From Russell Wilson taking part in his first sport as a Bronco in Seattle to Doug Pederson vs. Carson Wentz, the NFL schedule is stuffed with spicy matchups from the outset. Too dangerous we now have to attend 4 months for all of it to start.
And it ought to start with a bang.
The Seahawks prospered like by no means earlier than with Wilson as their quarterback for the final decade, together with a Super Bowl title and one other they need to have had if not for some, uh, curious play calls within the 2015 sport. They rewarded Wilson’s want to go elsewhere with a monster commerce this offseason and he landed in Denver.
Now, due to the NFL’s want to play off such storylines, the opening Monday night time sport of the 2022 season sends Wilson and his new group again to his previous stomping grounds.
Want extra? In Week 1 alone, there’s the kickoff sport on Thursday night time, Sept. 8, with the Super Bowl champion Rams internet hosting the present favourite to win all of it, the Bills. There’s Jacksonville, with lately employed coach Doug Pederson, at Washington and new QB Carson Wentz. In 2017, Wentz appeared headed for league MVP honors working underneath Pederson for the Eagles. Wentz was injured late within the schedule and Nick Foles took over. Pederson and Foles beat New England and Tom Brady for the title.
Speaking of Brady, he led Tampa Bay, because the defending champ, to a decent victory over Dallas within the 2021 opener. This yr, the primary Sunday night time contest has the Bucs on the Cowboys. Very tasty.
As for the rest of the 18-week schedule, listed below are another confrontations that ought to whet your urge for food.
Amazon Prime Video debuts because the Thursday night time outlet for the NFL with Kansas City internet hosting the Chargers. The AFC West figures to be the very best division, and every group may make a press release right here.
The sport’s oldest rivalry is renewed on Sunday night time with Chicago at Green Bay.
Packers at Buccaneers. Aaron Rodgers vs. Brady. Need we are saying extra?
Chiefs at Buccaneers. Patrick Mahomes vs. Brady. Need we are saying extra?
When the Bills journey to Arrowhead Stadium, they or the Chiefs may make an early assertion about AFC supremacy.
The Dolphins will rejoice the fiftieth anniversary of the NFL’s solely good season after they entertain the Steelers on Sunday night time. Miami beat Pittsburgh within the AFC title sport within the 1972 season.
Wentz once more. His return to Indy, the place he spent one fruitless season, because the Commanders tackle the Colts.
The solely purpose we are able to determine that it is a Thursday nighter is the prospect of Matt Corral of Carolina and Desmond Ridder of Atlanta being the beginning QBs as rookies. Non-contenders in prime time in November?
And the primary regular-season match in Germany, with Seattle in opposition to Tampa Bay. Oh yeah, Seahawks followers — this one kicks off at 6:30 a.m. PT.
San Francisco vs. Arizona on Monday night time, primarily as a result of it is on the iconic Azteca in Mexico City.
Except for the playoffs, what’s higher than a Thanksgiving soccer feast? Sure, we acknowledge the Lions being perennial doormats, however the custom of them internet hosting the early sport should not be minimized. Not that we’re saying they may take a look at Buffalo.
The Giants at Dallas is the late-afternoon sport, not significantly enticing except New York has a turnaround season, however the Patriots at Minnesota within the nightcap is intriguing.
Will Deshaun Watson be obtainable when Cleveland visits Houston? His standing for 2022, even after the megatrade that introduced him to the Browns from the Texans, stays fuzzy with these civil fits for sexual misconduct pending.
Perennial All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner, as a lot a mainstay in Seattle as Wilson was, will get to face the Seahawks when his new membership, the Rams, host them.
Plus, the Chiefs go to the defending AFC champion Bengals in a rematch of the 2021 convention title sport.
The Ravens on the Steelers. Only as a result of it’s our favourite NFL rivalry, as intense and bodily because it will get.
The Rams have the “pleasure” of taking part in a Monday night time sport at Lambeau Field. Bundle up, males.
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More applicable is a Christmas Eve prime-timer wherein the Steelers host the Raiders and commemorate the Immaculate Reception that occurred 50 years in the past. Hey Franco, nice catch and run.
Happy New Year.
Enjoy these two: The SoFi Showdown because the Rams “visit” the Chargers within the spectacular stadium they share, and a Monday nighter between the Bills and host Bengals that figures to have vital implications within the standings.
Sixteen divisional video games, with playoff berths nearly actually on the road.