By: Jason M. Walsh II
A new season is upon us, and the National Football League is about to kick off, which means football every week until February. This new season is full of questions yet to be answered; will the Rams fall for the infamous Super Bowl hangover season? Will a retired and then unretired Tom Brady lead Tampa Bay to another championship? Lastly, what will come from a transitioning Steelers team?
Let’s break down some of the Week 1 matchups and where to watch them. Kicking off the season on Thursday Night, the Buffalo Bills who just fell short of a Super Bowl appearance last season travel to So-Fi Stadium to take on the defending champion Los Angeles Rams at 8:20 p.m. on CBS.
Then the bulk of the week’s games on Sunday starting at 1 p.m., Fox NFL covers New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers @ Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars @ Washington Commanders. Alongside these games at 1 p.m. are covered by CBS, Cleveland Browns @ Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts @ Huston Texans, New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins, and to wrap up the 1 p.m. games the Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets.
The second round of games on Sunday starts at 4:25 p.m., following the conclusion of the 1 p.m. games. Fox NFL covers New York Giants @ Tennessee Titans, and Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings. CBS will be covering Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Cardinals, and Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers.
For the climax of the week, there will be an NFC matchup at 8:20 p.m. Sunday Night on NBC. The NFC South Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the NFC East Dallas Cowboys in Dallas.
To conclude the week on ESPN and ABC at 8:15 p.m. on Monday Night will be a Homecoming game for one of the NFL’s biggest stars quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson will lead the Denver Broncos to Seattle to face off against his former team the Seattle Seahawks.
Some of the key things to look into this week are things such as the Bills looking to start off hot by beating the defending champions. The Saints and Falcons fighting to start the season off with a divisional victory, that goes for the Steelers, Bengals, Colts, Texans, Patriots, Dolphins, Packers, Vikings, Raiders, and Chargers as well. Former Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield will have a chance to seek revenge and prove himself by facing off against his former in Carolina Sunday. Finally, quarterback Trey Lance will be put to the test officially starting over Jimmy Garoppolo Sunday while Facing off against a strong Bears Defense.
The Game of The Week:
It is almost plain as day that the game of the week to watch should be the Buffalo Bills @ the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. This game should be just short of a firework show. It’s the NFL Kickoff 2022 game, a prime-time night game, and in one of the best and newest stadiums in the league. Two very explosive and high scoring passing offenses led by two high-octane quarterbacks, the Rams’ Matt Stafford, and Bills’ Josh Allen. On the other side of the ball are two hard-hitting and physical defenses led by the Rams’ Arron Donald, and Bills’ Micha Hyde. Returning to Los Angeles for the first time since winning a ring with them last season is Von Miller. Miller was traded from Denver to L.A. halfway through last season and helped push the Rams to a title. Miller signed with Buffalo during the offseason. If this game lives up to the hype you will be glad you watched.