Reasons to root for Rams to win Super Bowl 2022: Matthew Stafford can win his first championship, Cam Akers return


The Los Angeles Rams, albeit the designated away team for Super Bowl LVI, will play in front of their home crowd at SoFi Stadium and are the betting favorites to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals and hoist the Lombardi Trophy. On the surface, the neutral NFL fan would be inclined to root for the Bengals, a franchise that has been the face of mediocrity in the league over the past 30 years. However, this Rams squad is chalk full of players and storylines that one can’t help but get behind and support on Super Bowl Sunday.

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

Matthew Stafford’s chance to win a Super Bowl

Up until this season, Matthew Stafford’s NFL career has come with an asterisk. Sure, his passing numbers rival some of the best at the quarterback position that we’ve ever seen, but Stafford played with the Detroit Lions and one could argue that he was the best of a bad situation. In other words, Stafford’s statistics were hollow.

Fast forward a year later and the former No. 1 overall pick has the rare opportunity to change his own narrative and brandish a new legacy for himself in the same way so many other quarterbacks have done by winning a Super Bowl, John Elway being the ideal example. Matthew Stafford left Motown and wants the Hollywood ending at Hollywood Park, and he has a cast of familiar characters to help him do just that. And one of them just so happens to be Stafford’s No. 1 option on offense.

Cooper Kupp: the best Wide Receiver in the NFL?

To put it simply, it’s hard not to root for a guy like Cooper Kupp who has become, arguably, the best wide receiver in the sport. Not only did Kupp win the Triple Crown this season (most receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns) but he has also stepped up big in the playoffs, recording 381 yards on 25 catches with four touchdowns in just three games. While Kupp has carried the Rams offense at times this postseason, he hasn’t been alone in wrecking opposing secondaries.

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s resurgence

The narrative that Odell Beckham Jr. is a bad teammate is nothing new, just look back at his tenure with the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns. But is Beckham finally beginning to show that he wasn’t the problem in his previous stops, and that he’s a pivotal part of a Super Bowl-winning roster? A ring on Beckham’s resume would go a long way to not only changing the perception of his football career, but also the way he’s regarded off the field.

Cam Akers’ return from injury

Looking to aid Kupp and Beckham from the backfield will be one of the most ferocious runners of the football: running back Cam Akers. Akers entered the 2021-2022 campaign as one of the few bellcow running backs left in the NFL. But a torn Achilles in mid-July derailed the hype train and put his future in doubt when he was placed on injured reserve. What happened next can only be described as a minor medical miracle: Akers not only returned to full health by the end of the regular season, but he was an immediate contributor in Los Angeles’ playoff run. A pair of fumbles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Divisional Round could’ve cost the Rams a shot at the Super Bowl, but Akers has proven that he’s a player to marvel at not just by the way he plays, but also because of how far he’s come to be a part of this year’s team.

Super Bowl 2022 odds, live stream

According to PointsBet as of February 6, 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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