Reasons to root for the Bengals to win Super Bowl 2022: Joe Burrow looks to take over the NFL, win it all


Not even the most optimistic Cincinnati Bengals fan could have envisioned where the franchise is today: playing in Super Bowl LVI.

It hasn’t even been two years since the Bengals drafted Joe Burrow with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and yet the second-year quarterback has led the franchise to the promised land of SoFi Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LVI to take on the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday.

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Super Bowl 2022 will air live on NBC and Peacock on Sunday, February 13 with coverage beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET. With just one week left, why should you root for the Cincinnati Bengals this year? And if you’re looking for reasons to root for the Los Angeles Rams, we’ve got you covered.

Cincinnati Bengals on a historic run

Before last month’s playoff run, the Bengals had gone 31 years without a postseason victory, and had never won a road playoff game in franchise history. Fast forward one month and the Bengals have three playoff wins, two of which came on the road against two teams that featured in last year’s AFC Championship Game: the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs. 

Like most underdogs, the Bengals have their share of critics and doubters. Beyond the players on the field, the Bengals are one of 12 NFL teams that have never won a Super Bowl. And the team’s head coach, Zac Taylor, is returning to Los Angeles where he spent two seasons on the Rams’ sidelines on head coach Sean McVay’s coaching staff. After all, the high-powered Rams pose a serious threat on both sides of the ball. But the Bengals have nothing to lose and everything to gain being on this national stage, and that’s because of their star quarterback.

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Joe Burrow’s chance to take over the NFL

Joe Burrow has turned Cincinnati’s franchise on its head and brought the team back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1988. While that might sound unbelievable by itself, it’s easy to forget that Burrow is also coming off a torn ACL that he suffered in Week 11 during the 2020 season.

Even before his knee injury. Burrow was turning heads as a rookie, completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,688 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions in 10 games. Since returning from injury, Burrow started the team’s first 16 games of the season before he was rested in the regular season finale. In his second year, he threw for 4,611 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions at a 70.4 percent clip.

Bengals rookies taking over

The Cincinnati Bengals also have a pair of rookies who are already household names in Ja’Marr Chase, already one of the most dangerous downfield threats in the game, and kicker Evan McPherson, who has already proven he has ice in his veins.

Beyond the players on the field, the Bengals are a classic underdog story, being one of 12 NFL teams that have never won a Super Bowl. Can Zac Taylor win it all in his return to Los Angeles against Sean McVay?

Super Bowl 2022 odds, live stream

According to PointsBet as of February 11, the Los Angeles Rams are a -200 favorite to win it all while the Cincinnati Bengals are underdogs at +165.

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NFL quarterback rankings 2023: Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of upcoming NFL season


While the NFL is a league that is ever-changing, some things are set to stay the same in 2023 — like the revealing of Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown.

Last year’s list saw Josh Allen take his place atop the quarterback throne, with Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles’ Justin Herbert not far behind at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was, however, Mahomes who would ultimately reign over all NFL quarterbacks at the end of the season, as the 27-year-old collected both the NFL MVP honors and his second Lombardi Trophy.

This NFL offseason, however, has brought some intriguing adjustments that are likely to shake up Simms’ rankings.

While some signal-callers such as Jalen Hurts and Lamar Jackson found their prolonged home with massive contract signings, others will be venturing to a new franchise in search of a fresh start. Aaron Rodgers‘ trade to the New York Jets is unquestionably the most staggering shift, but other quarterbacks on the move such as Derek Carr and Jimmy Garoppolo cannot be forgotten.

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And with three of the first four picks in the 2023 NFL Draft being spent on a quarterback, emerging talent will likely turn the tides for some franchises this upcoming season.

See below for Chris Simms’ top 40 QB countdown ahead of the upcoming season. Be sure to subscribe to Chris Simms Unbuttoned for more on the 2023 NFL season as well as an unfiltered look at the NFL featuring player access, unabashed opinion, X&O film breakdown and stories from a life in and around football.

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Chris Simms’ 2023 Top 40 QB Countdown:

40. Desmond Ridder (ATL)

39. Sam Howell (WAS)

38. Bryce Young (CAR)

37. CJ Stroud (HOU)

36. Anthony Richardson (IND)

35. Mike White (MIA)

34. Gardner Minshew (IND)

33. Taylor Heinicke (ATL)

32. Jarrett Stidham (DEN)

31. Jordan Love (GB)

30. Davis Mills (HOU)

29. Tyler Huntley (BAL)

28. Andy Dalton (CAR)

27. Sam Darnold (SF)

26. Brock Purdy (SF)

25. Kenny Pickett (PIT)

24. Baker Mayfield (TB)

23. Justin Fields (CHI)

22. Jimmy Garoppolo (LV)

21. Tua Tagovailoa (MIA)

20. Mac Jones (NE)

19. Kyler Murray (AZ)

18. Derek Carr (NO)

17. Jared Goff (DET)

16. Ryan Tannehill (TEN)

15. Geno Smith (SEA)

14. Russell Wilson (DEN)

2023 NFL Schedule Release: Start time, how to watch, live stream, channel


With another exciting NFL Draft in the books, teams can now turn their gaze toward the road to Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The path to Super Bowl glory, however, is about to become abundantly more clear with the 2023 NFL season schedule release.

This year’s NFL season schedule release is nearly here, with the entirety of the 2023 NFL schedule being unveiled on Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET on both Peacock and NFL Network. See below for everything you need to know for one of the offseason’s most anticipated events.

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When will the 2023 NFL season schedule be released?

While all 272 matchups have been known since the conclusion of the 2022 regular season, the order and dates for these games have remained a mystery. The secret is nearly out, however, with every NFL game on the brink of revelation.

The full 2023 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

How can I watch the 2023 NFL season schedule release?

The 2023 NFL season schedule release will take place Thursday, May 11 on Peacock, NFL Network, and the NFL app at 8 p.m. ET.

While the entirety of the schedule will be unveiled at that time, select games have already been and will continue to be released prior to the official event. Ahead of the 2023 NFL season schedule release, the following games will be announced:

Who will play in the 2023 NFL Kickoff game?

The first game of the 2023-24 NFL season will see the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs take the field in Arrowhead Stadium.

The opponent that will meet Patrick Mahomes and company in Kansas City, however, remains to be revealed.

Which NFL teams have international games in 2023?

While the majority of the matchups set to take place next season have yet to be announced, the league has already revealed which teams will head overseas for international showdowns.

Below is the full list of international NFL games for the 2023-24 season, with three in London, U.K., and two in Frankfurt, Germany.

Falcons vs. Jaguars: Week 4, Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Wembley Stadium in London, U.K.

Jaguars vs. Bills: Week 5, Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Ravens vs. Titans: Week 6, Oct. 15 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, U.K.

Dolphins vs. Chiefs: Week 9, Nov. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

Colts vs. Patriots: Week 10, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. ET | Frankfurt Stadium in Frankfurt, Germany

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When is the Super Bowl and where will it be taking place?

Stars will be shining bright in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Super Bowl LVIII, set to take place on Feb. 11, 2024, at the home of the Raiders in Allegiant Stadium.

This will be the first Super Bowl to ever take place in Las Vegas, which hosted the 2023 Pro Bowl and 2022 NFL Draft.

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