Welcome back NFL Fans! Predictions and Power Rankings by @TheBrysh are back, and we are ready to uncover the second half of our forecast for Week 1 of the 2022 NFL Season. Point Spreads are courtesy of DraftKings Nation, and are up to date as of the article writing. NFL Predictions will be split into two (2) articles: Thursday to early Sunday; and late Sunday to Monday Night Football. This will be the second of two articles.
NY Giants @ Tennessee Titans (-5.5)
The NY Giants are starting the season behind the 8-ball with a series of offensive players injured or questionable for week 1, including WR’s Collin Johnson and Sterling Shepard, and LG Shane Lemieux. The Titans have a tough schedule this year and will be hoping for a strong start. Following the trade of WR AJ Brown, QB Daniel Jones will need to find new targets. Tennessee also boasts 2,000 yarder RB Derrick Henry, the Titans should come out on top 32-16.
Green Bay Packers (-1) @ Minnesota Vikings
This looks to be the best matchup on the late Sunday schedule with teams of equal skill, who split their meetings last year with 1 win each. Minnesota will be looking for big performances from RB Dalvin Cook and WR Justin Jefferson. With the trade of Packers WR Davante Adams in the offseason, QB Aaron Rodgers will be on the hunt for a new QB-RB partnership. The Packers won their season opener the last 6 years, they should continue with a 30-29 victory.
Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) @ Arizona Cardinals
Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will be without star WR Tyreek Hill this year due to trade, but Mahomes will adapt. The Cards have a dominant cast of WR’s in AJ Green, De’Andre Hopkins and Marquise Brown. Arizona QB Kyler Murray appears to be let off the hook for his “independent study” clause, can Murray find the determination to study and lay off “TV, internet and video games” during this season? I’ll take a risk on the Cards 30-29.
Las Vegas Raiders @ LA Chargers (-4)
The Las Vegas Raiders made it to the Wild Card last season, this year I would bet against a playoff berth. The Raiders did make an exciting offseason move, trading for WR Davante Adams. The Chargers are known as an offensive powerhouse, led by 3rd year QB Justin Herbert. More exciting in LA, is the signing of LB Khalil Mack from the Bears, alongside LB Joey Bosa. The Chargers have too much push and will win 35-28.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1.5) @ Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have lost a few starting players in the offseason and the media is critical of their upcoming season. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott looks forward to a showdown with Buc’s GOAT Tom Brady. These teams met in last year, the Buc’s won 31-29, but many said Prescott outplayed Brady. I take the underdog Cowboys 33-20.
Denver Broncos (-6.5) @ Seattle Seahawks
QB Russell Wilson left the Seahawks in the offseason to join the Broncos. The ‘Hawks have replaced him with backup Geno Smith, will he rise to the occasion? The Bronc’s missed the playoffs the last 6 years, and have made some changes, including the addition of Wilson. It is too convenient that the Bronc’s and ‘Hawks meet in week 1, and @TheBrysh is going WAY OUT on a limb, take the Seahawks 27-20.
Written by: Jack Cameron @TheBrysh