How does the LRU Community Place NFL Standings this season?
By Luke Schultheis, Layout and Sports Editor
Thirty-two percent of La Roche University said Patrick Mahomes will bring the Lombardi back to Chiefs’ Kingdom in 2022.
One-hundred out of 1,400 individuals—including students, faculty, and staff—partook in an NFL survey predicting the winners of each conference and division. The participants’ ages ranged from 18-67.
The La Roche community completed these surveys in late September, prior to the NFL’s Week Four.
Twenty-six respondents chose the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win Super Bowl LVI. Twenty-three selected the Los Angeles Rams, 12 picked the Buffalo Bills, and seven opted in with other. Teams that respondents wrote for other include two votes for the Pittsburgh Steelers and one for each of the following:
- San Francisco 49ers
- New York Giants
- Cleveland Browns
- Minnesota Vikings
- New England Patriots
Of the 100 applicants, 41 selected the Kansas City Chiefs to win the AFC for a third straight year. The Bills came in second with 31 votes, while the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans finished with 20 and five respectively. Three people chose other, giving one vote to the Patriots and two to the Steelers.
The Rams were favorites in the NFC, amassing 33 votes—two more than the Buccaneers. The Green Bay Packers followed with 23 while the New Orleans Saints trailed with nine. Four participants selected other, penciling in the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, and San Francisco 49ers.
The Cincinnati Bengals gained the least votes for AFC North title, finishing with nine. The Baltimore Ravens finished third with 25, the Steelers second with 31, and the Browns first with 35. Data shows the AFC North as the most competitive division in the survey.
In the East, Bills Mafia led with 51 votes. Twenty-five respondents chose the Patriots, and the remaining 24 split the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets with 12.
Like the AFC and Super Bowl, the Chiefs were favorites to win their division, obtaining 48 selections. Behind them were the Las Vegas Raiders with 27, the Los Angeles Chargers with 18, and the Denver Broncos with seven.
Most of the La Roche community chose the Titans to stiff arm the South, scoring them 56 votes. The rebuilding Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars tied for 15, and the Texans acquired one less vote than them.
The Pack prevailed in the North a year ago, and 58 applicants said they’ll do it again. The Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings split for 15 nominations, and the Detroit Lions ended with 12.
Forty-five survey-takers said they like America’s Team in the NFC East. Twenty-seven percent chose the Philadelphia Eagles, 16 percent selected the Washington Football Team, and 12 percent took the New York Giants.
The NFC favorite Rams were also favorites in their division, totaling 39 votes. The Seattle Seahawks were close behind with 34 and the San Francisco 49ers snagged 18. The Arizona Cardinals—the only undefeated team remaining—secured nine votes.
The Saints won the South last year, but La Roche chose them least, giving them 12 nominations. Tom Brady and company earned the most votes, the Buccaneers finishing with 58. In the middle were the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons, earning 16 and 14 separately.