What can we expect from the new football season?

With a new NFL season on the horizon, what should we expect from the Bills, Bucs, and other Super Bowl contenders in 2022?

The 2022 NFL season will be the 103rd edition of the National Football League. The season will begin on the Sept. 8 and the NFL Kick-off Game will feature the defending champion Los Angeles Rams hosting the Buffalo Bills at the SoFi Stadium. Super Bowl LVII, the capstone occasion of the season, will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 12. With the dates and venues set, what can we expect from the new football season?

The Favorites

The Buffalo Bills will enter the 2022 NFL season as the favorites according to various sportsbooks. They have MVP candidate Josh Allen at quarterback and he will be supported by a fantastic defense throughout the season. The additions of Von Miller, Rodger Saffold, and Tim Settle in free agency means the Bills should have little trouble topping the AFC East.

Many onlookers believe the Bills have the strongest roster in football right now, and it is hard to disagree. The New England Patriots could put some pressure on Buffalo, but it would be a huge shock not to see the Bills at the top of the table and competing in the playoffs. If you want to back the favorites or any other team to win Super Bowl LVII, you can claim free bets to have a wager on the new football season.

Jan 23, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during an AFC Divisional playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Top Contenders

Moving to the NFC South, we come to Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady announced his retirement, and the other teams in the NFC South felt relieved. However, it was only 43 days until Brady announced he was returning to the Buccaneers for another crack at the Super Bowl. The other teams in the NFC South are not close to competing with Tampa Bay, but losing Ryan Jensen will come as a blow, and it remains to be seen if he will compete following a serious knee injury in training.

Moving over to the AFC West for another of our leading contenders to reach Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off their fourth consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance, and a 12-win season, so they will be full of confidence. The Chiefs have draft newcomer Skyy Moore in their ranks, plus JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Patrick Mahomes will want to forget what happened in January, and he remains an elite quarterback in the NFL.

When discussing the top contenders to win Super Bowl LVII, we cannot ignore the current holders, the Rams. Allen Robinson and Bobby Wagner have come in to replace Robert Woods and Von Miller, respectively, and the Rams continue to have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. However, it is worth noting if quarterback Trey Lance can live up to his potential, the San Francisco 49ers could prove to be a genuine threat in the NFC West, and the Arizona Cardinals cannot be ruled out.

The Outsiders

The Dallas Cowboys have endured a tough offseason, losing Amari Cooper and failing to make any noteworthy additions to their roster. Keeping Dak Prescott healthy would be a massive boost and Dallas has a more than capable defense. It is touch and go between the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, but quarterback Jalen Hurts may just prove to be the weak link for Philly.

Looking further down the NFL betting odds, the Indianapolis Colts make an interesting bet to go far this season. The Colts have added former MVP Matt Ryan to their roster for the upcoming campaign and he joins Alec Pierce and Jelani Woods as new additions. There is no doubt these moves make the Colts stronger than last season and the current roster can claim a playoff spot.

As far as underdogs go, they do not come much bigger than the Houston Texans. They are in the process of a major rebuilding project and that has continued this summer. The offense certainly needs to improve their run game if they want to avoid another four-win season.

It is never easy to predict exactly what is going to happen in the new football season. However, we can reasonably expect the Bills, Bucs, and Chiefs to be among the teams competing for a place in the Super Bowl in Arizona.

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