The teams ready to come out of the traps for week one of the NFL season

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We are now barely a month away from the beginning of the 2022 NFL season as teams work their way through their preseason camps and fixtures. It will be last year’s Super Bowl champions the LA Rams who will kick this campaign off when they host the Buffalo Bills on September 9 at SoFi Stadium. 

Despite being fresh off their Super Bowl triumph, the NFL week one odds currently have Rams as underdogs heading into their opening clash. The Bills will be as fierce a competitor as you could find in the league this season and Josh Allen’s team are amongst the favourites for the Super Bowl this year.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the teams who look strong as we hurtle towards the season opener.

 

Buffalo Bills

In case it wasn’t made clear already; the Bills are going to be a serious problem in the league in 2022. Josh Allen has continued to make an argument for being the best QB in the league and the improvement of his pass accuracy last season have gone a long way in aiding that. Their roster was good enough that the draft really didn’t mean all that much to them, yet they still managed to pick up Kaiir Elam, an incredible rookie Cornerback.  Add in one of the best pass-rushers in the league in Von Miller and one of the best Wide Receivers in Stefon Diggs and it is hard to think of a more complete roster in the NFL.

 

New York Jets

I know, it’s the Jets. Twelve years without a playoff appearance and 54 without a ring— Jets fans have probably earned the prefix ‘long suffering…’. However, they added some serious talent to their roster during the draft this year and in multiple areas. Garett Wilson is an incredible athlete and will add some much-needed quality at WR for second-year starting QB Zach Wilson. They also bought in CB Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Johnson, who allowed just 6.6 yards per reception in 2021 at Cincinnati. Whilst the likelihood of the Jets reaching the playoffs after a long time out is very slim, it is certainly the most excited fans have been about the boys in green for a while.

 

Green Bay Packers

The Packers have a defense that is capable of filling out an All-star team themselves. Jaire Alexander will be back to full fitness alongside Adrian Amos and both stars notably ranked first in PFF’s wins above replacement metric in their positions two seasons ago. Alexander will be returning to a Cornerback group who already performed well last year, Eric Stokes and Rasul Douglas the standouts. Despite not boasting anywhere close to the strongest receivers in the league, Aaron Rodgers still managed a 68.9% pass completion rate in 2021 and we trust him to find a way yet again.

Los Angeles Rams

We couldn’t go all this way without mentioning the reigning champs. Another team built on a strong defense, there is no doubt that the Rams have been led by one man in that department. Aaron Donald has been comfortably the best defensive player in the league for a good few years now and teammate Jalen Ramsay is not far behind. Although losing OBJ following his release, they have undoubtably the best wide receiver in the league in the form of Cooper Kupp. Kupp finished an incredible 2021 season as the 2021 offensive player of the year, receptions leader, receiving yards leader, receiving touchdowns leader and capped it all off by claiming the Super Bowl MVP trophy. If Kupp can so much as make a mark on his performance last year, the Rams should have no issues on offense.

 

As mentioned, it will be the Bills and the Rams who kick off our 2022 season. And what an opener it is going to be. The favourites for this years world champions facing off against the defending champions. Let’s take a look at the opening week fixtures along with some score predictions for the biggest games.

  • Bills @ Rams
  • Saints @ Falcons
  • 49ers @ Bears
  • Steelers @ Bengals
  • Browns @ Panthers
  • Eagles @ Lions
  • Colts @ Texans
  • Ravens @ Jets
  • Jaguars @ Commanders
  • Packers @ Vikings
  • Giants @ Titans
  • Raiders @ Chargers
  • Chiefs @ Cardinals
  • Bucs @ Cowboys
  • Broncos @ Seahawks

 

Bills 28-27 Rams

The most exciting game of the week will probably the tightest, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see points. Allen is a franchise quarterback but Matthew Stafford is not to be sniffed at having taken the Rams to their first Super Bowl since 1999. This is likely to be an offensive chess match between two great teams but I think the Bills edge it and assert their championship aspirations.

 

Bucs 21-17 Cowboys

Another tight matchup here but the main story will of course be the man himself; Tom Brady. A ‘will he, won’t he?’ retirement followed by a ‘he did, he didn’t!’ after the Bucs playoff loss to the Rams last year has added to the intrigue of this match. For the Cowboys, Dak Prescott will have to do without Amari Cooper and that lack of offensive firepower has me edging towards the Bucs for this clash.

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