- The Kansas City Chiefs (+1000) will make their third Super Bowl appearance in four seasons
- Joe Burrow (+1200) may be getting overlooked in the 2022 NFL MVP discussion
- Maxx Crosby is +2000 to win NFL Defensive Player of the Year despite leading the league in hurries and QB hits in 2022
Throughout the summer, we’ve provided you with the Best 2022 NFL Prop Bets, award picks and futures for the coming football season. So, with the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills set to kick off this Thursday, we thought we’d gaze into our crystal ball and offer our best guess to what might unfold over the coming months.
Before you read through all our best bets and predictions, here’s where you can find the top betting sites for NFL football in 2022.
2022 NFL Best Bets
|2022 NFL Season Predictions|
|Super Bowl champion||Kansas City (+1000)|
|AFC champion||Kansas City (+600)|
|NFC champion||Green Bay (+500)|
|2022 NFL MVP||Joe Burrow (+1200)|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Maxx Crosby (+2000)|
|Comeback Player of the Year||Lamar Jackson (+1800)|
|Coach of the Year||Doug Pederson (+1600)|
Chiefs win Super Bowl 57 over Packers
Predicting Kansas City (+1000) to win Super Bowl 57 over the Packers admittedly seems a bit safe. That’s because every other NFL club comes with more question marks. How will the departure of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll impact the Bills (+600)? Will Brandon Staley’s bizarre in-game decisions continue to haunt Justin Herbert’s Chargers (+1100)? Can the offensive line of the Buccaneers (+900) protect a 45-year-old Tom Brady?
Meanwhile, it’s easy to have faith in Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid figuring it all out, even without speedster Tyreek Hill. Green Bay to win the NFC championship (+500) is a curious pick considering the state of Aaron Rodgers’ receiving corps, but the Packers have the running game and defense to get the job done in a weak conference.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) August 31, 2022
Burrow named 2022 NFL MVP
Given everything stated above, our 2022 NFL MVP pick should probably be none other than Patrick Mahomes (+1000), but we’ll hedge our bets with Joe Burrow at +1200. No other quarterback in the league has two dynamic, and complementary, pass catching weapons like Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. The Bengals will repeat in the AFC North (+170) before falling in an AFC Championship Game rematch against KC.
Maxx Crosby wins DPOY
Micah Parsons (+800) and TJ Watt (+800) are worthy frontrunners for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. However, to overcompensate for the chalky start to this predictions column, we’re going to roll with Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby (+2000). While the 2019 fourth-round pick only registered a pedestrian 15 sacks over the past two campaigns, he led the NFL in hurries (77) and QB hits (20) in 2022. He also finished second in total pressures (108) with the highest pass rush win rate (26.8%) among all defenders with at least 100 attempts.
No. 50 | Maxx Crosby: 101 QB pressures in 2021
1st among all defenders 🥇 pic.twitter.com/a9rpA7KED1
— PFF (@PFF) July 18, 2022
Doug Pederson for Coach of the Year
While his AFC south compatriot Frank Reich (+2000) will likely win the division, the bar is just too damn low for Doug Pederson (+1600). The Jaguars finished with the worst record in the league in each of the past two seasons and Urban Meyer almost single-handedly ruined a generational QB prospect. With the Titans in decline, Jacksonville could finish with an 8-9 record. That would be enough to capture Coach of the Year, as Pederson will get extra credit if Trevor Lawrence makes any kind of sophomore leap.
Lamar Jackson returns to form
Lamar Jackson (+1800) probably shouldn’t even be eligible for Comeback Player of the Year given that he only missed four games with an ankle injury last season. But if the 2019 NFL MVP returns to form and leads the Ravens into the postseason, football writers may reward him with their votes. Also, don’t sleep on JuJu Smith-Schuster (+2500), who goes from feeble-armed Big Ben to Patrick Mahomes.
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