2022 NFL Preview

May the best team win in what promises to be a spectacular NFL season

Ezra James

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It’s that time of the year again, the time where things become magical with the touch of a button, and all your worries are gone through the magnificent display of high-octane football. For many people football is Shambhala, the perfect venue for which to drown their sorrows and kick back for a few hours. No matter how many fuck-ups they make, the NFL remains the king of the mountain, forever bestowed upon the minds of many as the key to happiness. It is part of the DNA of the American psyche, a true testament to its interest.

It was a roller coaster of an offseason that has left the league tainted with disgraceful acts. The Deshaun Watson fiasco, the Dolphins tampering allegations, and the Commanders emails were all black marks for the league that detracted from Tom Brady’s return from a one-month retirement and player/personnel movement. And yet despite the well-deserved scrutiny, nothing seems to hinder the league as a whole. I wish I could grasp the psychological mechanisms that has allowed itself to be shielded from such depravity, but the answer clearly lies on the individual. This is the Faustian bargain every fan makes in the pursuit of a community and comfort. Frankly I don’t blame them one bit. This is what is like to live in absurd times. Every other thing is a mess, and the soul needs a way to relax. We’ll get to reflection when the time comes. But enough about non-football related issues; let’s get down to brass tacks.

Throughout the course of my NFL viewing experience the AFL has always been a conference dominated by two to four teams. A decade ago, it was the Patriots, Broncos, Steelers, and Ravens. Now the turn has tabled, and it appears the conference, save for the Bills and Chiefs, is in active competition. It is quite a refreshing sight, as the four-team format began to grow tiresome about five years ago. Teams like the Bengals, Ravens, Chargers, Raiders, Broncos, Dolphins, and Patriots have a great shot of being in playoff contention, all the more implying that it is going to be a bloodbath of a season for the conference.

In the NFC, you have the same chaotic magic that prevails at every step. You have the Rams and their savvy high-powered offensive attack (press X for doubt), the…

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Ezra James

Absurd journalist and essayist from the outskirts of Shambhala.