Eight worst games on 2022 NFL schedule: NFC South eyesores aplenty
For each obvious diamond on the 2022 NFL schedule, there are probably going to be corresponding lumps of coal on the 18-week regular-season rundown.
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Each NFL schedule seemingly emerges with a plethora of gems – this year’s premiering with a delightful Bills-Rams contest to kick off the season Sept. 8 in Los Angeles – and even a good quantity of interesting counterfeits given most groups, gamers and followers strategy the brand new marketing campaign viewing the glass as definitively greater than half-full.
However for each obvious diamond, there are probably going to be corresponding lumps of coal on the 18-week regular-season rundown. (When you’re a Giants fan, get pleasure from a few of these matchups which may inflate your win whole – Panthers, Bears, Lions, Texans, Jaguars, Seahawks – however forgive the remainder of us for shielding our eyes.)
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However for my cash – and all divisional matchups besides one have been excluded since 1) they’re commonplace and a couple of) they’re usually intently contested – these loom because the eight worst video games of the 2022 season:
1. Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 20
Based mostly on my most recent (post-draft) power rankings, this initiatives as a gathering of the league’s two worst groups. Each are clearly in rebuild mode and largely devoid of established expertise … although second-year Bears QB Justin Fields would possibly take a look at Atlanta’s offense with envy, juxtaposed with what he is working with, and need his hometown Falcons had determined to draft him in 2021.
2. Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 18
Actually not making an attempt to choose on the Falcons – and this pairing is a enjoyable callback to these previous NFC West days when Atlanta was inexplicably a “western” staff. However referencing these energy rankings as soon as once more, this represents a tilt between the league’s reigning Tremendous Bowl champions in their very own constructing and – in a single man’s humble opinion – its worst staff. However if you like massive point spreads …
3. Houston Texans at Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 25
Come to Soldier Subject – at the least it should not be brutally chilly – to see Da Bears host what’s probably the AFC’s battle bus, even when it seems the Texans are lastly on the best way again from all-time low. But, relying on how issues go, the house followers would possibly wind up wishing their staff had drafted Houston QB Davis Mills as an alternative of Fields.
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4. Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Nov. 10
Actually not making an attempt to choose on the Falcons right here, nevertheless it’s an NFL scheduling custom to drop in a Thursday night time dud – usually a recreation used to meet the requirement that every one 32 golf equipment are featured in prime time at the least as soon as in the course of the season. Silver lining? You will get some early Christmas purchasing finished on the aspect should you select to log in to Amazon Prime Video that night time.
5. Atlanta Falcons at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25
Sincerely, actually not making an attempt to choose on the Falcons right here, however Atlanta’s quarterbacks are presumed starter Marcus Mariota, third-rounder Desmond Ridder and Feleipe Franks. Seattle’s are Drew Lock, Geno Smith, Jacob Eason and rookie Levi Lewis. Regardless of the mix, this may be as unhealthy a QB matchup as yow will discover within the league … although maybe Baker Mayfield eventually gets into the mix, even when there is no assure he elevates the Q ranking of this recreation a lot.
6. Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 2
Possibly Kyler Murray and Co. in opposition to Christian McCaffrey and (fill-in-the-quarterback) may very well be enjoyable – if the principals are wholesome – although it is price noting Carolina has gained six straight on this sequence. However from a visible perspective? It won’t get a lot worse than the 2 groups arguably most in need of uniform updates, particularly if the Playing cards are carrying their highway whites sullied by that gross piping and large Cardinal crimson shoulder swatches. The Panthers do usually put on white this early within the yr … I am simply saying, does anybody actually wish to watch this?
7. Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Sept. 11
Week 1, that means a widespread expectation new Browns QB Deshaun Watson most likely will not be eligible to play. Might be a confluence of uninspiring quarterback play and eyesore threads.
8. Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 30
When you plan to put up for this one, which will probably be performed in London’s Wembley Stadium, you will need to be up at 9:30 a.m. ET … most likely whereas recovering out of your Saturday night time Halloween occasion … and, on prime of that – should you do not reside within the Denver, Jacksonville or European market – you will want a subscription to ESPN+ to look at … and simply after you shelled out for Amazon Prime and people Thursday night time video games. Bloody bollocks.
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