Although the NFL season is still three months away from starting, the release of the preseason schedule certainly caught the attention of fans of all 32 teams.
The preseason is more of a time for the newcomers to get acclimated to their new teams, with much of the focus being on the top players taken in the most recent NFL Draft. It will be no different in 2022.
With so many elite receivers changing teams and quarterback Russell Wilson now playing in Denver, there are some veteran players to keep an eye on during the preseason. The offseason moves will impact the NFL predictions for the 2022 season.
The preseason schedule kicks off with the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 4 that features the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders.
Here’s a look at 10 preseason games to watch.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs Las Vegas Raiders
Aug. 4, 8 p.m. ET, NBC
The preseason starts with the Hall of Fame Game and newcomers for both teams figure to be the headliners.
The full NFL preseason schedule has been announced, including six nationally televised games.
— Sunday Night Football on NBC (@SNFonNBC) June 7, 2022
The Jacksonville Jaguars used the No. 1 overall pick on former Georgia standout Travon Walker, who will bring incredible athleticism and versatility to the front seven of the Jacksonville defense.
The Las Vegas Raiders had no problems trading their top two picks in the 2022 NFL Draft to Green Bay acquire perennial Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams in the offseason.
Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, will be the site for teams that are hoping these new additions will make immediate contributions.
Aug. 11, 7 p.m. ET
This game should mark the debuts of top-10 draft picks Evan Neal and Kayvon Thibodeaux for the New York Giants. It will be the start of quarterback Mac Jones’ second season with the New England Patriots.
These teams twice met in two Super Bowls with New York’s Eli Manning leading the Giants past Tom Brady and the Patriots both times. Time will tell if Jones will get the Patriots back to the Super Bowl or if Giants QB Daniel Jones will be given enough time to help his team to return to the playoffs.
Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. ET
The NFL odds list the Ravens (+2000) and Titans (+3000) tied for sixth and ninth among AFC teams in the odds to win the Super Bowl. Perhaps the decision for the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore to trade away receivers A.J. Brown and Marquise Brown have played a role in both teams being undervalued.
There will be plenty of eyes on Tennessee rookie quarterback Malik Willis to see if he is close to challenging incumbent Ryan Tannehill for the starting job. According to the NFL picks, Willis (+2000) is tied for the third-best odds among the quarterbacks to be the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The Baltimore Ravens had one of the top draft classes and this will be a chance for the rookies to show what they can do.
Aug. 12, 6 p.m. ET
This game is being highlighted for the simple reason that it should include three of the top 12 picks in the draft.
Detroit Lions picked defensive end Aidan Hutchinson second overall and then traded up to acquire former Alabama receiver Jameson Williams with the 12th pick.
The Atlanta Falcons used the eighth overall pick to take former USC receiver Drake London. He will team with last year’s top-10 pick, tight end Kyle Pitts, to give the Falcons two top receiving options.
Something of note for those who bet online: Hutchinson (+450) has the best odds to be the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year while London (+650) is the No. 2 pick to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. ET
The last time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to deal with electrifying receiver Tyreek Hill came in the Super Bowl following the 2021 regular season. Hill was the star receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs at the time.
The Chiefs dealt Hill to the Miami Dolphins to pick up multiple draft picks and also to create salary cap space. This will be the game when Hill debuts with his new team.
The Buccaneers didn’t add any players with the star power of Hill. However, offensive guard Shaq Mason and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks could be playing their first games for Tampa Bay.
Aug. 13, 10 p.m. ET
Considering how much time elapsed when Los Angeles Rams didn’t have an NFL team, this should be a contest that the Southern California sporting world gets fired up about — even if it is just a preseason contest.
The Los Angeles Chargers added Khalil Mack to the roster, and the prospects of Mack and Joey Bosa lining up on the same side of the ball should give opposing offensive coordinators nightmares.
The Rams are the defending Super Bowl teams and despite the loss of key players, including tackle Andrew Whitworth and pass-rushing phenom Von Miller, they should be in the thick of the championship race once again in 2022.
Aug. 19, 8 p.m. ET
The New Orleans Saints are a popular pick to return to the postseason while the Green Bay Packers were the NFC’s No. 1 overall seed in the 2021 playoffs.
Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Aaron Rodgers will grab the headlines. Both teams also had multiple first-round picks. Receiver Chris Olave and offensive lineman Trevor Penning will be looking to improve the Saints offense while the Packers added former Georgia teammates Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt to the defense. Green Bay also traded up to draft receiver Christian Watson early in the second round.
Aug. 20, 1 p.m. ET
The hope is that quarterbacks Russell Wilson of Denver Broncos and Josh Allen of Buffalo Bills will get to play a little bit in this game. That is hardly guaranteed as teams can be a little cautious in exposing their franchise quarterbacks to injury in preseason games.
While the other quarterbacks on the two teams will probably see more action, this is still a game featuring teams with legitimate hopes of representing the AFC in the Super Bowl.
Aug. 27, 6 p.m. ET
With this being the final week of the preseason schedule, many of the key players for both teams could be sitting this game out. Still, this is a rematch of the most recent Super Bowl and that is enough to make this a compelling showdown.
The Los Angeles Rams have been given better odds to win the Super Bowl than the Cincinnati Bengals, but both of these teams should figure into the race for the NFL championship.
Aug. 28, 1 p.m. ET
This is always a preseason matchup worth monitoring just based on the fact that this is for the bragging rights in the New York market.
Both teams should be improved after they combined for four of the first 10 picks in the most recent NFL Draft.
Cornerback Ahmad Gardner and receiver Garrett Wilson join the Jets with plenty of hype as do the Giants’ rookie duo of Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal.
Both the New York Jets and New York Giants are pretty far down in the Super Bowl odds. Still, there is more excitement about the prospects of both teams than there has been in a few years.