2022 NFL schedule winners and losers: Vikings, Eagles benefit while Falcons, Raiders get a tough slate

2022 NFL schedule winners and losers: Vikings, Eagles benefit while Falcons, Raiders get a tough slate

Mark your calendars because the complete 2022 NFL schedule has come. Of a dramatic week 1 Each month of the 18-week regular season round promises a slew of special TV-must-see holiday matchups. However, it’s safe to say that some teams are celebrating Thursday’s long-awaited announcements more than others. Let’s dive into some of the clearest winners and losers from fixture release, projecting which clubs have been helped and hurt the most in order of games:

Looking to resurface in the NFC North as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers adjust to life without Davante Adams, Minnesota will face none other than A-Rod and Green Bay in front of goal, but at least they have the home crowd behind for a week themselves 1. Weeks 3-6 before their departure are more than bearable: vs Lions, at Saints on a neutral London field, vs Bears, at Dolphins. And then, after a rough patch midseason, they host the Patriots on Thanksgiving to start a friendly home stretch: vs. Jets after a long week at Lions, vs. Giants, at Bears. This smells like a wildcard recipe.

And you thought her list would fail her? Fasten your seatbetls. They have a brutal opening stretch: vs. Saints, at Rams, at Seahawks, vs. Browns, at Buccaneers, vs. 49ers, at Bengals. It’s not unthinkable that they could be 1-6 or even 0-7 halfway through Arthur Smith’s second season. On top of that, they don’t get a bye until week 14. Whether Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder under the middle, it doesn’t get any easier in the end either. Their last four: at Saints, at Ravens, vs. Cardinals, vs. Buccaneers. Salvation might come when Baltimore and Tampa Bay are dormant starters. Even then… oops.

They were already well positioned with an NFC East game plan, but they’re off to a pretty sweet start: After visiting the Lions, they then welcome the Vikings to their home debut on Monday Night Football. In prime time, before the bye, go to Washington vs. Jaguars, to Cardinals vs. Cowboys. It’s not difficult to imagine a possible 4-2 opening. They have some tough opponents there, but the last five-game list is promising: vs. Titans, at Giants, at Bears, at Cowboys, vs. Saints, vs. Giants. In a tight NFC East, a solid track performance could put them straight back into the playoffs, a la 2021.

Sorry it’s raining at the Las Vegas Hype Parade, but just because Derek Carr and Davante Adams should be fun to watch this year doesn’t mean they have an easy route back into the postseason. Look at this five-game start: at Chargers vs. Cardinals, at Titans, vs. Broncos, at Chiefs. It’s good that they have to recover again in week 6. While LA and KC are electric, the Broncos and Titans can wear them down physically. On the track, when the NFL cranks up the spotlight during prime time, things get even more difficult. From week 11: at Broncos, at Seahawks, vs. Chargers, at Rams in a short week, vs. Patriots, at Steelers, vs. 49ers, vs. Chiefs. You better get MVP Derek Carr here and not late-season Derek Carr!

Winner: Giants

Who knows if Brian Daboll can consistently win with Daniel Jones, but the calendar at least invites a rebound for this franchise. Four of their first six come at home and one of the two away games in that span comes at a neutral field in London. They play home games three times in a row. And after their well-positioned bye in Week 9, they get the Texans and Lions ahead of a seven-game stretch that spans five division games. They could be the Eagles of 2022: a young, holdover QB and a new offense coach who’s capitalizing on a weak schedule to surprise from the East.

Losers: Cardinals

You know how Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury tend to start hot before falling off late? They might have trouble reaching a mountain to fall off this year. After the opening vs. Chiefs, at Raiders, vs. Rams, they have three games left without DeAndre Hopkins, two of which are on the way. Then, from weeks 8 through 12, they have this: in a short week, the Vikings vs. the Seahawks, the Rams vs. the 49ers in Mexico, and vs. the Chargers. After a late Week 13 reunion, three of their last four are road games, and four of their last five opponents are the Broncos, Buccaneers, 49ers and Patriots. That doesn’t even mention their likely close divisional race.

Winner: Seahawks

Sure, Russell Wilson could put an immediate damper on their year by trudging back to Seattle in Week 1, but they could benefit more from the early reunion than the Broncos, who are still adjusting to the new QB. Your elite opponents are relatively spread out. They get a reunion after their trip to Germany, where they at least put the Buccaneers on a neutral field. And then five of their last seven fall at home. Who knows who will quarterback the Seahawks, but Pete Carroll might help them play spoilers.Losers:

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