Packers and Chiefs favored to meet in the Super Bowl as NFL playoffs commence

NFL futures january 2022

The NFL playoffs kick off today with the Las Vegas Raiders visiting Cincinnati in the opening game. Playoff weekend extends through Monday night as the NFL pushes to continue its dominance on television and maximize ratings.

As we start the payoffs, NFL futures have the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs as the favorites to meet in the Super Bowl as you can see above. Both teams are playing great football and a matchup of these two squads would probably give us a great Super Bowl, though we all know the NFL playoffs rarely work out that way. This is what makes the NFL great.

Here’s a quick look at the NFL lines for the playoff games:

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DraftKings and NFLPA team up for fantasy sports-based NFTs

Tom Brady 2021 preseason

The NFT craze is gaining steam in the sports world, and all the major players are getting in on the act. The latest development has DraftKings partnering with the NFLPA for NFTs related to fantasy sports.

The deal will grant licensing for players’ name, image and likeness rights to DraftKings for use on its NFT Marketplace beginning at the start of the NFL’s 2022-23 season.

DraftKings says it will use the licensing rights for a fantasy-style game where users can go head-to-head against each other using the non-fungible tokens they purchase for specific players, according to a press release.

NFT projects are flooding the market so it will be interesting to see which ones take off and which ones have staying power after the initial hype.

NFL officiating is broken

The NFL products is on fire. The games have been amazing this year and TV ratings are exploding as fans come back to the stadiums and fans are excited to watch the spectacle on television.

Yet the NFL has a serious problem with officiating. Pass interference and roughing the passer calls in particular are too subjective, and we’re seeing way to many blown calls that impact game results.

Fans of every team have horror stories they can share. Browns fans can point to the obscene pass interference call on fourth down in the 4th quarter that completely changed the Browns-Chargers game.

Pass Interference call against the Browns

This week, we saw Myles Garrett held repeatedly against the Broncos as you can see from this photo posted by Garrett on his Instagram:

Myles Garrett being held vs Broncos 2021

Holding calls have always been a problem, and those are hard to fix. But when it comes to PI and roughing the passer, the NFL desperately needs a sky judge that can call flags and also overturn obviously bad calls.

Steelers stuff Josh Allen and the Bills

Josh Allen vs Steelers 2021

It’s Overreaction Monday, so we have to be careful of making too much of one game. But I’ve been skeptical about Josh Allen. Of course he’s a very good player, but is really one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL? If you just look at last season, the answer might be “yes.” But is one season enough to come to that conclusion?

After signing a massive contract, Allen got off to a rough start in week one against the Steelers defense. He struggled with accuracy as the Bills lost at home 23-16. Next week he and the Bills get another tough defense as they travel to Miami. Let’s see if Allen’s struggles continue . . .

What’s up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers?

Aaaron Rodgers vs Saints 2021

The Aaron Rodgers soap opera continues in Green Bay. We know it’s Overreaction Monday, so we’re hesitant to make too much of what we see in week one of the NFL. But Rodgers seems like he’s easing into a mid-life crisis as opposed to getting geared up for an NFL season. After the game, Rodgers pointed out that everyone needs to relax. It’s only one game, even if he and the Packers were just whipped 38-3 by the Saints.

Perhaps this is just what Rodgers needs to snap into shape and get serious about the season. Given his talent and track record it’s hard to bet against him.

Speaking of bets, Rodgers and the Packers get the Lions at home next week on Monday Night Football, which may be just what they need. The Packers are 10.5 point favorites in the early betting lines.

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