Projecting Tom Brady’s stats for the 2022 season

A year after leading the NFL in passing yards and touchdown passes, what will Tom Brady’s stat line look like this season?

Last year, at 44 years old, in his 22nd NFL season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady led the NFL in passing yards and touchdown passes.

Now, the GOAT heads into the 23rd year of his legendary career, his third campaign with the Bucs, and it might just be his last.

Brady is obviously still producing as well as any quarterback in the league right now, but can he put up big numbers again in 2022, as he chances his eighth Lombardi Trophy?

We asked the fans what kind of numbers Brady will put up for the Bucs this season, and they responded:

How many games will the Bucs win in 2022?

Now that the 2022 NFL schedule has been released, how many games will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win this season?

The 2022 NFL schedule is officially out, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the toughest 17-game slates in the entire league.

The Bucs open up with back-to-back road games against the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, followed by two homes games against the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs.

Just like last year, Tampa Bay will have the single-team maximum of five prime-time games in 2022, including a Christmas night contest on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. The Bucs will also have a handful of Sunday afternoon games in front of a national audience.

Now that we’ve seen the schedule, how many wins will the Bucs score in the regular season this year?

We asked, and the fans answered:

Bold predictions for the Bucs in 2022

What does the 2022 NFL season hold for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Here are some bold predictions.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended the 2021 season on a sour note, with an epic comeback that fell just short in a heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

While they didn’t repeat as Super Bowl champions last year, the Bucs are primed to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy this season, with Tom Brady back at quarterback, and most of the starting lineup returning on both sides of the ball. Throw in another draft class full of young talent, and a few veteran additions at key positions of need, and the Bucs might just have the recipe to be world champions yet again.

How will they fare this season?

We asked the fans for some bold predictions, and here they are:

Projecting every SEC football team’s 2022 record

We predicted every SEC team’s final record for next season.

Last year it was Georgia and Alabama that played for the SEC championship in Atlanta. This year, many expect the same result, with both teams likely to navigate their schedules and win their respective divisions.

But can anyone give either of these teams a challenge, or are we looking at another SEC football season that ends with the Dawgs and the Tide not only meeting in the conference championship, but possibly the College Football Playoff once again?

There’s Texas A&M, LSU, Kentucky and Tennessee. I’d argue that those are the leading threats to dethrone Bama and UGA in the West and East. But even if one of those teams does win in their head-to-head battle, they’ll need to take care of business against practically everyone else on their schedules.

Here’s a look at every SEC team’s schedule with their projected records for the 2022 season.

(Click here to view our SEC schedule rankings – from easiest to hardest.)

Ranking 2022 SEC football schedules from easiest to hardest

Ranking 2022 SEC schedules from the easiest to hardest

There’s no such thing as an easy SEC schedule, but it’s certainly true that some are easier than others.

Both Alabama and Georgia will typically have an easier conference schedule than the rest of the conference due to the fact that, well, they don’t play themselves. Now when you look at, say, Mississippi State for example, the poor Bulldogs not only have to play their regular SEC West schedule which obviously includes Alabama, but they also get to play Georgia.

There’s the out-of-conference matchups as well. South Carolina has the toughest of anyone in the SEC this year – a visit to Clemson to close out the season. Alabama plays Texas which is a game that will receive a ton of hype just for the Tide to beat the Longhorns by four touchdowns. And there’s Georgia vs. Oregon, but I’m not so sure how exciting that one will be. Oregon only ranks No. 23 in ESPN’s preseason FPI rankings.

Auburn’s schedule is no joke with games against Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and a non-conference battle with Penn State. Props to the Tigers for scheduling the Nittany Lions on top of its already tough schedule, but also…uhmmm…there goes Auburn’s 2022 season.

Here’s a look at every SEC team’s 2022 schedule, ranked from easiest to hardest.

247Sports identifies Georgia football’s biggest ‘trap game’

247Sports picks Georgia’s potential “trap game” for 2022

Georgia ran the table during the 2021 regular season, finishing with an unblemished 12-0 record.

The term ‘trap game’ was used frequently last year during Georgia’s run. It seemed like almost every week college football analysts were hyping up Georgia’s next matchup as a potential upset, yet every week they were proven incorrect. Not only were they wrong in their predictions, but Georgia made them look like fools, beating every team on its schedule, sans Clemson, by 17+ points.

Looking ahead at the upcoming season, Brad Crawford of 247Sports took a look at every SEC team’s biggest trap game for the 2022 season. For Georgia, Crawford identified its November 12 visit to Starkville to take on Mississippi State as UGA’s potential trap game.

Georgia will have just had back-to-back games against Florida and Tennessee before it plays Mississippi State. Assuming it wins both of those, there’s certainly potential that Georgia takes its foot off the gas the following week in Starkville. But let’s be real, nobody – likely including Crawford – actually sees Georgia losing this game.

The game that received the most hype last season as a potential trap for Georgia was its road matchup against Tennessee. Tennessee fans read about their chances of winning so much that they actually convinced themselves they would beat us. What happened? Georgia stomped the Vols and left Knoxville with a 41-17 victory.

Last year, Georgia beat Arkansas and Auburn before having to play Kentucky, a rather similar situation to the 2022 Mississippi State game. People considered that game a ‘trap game’ for UGA as well. Georgia beat Kentucky 30-17. Two weeks later following a bye, we beat Florida 34-7 in another ‘trap game.’ Two weeks after that, following a win over Missouri, the Dawgs beat Tennessee 41-17 and silenced everybody.

Crawford is right, though. This is the obvious selection for Georgia’s trap game. And remember, he’s writing about every SEC team’s potential trap game, so of course he has to include the Bulldogs and this would be the one I’d select as well.

Via Crawford:

When you’re as talented as the defending national champions and every game is likely a double-digit spread this season, every game could be dripping with trap notations. However, the trip to Starkville in November coming after emotional matchups with Florida and Tennessee is the obvious pick for the Bulldogs and Kirby Smart knows it. Every now and then, strange things happen for ranked teams going into cow bell-central and there’s a good chance Mississippi State will be coming off a momentum-building home win over Auburn the previous week. Be careful, Bulldogs.

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ESPN FPI projects outcome of 2022 Georgia football season

ESPN FPI projections for Georgia’s 2022 CFB season

The Georgia Bulldogs, your defending college football national champions, are projected by most outlets as a top-three team to open the 2022 college football season.

ESPN’s Football Power Index is right there with them, ranking the Bulldogs as college football’s No. 3 team in its preseason FPI rankings. The FPI not only ranks every program, but also projects a team’s chances of accomplishing a magnitude of different achievements.

Read: ESPN FPI preseason rankings, projected records for every CFB team

Georgia finished the 2021 regular season with a 12-0 record en route to winning it all. However, last preseason the FPI was not too high on the Dawgs, ranking them No. 7 in its preseason rankings with a projected win/loss of 9.5-3.2. It also gave UGA a 0.9% chance of going undefeated and just a 2.2% chance of winning the national title.

Maybe the software has learned its lesson, as Georgia projects much higher than it did last season, despite returning a less loaded roster. Here’s a look at how the FPI projects Georgia to fare this upcoming season.

ESPN FPI: Preseason rankings, projected records for every CFB team

ESPN’s FPI ranks the preseason CFB top-ten and projects schools’ chances of going undefeated, winning it all.

It’s still early, but we have a solid outlook on which programs are expected to compete as college football’s elites in 2022.

ESPN’s ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) takes a look at every college football team’s projected odds at a number of different scenarios, including chances of going undefeated, winning the conference and winning the national title.

ESPN defines the FPI as:

A measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 20,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily. FPI data from seasons prior to 2019 may not be complete.

Below we take a look at the FPI’s preseason top-ten, and its projections for how each team will fare in 2022. You can find the full ranking of all 131 teams here.

8 Georgia players taken in Mel Kiper’s two-round NFL mock draft

Just how talented was Georgia’s defense last year? Mel Kiper predicts 7 UGA defenders will be taken in the first 45 picks of the NFL draft.

Georgia set a school record in the 2021 NFL draft when it had nine players selected.

This year, Georgia is looking to shatter that number with potentially as many as 15 players selected.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his two-round NFL mock draft for this year’s event, and the analyst sees eight Georgia players being selected within the first 64 picks.

This includes Travon Walker, who has been rising on draft boards since the NFL combine, going No. 3 overall to the Houston Texans.

247Sports’ 2022 overall SEC football team rankings

247Sports’ Overall Team Rankings take into account how a team fares in recruiting and in the transfer portal.

College football has changed in recent years, and February’s national signing day no longer means the closing of a recruiting cycle.

Players are reclassifying, signing after NSD and moving around via the NCAA transfer portal. With all these late additions, 247Sports came up with an Overall Team Ranking, which takes into account not only a program’s recruiting ranking but also its transfer ranking.

A little further explanation on the Overall Team Rankings, via 247Sports:

Combining 247Sports’ recruiting and transfer rankings, the overall team rankings provide a complete picture of how teams fare in any given cycle. Sign an all-time high school class like Texas A&M did in 2022? The overall rankings will reflect that. Ink 13 transfers and eight high school players like USC? The Trojans still crash the top 10 of the overall rankings.

Here’s a look at the SEC’s Overall Team Rankings, and we added where each school ranks on a national scale for the three categories: Recruiting, transfer and overall.