The 2022 NFL Offseason is in full swing with the conclusion of the NFL Draft and with that comes more settled rosters and a clearer picture of the upcoming season. The offseason has had many notable headlines and star players changing teams, but despite all of that, the favorites to win the upcoming Super Bowl are largely the same as the contenders from last year. The Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the top tier in terms of the odds while the second group of teams includes more familiar choices like the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. The most notable team that has emerged as a Super Bowl contender is the Denver Broncos, primarily due to the blockbuster trade that landed them Russell Wilson.
The early NFL MVP favorites are consistent with the prior season as well with predictable names like Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes as the early favorites. Elsewhere in the awards markets, Drake London opened as the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, a sensible choice at least based on the fact that he was the first skill-position player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft (8th overall by the Atlanta Falcons). The early favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year is Aidan Hutchinson who was taken 2nd overall by the Detroit Lions. The Offensive Player of the Year market is led by last year’s winner Cooper Kupp and the Defensive Player of the Year award has Myles Garrett as the opening favorite. Comeback Player of the Year begins with Derrick Henry at the top after he played just eight games last season due to a foot injury.
The 2022 NFL Draft is set to begin with the first-round taking place on Thursday, April 28 in Las Vegas, NV. The second and third rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft will take place on April 29, while the final four rounds will conclude on April 30.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to make the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The rest of the top-10 picks round out as follows: No. 2 Detroit Lions, No. 3 Houston Texans, No. 4 New York Jets, No. 5 New York Giants, No. 6 Carolina Panthers, No. 7 New York Giants (via Chicago Bears), No. 8 Atlanta Falcons, No. 9 Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos), No. 10 New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks).
The 2022 NFL pre-season is slated to kickoff on August 4 when the Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars meet in Canton, OH for the Hall of Fame Game. Once the preseason concludes, the 2022 NFL regular season will kickoff on Thursday, September 8. The rest of the Week 1 games will be played on Sunday, September 11, with Monday Night Football concluding on Monday, September 12. The 2022 NFL schedule is still in the works.
Each team will play 17 regular season games during the 2022 NFL season. The regular season will last 18 weeks, with each team having one bye.
The Super Bowl for the 2022 NFL season will be hosted by the Arizona Cardinals. The Super Bowl will take place on Sunday, February 12 in Glendale, AZ at State Farm Stadium.
The Los Angeles Rams are the defending Super Bowl Champions from the 2021 NFL season. The Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56 in their home stadium — SoFi Stadium.