Here’s The Official Uncle Max 2022 NFL Preview (and picks):
(*—best record in the conference, thus earning a first round playoff bye)
Division Champs: Bills (East), Ravens (North), Jaguars (South), Chiefs* (West)
Wild Card Teams: Bengals, Chargers, Titans
Surprisingly Good Team: Jaguars
Surprisingly Just OK Team: Bengals
Surprising Playoff Loss Team: Chiefs
Surprisingly Bad Team: Patriots
“I knew they’d be bad, but not THIS bad” Team: Dolphins
Championship Game: Ravens 31-Bills 24
Division Champs: Eagles (East), Packers (North), Bucs (South), Rams* (West)
Wild Card Teams: 49ers, Cowboys, Vikings
Surprisingly Good Team: Eagles
Surprisingly Just OK Team: Cowboys
Surprising Playoff Loss Team: Packers
Surprisingly Bad Team: Cardinals
“I knew they’d be bad, but not THIS bad” Team: Bears
Championship Game: Bucs 38-Rams 27
SUPER BOWL LVII: Ravens 41-Bucs 40
Three Unsurprising Things to Happen:
1.) The Cowboys get an inordinate amount of attention for a 10-7 team.
2.) The Bears and Panthers wind up in a “race to the bottom” for the #1 pick.
3.) Tom Brady will retire a week after the Super Bowl, then drop hints that he’s returning, but ultimately stay retired.
Three Somewhat Surprising Things to Happen:
1.) The year will be dominated by Aaron Rodgers drama, leading to a Favre-level “will he or won’t he return?” offseason storyline.
2.) Both New York teams will mildly surprise with unsuccessful long shot playoff bids.
3.) Lamar Jackson will make “the leap” from really really good QB to great QB.
Three Very Surprising Things to Happen:
1.) Dan Snyder will finally be removed from power, essentially forcing him to sell the Commanders.
2.) Bill Belichick will quietly announce his retirement the week prior to the Super Bowl.
3.) The Cardinals will clean house, replacing virtually everyone besides the owner and quarterback.
Friday Night TRUCK SERIES Kansas Lottery 200: Zane Smith—maybe I need a lottery to finally win the Truck Series this year.
Saturday Afternoon XFINITY SERIES Kansas Lottery 300 (7 wins): Noah Gragson—staying on the Grag Train.
Sunday CUP SERIES Hollywood Casino 400: LAST RACE’S WINNER (1 win) picks Erik Jones. THE ROULETTE WHEEL picks 15h in points Chase Briscoe. FAVORITE (2 wins): Denny Hamlin—sticking with Denny here. NEXT FAVORITE (2 wins): Joey Logano—getting hot the right time. DARK HORSE (2 wins): Aric Almirola—getting hot at the wrong time.
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