Every year, fans across the NFL wait patiently for the schedule of their favorite teams to be announced. As soon as they come out, they predict how many games their team will win, and who those wins will come against.
As knowledgable fans, we all have plenty of correct guesses prior to the season, but as with most sports, the NFL’s beauty comes in its unpredictability.
We see plenty of upsets happen every year in the league, and here are three possible ones for the 2022-23 NFL season.
#1 The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Indianapolis Colts
The Jaguars haven’t finished ahead of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South since they won the division in 2017. But that doesn’t mean Indianapolis will beat the Jaguars when they visit south Florida.
Incredibly, the Colts haven’t managed to win in Jacksonville since way back in 2014, losing the last seven times they’ve played in Florida. This includes the humiliating loss that knocked the Colts out of the playoffs earlier this year.
It wouldn't be surprising to see the hoodoo continue when the Colts head south in week two.
#2 The Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers has, as he put it, "owned" the Chicago Bears in recent times. But that could change early in 2022 when the Bears visit Lambeau Field. The match-up is scheduled to take place in week two, a week after Green Bay faces fellow division rivals the Minnesota Vikings.
They could still be adjusting to an offense without Davante Adams when Chicago rolls into town. Justin Fields will have had a full season of starter reps in training camp behind him going into 2022, and new head coach Matt Eberflus could have a few tricks up his sleeve to stifle Rodgers.
#3 The New York Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals
Many people forget that despite the success of the Cincinnati Bengals last season, they lost some very winnable games. These came against the Chicago Bears and the New York Jets. There’s an argument to be made that although Joe Burrow is one of the most clutch players in the league, he doesn’t turn it on in the so-called ‘lesser games’.
The Jets have also made waves during the offseason, particularly in the draft. They picked up Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, Garrett Wilson and Jermaine Johnson, who will all be starters from the get-go.
They will also have a couple of former Bengals in their ranks in C.J. Uzomah and Carl Lawson, who can help coach Robert Saleh familiarize himself with Cincy’s playbook.