NFL schedule 2022: 7 games worth looking forward to

Among the 272 games announced during the NFL's full 2022 regular-season schedule release, here are seven games worth circling.

Storylines create intriguing matchups. And that is definitely the case when breaking down the 2022 NFL schedule.

In the NFL, a quarterback-driven league, a unique offseason of movement among some of the league’s top passers set the stage for seven games we’re looking forward to watching. Among the 272 games announced during the NFL’s full regular-season schedule release, here are seven games worth circling on the calendar.

2022 NFL schedule: Bills at Rams promises fireworks

This shapes up as a potential Super Bowl preview between the defending champion Los Angeles Rams and the AFC East champion Buffalo Bills to kick off the NFL season.

The plot twist? Elite pass rusher Von Miller earned a Super Bowl ring with the Rams before joining the Bills on a six-year, $120 million contract, adding even more spice to this game.

Broncos at Seahawks

After a blockbuster offseason trade, it’s hard to fathom a better idea than matching up star quarterback Russell Wilson, now with the Denver Broncos, against his former team, the Seattle Seahawks.

A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and former Super Bowl victor, Wilson is being counted on to transform the Broncos into a contender.

The Seahawks are in rebuild mode with former Broncos starter Drew Lock, who was sent to Seattle in the Wilson trade.

Packers at Buccaneers

Aaron Rodgers against Tom Brady this early in the season, the third game of the year, is exciting.

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It’s unclear how many more times this epic quarterback duel will happen, so it’s a can’t-miss matchup.

Bills at Chiefs

A rematch of a dramatic Jan. 22 playoff game.

Josh Allen against Patrick Mahomes, two of the top young quarterbacks in the league. An overtime game that changed the rules to make the coin toss less pivotal with 25 points scored and three lead changes in the final minutes.

What’s not to like? Run it back.

Commanders at Colts

Carson Wentz was shamed beyond the normal amount of disclosure from an NFL owner when Colts owner Jim Irsay ripped him on his way out of town.

It got ugly.

And Wentz, after taking the high road at every opportunity to take shots at Irsay, gets his chance for a bit of payback after a high-profile divorce.

Chiefs at Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is one of the game’s brightest stars as a supremely confident gunslinger.

The Bengals beat the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes twice last season, including a comeback victory Burrow engineered in the AFC championship game.

Now, they meet again after the Bengals improved their Achilles heel, their offensive line, and Mahomes leads a retooled Chiefs offense after trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins.

Browns vs. Texans

Browns star quarterback Deshaun Watson returns to Houston after his long-standing trade request was granted this offseason.

NRG Stadium is where Watson began his NFL career as a Texans first-round draft pick and emerged as a three-time Pro Bowl passer. Watson was on the Texans’ roster in 2021 but didn’t play in any games after he requested a trade. This offseason, he was dealt to Cleveland and signed a $230 million fully guaranteed contract.

Because this game is set for December, even if Watson is suspended at some point this season, he figures to be eligible to play in this game.

Watson was not charged with a crime by two Texas grand juries after being accused of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. Watson remains under investigation by the NFL under its personal conduct policy. He is still facing 22 civil lawsuits, and there are no settlement discussions afoot on cases that may not go to court until next year.

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Aaron Wilson is the NFL Insider for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL.