It was a long wait until the first official Sunday of the 2022 NFL season, and although things started off a bit slow in week one, the league eventually showed why football is the most popular sport in the United States.
We had upsets, we had duds, and we even had a good old-fashioned tie (almost two of them). Here’s a week one recap so you can continue betting against the NFL Odds.
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Trouble in Green Bay?
He was missing two starting tackles, so there’s that excuse, but Aaron Rodgers had one of his worst games in recent memory, going 22/34 for 195 yards and an INT while also adding a fumble. The Packers lost 23-7 in Minnesota, but maybe there should be more concern with the Green Bay secondary that gave up a 9-catch, 184 yards, two TD day to the Vikings’ Justin Jefferson.
Upsets on the Menu
It can be hard for oddsmakers to set lines in week one because there’s nothing but preseason action to go off of, but they were clearly wrong in a few spots:
- Bears beat 49ers – It was a rainy day in Chicago in a game with two relatively inexperienced QBs, but the Bears picked up an ugly 19-10 win over the 49ers as +6.5 home underdogs. Some would say San Francisco lost the game more than the Bears won it, but Chicago will still take the 1-0 start.
- Steelers get the road win – Neither Pittsburgh nor Cincinnati seemed like they wanted this game; the Bengals had the game-winning extra point blocked with no time on the clock in regulation, and Chris Boswell’s 53-yard FG as time expired gave the Steelers a 23-20 road win as +7.5 underdogs.
- Giants go to 1-0 – New York was down 13-0 at the half in Tennessee but rallied for a 21-20 win as +6.5 road underdogs. New Giants coach Brian Daboll showed some guts in going for the two-point conversion with 1:06 left, and Daniel Jones found Saquon Barkley to give New York the lead and ultimately the win.
Week One Injuries
A couple of big-name players may be lost for an extended period of time after their week one injuries. Reigning defensive player of the year, T.J. Watt, couldn’t finish the team’s win over the Steelers, coming off the field with what looks like a torn pectoral injury that might have him out until December or January.
Dallas QB Dak Prescott will need surgery on his right thumb following the team’s anemic 19-3 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday night. Prescott might not want to return with the way the Cowboys’ patchwork offensive line played, and indeed he will be out a reported six to eight weeks. Dallas now turns to Cooper Rush to run their offense, so it could be a long season in Dallas.
There were seven game-tying/go-ahead scores with under two minutes left in week one, so the parity definitely seems to be there in the NFL this season. We will see what week two brings.
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