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Who Will Play in Super Bowl 2022?

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Who Will Play in Super Bowl 2022?
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs is sacked. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Let’s gaze into our crystal ball and look ahead to next season when the pretenders have fallen and only the true contenders remain. Will it be a rematch of the Chiefs versus the Bucs or will new rivals be unseating these conference champions? Let’s check out NFL picks for a year from now and hazard a guess.

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Chiefs vs. Bucs Part Deux?

It’s reflexive to believe that the same two teams playing in this year’s Super Bowl will be locking horns again next year. After all, Patrick Mahomes isn’t going anywhere after signing a 10-year deal worth about $450 million to stay in Kansas City, and his major weapons will all be back with the exception of the injury-prone Sammy Watkins. Whether Watkins and the Chiefs can come to an agreement is fodder for another day but even without him, this offense is still high-octane greased lightning.

As for the Bucs, all systems appear to be go for Tom Brady to suit up for another year in Tampa. When asked if he would like to play until he is 45, Brady made the following statement, “Definitely. I’d definitely consider that. It’s a physical sport. Just the perspective I have on that is you never know when that moment is. Just because it’s a contact sport. There’s a lot of training that goes into it. And it has to be 100 percent commitment from myself to keep doing it.”

But the likelihood of both these teams reaching the mountain’s summit next season is statistically small considering it has only happened once in the history of the league. In Super Bowl 27 & 28 the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills tangled two years in a row with the Cowboys winning both games in ’92 and ’93.

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs and Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. JAMIE SQUIRE, Stacy Revere / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

What are the Odds?

But that’s it, outside of that it has never happened and chances are it won’t happen next year. So, let’s check out the NFL odds for Super Bowl LVI which will be held at SoFi Stadium, home of the Rams and Chargers, on February 6th, 2022. These early numbers are courtesy of BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

  • Kansas City Chiefs 5/1
  • Buffalo Bills 12/1
  • Green Bay Packers 12/1
  • Los Angeles Rams 12/1
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12/1
  • San Francisco 49ers 14/1
  • Baltimore Ravens 20/1
  • Cleveland Browns 20/1
  • Miami Dolphins 20/1
  • Seattle Seahawks 20/1
  • Dallas Cowboys 22/1
  • Los Angeles Chargers 22/1
  • New England Patriots 25/1
  • New Orleans Saints 25/1
  • Tennessee Titans 28/1
  • Arizona Cardinals 33/1
  • Indianapolis Colts 33/1
  • Pittsburgh Steelers 33/1
  • Philadelphia Eagles 40/1
  • Atlanta Falcons 50/1
  • Carolina Panthers 50/1
  • Chicago Bears 50/1
  • Houston Texans 50/1
  • Las Vegas Raiders 50/1
  • Minnesota Vikings 50/1
  • New York Giants 66/1
  • Washington Football Team 66/1
  • Cincinnati Bengals 75/1
  • Denver Broncos 75/1
  • Detroit Lions 75/1
  • Jacksonville Jaguars 75/1
  • New York Jets 75/1

We can take a pair of hedge trimmers and cut all of the teams below the Steelers. None of those clubs have a chance next season and I’m being generous to several teams that are above that line of demarcation. According to reports, Big Ben will be back under center for the Steelers, and let’s not forget that they were the last undefeated team in the league until they melted like butter in a blast furnace down the homestretch of the season and into the playoffs. At 33-1, they’re not a bad bet…with your money…not mine.

The Patriots at 25-1 could be a live dog but without a quarterback, you are without a chance in this league. It will be interesting to see what the Evil Genius does to fill the void but it is clear that Cam Newton is no longer a starter in this league, a backup definitely, but not a legitimate everyday player.

Even though Drew Brees is saying so long, the Saints still have enough talent on their roster to be a contender and at 25-1, those odds look mighty fine.

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But let’s get down to the nub of it, shall we? Unless you are an abject contrarian, then Kansas City, barring injury to Patrick Mahomes, is back in the spotlight and battling for a Super Bowl title. Thus, the question is, which team emerges from the NFC to meet them in Inglewood next year?

Well, there’s a new quarterback in Los Angeles and his name is Matthew Stafford. The Rams have a terrific defense but their offense needed a jump-start and Jared Goff was not the catalyst. So now Stafford, after a career with a moribund franchise in Detroit, finally gets his chance to shine. How about the Rams playing in their own backyard against the Chiefs next season? It could happen and at odds of 12-1, it’s worth a wager.

Super Bowl 2022 Prediction: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams