Something the NFL seems to want to do is turn its sport into a spectacle by its own power. Leaders aren’t afraid to get involved, and between six planners and a cloud-based luminary formulation computer, they produce an end product that brings excitement, thrills and drama to the course. an 18-week season.
Following the announcement of Week 1 fixtures, we take a look at the games we’re most excited for.
Buffalo Bills @ LA Rams
Super Bowl contenders versus Super Bowl champions. Oh dear. This game is a tone creator. There is no doubt that this will be one of the best games of the regular season. New signings on either side of the ball for both teams will be keen to make an impression on their new fans and coaches. Both teams know that everyone will watch the game to see what standards are set. The Bills will be ready for the trip to SoFI Stadium while the Rams will have the luxury of playing in the stadium where they last won a Super Bowl. First-class programming will hopefully deliver first-class gameplay.
Denver Broncos @ Seattle Seahawks
The derby of Drew Lock, Noah Fant and Shelby Harris. Oh yeah and Russell Wilson returns to Seattle to play his first game since his successful move to Denver. It’s something new for everyone. You expect a warm welcome for the former Super Bowl winner considering he knows full well how hostile the stadium can be anyway. Will Pete Carroll and his Seattle team be ready for Wilson and his new team or can the new Bronco knock out Lumen Field and inflict a loss on Day 1? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Start and finish the 2022 season at home 🏠
Tampa Bay Bucanneers @ Dallas Cowboys
The reverse of this game was the opener for both teams last season on Thursday Night Football and did not disappoint as the Buccaneers emerged 31-29 winners at Raymond James Stadium. This time around, Tom Brady returns for his 23rd, yes, 23rd season after announcing his decision to end his retirement after just 44 days.
He will be without Tight-End star Rob Gronkowski, who as it stands is yet to sign a new contract with the Bucs. Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys are hoping they can beat Tom Brady and co to extend their winning record against the Bucs to 16-5. Every year seems like a “it’s their year” for Dallas, so we won’t say much about them just yet, we’ll let them do the talking.
Las Vegas Raiders @ LA Chargers
This game was one of the games of the season last year. Both teams were playing for a playoff berth and it was the Raiders who took the 35-32 victory in overtime. Now, in the first game of the 2022/23 season, it is the Raiders who travel to the Chargers. These two teams have intelligently recruited during the off-season and we’ll see the likes of Davante Adams and Chandler Jones take on Khalil Mack and JC Jackson. Prepare the popcorn, it will be a cracker.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Cardinals
A Kansas City offense without Tyreek Hill and a defense without Tyrann Mathieu is something everyone is intrigued to see. It’s yet to be decided if we’ll see an Arizona Cardinals without Kyler Murray. One thing is certain and that is that it will be a very entertaining game. The Chiefs still have Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes, along with new additions in JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, so you can’t rule them out at all.
Life for the Cardinals is slightly tougher with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins currently facing a six-week absence after being hit with a doping ban by NFL officials. He denies the charge and will fight the ban so we can still see him in Week 1. With both of these teams looking to go deeper into the playoffs, this could be a very tasty encounter to kick off the season.