NFC predictions: How each team will finish this season

The Rams coach is 5-0 at the start of the season, a record as flawless as his haircut. Sean McVay opened the last five seasons with wins over Indianapolis, Oakland, Carolina, Dallas and Chicago, averaging 32.6 points in those wins.

The biggest challenge comes Thursday night’s “kickoff opener,” when the Rams host Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills, the first time the NFL has lifted the curtain on the Los Angeles season.

McVay, whose team is defending its Super Bowl title, has the NFC’s longest winning streak in opening games, but the longest overall streak belongs to Andy Reid of Kansas City, whose teams have won seven straight opening games. The Chiefs begin the season in Arizona.

New England’s Bill Belichick has the most season-opening wins among active coaches, although the Patriots’ 18-9 record in those instances doesn’t reflect their tremendous overall success.

Five coaches are making their debuts: Chicago’s Matt Eberflus, Denver’s Nathaniel Hackett, Miami’s Mike McDaniel, Minnesota’s Kevin O’Connell and New York Giants’ Brian Daboll.

Five others will coach their first game with a new club: Houston’s Lovie Smith, Jacksonville’s Doug Pederson, Las Vegas’ Josh McDaniels, New Orleans’ Dennis Allen and Tampa Bay’s Todd Bowles.

A division-by-division look at the NFC teams in their predicted finishing order:

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2022-09-05/nfc-predictions-by-division-2022-23-season NFC predictions: How each team will finish this season

Emma Bowman

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