The 2022 NFL kickoff countdown hit 100 days on Tuesday, which means 100 days to fine tune your NFL betting and handicapping skills, survey the futures betting market, and strap in for another winning season.
The defending Super Bowl champs will face the second-most difficult strength of schedule when the NFL kicks off its 2022 NFL season
2022 NFL Kickoff Countdown
There are so many things about the first half of this year that just feel right. A packed house for Super Bowl 56, March Madness, the NBA and NHL Playoffs. Brilliance — All of it! Add a 100 day countdown to NFL kickoff 2022 to that list, and let’s see what’s in store.
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Preseason NFL Power Rankings
When my 2021 NFL offseason HQ was released last year at this time, the top four teams according to my analysis were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. As we all know, the Rams won the Super Bowl, and KC, Tampa Bay and Buffalo were in the playoff mix right down to the wire.
My 2022 preseason NFL power rankings are almost ready to rock, and when I survey the PR landscape, I’m seeing a lot of reputable sources with those same four teams topping the charts. Sure, the Los Angeles Chargers have made an appearance as a Top 5 team, and ESPN’s 2022 NFL season predictions are handing the Bolts 10 wins as long as they survive back-to-back divisional tilts vs. the Raiders and Chiefs to open. But where is all the love for a Bengals team that went toe-to-toe with the mighty Sean McVay and Aaron Donald?
The Cincinnati Bengals have the 7th most difficult strength of schedule this season, and their current win total is posted at 9.5 OVER -120
The Bengals are being lumped in with the Colts, Saints and Eagles, just outside the Top 10 on a list of composite power ranking teams. So while the Super Bowl hangover is a thing, so is the motivation of being called a fluke or a one-hit wonder. I’ll get the real power rankings ready for you as part of my offseason preview series, and you can see where your team stacks up.
2022 NFL Kickoff: Week 1 Odds
One of the first things that stood out to me on the Week 1 NFL odds was that fact that nine of 16 road teams are favored, seven of those nine laying more than a field goal.
TD-plus road chalk: The Colts are laying -8 at Houston for Week 1, and Indy also has a game in Jacksonville on-deck. Yeah, those same Jags that ruined Indy’s postseason parade in Week 18 last season. If that’s not a look-ahead spot, I don’t know what is.
– Week 1 road faves with another road game on-deck are 18-11-1 OVER (62%)
The Colts are 13-6-2 ATS their past 21 trips to Houston and they were 6-2 ATS on the road last year overall, but the look-ahead ramifications here can’t be ignored. Ironically, Indy was TD-plus chalk twice on the road last year, once in Houston and again in Jacksonville. They beat the Texans 31-0 in Week 13, so maybe the oddsmaker is onto something here?
Note: Tampa Bay (-2 at Dallas) and New England (+2.5 at Miami) are also playing back-to-back away games to kickoff the 2022 NFL season.
Additional road faves in Week 1 include the Ravens, Saints, Browns, Niners, Eagles, Chiefs and Packers.
– Since 2015, the Patriots (22), Chiefs (19) and Saints (18) lead the NFL in regular season ATS road fave wins.
Based on win totals for opponents, Kansas City has the hardest strength of schedule in the entire NFL this season, followed by the LA Rams. The easiest belongs to the New York Giants and optimism is rising in New York with Brian Daboll coming in from Buffalo, but it’s not like Daboll is bringing Josh Allen with him.
– The Giants season win total is listed at 7.5 UNDER -110
With Daboll and his new staff, New York is set up for success, eventually. But in the past five seasons, the Giants recorded 4-6-4-5-3 total wins. If they make it to their Week 9 bye with at least two wins, they’ll get a chance to double it after the break when they host Houston and Detroit. After that, wins will be hard to come by so if you’re backing New York, make sure you’re getting as many points as possible.
My primary Super Bowl game picks are 14-1 (93%) since 2008. Including props, my overall Super Bowl record is 90-48 (65%) during this time
It’s 100 days and counting til 2022 NFL Kickoff and I’ll have you covered with winning picks throughout the offseason. Watch for my US Open picks in June, where I’m riding a 15-2 (88%) hot streak with PGA Max Plays (+$24,100).