Coming off the heels of one of the most exciting NFL playoffs in league history, the 2022 NFL season is poised to have some memorable match-ups and scenarios for diehard football fans to look forward to. There is no shortage of potential scenarios and intriguing possibilities that will make this NFL season a must watch.
First off, one cannot ignore the question that will be on the minds of football fans. Will this be Tom Brady’s final season?
If this is the case, then its safe to say that Buccaneers game this season takes on a greater level of importance. By default, all the 5 prime-time games that the Buccaneers have taken on a much deeper level of importance. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4, New Orleans Saints in Week 13, Baltimore Ravens in Week 8 and Arizona Cardinals in Week 16.
Juicy quarterback match-ups can be found in most of these games. The juiciest one is the Buccaneers’ Week 4 match-up against the Chiefs. Tom Brady will go up against Patrick Mahomes for perhaps the final time. Tom Brady’s potential of QB match-ups against Dak Prescott, Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray in prime time are definite treats for the diehard football fan.
Additionally, another thing to look forward to in the upcoming NFL season is the battle for supremacy in the AFC West. I have not seen a division with this much talent at the starting QB position in my lifetime. The AFC West has Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Derek Carr and now Russell Wilson.
The AFC West is the best division in the NFL. It may be the best division in all professional sports. Every game in the division will be must-see TV. It would not be a surprise to see three teams from the AFC West in the playoffs.
As a matter of fact, the first divisional game in the AFC West of the season is a historic one. On Sept 15th, the Los Angeles Chargers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1st game to be broadcast exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Another compelling match-up to look for are the two games between the St Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. As the Super Bowl champions, the St Louis Rams will have a big target on their back. The 49ers will have a big chip on their shoulder coming into these games as it was the Rams that denied them a chance of a Super Bowl appearance. These games will serve as big tests for new 49er starting quarterback Trey Lance.
Finally, fans can expect a treat on opening night of the NFL season. After the Los Angeles Rams raise their banners as last year’s Super Bowl champions, they will face a Buffalo Bills team with high expectations and big chips on their shoulder after last year’s heartbreaking playoff exit. The Bills will have a chance to make a big statement in Week 1. As for the Rams, this will be a big-time test in the 1st week of their championship defense. One cannot help but look forward to this game.