With almost half of the 2022 NFL season already completed, there will be many that will already be looking ahead to the postseason, despite the fact that there is still a hell of a lot of football left to be played across the league.
Nonetheless, with the Super Bowl perhaps one of the biggest events of any year, there is always an eye on the playoffs and the teams that we could potentially end up watching in the upcoming premier sporting spectacle.
Therefore, we thought we would take a look at which teams we could end up seeing in each of the playoff brackets, with a closer look at the AFC and the NFC, and explain why each of the teams highlighted will likely be in contention for the Vince Lombardi trophy at Super Bowl LVII on February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
It is hard to deny that the NFC has been a little underwhelming over the last few years when it comes down to the teams that qualify for the playoffs in the future. One example is the fact that the NFC East has been rather poor over the last number of years, however that has changed this season.
Indeed, the NFC East is one of the best divisions in the entire NFL at the moment, with the Philadelphia Eagles (unbeaten 7-0), Dallas Cowboys, and New York Giants (both 6-2), thus making each team have one of the best records this season.
However, it should also be noted that the Minnesota Vikings could be a contender as the NFC North franchise are 6-1 for the year, while the Seattle Seahawks lead the NFC West at 5-3, with the San Francisco 49ers on 4-4 at the moment.
The NFC South appears to have swapped positions with the NFC East this year, as each team is struggling. The Atlanta Falcons are currently the leaders at 4-4, whereas the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints each sit at 3-5.
Some will suggest that the AFC is where it is at in regard to the teams that are most competitive in the NFL at the moment, with many sports bettors also feeling this way as they like to wager on the teams that make up this conference.
For instance, those who like to bet using Unibet’s online sportsbook & Casino in Pennsylvania will have noticed that the odds made available favor the Buffalo Bills to win the Super Bowl at +225, whereas the Eagles are +500, before being followed closely by another AFC team in the Kansas City Chiefs at +650.
Indeed, if there are fans that are considering potentially placing a wager on the Bills, then it would not be a shock to see them in the postseason as the AFC East winners, as they are 6-1 on the season and lead the division comprehensively at this moment. The New York-based franchise are ahead of the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, who are both 5-3.
The Chiefs are also considered a favorite for the Super Bowl this season due to the fact that Patrick Mahomes has guided the franchise to a 5-2 start, thus leading the AFC West, with the Los Angeles Chargers 4-3 on the year.
The AFC North looks to be the Baltimore Ravens at the moment, as they lead 5-3 on the year, whereas the AFC South is the Tennessee Titans’ to lose, as they lead 5-2. The Indianapolis Colts are currently second, but with a losing record of 3-4-1, it would be very unlikely that we will see them in the AFC playoff bracket this season.
As mentioned at the very beginning, there is still a lot of NFL football left to be played throughout the remainder of the 2022 season, which means there is still plenty that could change over the next few weeks.
However, there is no doubt that there will be a few teams that will deserve to be there because of how well they have played, while there will also be teams that may – perhaps – not deserve to do so, but are ultimately there because of a poor division; something the NFC East cannot be accused of this year!