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NFL Seaon Review: The Highlights 

After a regular season and postseason like few of us have seen before, it’s a great time to take stock in the 2021-22 season and look forward to what awaits us in 2022-23. Football fans were treated to a highly entertaining and competitive Super Bowl that was decided by just three points. That was good enough to secure the LA Rams their first Super Bowl victory since 1999 when they called St. Louis home. But not all was lost for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals; the beloved perennial underdogs covered the 4.5-point spread and paid their supporters handsomely. The future is bright for the Bengals, as Joe Burrow has established himself among the NFL’s elite at the tender age of 25 years old.

An NFL betting season review for 2021-22 is a story of parity. In the final week of the season, six teams were in the hunt for just two playoff positions, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles separated themselves from the rest when their playoff lives were on the line. While their playoff berths didn’t result in the classic Cinderella story that so many sports fans dream of, we were treated to some significant upsets along the way. The 10-7 SU (9-8 ATS) San Francisco 49ers did their best to force their way to the big game by knocking off the heavily-favoured Dallas Cowboys (12-5 SU, 13-4 ATS) and NFC champions Green Bay Packers (13-4 SU, 12-5 ATS), until they were ultimately shown the door by the eventual champion Rams. 

But these playoffs weren’t defined by upsets, as there were absolutely epic showdowns between the NFL’s powerhouses. The AFC Divisional Game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs will go down in history as one of the most exciting finishes in football, and the clutch kicking of Bengals’ Evan McPherson to defeat the Chiefs in overtime in the AFC Championship Game will be lodged in Bengals’ fans memories forever.

With the highs of the regular season, there are also lows. The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14 SU, 5-12 ATS) once again secured the worst record in the NFL this season. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions had the embarrassment of their fourth-consecutive double-digit losing season record (3-13-1) while also watching their former No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford finally reach his potential with a Super Bowl victory in his first year out of Detroit. But 2022-23 is a new season for these teams, and they’ll have the opportunity to reshape their rosters with high draft picks this offseason. Read on as we dive into the early favourites to win Super Bowl LVII.

Next Season’s NFL Odds

To no one’s surprise, the NFC Divisional Round game between the Bills and Chiefs has created quite the stir among football bettors, with many expecting Super Bowl LVII to go through one of these two clubs.

Buffalo Bills +750

While they weren’t the top seed in the NFL, the statistical performance for the Buffalo Bills was among the elite in 2021-22. They led the league in team defense, allowing just 17 points per game, ranked third in team offense (28.4 points per game) and had the best point differential (+194) in the NFL. With Josh Allen taking yet another step in his development this postseason, we expect big things from the Bills next season. 

Kansas City Chiefs +750

The Chiefs’ offensive line was vastly improved from last year, but sacks and pressure on Patrick Mahomes were ultimately the difference makers in Kansas City’s Championship Game loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs’ offense will continue to be a force next season, but with some key defensive UFAs due for raises in Tyrann Mathieu and Jarran Reed, KC’s defense will likely look different come opening day this summer. 

Los Angeles Rams +1000

To many football fans’ surprise, the best defensive player in the NFL, Aaron Donald, may be hanging up the cleats after reaching the pinnacle of the sport. While Donald hasn’t confirmed his plans for retirement, rumours suggest that Los Angeles may be faced with the grim reality of playing without the heartbeat of their defense. If the future Hall of Famer chooses to return, you can expect the Rams’ odds to repeat to jump up significantly.

Cincinnati Bengals +1100

It’s only going to get better in Cincinnati with QB Joe Burrow, and WRs Ja’marr Chase and Tee Higgins getting one more year of experience. The success of getting to the Super Bowl but not finishing the deal will only fuel these young players’ competitive spirit, so we can expect them to return next year with one goal in mind. They’ll need to add some talent to the defensive corps, which ranked in the bottom half of the league during the regular season, as well as a big man on Burrow’s blind side, which was a clear weakness during the playoffs and a difference maker in the Super Bowl game. 

San Francisco 49ers +1100

It’s hard to argue with what the San Francisco 49ers were able to accomplish this season. While 10-7 is by no means a dominant year, the team came together when it counted under QB Jimmy Garoppolo, and the Niners were able to dominate game play with a dynamic running attack and suffocating defensive play. The future is here with Trey Lance, but why mess with a good thing? 

Green Bay Packers +1400

The Packers came up short again despite a dominant regular season performance on the field and against the spread (12-5). QB Aaron Rodgers continues to carry the load for the Pack at 38 years old, and is now a four-time MVP winner. But where does Green Bay go from here? Davante Adams is an unrestricted free agent as of March 16 and has been Rodgers’ primary target for the last six seasons. Rest assured, if Adams goes, so will Rodgers, and this Packers team will look very different next season.

*Odds as of February 16th, 2021

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