Ranking every NFL Week 1 game: Cowboys-Buccaneers top the list as Tom Brady is ready to prove the critics wrong, again

If there’s one thing we can say about the NFL’s schedule makers, it’s that they’ve outdone themselves when putting together the league’s Week 1 schedule in 2022. Week 1 is full of tantalizing matchups between some of the league’s biggest stars and top teams.

On the schedule for Week 1 are several rivalry games between bitter division rivals. There are also reunion games between veteran quarterbacks and the teams that parted ways with them this offseason. Each of NFLAll 16 Week 1 games have something for everyone, whether it’s an interesting narrative, a rising rookie to watch, or an individual performance that will make or break your fantasy football match.

We’ve decided to rank each of the NFL Week 1 games ahead of Thursday night’s season opener. Kicking off is a household name taking on a team that is never too far from the headlines.

A rematch of last year’s thrilling season opener, which the Buccaneers won despite Dak Prescott valiant effort. This game could be a changing of the guard game in the NFC. The Cowboys are looking to replace Tampa Bay as one of the conference’s elite teams, along with the Rams, 49ers and Packers.

To do that, the Cowboys will have to beat a 45-year-old Brady, who once again is out to prove the naysayers wrong. Brady will have his work cut out playing behind a revamped offensive line and against the star Cowboys Micah Parsons and Trevon Diggs.

2. Invoices at Rams (Thursday evening)

Rams title defense begins against team many believe could represent AFC in February superbowl. Among the main scenarios entering this game, there are By Miller facing the team, he helped win the Super Bowl after being traded from Denver to Los Angles. A win over the defending champions would go a long way for the Bills and the quarterback Josh Allena possible contender for league MVP this season.

It is normal for the two teams that closed the 2021 season to face each other in Week 1. Both teams have made significant progress this offseason to become the king of AFC West. Unfortunately for the Chargers, one of their biggest off-season acquisitions, JC Jackson, is not a lock to play after recently undergoing ankle surgery. The Raiders will certainly be looking to exploit the Chargers secondary with their big offseason acquisition, Davante Adams, if Jackson can’t get there.

Miami and New England will face off in Week 1 for the third straight year. Tyreek Hill’s The Dolphins’ debut will take center stage, but just as important will be how Tua Tagovailoa and McJones will do well against miserly defensive units. Miami fans are also eagerly awaiting the debut of Mike McDaniel’s new offense.

This should be an exciting game between two of the NFL’s most exciting quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray. Both quarterbacks have new weapons to work with in 2022. With DeAndre Hopkins serving a suspension, Murray will likely look early and often to Marquise Brown, who was previously Lamar Jackson’s favorite target in Baltimore. With Tyreek Hill gone, Mahomes will look to use deeper receiving cultures that include a wide rookie Skyy Moore.

Cincinnati bludgeoned its former tormentor last season, beating Pittsburgh 65-20 in its two wins over the division rival. The Bengals will be looking to keep that momentum going against a Steelers side that would love nothing more than to spoil the reigning AFC champions’ Week 1 party. year 3 of Joe Terrier era is underway in Cincinnati, while the post-Ben Roethlisberger the era in Pittsburgh will begin on Sunday with Mitchell Trubisky under the center.

A confrontation between two of the best franchises of the 1980s, the Trey Lance the era in San Francisco begins against a Bears defense that includes Robert Quinn, a 2021 Pro Bowler who racked up 18.5 sacks last season. Speaking of quarterbacks, Justin Fields looking to start his second season on the right foot after an average rookie season.

Week 1 ends with another notable story: Russell Wilson against his former team for the first time. Fans of both teams, as well as the Denver and Seattle division teams, will also be interested to see how both teams fare in their season opener. Will the Broncos be good enough to hang out with Las Vegas, Los Angles and Kansas City in the AFC West? Will Seattle play above their weight class while being a possible thorn in the side of other NFC West teams? Week 1 could offer a glimpse of what’s to come for both teams.

Mayfield Baker would love nothing more than to inflict a defeat on the team he started 2018-21 for. Cleveland, who will be looking to avenge last year’s disappointing season, will rely on a strong defense by Myles Garret and Neighborhood Denzel) and a powerful racing game (led by Nick Chubb) with Deshaun Watson purge his suspension. The Panthers will counter with Mayfield and the running back Christian McCaffreywho is back after missing 23 games over the past two seasons.

A Week 1 battle between one of the NFL’s oldest rivalries. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Offense is here to prove they can still be an elite unit, even without Davante Adams. The Vikings, led by first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell, are hoping to steal a division from Green Bay while clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2019. A key player to watch is the rookie linebacker of the Packers. dock walkerwhose first taste of regular-season football will clash with the likes of Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson.

A meeting between coach and quarterback adds interest to a game between two teams that lost records last season. Carson Wentz makes his debut as the Commanders’ starting quarterback, while Doug Pederson looks to win his first game as Jaguars head coach. Pederson’s new quarterback, Trevor Lawrenceis expected by many to have a great year after showing promising glimpses during his rookie campaign.

There is a surprising plot to this game. It features the start of the Matt Ryan era in Indianapolis as well as arguably the NFL’s best running back in Jonathan Taylor. The Colts will try to avoid an upset against a Houston team that many believe will be better than their projected win/loss total of 6.5 games.

lamar jackson and the Ravens will finally put their injury-plagued 2021 season behind them. Jackson and his teammates can’t sleep on a revamped Jets defense looking to kick off their season with an upset statement. The Jets keep the light on for their quarterback, Zach Wilsonas the second-year professional returns from knee surgery.

There are high expectations in Philadelphia for an Eagles team to emerge from a surprising playoff spot. The Eagles face a fine challenge in Week 1, as Dan Campbell’s side look to move up the proverbial food chain after adding several new plays to the roster (including first-round pick Aidan Hutchinson) this offseason.

Fans outside of New York and Nashville probably won’t care too much about this one. That said, there’s a lot to watch out for in this game. The Giants have several big-name rookies making their pro debuts, while Derrick Henry is looking to reestablish his position as the NFL’s top guard after his injury last season. It will also be interesting to see which Titans linebacker steps in to fill the void left by by Harold Landry ACL injury.

While not appealing to the masses too much, it has the chance to be a fun matchup against divisional foes. James Winston returns after missing the second half of last season. Atlanta will start the post-matt ryan era with former overall pick No. 2 Marcus Mariota.

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