Top 5 games to watch

There have been major deals this offseason with some of the biggest teams in the NFL. He notably joined the Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins on a whopping four-year, $120 million deal. Hill has recorded 2,500 yards and 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons for the Chiefs. Without him on the roster, how will the Chiefs fare this season starting with a Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals?

Likewise, left the Green Bay Packers to join the Raiders. We’ll be looking at the offseason moves made by all teams involved in the five matchups we’ve picked as the best to watch in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season.

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2022 NFL Week 1 Game Previews

Buffalo Bills at the Los Angeles Rams

The Bills didn’t reach the Super Bowl last season, losing 24-38 to the Chiefs in the NFL Conference Championship. This offseason, the Bills haven’t made too many moves compared to the offseason activity of other NFL teams. They added the LB veteran who played last season with the Rams and made a difference on defense. The Bills also added WR to their roster to fill the role of , who the team released after the 2021 campaign. Crowder played for the Jets for the past three years where he had 1,979 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. . He was even more effective as a pass catcher for Washington in previous years. During the 2020 season, he averaged 14.0 yards per catch for the Jets. Replacing Cole Beasley, the Bills certainly made a wise move in signing Crowder to a one-year contract. The Rams’ biggest move this offseason was signing a veteran player to a three-year, $46.5 million deal. This AFC-NFC clash between two championship contenders is easily one of the most exciting matches to look forward to in Week 1. The defending Super Bowl champions have the advantage offensively with , , and Allen Robinson despite the powerful Buffalo attack. will continue to serve as a prime target when the Bills head to SoFi Field to take on the future Hall of Fame defensive stalwart, and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams.

Prediction: 27-24 bills

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

The Packers have lost big this offseason. In particular, they had to replace their entire receptor nucleus. Green Bay lost Davante Adams, Equinimous St. Brown and for the 2022 NFL season. Fortunately, they still have their guy. However, after not addressing the wide receiver position in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, , and the second-round pick are the Packers’ best available receivers heading into the 2022 season. Green Bay still has a great punch in the backfield with and but this team might not be as explosive on offense without Adams for Rodgers. Meanwhile, the Vikings are looking to close the gap in the NFC North Division behind , , , , and even third-year tight end, Jr. Smith missed the entirety of last season after a decent rookie season. If Smith can become a true red-zone threat for the Vikings, Minnesota could be in business.

Prediction: 30-24 packers

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Fans will be thrilled with a rematch of the Week 18 overtime thriller and regular-season finale that saw the Raiders knock the Chargers out of the playoffs while clinching their playoff ticket. Although Vegas was beaten by the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Wild Card weekend, the Chargers are surely licking their chops as they hope for revenge. The Chargers are one of the most improved teams in recent years, thanks in large part to the emergence of the franchise quarterback. remains an absolute stallion capable of catching tons of passes out of the backfield and running between tackles with the football. With and still as the Chargers’ top two wide receivers, the sophomore wide could take a substantial step forward in 2022. Palmer had 33 receptions for 353 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season. If he makes it to the next stage in Year 2, the Chargers offense can be incredibly scary.

Meanwhile, Davante Adams will make his regular season debut in black and silver. Derek Carr should see a slight increase in production considering he’s never played with a receiver as talented as Adams. Not to mention, the Raiders still have a tight end superstar and bruises in the backfield. Although the Chargers are clearly the superior and most complete team, it will be a fun game to watch between these two AFC West rivals.

Prediction: 31-21 Chargers

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

One of the most shocking moves this offseason was the departure of Russell Wilson from the Seahawks to join the Denver Broncos. He joins a young core of fast and explosive wide receivers with , and KJ Hamler. Jeudy was limited last season due to injury, but recorded 856 receiving yards and 16.5 receiving yards in his rookie season. The Alabama product is going to be a monster this season with Wilson under center, throwing pennies at him on the field. Jeudy could be the new one.

There will be high-octane energy in the building for Rusell Wilson’s first return to Seattle since his trade to the Broncos. Surely I would love to ruin Wilson’s triumphant comeback with an upset victory. The Seahawks will likely start at quarterback, which is a major downgrade from Wilson. Hopefully Lock can be decent enough for Seattle to use its star-studded receiving core that includes Lockett and . Lockett has recorded over 1,000 yards and at least eight touchdowns in each of the past three seasons.

Prediction: 21-17 Broncos

Arizona Cardinals vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City has lost big this offseason. Specifically, the Chiefs lost Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, who signed a four-year, $120 million contract (including $72.2 million guaranteed) with the three-team First-Team All-Pro. Elsewhere, the Chiefs lost Tyrann Matthieu to the New Orleans Saints, which will be a massive loss of a leader and a fantastic player for their defense. On top of that, both teams still have some of the best offense in the league. The Cardinals haven’t had to add much to their already incredible offense with Deandre Hopkins looking potentially deadlier than the duo and heading into this season. All is not lost for the Chiefs offense. They added Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to their roster. It won’t replace Tyreek Hill, but it also gives Patrick Mahomes some solid options to get the ball going. This will make a great start between two star rosters in Week 1.

Prediction: 24-21 Heads

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