The 2022 NFL season is here, and following our Crystal Ballin series, I'm going to quickly break down picks for every game of the season!
With that being said, let's jump right into it!
Buffalo @ LA Rams
Potential Super Bowl preview, Josh Allen and Matthew Stafford are primed for an exciting shootout. The winner is a toss up, but I'm banking on the younger quarterback without the elbow issues.
Philadelphia @ Detroit
Jalen Hurts should jump out to a hot start, firing on all cylinders against a questionable Detroit defense. We'll see the Hurts-Brown connection early and often as the Eagles take the victory relatively easily.
Indianapolis @ Houston
The Colts have some nice offensive firepower with veteran Matt Ryan, Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman. While the Texans don't have the worst team in the league, Indy should take care of business against their division rivals.
Cleveland @ Carolina
An enticing week one matchup between Baker Mayfield and his former team, it should be a good one for sure. Both squads are very talented, but my money is on Myles Garrett wrecking his former teammate, and the Nick Chubb/Kareem Hunt duo on the ground takes care of business.
San Francisco @ Chicago
The PERFECT matchup for Trey Lance to begin the year. The Bears are an awful team on all accounts, allowing the 49ers to smash them in Chicago.
Jacksonville @ Washington
Trevor Lawrence will show major improvement this season and it starts with a "commanding" win over Washington. With the unfortunate situation with rookie running back Brian Robinson, Antonio Gibson should get the majority of the work. Carson Wentz isn't a bad quarterback, but he won't be able to start the year 1-0.
New England @ Miami
Tua has a new cast of weapons, and New England doesn't seem like a unit that will be scoring a lot of points... there's also the fact that Miami always plays the Pats tough.
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati
The defending AFC champs have vastly improved their offensive line and I expect to see similar results from the offense as a whole.
Pittsburgh is an interesting team who could surprise every now and then, but not this week.
Baltimore @ NY Jets
THE BIG REMATCH: Joe Flacco vs the Ravens!
Joking aside, they're saying Flacco looks like a major step up from Zach Wilson... so New York could be sneaky. However similar to the last game, Baltimore isn't the right time.
New Orleans @ Atlanta
The Falcons will stink in 2022. Jameis Winston and the Saints aren't bad. I don't believe Marcus Mariota will put up enough points to compete in week 1.
Kansas City @ Arizona
This would have game of the year potential... if DeAndre Hopkins were playing. Arizona should still put up a good fight, but Patrick Mahomes will be out to prove he can be an elite quarterback without Tyreek Hill.
NY Giants @ Tennessee
Potential upset here, as Saquon Barkley should take this game over - both on the ground and through the air. Tennessee has a lowkey bad roster as a whole. Derrick Henry is an animal, but he can't win every game on his own.
Green Bay @ Minnesota
An early battle for the NFC North division, it may take a few weeks for Aaron Rodgers to get accustomed to throwing to guys like Sammy Watkins, Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson. Aaron Jones, Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb should see plenty of targets, but that won't compete with Kirk Cousins who has Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, K.J. Osborn and Dalvin Cook at his disposal.
Las Vegas @ LA Chargers
The first AFC West battle, this division will be exciting this year. It'll be fun to see how the new/old Derek Carr-Davante Adams connection works out.
Unfortunately, it won't matter in the end, as they're facing Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.
A fun shootout for sure, and there should be plenty of drama to the end.
Tampa Bay @ Dallas
A rematch from last year's season opener, but this time it's a battle between injured teams. I believe more in Tom Brady figuring it out than the Dak/Mike McCarthy duo.
Denver @ Seattle
Russell Wilson and his new squad will pulverize his former team. Seattle has one of the worst rosters in the league, with Geno Smith as their starting quarterback.
The Denver defense should have a field day, as the offense has their way with the scoreboard.
- Colts Defense: @ Texans
Houston doesn't have a good offense. Brandin Cooks and rookie Dameon Pierce should do work this year, but nothing deeper than that. Indy has a good defense and they will make plays week 1.
- RB Chase Edmonds, Dolphins: vs Patriots
With the release of Sony Michel, it makes this selection more likely to hit, as Edmonds was an early free agent signing from Arizona. He should get plenty of carries and the pass catching work from the running back position. Look for 20+ total touches and a score or two, despite sharing the workload with Raheem Mostert.
- RB Devin Singletary, Bills: @ Rams
Singletary is in a three way backfield committee with supposed goal line/short yardage back Zack Moss and rookie pass catcher James Cook.
I heard Buffalo really likes Devin Singletary (and I'm sure he'll have a few nice games) but the Rams have a next level defense - especially considering they have Aaron Donald and linebacker Bobby Wagner to shut down the run.
- WR D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks: vs Broncos
I honestly can't see Geno Smith and the Seahawks putting up many points against Denver. Metcalf will get some targets sure, but I can easily see a final statline of something like 6 catches for 41 yards. Not worth a start in fantasy.
Game of the Week:
Bills 34, Rams 31
Lock of the Week:
49ers 33, Bears 6
Upset of the Week:
Giants 24, Titans 21
Player of the Week:
WR Michael Thomas, Saints (@ Falcons)
8 rec 112 yds 2 td
Favorite Point Spread:
Lions @ Eagles (-4)