NFL 2022 Predictions: Dark-Horse Super Bowl Picks Sure to Surprise | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors
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The 2022 NFL season is here.
Well, the pre-season contests have arrived at least, and the games that matter will follow close behind.
So, do you already have your choice for Super Bowl LVII? If not, you’ve come to the right place, as we look beyond the favorites and spotlight three dark horse teams that are sure to exceed expectations.
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The Eagles are poised to soar in Super Bowl contention. The bigger question is whether quarterback Jalen Hurts is up to that head theft.
The dual-threat quarterback has been rock solid in his first season as a full-time starter. He went 8-7 under center, completed more than 61% of his passes, nearly doubled his nine interceptions with 16 touchdowns and added 10 more scores with his legs.
If Hurts can leap forward from that production, Philly has everything it needs to make a Super Bowl.
The wide receiver group is stacked with AJ Brown now lined up alongside DeVonta Smith. Miles Sanders is a playmaker and Dallas Goedert is making things happen. Add a disruptive defense with impact talents at tackle and cornerback, and you could have a championship recipe.
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The Chargers could be a championship contender hiding in plain sight.
While not totally off the national radar, they might be better prepared for a deep playoff run than people think after this club went 9-8 with one of the most slippery defenses in the game. the league last season.
Well, thankfully, the front office focused on fixing those leaks. The commercial market brought Khalil Mack to town. Free agency delivered JC Jackson. They’re two top playmakers in a position of need, and in a defense already filled with Agents of Chaos like Joey Bosa and Derwin James, this unit could rise up the stats.
If this happens, watch out, because this offense is already incredible. Justin Herbert will have an MVP season in him at some point, and it could be this season. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams make a dynamic tandem at receiver, Austin Ekeler does a little (or, really, a lot) of everything and newcomer Gerald Everett could be in for a big year.
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Few clubs disappointed more than the Colts last season, who had a playoff spot close at hand before closing the campaign with back-to-back losses to the Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.
These latest flops have surely greased the wheels for Carson Wentz’s offseason trade, and Indy’s hopes now rest on the shoulders of a potentially rejuvenated Matt Ryan.
The 37-year-old seemed to be running on fumes as the Atlanta Falcons tumbled in the standings, but a chance to win – and win big – in the Circle City could be the spark that puts things back on track for the game. former MVP. He has a good offensive line in front of him, an excellent running back in Jonathan Taylor and a rising star at receiver in Michael Pittman Jr.
Add to that what might be the best defense in football, and Indy has a chance to win it all.