-14

NFC East
Eagles 11-6
Cowboys 10-7
Giants 7-10
Commanders 4-13

NFC South
Buccaneers 12-5
Saints 10-7
Carolina 8-9
Falcons 6-11

NFC West
Rams 12-5
49ers 11-6
Cardinals 8-9
Seahawks 3-14

AFC North
Bengals 13-4
Ravens 11-6
Steelers 10-7
Browns 5-12

AFC East
Bills 13-4
Dolphins 11-6
Patriots 9 - 8
Jets 5 -12

AFC South
Colts 10 - 7
Jaguars 9 - 8
Texans 6 - 11
Titans 6 - 11

AFC West
Chargers 12-5
Chiefs 11-6
Raiders 10 - 7
Broncos 9 - 8

The hardest thing I have found when doing record predictions is that I don't know anything about any team any more than the best expert. We can't predict injuries, usage by coaches or Antonio Brown walking off mid-game. There are some things that are projectible with advanced metrics and that is what I have used along with gut feelings and opinions on certain players, coaches, and teams in general.

There weren't a lot of surprises to me once I got down to it. The four biggest things I took from this though are:

  • The AFC West was the hardest division to predict ever for me.
  • The AFC South is about to flip to Texans vs Jags as the powers while Titans and Colts start to reload headed into 2023. 2022 is still the Colts division with Titans slipping, but exciting with Malik Willis taking over before midseason.
  • Cowboy fans can bring up the mid-90s all they want. I love Ceedee, Dak, and Pollard. That will not be enough this year.
  • The Dolphins have a good team. Like really fricken good. If Tua can play well and they aren't riddled with injuries, they have the playmakers on offense with really good defense and an exciting young head coach.

NFC Playoff seeding

  1. Packers
  2. Buccaneers
  3. Rams
  4. Eagles
  5. Vikings
  6. 49ers
  7. Saints

AFC Playoff seeding

  1. Bills
  2. Bengals
  3. Chargers
  4. Colts
  5. Chiefs
  6. Ravens
  7. Dolphins

The seeding for the playoffs falls into place when you do the regular season predictions so it's only right to lay out the playoff field and see how it plays out. I am sure I am making more fan bases mad again with results here.

NFL Playoffs

NFC Wildcard Weekend

Saints @ Buccaneers

49ers @ Rams

Vikings @ Eagles

AFC Wildcard Weekend

Dolphins @ Bengals

Ravens @ Chargers

Chiefs @ Colts

NFC Divisional Weekend

Vikings @ Packers

Rams @ Buccaneers

AFC Divisional Weekend

Chiefs @ Bills

Chargers @ Bengals

Before we get to the Super Bowl prediction I wanted to talk about how I feel heading into the last two games. Excited!!! We get an NFC Championship rematch from a couple of years ago and we get two explosive offenses with a ton of young talent in the AFC Championship game. I believe this is both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers last run while on the other side I think the Bills and Bengals are just beginning. I feel the same with the Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Dolphins, 49ers, and Eagles as young, explosive offenses.

NFC Conference Championship

Buccaneers @ Packers

AFC Conference Championship

Bengals @ Bills

Super Bowl 57

Packers over Bills with a final score of 38 - 37

I get it, most don't have the Packers making the playoffs with what their roster looks like on paper. Well, I think by midseason some of those young players will be playing well and it will be a well-oiled machine headed into the playoffs. The Bills looked dominant against the Rams as many thought they would. The surprise was their pass defense to me. They are loaded on both sides and I wanted to get Aaron one more Super Bowl so he can ride off into the sunset.

Now, should we talk fantasy? Let's go!

Rashod Bateman

Breakout of the Year - Rashod Bateman

Based on my projections for him I had him as a top 20 WR. With the recent news of JK Dobbins and the overall concern of their running backs, I predict Lamar Jackson leans on him and Mark Andrews. Bateman finishes top 12 this year.

Chris Olave

Sleeper of the Year - Chris Olave

He was the consensus number two wide receiver in this year's NFL Draft for a reason. He is great, especially at intermediate and long routes. His separation skills are elite already and all of this should make him the number one target on the Saints for years to come.

Michael Pittman

Bust of the Year- Michael Pittman

I think the Colts end up more run-heavy than most think and maybe even what the Colts think. I see a declining Matt Ryan as well throwing the ball to him. I project him for 140 targets, but with a YPC of 11.5 and a catch percentage of 63% he won't be a top 15 wide receiver this year.

Josh Allen

Fantasy MVP - Josh Allen

He keeps developing and his weapons keep developing. I think he is just in a sweet spot right now in his career that he will have 50+ total touchdowns in 2022. If I had to go with a second place it would be Lamar Jackson followed closely by Jalen Hurts. I think both have the rushing ability to break fantasy along with the offenses revolving around them.

With a full slate of games Sunday I think we are all ready to see how well we drafted and to see how our opinions on certain players play out. Good luck to everyone in season-long, dynasty, and DFS! Tis' the season!!!!

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