The NFL schedules for the 2022 season have been released. That’s the good news. The bad news is that we’ll have to wait another four months for the games to actually play.
But thanks to the odds makers, we don’t have to wait that long to bet on some of the fixtures. Sportsbooks have already published odds for week 1 and most of the year’s major games.
Here are 10 of the most fascinating games of the NFL season, along with opening lines and early thoughts.
Bills at Rams (-1), September 8th: The NFL season kicks off with the reigning Super Bowl champion Rams hosting this year’s favorites to win the Lombardi Trophy. The Bills have the lowest chance of winning the Super Bowl at +650 while the Rams come in at 11/1. Many believe this will also be the last game of the season. Expect lots of fireworks.
Giants at Titans (-6.5), Sep 11: Some people (me) believe that new coach Brian Daboll’s Giants will be greatly improved this season. Some people (me) think the Titans are ready to take a step back in the AFC. Some people (me) already bet on the Giants +6.5 in week 1. The Giants are also live on the +230 money line for the complete upset.
Buccaneers (-2.5) at Cowboys, September 11th: These two teams started the season last year and amassed 60 points in Tampa Bay’s two-point win. The Buccaneers are the second favorites to win the Super Bowl at +750. How important is Tom Brady? After originally announcing his retirement, Tampa Bay was roughly 50/1 to win the Super Bowl. Expect another shootout between Brady and Dak Prescott.
Broncos (-3.5) at Seahawks, Sept. 12: The Week 1 finale is Russell Wilson returning to Seattle to face the redesigned Seahawks. Oddsmakers aren’t expecting much from the Wilson-less Seahawks in 2022. Seattle’s overall win is set at 5.5 and the Super Bowl odds are 100/1. The Broncos -3.5 will be a popular game in week 1. It makes sense. The Seahawks could end up being the worst team in the NFC. Sorry Falcons fans.
Bengals (-5) at Jets, Sept. 19: The last time these two teams met, a young quarterback threw for 405 yards and led his team to a 34-31 victory. That quarterback was Mike White of the Jets. Joe Burrow and the Bengals continued to play in the Super Bowl, but their Week 8 loss to the Jets was one of the biggest upsets of the 2021 season. If the greatly improved Jets upset the Bengals again, it could set the stage for an unexpected playoff run .
Chiefs at Buccaneers (-2.5), Oct 2: A rematch of Super Bowl LV is scheduled for early October: Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes. Two teams with question marks on defense. Let’s put it this way: sportsbooks will be cheering for the Under.
Bills (-1.5) at Chiefs, Oct. 16: The last time these two teams took the field together, they produced one of the all-time classics as Kansas City won 42-36 in overtime after some insane final minutes of regulation. Since then, the Bills and their fans have lived with this bad taste in their mouths. This should be another wild one.
Giants at Cowboys (-7), Nov. 24: The Thanksgiving board isn’t the best we’ve seen, but Giants versus the Cowboys is a sneaky good game. If I’m correct and the Giants will be a contender in the NFC East, it’s doubtful that line will be -7 in six months. The Giants plus the points is something I would jump at early on.
Raiders at Rams (-4), December 4th: The Raiders are a sexy pick for the Super Bowl at 40/1 after signing Davante Adams. With Derek Carr in the MVP race this late in the season, a strong game against the Rams on national TV could put him at the top.
Broncos at Rams (-3), Dec. 25: We have no idea what these teams will look like on Christmas Day, but things are looking good on paper. Matthew Stafford joined the Rams and won a Super Bowl with the franchise. Can Russell Wilson do the same for the Broncos? Denver sits at 16/1 to win it all if you believe in Denver.
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