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NFL 2022 Regular and Postseason Predictions

Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams

Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and the Los Angeles are the defending Super Bowl champions but that doesn't make them the favorite to win the Lombardi Trophy this season.

The Los Angeles Rams remain the talk of the NFL, and not just because they enter the 2022 season as the defending Super Bowl champions. There's also the matter of how they got their Lombardi Trophy, a blueprint that basically eschewed draft picks for the sake of acquiring high-profile players to fill key spots on their roster.

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This all-in approach not only worked for general manager Les Snead, head coach Sean McVay and the Rams' organization, but it's now being copied across the league. After watching their success, several teams swung big in either free agency or trades (or both) in hopes of landing their missing piece. Between the franchise quarterbacks and top-flight wide receivers, among others, that changed teams, the end result was the wildest offseason in NFL history.

So plenty of attention will be paid to see if the Rams can pull off the rare Super Bowl repeat, but that's far from the only storyline worth following. Quarterbacks will always generate a lot of headlines in the NFL and that's no different in 2022, not with Aaron Rodgers aiming for a three-peat as league MVP, Tom Brady eschewing retirement for another title run, young signal-callers landing big deals, finding new homes, or both. There also are 10 new head coaches taking over, half of those rookies in addition to Sean Payton and Bruce Arians both stepping down as leaders of the Saints and Buccaneers, respectively. Many lucrative contracts were handed out this offseason, some as a result of the aforementioned flurry of player movement while the wide receiver market was reset multiple times. And not to be left out, the owners also agreed to a tweak of the overtime rules. For as entertaining and thrilling as the Divisional Round playoff game between Buffalo and Kansas City was, the ending left a bad taste in pretty much everyone's mouth. 

So how will the 2022 NFL season play out? Here is how a panel of Athlon experts see the season playing out. In addition to projected standings for each division, each panelist presents their wild card (WC) picks (remember there are three in each conference this season) as well as the respective conference championship game (CG) pairings and Super Bowl LVII (57) matchup.

Panelists are Athlon editors Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven), Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR), and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer).

Bryan FischerSteven LassanMark RossBen Weinrib

AFC East

1

Bills

Bills

Bills

Bills

2

Dolphins

Dolphins

Dolphins

Dolphins

3

Patriots

Patriots

Patriots

Patriots

4

Jets

Jets

Jets

Jets

AFC North

1

Bengals

Bengals

Bengals

Ravens

2

Ravens

Ravens

Ravens

Bengals

3

Browns

Browns

Browns

Steelers

4

Steelers

Steelers

Steelers

Browns

AFC South

1

Colts

Colts

Colts

Colts

2

Titans

Titans

Titans

Titans

3

Jaguars

Jaguars

Jaguars

Jaguars

4

Texans

Texans

Texans

Texans

AFC West

1

Chiefs

Chiefs

Chiefs

Chiefs

2

Chargers

Chargers

Chargers

Chargers

3

Broncos

Broncos

Broncos

Broncos

4

Raiders

Raiders

Raiders

Raiders

AFC Playoffs

WC

Chargers

Chargers

Chargers

Chargers

WC

Ravens

Ravens

Ravens

Bengals

WC

Broncos

Broncos

Broncos

Broncos

CG

Chiefs

Bills

Bills

Chiefs

over

over

over

over

Bills

Chiefs

Chiefs

Bills

Bryan FischerSteven LassanMark RossBen Weinrib

NFC East

1

Eagles

Eagles

Eagles

Cowboys

2

Cowboys

Cowboys

Cowboys

Eagles

3

Commanders

Commanders

Commanders

Commanders

4

Giants

Giants

Giants

Giants

NFC North

1

Packers

Packers

Packers

Packers

2

Vikings

Vikings

Vikings

Vikings

3

Lions

Lions

Lions

Lions

4

Bears

Bears

Bears

Bears

NFC South

1

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

2

Saints

Saints

Saints

Saints

3

Panthers

Panthers

Panthers

Panthers

4

Falcons

Falcons

Falcons

Falcons

NFC West

1

Rams

Rams

Rams

Rams

2

49ers

49ers

49ers

49ers

3

Cardinals

Cardinals

Cardinals

Cardinals

4

Seahawks

Seahawks

Seahawks

Seahawks

NFC Playoffs

WC

49ers

49ers

49ers

49ers

WC

Saints

Saints

Vikings

Eagles

WC

Vikings

Cowboys

Cowboys

Saints

CG

Packers

Packers

Rams

Buccaneers

over

over

over

over

Rams

Buccaneers

Packers

Rams

Bryan FischerSteven LassanMark RossBen Weinrib

Super Bowl LVII

Chiefs

Bills

Bills

Chiefs

over

over

over

over

Packers

Packers

Rams

Buccaneers