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Season Predictions

2022 NFL season award predictions: Who wins MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year?

NOTE: All betting lines -- listed alongside each player's name -- are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and are current as of Noon ET on Wednesday, Aug. 31.


Josh Allen
Buffalo Bills · QB · +700

(12 votes: Battista, Chadiha, Filice, Grant, Hall, Mariucci, Parr, Rank, Shook, Smith, Tomlinson, Zierlein.)

2) Justin Herbert (+900) | 6 votes: Blair, Edholm, Hanzus, Patra, Sessler, Trotter.

T-3) Joe Burrow ( +1300) | 2 votes: Bergman, Warner.

T-3) Patrick Mahomes ( +800) | 2 votes: Rosenthal, Ross.

T-5) Derek Carr (+3000) | 1 vote: Bhanpuri.

T-5) Lamar Jackson (+2000) | 1 vote: Cersosimo.

T-5) Aaron Rodgers (+1000) | 1 vote: Reuter.

Why Judy Battista chose Josh Allen: He's coming off a 4,407-yard, 36-touchdown passing season, was the Bills' second-leading rusher (763 yards) and entered a different orbit during the playoffs, shredding a Bill Belichick defense and going toe-to-toe with Patrick Mahomes in a postseason epic. With even more weapons at his disposal (the emergent Isaiah McKenzie, for one), Allen is poised to get the only things that have eluded him so far in his career: an MVP trophy and a Super Bowl ring.


Justin Jefferson
Minnesota Vikings · WR

(7 votes: Battista, Bhanpuri, Cersosimo, Hall, Patra, Sessler, Trotter.)

2) Jonathan Taylor | 4 votes: Reuter, Shook, Tomlinson, Zierlein.

3) Ja'Marr Chase | 3 votes: Bergman, Blair, Grant.

T-4) Davante Adams | 2 votes: Chadiha, Edholm.

T-4) Justin Herbert | 2 votes: Rank, Smith.

T-4) Lamar Jackson | 2 votes: Filice, Ross.

T-7) Derrick Henry | 1 vote: Warner.

T-7) Jalen Hurts | 1 vote: Parr.

T-7) Christian McCaffrey | 1 vote: Hanzus.

T-7) Deebo Samuel | 1 vote: Mariucci.

Why DeAngelo Hall chose Justin Jefferson: I knew the LSU product was a special talent when he came into the league in 2020, but I'm not sure anyone other than Jefferson himself envisioned this degree of dominance this early. He's re-writing the record books with the most receiving yards in a player's first two seasons (3,016) in NFL history. It's also the most receiving yards league-wide since 2020 -- yes, more than the robust totals accumulated by Davante Adams (2,927) and Cooper Kupp (2,921). The third-year pro said back in July that he's going to be the NFL's best receiver by the end of the 2022 season. I believe that will be true.


Micah Parsons
Dallas Cowboys · LB · +1000

(10 votes: Battista, Bhanpuri, Chadiha, Mariucci, Rank, Rosenthal, Ross, Sessler, Tomlinson, Warner.)

2) Aaron Donald (+700) | 5 votes: Bergman, Blair, Reuter, Shook, Smith.

T-3) Nick Bosa (+1400) | 3 votes: Cersosimo, Edholm, Trotter.

T-3) Myles Garrett (+750) | 3 votes: Hanzus, Parr, Patra.

5) Joey Bosa (+2000) | 2 votes: Filice, Hall.

T-6) Derwin James (+5000) | 1 vote: Zierlein.

T-6) T.J. Watt (+700) | 1 vote: Grant.

Why Jeffri Chadiha chose Micah Parsons: The Cowboys took a gifted linebacker in last year's draft and eventually discovered they had one of the league's best pass rushers. Imagine what schemes Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will cook up to maximize Parsons in Year 2.


Chris Olave
New Orleans Saints · WR · +1400

(8 votes: Battista, Bergman, Edholm, Filice, Patra, Ross, Smith, Trotter.)

2) George Pickens (+1000) | 7 votes: Bhanpuri, Chadiha, Parr, Reuter, Rosenthal, Sessler, Shook.

3) Kenny Pickett (+900) | 4 votes: Blair, Cersosimo, Hall, Hanzus.

T-4) Breece Hall (+1200) | 2 votes: Tomlinson, Zierlein.

T-4) Dameon Pierce (+1000) | 2 votes: Rank, Warner.

T-6) Drake London (+1400) | 1 vote: Grant.

T-6) Christian Watson (+1600) | 1 vote: Mariucci.

Why Jim Trotter chose Chris Olave: This really wasn't a difficult choice. First, Olave is talented. Second, he has a QB who is proficient with the deep ball. Third, defenses figure to pay a lot of attention to Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, as well as Jarvis Landry, so Olave could see a lot of one-on-one coverage, which I expect him to win.


Aidan Hutchinson
Detroit Lions · DE · +450

(15 votes: Battista, Blair, Cersosimo, Chadiha, Edholm, Filice, Hall, Mariucci, Patra, Reuter, Ross, Sessler, Tomlinson, Warner, Zierlein.)

2) Travon Walker (+850) | 4 votes: Rosenthal, Shook, Smith, Trotter.

3) Sauce Gardner (+1200) | 3 votes: Bergman, Grant, Hanzus.

T-4) Jaquan Brisker (+4000) | 1 vote: Rank.

T-4) George Karlaftis (+2000) | 1 vote: Parr.

T-4) Derek Stingley Jr. (+1200) | 1 vote: Bhanpuri.

Why Kevin Patra chose Aidan Hutchinson: Hutchinson enters the NFL with athleticism, power and a motor to stack tackles and sacks. The No. 2 overall pick will be used all over the front to wreck backfields, proving to be the best D-lineman Detroit has boasted since it took former DROY Ndamukong Suh with the No. 2 selection back in 2010. Also, we know voters love a good story, and the homegrown kid helping turn around a moribund franchise makes Hutch an easy selection here.


Jameis Winston
New Orleans Saints · QB · +500

(8 votes: Bergman, Cersosimo, Edholm, Hall, Parr, Patra, Tomlinson, Trotter.)

2) Christian McCaffrey (+900) | 7 votes: Blair, Filice, Hanzus, Mariucci, Rank, Sessler, Warner.

3) Derrick Henry (+450) | 3 votes: Battista, Chadiha, Reuter.

T-4) Saquon Barkley (+1200) | 2 votes: Rosenthal, Smith.

T-4) Khalil Mack (+2500) | 2 votes: Bhanpuri, Ross.

T-6) J.K. Dobbins (+2500) | 1 vote: Zierlein.

T-6) JuJu Smith-Schuster (+1800) | 1 vote: Grant.

T-6) Michael Thomas (+1800) | 1 vote: Shook.

Why Eric Edholm chose Jameis Winston: Winston was playing pretty darn well a year ago when he got hurt, and though there's no guarantee he'll match that level of performance, his weapons and a manageable schedule (with most of the tougher games at home) give me hope we can see him enjoy success in 2022. I'll back Winston in what figures to be a flashpoint season for his somewhat-wayward career.


Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott paces the sidelines against the Houston Texans in an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Houston. The Texans defeated the Bills 22-19. (Greg Trott via AP)
Sean McDermott
Buffalo Bills · +1800

(8 votes: Battista, Blair, Grant, Mariucci, Rank, Reuter, Shook, Trotter.)

2) Brandon Staley (+1300) | 5 votes: Chadiha, Hanzus, Sessler, Tomlinson, Warner.

T-3) Doug Pederson (+1500) | 2 votes: Edholm, Hall.

T-3) Frank Reich (+1800) | 2 votes: Smith, Zierlein.

T-3) Nick Sirianni (+1800) | 2 votes: Filice, Rosenthal.

T-3) Mike Tomlin (+3000) | 2 votes: Bergman, Parr.

T-7) Dennis Allen (+2500) | 1 vote: Cersosimo.

T-7) Bill Belichick (+2000) | 1 vote: Patra.

T-7) John Harbaugh (+2500) | 1 vote: Ross.

T-7) Josh McDaniels (+2200) | 1 vote: Bhanpuri.

Why Steve Mariucci chose Sean McDermott: McDermott probably should've already won this award, having led the Bills to the playoffs in four of his five seasons as head coach. With all eyes on his team after its crushing playoff exit a season ago, McDermott leads Buffalo to another fantastic season in 2022 and finally gets the recognition he deserves for helping turn this franchise around.


Table inside Article
Analyst MVP OPOY DPOY OROY DROY Comeback Coach
Judy Battista Josh Allen Justin Jefferson Micah Parsons Chris Olave Aidan Hutchinson Derrick Henry Sean McDermott
Jeremy Bergman Joe Burrow Ja'Marr Chase Aaron Donald Chris Olave Sauce Gardner Jameis Winston Mike Tomlin
Ali Bhanpuri Derek Carr Justin Jefferson Micah Parsons George Pickens Derek Stingley Jr. Khalil Mack Josh McDaniels
Tom Blair Justin Herbert Ja'Marr Chase Aaron Donald Kenny Pickett Aidan Hutchinson Christian McCaffrey Sean McDermott
Brooke Cersosimo Lamar Jackson Justin Jefferson Nick Bosa Kenny Pickett Aidan Hutchinson Jameis Winston Dennis Allen
Jeffri Chadiha Josh Allen Davante Adams Micah Parsons George Pickens Aidan Hutchinson Derrick Henry Brandon Staley
Eric Edholm Justin Herbert Davante Adams Nick Bosa Chris Olave Aidan Hutchinson Jameis Winston Doug Pederson
Gennaro Filice Josh Allen Lamar Jackson Joey Bosa Chris Olave Aidan Hutchinson Christian McCaffrey Nick Sirianni
Marcas Grant Josh Allen Ja'Marr Chase T.J. Watt Drake London Sauce Gardner JuJu Smith-Schuster Sean McDermott
DeAngelo Hall Josh Allen Justin Jefferson Joey Bosa Kenny Pickett Aidan Hutchinson Jameis Winston Doug Pederson
Dan Hanzus Justin Herbert Christian McCaffrey Myles Garrett Kenny Pickett Sauce Gardner Christian McCaffrey Brandon Staley
Steve Mariucci Josh Allen Deebo Samuel Micah Parsons Christian Watson Aidan Hutchinson Christian McCaffrey Sean McDermott
Dan Parr Josh Allen Jalen Hurts Myles Garrett George Pickens George Karlaftis Jameis Winston Mike Tomlin
Kevin Patra Justin Herbert Justin Jefferson Myles Garrett Chris Olave Aidan Hutchinson Jameis Winston Bill Belichick
Adam Rank Josh Allen Justin Herbert Micah Parsons Dameon Pierce Jaquan Brisker Christian McCaffrey Sean McDermott
Chad Reuter Aaron Rodgers Jonathan Taylor Aaron Donald George Pickens Aidan Hutchinson Derrick Henry Sean McDermott
Gregg Rosenthal Patrick Mahomes No entry Micah Parsons George Pickens Travon Walker Saquon Barkley Nick Sirianni
Marc Ross Patrick Mahomes Lamar Jackson Micah Parsons Chris Olave Aidan Hutchinson Khalil Mack John Harbaugh
Marc Sessler Justin Herbert Justin Jefferson Micah Parsons George Pickens Aidan Hutchinson Christian McCaffrey Brandon Staley
Nick Shook Josh Allen Jonathan Taylor Aaron Donald George Pickens Travon Walker Michael Thomas Sean McDermott
Matt "Money" Smith Josh Allen Justin Herbert Aaron Donald Chris Olave Travon Walker Saquon Barkley Frank Reich
LaDainian Tomlinson Josh Allen Jonathan Taylor Micah Parsons Breece Hall Aidan Hutchinson Jameis Winston Brandon Staley
Jim Trotter Justin Herbert Justin Jefferson Nick Bosa Chris Olave Travon Walker Jameis Winston Sean McDermott
Kurt Warner Joe Burrow Derrick Henry Micah Parsons Dameon Pierce Aidan Hutchinson Christian McCaffrey Brandon Staley
Lance Zierlein Josh Allen Jonathan Taylor Derwin James Breece Hall Aidan Hutchinson J.K. Dobbins Frank Reich