Neil Reynolds’ 20 must-see games in 2022
Week 1 Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams Thursday, September 8
It could easily have been last year’s Super Bowl and could be the last game of the 2022 season. Both teams are so good. Watching Josh Allen take on a defense led by Aaron Donald is going to be a real treat.
Week 2 LA Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, September 15
I could pick any AFC West game in any given week this season because this division is going to be wild. But the first meeting of the year between Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes is going to be dynamite.
Week 3 Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, September 25
For perhaps the last time, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will face off in the NFL. The quarterback storyline is strong enough to carry this game, but it’s also two NFC powerhouses in contention.
Week 4 Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, September 29
There are very good reasons to stay up late on Thursday nights this season. The Dolphins have made some big moves this offseason and this game features Tyreek Hill and Ja’Marr Chase as WR1s. Delicious.
Week 4 Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens Sunday October 2
There are some strong games on the slate in Week 4. Minnesota and New Orleans meet in London, Indianapolis and Tennessee meet for the first time. But I love that this game has significance in the playoff standings.
Week 5 New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers Sunday, October 9
The set will finally be completed in this game as the Packers will become the 32nd team to play a regular season game in the UK. The sight of Aaron Rodgers at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will not be missed.
Week 5 Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams Sunday, October 9
Dallas is feared to slip back in 2022, but there’s enough talent on this team to make another playoff run. A win in Los Angeles against the Rams would prove the value of the 2022 Cowboys.
Week 6 Buffalo Bills vs Kansas City Chiefs Sunday October 16
Given how the last quarter and overtime went in January, it could be a 75-71 thriller with Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes each throwing over 1,000 yards. Defense lovers, look away now.
Week 6 Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers Monday October 17
Russell Wilson’s impact on the Broncos will begin to take shape as he faces a Chargers defense that has been bolstered by the offseason arrivals of Khalil Mack and JC Jackson.
Week 7 Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans Sunday, October 23
While Houston and Jacksonville hope for improvement, the AFC South still risks coming down to a battle between the Colts and the Titans. This, the second of their regular season clashes, could prove vital.
Week 8 Denver Broncos vs Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday October 30
The Jaguars will make a welcome return to Wembley Stadium and the prospect of seeing Trevor Lawrence in a quarterback duel with Denver’s Russell Wilson is truly tantalizing.
Week 8 San Francisco 49ers vs Los Angeles Rams Sunday October 30
The Rams and 49ers had three great games in 2021, including the NFC Championship showdown that sent LA to the Super Bowl and left the Niners pondering what could have been.
Week 10 Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday November 13
History will be written in Munich as the regular season opener will be played in Germany. European fans will be treated to another appearance from the great Tom Brady. Who will fill the position of QB in Seattle?
Week 11 Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills Sunday November 20
Things are still very uncertain for the Browns as we don’t know when Deshaun Watson will take control of their offense. If he leads the Browns in November, they can have a serious playoff run.
Week 12 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts Monday November 28
Other teams in the league are getting more attention, but Pittsburgh and Indianapolis both have the potential to be in the playoff mix as we spend Thanksgiving. Will Kenny Pickett be in this one?
Week 13 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, December 4
The Bengals made the unexpected double over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in 2021, the second of those wins ruining KC’s Super Bowl dreams. Joe Burrow gives Cincy a shot at the hat-trick.
Week 15 Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills Saturday, December 17 or Sunday, December 18
The Bills have owned the Dolphins for the past few years, but if it turns out that Miami has improved enough to struggle, it could be a massive contest. Winter weather will play a major role in Buffalo.
Week 16 Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Rams Sunday, December 25
Merry Christmas Everybody! Mark your cards. This one kicks off at 9.30pm in the UK and is not to be missed. Enjoy your lunch, play charades with the in-laws, then suggest everyone go to bed early!
Week 17 Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers Sunday January 1
After sleeping through the effects of New Year’s Eve, settle in for a huge showdown in the NFC North. The Packers will need a lot of points to defeat Minnesota’s Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook.
Week 18 Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Jan. 7 or Sunday, Jan. 8
Calculators at your fingertips! The last weekend of the season is always wild with many equations to solve. AFC North could be such a divide, which makes this Ravens-Bengals showdown intriguing.