2022 NFC predictions and where the Chicago Bears might land

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2022 NFC Predictions and where the Chicago Bears finish: NFC West

Here come the reigning Super Bowl champions. The Chicago Bears played the Super Bowl champions in 2021 (Rams – Week 1) and the Super Bowl champions in 2020 (Bucs – Week 5). The Bears actually beat the Buccaneers in 2020 but failed to beat the Rams in 2021. Can Sean McVay find a way to start a little dynasty down in Los Angeles? We shall see.

Arizona Cardinals

The NFLPA made a weird announcement today about DeAndre Hopkins. Essentially, it spoke to the fact that he tested positive for a prohibited substance, but not a masking agent or diuretic. I am all for making sure journalists are held accountable, but the announcement coming out now seems strange. Hopkins’ suspension seems to be staying at six games meaning the Arizona Cardinals are likely to struggle this season. This is why they traded for Marquise Brown.

The offense will still have some serious weapons, but it will come down to if Kyler Murray plays well or not. The defense should be about average.

Los Angeles Rams

Repeating in the NFL is very difficult. Looking at the 2022 NFC predictions, the Los Angeles Rams have a legit chance of at least making another run through the playoffs. Then, it will be a free-for-all. Getting to the dance is the most important part though and the Rams are returning enough of their core to feel that they should have a good opportunity to come out on top.

San Francisco 49ers

There are big question marks surrounding this team. Who will be the starting quarterback and will Deebo Samuel still be on the roster? As of now, it looks as though Jimmy Garoppolo will still open the season as the starting QB with Samuel still under contract. Will he hold out? I guess we will see. Will anyone be traded? Again, we will need to wait and see. This is a solid team with Garoppolo under center, but I have no faith in Trey Lance as a sophomore.

Seattle Seahawks

Here is a team that sold Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos and is clearly rebuilding. Neither Drew Lock nor Geno Smith will be good enough to help this team win. D.K. Metcalf will see a year of his career wasted in 2022. I think plenty of us would love to see Metcalf in a Chicago Bears uniform for the right trade cost. That’s not going to happen, just like Seattle isn’t going to make the playoffs in 2022.

NFC Predictions: NFC West

Los Angeles Rams*

Arizona Cardinals*

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks