2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions

After seven months, we finally have NFL football back. The NFL offseason is always exciting and this one was no different. The Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams met in the Super Bowl last year. The Rams were victorious and they’re looking for a repeat this season. The NFC has a few teams that could give the Rams a run for their money. In the AFC, there’s at least 8 teams that have an argument that they could make a run. My goal is to get 70% of my prediction’s correction. This week I’ll be predicting all the games but moving I’m only doing the best ones. Let’s figure out the 2022 Week 1 NFL predictions.

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe kick the season off with a possible Super Bowl matchup. The defending champion Los Angeles Rams will host the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo is a lot of people’s favorites to with the chip this season. Josh Allen is also one of the top QBs in the league and a favorite to win MVP. With the signing of Von Miller, will they have enough on defense to stop the Rams? As far as Los Angeles, they are still one of the best teams in the NFC. Matthew Stafford had a lingering elbow issue, but he says he’s fine. They added Allen Robinson to their receiving core and the Bills secondary isn’t up to par yet. This has all the makings of being a shootout to kick off the season. I’m picking the Bills since they’re arguably the best team in the league. Bills Win 38-35

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe head to the NFC South for this one. The New Orleans Saints head to Atlanta to face the re-tooled Falcons. New Orleans made a lot of moves during the offseason and the biggest one was getting back Jameis Winston. Winston missed most of last season with a knee injury. The Saints brought in Tyrann Mathieu to help solidify the backup of the defense. Jarvis Landry was also brought into the mix of an already stout receiving core. Atlanta traded Matt Ryan and brought in Marcus Mariota. The Falcons are expected to go through some growing pains this season. The defense is solid though, but not enough to compete with New Orleans. Saints Win 31-17

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have two of the more iconic franchises in the NFL facing off with each other. The San Francisco 49ers will head east to Chicago to face the Bears. The 49ers are hoping to be a much healthier team this coming season. The 49ers dealt with their fair share of injuries in the 2021 season. They will open the season with a new signal caller in Trey Lance. Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t get traded so the team restructured the final year of his contract to stay. Chicago will see its fair share of growing pains this year. The offensive line isn’t that great, and many have said they have the worse receiving core in the league. The defense isn’t much better after trading away Khalil Mack. The Niners should win this one easily. 49ers Win 30-14

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have a battle between two AFC North teams that could be competing for division supremacy. The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Cincinnati to battle the Bengals. The Steelers will begin the season with Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback. Pittsburgh is hoping Trubisky can return to his 2018 form when he made the Pro Bowl. The defense should be fine as they should have one of the better ones this season. Najee Harris is one of the top running backs in the league and they’ll need him to be the workhorse. Cincinnati should be a lot better also seeing they upgraded their offensive line. Joe Mixon is also a top running backs while Ja’Marr Chase is a top wideout so this offense could be better. Joe Burrow will lead them to the win. Bengals Win 26-17

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe head back to the NFC as the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Detroit to face the Lions. The Eagles had an amazing offseason seeing they upgraded the offense and defense. They added A.J. Brown on offense and that makes the Eagles receiving core one of the better ones in the league. They upgraded the defense through free agency, plus drafted Jordan Davis, and Nakobe Dean from Georgia. Can Jalen Hurts put it all together for the Eagles this season? Detroit also done some upgrading also and mostly through the draft. Unfortunately, Jameson Williams will miss the first few games for the Lions as he’s still nursing his knee injury. Detroit should be much better this season, but how good they will be is unknown. They fight hard, but Philly wins this one. Eagles Win 31-21

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have an AFC East matchup in the first weekend of the season. The New England Patriots travel to Miami to face the Dolphins. Mac Jones is entering his second season after a very impressive rookie campaign. Jones will look to have similar success this upcoming season. New England still has some work to do on the offensive end. On defense, they will be one of the teams that can pressure the opposing QB the most. With Miami, this is the year that Tua will have to prove to be a franchise QB. The Dolphins bolstered up their offense by adding Tyreek Hill to go along with Jaylen Waddle. Miami also upgraded the running back position, and the offensive line is good also. I’m thinking Miami will put this one out in a close one. Dolphins Win 20-17

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe stay in the AFC for this matchup as the Baltimore Ravens head to New York to battle the Jets. The Ravens are hoping to be a much healthier team this upcoming season. Lamar Jackson dealt with an injured ankle last season and that cost the Ravens a playoff spot. Baltimore has always garnered a strong defense and this year will be no different. Can the Ravens stay the course and take care of business in New York? As far as the Jets, they are still trying to see if Zach Wilson will play or not. The Jets are somewhat like the Bears as they’re a few years away from making an impact. They have some young players to work with and could surprise some teams this season. Unfortunately, that surprise won’t be against Baltimore as they should leave with the win. Ravens Win 34-17

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have the Jacksonville Jaguars taking a trip to Washington to face the Commanders. Jacksonville spent a ton of money during free agency to bolster their roster. Trevor Lawrence is entering his second season as the quarterback, and he should improve on a dismal rookie season. Jacksonville brought in former Eagles coach Doug Pederson and that should be great for the franchise. Could they win their first game against the Commanders? The Washington Commanders is trying to regroup from a disappointing season a year ago. They traded for Carson Wentz with the hopes he can return to his 2017 form where he was the MVP before injury. The defense will be without Chase Young for the first few games as he recovers from his torn ACL. Washington will find a way to get by the Jaguars in this one. Commanders Win 27-20

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have a much-anticipated matchup for some as the Cleveland Browns travel to Carolina to face the Panthers. We all know that Deshaun Watson will begin serving his 11-game suspension starting with this one. Despite not having Watson, the Browns are built to win now. The offense is great, and the defense can get after the quarterback as good as anyone. Will they be motivated to get after Baker Mayfield? Speaking of Baker Mayfield, he was traded from the Browns to the Carolina Panthers in the offseason. Mayfield has said some things to kind of make this game one to look out for. How will Christian McCaffrey effect the game? This should be a closely contested one, but I’m picking Cleveland to win this one. Browns Win 24-20

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have a matchup between AFC South foes to start the season off. The Indianapolis Colts will head to Houston to take on the Texans. The Colts have once again brought in another veteran signal caller to help them reach the Super Bowl. Indianapolis traded for Matt Ryan during the offseason with hopes he has plenty left in the tank. The Colts already have arguably the best running back in the league in Jonathan Taylor. Matt Ryan will be better protected because the Colts have a top-tier offensive line. The defense should be one of the better ones this year. Houston will once again be faced with growing pains and in the running for the top pick in the draft. The Texans will put up a fight, but Indianapolis is just too much for them. Colts Win 34-20

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsThe New York Football Giants will travel south to Nashville to battle the Tennessee Titans. The Giants are hoping to finally get things right after several abysmal seasons. They brought in Brian Daboll as the new coach and they’re hoping for some of the magic Buffalo had rubs off on them. This could be the final year of the Daniel Jones experience for the Giants. Saquon Barkley will have a lot to prove also because his performance will determine his future also. Tennessee is hoping to have another magical season and go even further. Derrick Henry will be heavily relied on seeing they traded their best receiver in A.J. Brown. This should be a physical contest, but how much will the Titans defense miss Harold Landry III? This will be closer than expected, but Tennessee should win. Titans Win 23-17

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have a battle between two of the better teams in the NFC to start out Week 1. The Green Bay Packers make their way to Minnesota to face their division rival Vikings. These are the two top teams in the division and this game will prove to be important. Aaron Rodgers is coming off back-to-back MVP seasons to go along with a crazy offseason. Rodgers teased leaving the Packers and even retirement before signing an extension. Minnesota have bulked up their defense and the offense should be one of the better ones in the league. Kirk Cousins has the weapons around him to go with an offensive minded coach. This could end up being a special season for Minnesota and it’ll start with a win over the Packers. Vikings Win 34-31

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have a battle between two of the better young and highest paid quarterbacks in the league. The Kansas City Chiefs will make that trip to Arizona to meet the Cardinals. The Chiefs enter this season in the toughest division and that of course is the AFC West. They lost two key players on both sides of the ball in Tyreek Hill and Tyrann Mathieu. How will this team respond to the changes in personnel? Arizona was the final team to lose a game a season ago and their season ended in a disaster. Kyler Murray threatened to leave, but they eventually awarded him with a nice contract extension. They lost Christian Kirk through free agency and DeAndre Hopkins is serving a 6-game suspension. Kansas City should leave Arizona with the win to start the season. Chiefs Win 31-20

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have a battle between two of teams from the AFC West that could make a Super Bowl run. The Las Vegas Raiders will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers. The Raiders made a splash on both sides of the ball to improve their team. They traded for Davante Adams, signed Chandler Jones, and gave Derek Carr a nice extension in the process. Can the Raiders put it all together and make a Super Bowl run? The Chargers is also a favorite of many to reach the Super Bowl also. Justin Herbert is being looked at as an MVP candidate also. The defense received major upgrades by signing J.C. Jackson and trading for Khalil Mack. The Chargers could have the best defense in the league and I’m thinking they’ll win this one against the Raiders. Chargers Win 27-24

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsWe have the first Sunday Night game of the year and it’s a special one. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. The Bucs are hoping for another championship run like they had a couple years ago. Tom Brady is back after retiring and then unretiring. The offense should be just as good as previous years after adding Julio Jones to the receiving core. With Dallas, they are once again looking for a way to finally reach the Super Bow again. Will the Cowboys have another disappointing season? Or could this be the year that Dak leads them to the promise land? Either way, this should be a great game and I’m picking Dallas to get revenge for last seasons first week loss. Cowboys Win 31-30

 

2022 Week 1 NFL Predictions2022 Week 1 NFL PredictionsThe final game for Week 1 of the 2022 season and first Monday night contest. The Denver Broncos travels out west to Seattle to battle the Seahawks. As we all know, the Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Broncos in a blockbuster deal. Since then, Wilson has signed a huge contract extension that could keep him in Denver until he’s 40. Denver has some of the best young receivers in the game and a stout defense to go with it. Seattle could end up being one of the worse teams in the NFL this season. Geno Smith takes over at quarterback and he could be in for a long game. The Seahawks are outmanned on both sides of the ball and things could get ugly quick. Denver should win in a rout in this one. Broncos Win 38-17

 

There we are my predictions for the 2022 Week 1 NFL season. What games intrigue you the most for the 2022 Week 1 NFL weekend? What do you think about my picks? Check out the playoff matchups according to my picks. Leave some feedback below about anything NFL related or my 2022 Week 1 NFL predictions.

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  1. […] Week 1 is in the books and it was one to remember. We had a tie between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts. We almost had another one in the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati game. The Steelers hit a field goal as time expired at the end of OT to beat the Bengals. Buffalo looks like the Super Bowl contenders many have them being in their rout over the Rams. The Detroit Lions showed how feisty they are in their game against the Eagles where they barely loss. Patrick Mahomes put away any doubt he would struggle without Tyreek Hill against the Cardinals. Lamar Jackson showed the Baltimore Ravens why they need to pay him in their win over the New York Jets. Cleveland edged Carolina with a last second field goal in their game against former QB Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers. […]

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