Nothing says football is back like an official release next season’s schedule!
And now that we know the dates of all NFL regular season matchups for 2022, FOX Bet has released its win totals for every team. Folks, not only do we have a complete schedule to get ourselves excited about, but at FOX Bet, you can now bet on the win totals, too.
Our expert betting analysts – Geoff Schwartz, Sam Panayotovich and Jason McIntyre – analyzed this year’s slate and weighed in on how gamblers should win the wage totals for each team in every division!
Let’s look at the AFC West – the most competitive division in the NFL.
For several years, quarterback Patrick Mahomes has run the division with the Chiefs. But this year, they have some company. The Chargers and their young, emerging QB Justin Herbert could be poised to challenge Kansas City’s dominance. Or maybe Derek Carr and his Raiders or Russell Wilson – a division with a newcomer – with the Broncos likely to dethrone the Chiefs?
Here are our experts’ picks, with all odds courtesy of FOX Bet.
10.5 wins for Kansas City Chiefs at FOX Bet
Geoff’s Pick – Over: -118 at FOX Bet (bet $ 10 to win $ 18.47 total)
Kansas City finished 12-5, won the AFC West and hosted its fourth straight AFC championship game, but most people considered it a “down” season. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes did have a rough patch last season but despite that patch, the Chiefs had a third-ranked offense according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. Not too shabby, right?
While all the focus was on the offensive struggles, the REAL culprit for the Chiefs coming up short last season was their defense which finished 24th in DVOA.
The Chiefs started the off-season with a long list of roster needs and added to it after they traded All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Fortunately, they added two receivers in free agency plus Skyy Moore in the NFL Draft. Future Hall of Fame tight end Travis Kelce is still playing at a high level and the Chiefs’ offensive line is legit. Therefore, their offense will be fine. They may start slow, but they will likely end up in the top five once again.
Kansas City’s defense added a first-round pass rusher and cornerback, both of which are huge needs. The Chiefs also drafted a speedy linebacker and filled the back half of the draft with more defensive backs. They clearly understood that defense on their depth was an issue and addressed it.
The Chiefs don’t need the top defense in the NFL. Instead, they need to contend for an average defense. They’ve fixed those roster issues, and KC’s defense should be improved.
There is no doubt the team’s schedule is tough. They’ll have their six AFC West games, a first-place schedule and with the regular season lasting 17 weeks, they now have the Buccaneers as their special opponent in Week 4.General Chat Chat Lounge But Kansas City is still the best quarterback in the NFL, with an offensive genius who has always maximized his talent.
The Chiefs have won at least 11 games in seven of Reid’s nine seasons, including at least 12 seasons with Mahomes as the team’s starting QB. I don’t see why this season would be any different.
Jason’s Pick – Under: -105 at FOX Bet (bet $ 10 to win $ 19.52 total)
The NFL is built so that the Dynasties are virtually impossible, and parity reigns. The Chiefs, with Pat Mahomes at QB, won 12 games in his first, second and fourth regular seasons. In his third season, he won 14. Last year was the first year the league had a 17-game schedule, and even though the Chiefs went 12-5, it was a challenging season. They had a 3-4 start, and by the end of October, KC was missing in the playoffs. Then they went 5-0 vs the AFC West the rest of the way and made the postseason.
Problem is, the AFC West has dramatically improved, and all four teams are serious playoff threats. The Chiefs, one could argue, lost their 2nd best player in Tyreek Hill and because they had to give Pat Mahomes the biggest QB contract in NFL history, the rest of the roster has a lot of holes.
Do the Chiefs have the weakest roster in the best division in football? If you look at Vegas win totals, the Chiefs have the toughest schedule in the NFL. They are open with three of four on the road and then have a brutal three-game road stretch open in December at the Bengals, Broncos and Texans.
Sammy’s Pick – Under: -105 at FOX Bet (bet $ 10 to win $ 19.52 total)
The Chiefs won 50 games over the last four seasons. It has been a truly remarkable run of success by an explosive, offensive-minded football team with superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes captaining the ship. And yet Kansas City’s win total is only 10.5 heading into this season.
The Chiefs reside in the toughest division in the NFL – three AFC West teams have won totals of 10.5 – and you can realistically make a case for the Broncos, Raiders and Chargers having better 53-man rosters by September.
I’m aware that Kansas City is still Mahomes, but throwing Derek Carr to Davante Adams is dangerous, Justin Herbert is morphing into a star and Russell Wilson is a nine-time Pro Bowler with a Super Bowl ring. The division is no longer a cakewalk, and I can’t wait to see how the Chiefs’ offense operates without Tyreek Hill.
Let’s go under 10.5 wins.
10.5 wins for Los Angeles Chargers at FOX Bet
Geoff’s Pick – Over: -105 at FOX Bet (bet $ 10 to win $ 19.52 total)
The Los Angeles win is a tough wager as they are the Chargers, a team capable of being the “Chargers” at any moment.
They appeared to be on their way to losing a playoff berth to the Texans in Week 16 and then to the Raiders in Week 18. LAC finished last season with nine wins on a team that most thought could win 11 games. However, there are reasons for optimism this year’s team can win 11 games or more this season.
First is Justin Herbert, the Chargers’ rocket-armed, third-year quarterback who is still ascending. LA’s offense finished fourth in offensive DVOA, and I don’t expect anything different this season. The Chargers addressed one of their weaknesses in drafting right guard Zion Johnson, but they still needed a right tackle. However, you can have a single offensive line issue around the game plan, so you can be sure the offense will be humming this season.
Last season’s rush defense was horrific, so it was a priority no. 1 in the offseason. They signed Sebastian Joseph-Day, Austin Johnson and cornerback JC Jackson to help the secondary. To add to the icing on the top of the defensive roster was the trade for Khalil Mack to pair with Joey Bosa. With those two bringing the pressure, the Chargers’ defense will be excellent.
Lastly, let’s talk about the team’s head coach Brandon Staley. He’s uber-aggressive, and it’s fair to wonder if that hurt the team at some points last season. However, I think Staley has shown the ability to adjust and adapt. I expect him to grow from his first season as a head coach and improve this year.
The Chargers are over for me.
10.5 wins for Denver Broncos at FOX Bet
Geoff’s Pick – Pass
The Broncos have felt like a team that is competing for a quarterback away from the playoffs over the last couple of seasons. That changed big time, as Denver made a big splash this offseason with the addition of former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson through trade before free agency.
Wilson was graded as the first-ranked quarterback (50% of snaps) by the Pro Football Focus in 2019 but fell to 18th last season. He was stuck in Seattle with an offense that did not maximize his skill set, and his offense should fall on the coaching staff. However, Wilson does need to cut down on the errors, including taking way too many sacks. Either way, the offense in Denver will be better suited to Wilson’s talents.
The Broncos’ defense finished 20th last season as DVOA injuries piled up. Bradley Chubb returns fully healthy, and the Broncos drafted Nik Bonitto as replacement for Von Miller. Their secondary depth chart is legit, and that’s important in this division.
The reason I should stay away from this wager is two-fold. First, the public will hammer the Broncos’ over because the team has finally gotten that quarterback they’ve always needed.
Second, and more importantly, is the coaching staff on this youth. Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett is running the squad for the first time as a lead man, though he has previous co-ordinator experience. He led the Jaguars from 2016 through 2018, and his unit finished 27th, 15th and 30th in offensive efficiency. Now he has Russell Wilson, so it’s safe to assume those numbers will improve, but we don’t know for sure.
Also, Hackett hired a first-time defensive coordinator in the unit to guide Ejiro Evero. A young coaching staff with a new quarterback in a tough division. I think you should stay away from this wager.
8.5 wins for Las Vegas Raiders at FOX Bet
Geoff’s Pick – Under: -110 at FOX Bet (bet $ 10 to win $ 19.09)
The Raiders had a tumultuous 2021 season. They fired their coach abruptly after an email scandal, and one of their star players was charged with four felonies after a tragic fatal car crash. The team still overcame that adversity and made the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
The Raiders then hired Josh McDaniels as head coach and Dave Ziegler as general manager, both from New England. The new Raiders’ regime went to work on the roster, adding Davante Adams, Chandler Jones and Rock Ya Sin. Even with all these additions, the win total is still set at 8.5. I think the oddmakers are telling you something. Take the under.
Derek Carr has somehow become underrated as a quarterback, and he has weapons around that will help him continue to play well. The Raiders’ offensive line is a huge question mark, and the team didn’t address a third-round draft pick outside of the OL.
Yes, they have two pass rushers with Jones and Crosby, but what about the Vegas secondary? I think it’s also fair to ask if Josh McDaniel can be a great coach outside of New England. This is all why I lean under here.
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