Ranking the 5 best and worst primetime NFL games of 2022, from the Chiefs-Bucs to the Jaguars-Jets

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The NFL released its 2022 schedule on Thursday, which included a full slate for Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football.

The primetime schedule kicks off with a blockbuster game in Game 1 of the NFL featuring the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills. It’s a chance for the defending Super Bowl champions to take on one of the AFC favorites this season.

That’s not all. NFL MVP quarterbacks Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes II are all starring in prime time this season.

The potential for some misfires is also unavoidable, especially in this TNF window.

MORE: 2022 NFL schedule: Full dates, times, TV channels for every game, week by week

Sporting News takes a look at the five best and five worst primetime games for the 2022 NFL season.

Best Primetime NFL Games

1. Chefs at Buccaneers (SNF, Week 4)

Tampa Bay has three SNF matchups, including Week 1 against Dallas and Week 16 against Arizona. Of the three chances to watch Brady on this stage, however, the Super Bowl LV rematch with Kansas City is a must-see on TV. Brady holds a 3-2 advantage in head-to-head matchups with Mahomes, and that includes the 2018 AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Chiefs. You can’t go wrong here.

2. Rams at Packers (MNF, Week 15)

It could have been the NFC Championship Game last season. Green Bay beat Los Angeles 32-18 at Lambeau Field in the regular season last year, and the game between Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford should produce fireworks. Given that the Packers, Rams and Buccaneers have had the NFC’s three best records over the past three seasons, it’s a safe bet that Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur will be battling it out for the No. 1 seed here.

3. Broncos Chiefs (SNF, Week 14)

We’ll know more about the Broncos with Russell Wilson at this point, but it’s a safe bet that Denver will at least be in the hunt for the playoffs. The Chiefs are on a 13-game winning streak against rivals AFC West, and Mahomes is 9-0 with a 96.4 QB rating in those games. Imagine the atmosphere at Empower Field in Mile High if the Broncos are late here.

4. Packers at Bills (SNF, Week 8)

It’s not too late in the schedule for these cold-weather fanbases in a clash between two of the league’s best arm talents in Rodgers and Josh Allen. Obscure fact: Green Bay has never won at Buffalo. Already. Will Rodgers pull off one of his patented SNF magic tricks late?

5. Bills to the Bengals (MNF, Week 17)

The Bills and Bengals had a brief but fierce rivalry in the late 1980s before the two teams slipped for much of the 21st century. Cincinnati, the defending AFC champion, has its man at quarterback in Joe Burrow. This could be a game that determines home advantage in the AFC, and Paul Brown Stadium will be rowdy if it does. Plus, it’s a chance to see Ja’Marr Chase and Stefon Diggs on the same pitch. We are all in it.

MORE: 2022 NFL schedule: Sunday, Monday and Thursday night football schedules, TV channels for primetime games

The NFL’s Worst Primetime Games

1. Jaguars at Jets (TNF, Week 16)

Zach Wilson vs. Trevor Lawrence, Part II. The marketing team may have to get creative for this one if records slip late in the season. These teams have a combined 10-56 record over the past two seasons. New York had an encouraging draft, but it won’t happen overnight.

2. Falcons at Panthers (TNF, Week 10)

Place your bets: Who will be the quarterbacks when these two NFC South rivals meet at the end of the season? Matt Rhule is in a season of proof with Carolina, and that could be Sam Darnold or Matt Corral. Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder are the Falcons’ option. Here’s a better long-term bet: Will Cam Newton take a snap in this game?

3. Eagles at Texans (TNF, Week 9)

Yet another Thursday night football game that leaves a lot to be desired. Houston is in rebuilding mode with first-year coach Davis Mills, and the Eagles will come out of an in-state rivalry game against the Steelers. It has the potential to be really ugly.

4. Steelers at Dolphins (SNF, Week 7)

We have chosen the TNF window enough. The Steelers will get a new quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett. Tua Tagovailoa’s throws on OTAs are criticized. What will Twitter look like when it faces the Steelers blitz? It won’t be as bad as the SNF 13-3 game the teams played in 2004 in the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne, but it won’t be pretty.

5. Bears at Patriots (MNF, Week 7)

There will be a “Super Bowl Shuffle” montage during this game, a tribute to the Bears’ 46-10 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. We’d rather watch a replay of that game and re-enact William “The Refrigerator” Perry’s TD dance than sit through all four quarters of what’s sure to be a low-scoring game that Bill Belichick controls from start to finish. end.

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