Week 1 of the 2022 NFL Season was exactly as predicted, chaos. We saw upsets, injuries, big plays, and massive coverage busts. Now we know a little bit more about the 32 teams in the league, here are five things to look out for in Week 2’s slate of games.
1. Lamar’s big audition?
Sunday’s early window sees Lamar Jackson’s Ravens host the Miami Dolphins. Could this be Lamar’s big audition to the Fins for next year? If Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t improve, then they’re in the market for a QB. Whilst Tua was about average in the win at home to the Patriots, the general consensus is that he’s been much better in TC. This game will come down to which offense can score the most against two top defenses.
2. Chicago looking for their first Lambeau win since 2015.
Sunday Night Football sees Green Bay welcome the Bears for the first of their two annual matchups. The Packers have won the last six straight in the series. We saw that last year with the iconic “I still own you” from Aaron Rodgers after rushing for a TD at Soldier Field last year. Could that change? GB looked poor in Minnesota, whilst Chicago outfought the 49ers in the rain in their home opener.
3. Will the 49ers right Week 1’s wrongs at home to Seattle?
7 days ago we expected the home team to be 1-0 coming into this one, and the away coming off a loss. But after Seattle’s surprise win over the Broncos on MNF, and the Niners were washed away in Chicago, this game is suddenly much more interesting. Trey Lance will have to be better to beat Pete Carroll’s defense. His job got a lot easier with the news that safety Jamal Adams won’t be a threat to him in the box.
4. Last year’s #1 seed Titans host Super Bowl favourite Bills on MNF.
The first of two games on a MNF doubleheader should be a good one. Buffalo are coming into the game fresh off a dominant victory over the Bills, whilst Tennessee blew a fourth-quarter lead vs the Giants. Von Miller made the Bills’ defensive front look scary, the area that was lacking last year, destroying Matt Stafford’s protection. Derrick Henry will need to average more than 3.9 yards per carry if the Titans want to win this game.
5. Justin Jefferson to haunt the Eagles on MNF?
Philadelphia really screwed up by taking Jalen Reagor over JJ in the 2020 draft, he’ll be looking to haunt them again, this time alongside Reagor, after he was acquired by trade in training camp. The Eagles’ offense moved the ball really well against the Lions last week, AJ Brown being a big factor in that. If they can do the same against their NFC North rivals then this Eagles team could be on for a perfect start. They’ll have to tighten up to stop this Vikings offense though