Using Madden NFL 23,Yahoo Sports Simulates The Whole 2022 NFL Season
The moment for final predictions is almost coming as the 2022 NFL season approaches.Fortunately, Yahoo Sports' annual Madden simulation offers a fascinating look at how the next season may unfold. For the sixth consecutive year, Yahoo Sports used the most recent version of the well-known video game, Madden NFL 23, to replicate the entire NFL season. The experiment may have been a precursor of things to come, but it also yielded some startling outcomes.
To start, the Jets, Browns, Colts, Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers, Buccaneers, and Cardinals were projected division champions by the simulation. The 14-team playoff field was completed by the Titans, Ravens, Bills, Saints, Panthers, and Eagles.
Surprisingly, the Colts under Matt Ryan had the best record in the league, going a miraculous 16-1 throughout the regular season. Dallas and Kansas City (13-4) came after Indianapolis (12–5). The Chiefs ended up facing a surprise opponent in the Saints in the simulated Super Bowl LVII, where they were the AFC representative. Then, New Orleans pulled off the surprise, defeating Kansas City 34-14 to win the team's second Super Bowl championship.
Regarding the contestants from the previous year's championship game, the Bengals and Rams were both relegated to lower positions in their respective conferences during the fictitious 2022 season. Los Angeles concluded the year at 9-8, while Cincinnati finished at 8-9, leaving both teams out of the playoffs.
The Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott earned the league's MVP award after establishing single-season records for both passing yards (5,649) and passing touchdowns (57). Cooper Kupp, a receiver for the Rams, was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row, while Maxx Crosby, a pass rusher for the Raiders, was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. Drake London of the offensive team and Arnold Ebiketie of the defensive won the most coveted rookie accolades for their teams, the Falcons. Frank Reich, the Colts' head coach, won Coach of the Year honors after a fictitious 16-1 season.