NFL year in review

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Jack Lotz, Co-sports editor

Last season, the star-powered Los Angeles Rams led by all-pro’s Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald, and Jalen Ramsey were joined by Pro Bowl Quarterback Matthew Stafford. With a new Quarterback at the helm, the Rams won the Lombardi trophy over the surging Cincinnati Bengals. The Begals defied all expectations with a high powered offense containing Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Joe Mixon. The Bengals came out of nowhere while putting the entire league on notice, knocking off the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and reigning AFC champions, the Kansas City Chiefs in route to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1989. 

Green Bay Packers Quarterback and future hall of famer, Aaron Rodgers, won the MVP for his second consecutive year and third in his career. Even with stellar Quarterback play, the Packers lost their first game of the playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers. Star Wide Receiver Davante Adams was traded to the Raiders from the Packers in and teamed up with his college Quarterback, Derek Carr. Since the trade, the Packers and Aaron Rodgers have lacked offense to start the 2022-23 season. 

The 2022 NFL draft began with an interesting selection of Georgia Defensive End Travon Walker, to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars have had back-to-back first overall picks, selecting Trevor Lawrence in 2021 and Travon Walker the following draft. The Detroit Lions followed the Jaguars by picking another defensive end, Aidan Hutchinson. Hutchinson, the Heisman runner-up from Michigan, was taken by his hometown team, in Detroit. With only one quarterback taken in the first round, some considered this draft class to be sub-par compared to previous quarterback heavy drafts. However, superstar corners, Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner and Dereck Stingley more than make up for the lesser talent at the quarterback position. 

To begin the new 2022 season, the reigning Super Bowl Champions, The Los Angeles Rams, have regressed heavily and will almost certainly miss the playoffs. Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, and Aaron Donald have all missed significant time during the season, but without their first round pick and aging talent, they will need to find ways to continue to win games. The Miami Dolphins have one of the best offenses in the league with the addition of Tyreek Hill from the Chiefs. Dolphins quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, has silenced the haters with his excellent passing numbers while leading the Dolphins to an incredible record to put them in the playoff conversation. 

The Washington Commanders lost their starting quarterback, Carsen Wentz, to a broken finger in week six. Fan favorite backup quarterback, Taylor Heinicke, took over for the injured Wentz leading the Commanders into a playoff push. Heinicke, who started for the Commanders for their 2020 playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has brought the energy and been a spark for the previously dormant Commanders offense. 

After a tremendous playoffs and Super Bowl in early 2022, the new season hopes to follow suit. With both the NFC and AFC up for grabs, the final few weeks will be one to remember.