The NFL season begins this week and the road to Super Bowl LVI begins now.
32 teams will aim to reach the flagship event of American football, which will be held in California next February, but there is still a long way to go and hopes will need to get in shape quickly enough to lay the groundwork for a successful quest. of the Super Bowl. glory. Here’s all you need to know.
Who are the reigning champions?
The current champions are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who won their second Super Bowl title earlier this year by beating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida – a fitting home victory. They were inspired by legendary quarterback Tom Brady who won the prestigious MVP award for a fifth time, while becoming the first player to win the award with multiple franchises. Brady, then 43, became the oldest player to receive the honor and win a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback. The match itself was seen by a crowd of only 25,000 due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic.
Kansas City entered the game as a favorite, but they must have regretted the many penalties conceded and couldn’t get into any offensive pace. For the first time under quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs didn’t score a touchdown, only the third team in Super Bowl history to do so, and lost by double digits.
When does the 2021/22 season start?
The season starts on Friday 10th September, here is the full list of the opening weekend matches (UK times):
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys (Friday, September 10, 12:30 a.m.)
Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m.)
Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m.)
Atlanta Falcons v Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m.)
Washington v Los Angeles Chargers (Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m.)
Buffalo Bills v Pittsburgh Steelers (Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m.)
Detroit Lions vs San Francisco 49ers (Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m.)
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings (Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m.)
Carolina Panthers v New York Jets (Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m.)
Tennessee Titans vs. Arizona Cardinals (Sunday, September 12, 6 p.m.)
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns (Sunday, Sept.12, 9:25 p.m.)
New England Patriots v Miami Dolphins (Sunday, September 12, 9:25 p.m.)
New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos (Sunday, September 12, 9:25 p.m.)
New Orleans Saints v Green Bay Packers (Sunday, September 12, 9:25 p.m.)
Los Angeles Rams vs. Chicago Bears (Monday, September 13, 1:20 am)
Las Vegas Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens (Tuesday, September 14, 1:15 am)
Who reaches the play-offs?
The AFC (American Football Conference) and NFC (National Football Conference) are each divided into four regional divisions. The champions of each division qualify for the play-offs. The team with the best record in each conference automatically qualifies for the division round, with the other three winners playing against the non-winning three teams with the best records, giving the teams ranked second and third the opportunity to try their hand at reaching the Super Bowl.
The three Wild Card winners advance to the Divisional Round alongside the team with the best record. From the divisional round, this is a direct knockout.
When will the play-offs be?
The play-offs take place after the regular season. Here are the key dates on your agenda.
Wild Cards Tour – January 15-16, 2022
Division round – January 22-23, 2022
Conference Championships – January 30, 2022
When and where does the Super Bowl take place?
Super Bowl LVI is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 13, 2022. The hit game is scheduled for California this year and will take place at the newly constructed SoFi Stadium.
Who are the favorites?
Current bookmakers’ favorites to win the Super Bowl title this year are the Kansas City Chiefs. They and star quarterback Mahomes are expected to bounce back and fix their disappointing performance against the Buccaneers last season.
Courtesy of Betfred, here are the top six favorites to win Super Bowl LVI.
Kansas City Chiefs (9/2)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6/1)
Bison Bills (10/1)
Los Angeles Rams (10/1)
San Francisco 49ers (12/1)
Baltimore Ravens (12/1)