2022 NFL Predictions:

AFC:

East:

Buffalo 13-4

New England 9-8

Miami 8-9

NY Jets 5-12

North:

Baltimore 11-6

Cincinnati 10-7

Pittsburgh 8-9

Cleveland 5-12

South:

Indianapolis 10-7

Tennessee 9-8

Jacksonville 5-12

Houston 3-14

West:

LA Chargers 12-5

Kansas City 12-5

Denver 11-6

Las Vegas 9-8

AFC Playoffs:

Round One:

#2 LA Chargers over #7 Cincinnati

#6 Denver over #3 Baltimore

#5 Kansas City over #4 Indianapolis

Divisional Round:

#1 Buffalo over #6 Denver

#2 LA Chargers over #5 Kansas City

AFC Championship Game:

#2 LA Chargers over #1 Buffalo

NFC:

East:

Philadelphia 11-6

Dallas 10-7

NY Giants 6-11

Washington 5-12

North:

Green Bay 13-4

Minnesota 9-8

Detroit 7-10

Chicago 4-13

South:

Tampa Bay 13-4

New Orleans 10-7

Carolina 7-10

Atlanta 3-14

West:

San Francisco 12-5

LA Rams 11-6

Arizona 9-8

Seattle 6-11

NFC Playoffs:

Round One:

#2 Green Bay over #7 New Orleans

#3 San Francisco over #6 Dallas

#4 Philadelphia over # 5 LA Rams

Divisional Round:

#2 Green Bay over #3 San Francisco

#4 Philadelphia over #1 Tampa Bay

NFC Championship Game:

#4 Philadelphia over #2 Green Bay

Super Bowl LVII:

LA Chargers 27 Philadelphia 24

Super Bowl MVP:  Justin Herbert

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Super Bowl 56 Prediction

Los Angeles Rams vs Cincinnati Bengals

February 13, 2022:

Ever just go with your gut?  I mean, go against all common reasoning, and stick with this persistent feeling you have about something?  I am so tempted to do so with my Super Bowl prediction.

On paper this is not a favorable matchup for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The Los Angeles Rams’ front seven, featuring Aaron Donald, Von Miller, and Leonard Floyd offer a fearsome proposition for a beleaguered Bengals offensive line.  Common sense would tell you that the Rams can tee off on the OL and force Cincy quarterback Joe Burrow to get rid of the ball in a hurry.

But alas, one of Burrow’s strengths is doing just that; taking what the defense gives him and utilizing screens and dump offs to combat the pressure.  This could one of those games where we hear a lot out of receivers Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins.  Look for quick strikes to running back Joe Mixon, as well.

On the other side of the ball, who would have thought Cincinnati’s defense would limit Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to just three points after halftime at Arrowhead Stadium?  The Bengals’ defense is one that I have attacked in the past, but when the team lost the overtime coin toss in Kansas City, the defense made a play and got Burrow the ball.

I’m a fan of Rams’ quarterback Matthew Stafford.  I have a soft spot for someone who has endured adversity and consistent losing as Stafford has with the Detroit Lions.  I like how he has utilized his wideouts Cooper Kupp and a rejuvenated Odell Beckham Jr.  I look for the Rams to score plenty of points, but will Stafford commit that costly mistake that he has a reputation for, fair or unfair?  Another question mark for the Rams is the status of tight end Tyler Higbee, much more than a mere security blanket for Stafford. 

So how will this game play out?  The easy way would be to expect the Rams to force Burrow out of his comfort zone with a consistent pass rush.  But Burrow just has a knack for doing something to defy the odds, especially this postseason.  So, going with my gut tells me to pick the Bengals.  But common sense says the Rams.  Ugh!

Here it is.  Lots of points will be scored.  Burrow will adjust to the LA defensive pressure and lead the Bengals up and down the field.  Stafford will make plays to the usual suspects as the Rams keep up.  In the end, the Rams, at home, will capitalize on one huge defensive play, such as a strip sack that will end a last gasp Bengals drive to tie the game.

LA Rams 31 Cincinnati Bengals 24

Super Bowl MVP:  Matthew Stafford

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