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Odds, Teams, Favorites: What to expect for the 2022 NFL season

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After the victorious Super Bowl this year, the NFL is off to a new season. There is no rest for the football fans waiting for a fresh start. For this new season, new surprises and brand new sets of odds will be presented for everyone!

What do you think will happen in the 2022 NFL season?

This year will be the 103rd season of the National Football League. The 2022 NFL season will officially start on Thursday, September 8. As per tradition, the season will occur where the previous season ended. So the L.A. Rams will host the opener at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles against the Buffalo Bills. Moreover, the 2022 NFL season will run up to February 12, 2023, where State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona will host Super Bowl LVII.

Who are the current favorites for Super Bowl LVII?

Just as the 2022 NFL season is about to kickoff, FanDuel’s NFL betting odds have already presented their teams. The Buffalo Bills are now at +650 odds, followed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with +750, Kansas City Chiefs +950, and Los Angeles Rams +1100.

Although odds may drastically change in the future, it does not invalidate the possibility of the Bills finally appearing in the Super Bowl for the first time since 1993. They have done relatively well the last few seasons, and had 11 wins out of their 17 games in 2021. Hope is not entirely lost for the Bills fans this year.

NFL schedule release

The complete NFL schedule release occurred last Thursday, May 12. Along with this, five host teams were announced in February for the 2022 International Series. So, there were a few announcements related to schedules released earlier this year:

  • New Orleans Saints vs. Minnesota Vikings: UK on October 2
  • Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants: UK on October 9
  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Denver Broncos: UK on October 30
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Seattle Seahawks: Germany on November 13
  • Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers: Mexico on November 21

How are NFL schedules prepared?

Schedules are prepared through the NFL’s structure set, where each team will need to play against the other three teams in their division twice. They will then play against their conference, wherein a team will play four games against teams from other divisions. This whole set totals ten games.

After that, they will face the team from the opposing conference and play four times. This rotation has been a cycle annually that fans are now familiar with.

Trades

Before heading to the official start of the season, various news and rumors have spread, especially about the movements of NFL players. As of March 16, the trading period has begun. A few of the significant activities are the following:

  • The Seattle Seahawks traded Quarterback Russell Wilson and a 2022 fourth-round selection to the Denver Broncos for Quarterback Drew Lock, Tight End Noah Fant, Defensive End Shelby Harris, and 2022 selections for first, second, and fifth rounds, and a 2023 first and second round of selections.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders traded Defensive End Yannick Ngakoue for Indianapolis Colts Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.
  • The Indianapolis Colts also traded Quarterback Carson Wentz and a 2022 second-round selection for Washington Commanders’ 2022 second-round selection and 2023 conditional round selection.
  • The Chicago Bears traded Linebacker Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Rams Chargers for 2-22 second and sixth-round selections.
  • The Dallas Cowboys traded Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and the 2022 sixth-round selection of the Cleveland Browns’ 2022 fifth and sixth-round selections.

Free Agents

On the other hand, the free agency also started on March 16, and news about hot free agents made headlines in the market. A few of the remarkable free agent moves are:

  • Marcus Mariota (QB) moves from the Las Vegas Raiders to the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Mitchell Trubisky (QB) moves from the Buffalo Bills to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Raheem Mostert (RB) moves from the San Francisco 49ers to the Miami Dolphins.
  • Russell Gage (WR) moves from the Atlanta Falcons to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Evan Engram (TE) moves from New York Giants to Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Gerald Everett (TE) moves from the Seattle Seahawks to Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Alex Cappa (OL) moves from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Terron Armstead (OL) moves from the New Orleans Saints to the Miami Dolphins.
  • Randy Gregory (LB) moves from the Dallas Cowboys to the Denver Broncos
  • Jordan Hicks (LB) moves from the Arizona Cardinals to the Minnesota Vikings.

Final Thoughts

After the exciting 2021 Super Bowl, the NFL kicks off yet another season in September. A lot has happened in the past year that can significantly affect the events for this season.

Moreover, the NFL odds will just continue to transform, and with relatively enough time to prepare, there is no telling how the teams would perform for this brand new season. That is why all fans must keep an eye on the teams this year, too, and see what more they could offer.

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