The long-awaited regular season is finally almost here, and there are plenty of exciting games to watch this season. Last year has been a strange one with the pandemic resulting in no preseason and few fans in the stadiums. This year there have been a lot of changes. For example, this year will be the first 17-game NFL season, which makes us all confused, but excited, fantasy football managers.
The regular season kicks off on September 10, the post-season on January 15, and Super Bowl LVI will take place on February 13, 2022, which will be the last Super Bowl of all time.
So without further ado, here are the ten best games worth watching during the 2021-22 NFL Regular Season:
1. Dallas Cowboys at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – September 9
The regular season kicks off with the return of Dak Prescott against Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champions. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones dubbed the game “David vs. Goliath”. I might be biased, but I have a little more faith in Dak and her boys to fight well. Additionally, TB head coach Bruce Arians has openly expressed his dissatisfaction with the team’s performance at training camp, especially in the second half, and the Cowboys may be a returning team. It should be a good game to start the season.
2. Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens – September 19
Who doesn’t love watching Pat Mahomes play? Put him against the Ravens with Lamar Jackson and it’s bound to be an exciting QB game. Additionally, Jackson has former Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins at his disposal this season. I predict a close game with both teams playing hard.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Los Angeles Rams – September 26
Obviously, the Super Bowl champions will be an exciting team to watch no matter what, but don’t expect this game to be a beating. The Rams now have Matthew Stafford on offense, and even better, Aaron Donald is healthy again and ready to make Brady’s life difficult.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots – October 3
Oh, man. This is going to be fun to watch! Kind of a revenge game for Belichick, I think we can expect to see some clever defensive tricks to keep Brady on his toes. Likewise, Brady will likely be determined to win against his former team when they first meet after playing with them for 20 years. It should be an exciting watch.
5. Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs – October 10
Remember when the Bills lost to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game last season? Bills head coach Sean McDermott is likely to want a rematch, especially after going through a 13-3 season. I’m not convinced the Bills defense can hold Mahomes back. Not to mention that the Chiefs only improved their offensive line during the offseason.
6. Detroit Lions at the Los Angeles Rams – October 24
Well that should be interesting! We have Jared Goff against his former Rams team and Matt Stafford against the Lions team he played with for over a decade. I wouldn’t expect a close game, but it should be a good time to watch these two quarterbacks play against each other’s old teams. Otherwise. I expect a beating from the Rams.
7. Green Bay Packers to Kansas City Chiefs – November 7
Yes, Chiefs againâ¦ but against Greenbay and Aaron Rodgers! It’s a clash we’ve been waiting for between Mahomes and Rodgers. In 2019 Mahomes came out with a knee injury so we didn’t have the satisfaction. Now is the time (assuming there are no injuries this year).
8. Buffalo Bills at the New Orleans Saints – November 25
Well, it’s Thanksgiving, so soccer is still part of the day. But now there is no Drew Brees for the Saints in this game. Whether we see Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill start, I expect the Bills offense to outsmart the Saints.
9. Green Bay Packers at the Baltimore Ravens – December 19
Another fun quarterback battle, this game we will see two recent MVPs with very different playstyles going against each other. The Ravens’ offense consists of Rashod Bateman, Marquise Brown, and Sammy Watkins, and I don’t expect them to go easy on Greenbay. I predict a close game and disputed by both teams.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets – December 26
It’s hard not to laugh a bit at the Jets for losing the No. 1 pick in the draft to a few wins that meant nothing at the end of the season. So the Jags picked Trevor Lawrence as number one and the Jets picked Zach Wilson as second. In this game we will see who outperforms who. Lawrence has the advantage of a more established high school and a talent to work with.