The first week of the NFL season is always an eventful one. With teams having new players and some having new coaches it also is one of the more unpredictable weeks as well. There are games that provide upset potential and TWSN NFL analysts Marissa Myers and Isabelle McCarthy give their games that could be on upset alert.
New York Giants(+230) vs Tennessee Titans (-280):
Take a flashback to week one of 2021. The Arizona Cardinals came to Tennessee to face the Titans. The Titans were favored after the Cardinals had just gone 8-8 the year before and struggled to stop the run. The outcome of that game was a Cardinals 38-13 victory as they held Derrick Henry to 58 yards and sacked Ryan Tannehill six times. Flash forward to this year, the Giants are now going to Tennessee as underdogs after allowing 2,193 rushing yards which were the eighth most. The Giants improved their defensive line by drafting Kayvon Thibodeaux to pair opposite Azeez Ojulari. Between the two of them, they could end up getting pressure on Tannehill as the Cardinals did. If Brian Daboll can get the most out of the offense with Daniel Jones under center and a healthy Saquon Barkley, the Giants could pull off the upset.
Jacksonville Jaguars(+166) vs Washington Commanders(-198):
The Commanders are currently the favorite to win the game but the Jaguars could pull off the upset. The Jaguars should see Trevor Lawrence progress with a proven head coach and better talent around him. In addition, with Travis Etienne coming off his injury, he should help both the run game and passing game. On top of that, Doug Pederson knows the Commanders’ new quarterback Carson Wentz from when he was his coach during their time on the Philadelphia Eagles. Pederson will have the new look Jaguars defense that now features rookies Travon Walker, and Devin Lloyd along with free agent additions Darious Williams and Foyesade Oluokun prepared with how to rattle Wentz. Another key player in this for both sides is Brandon Scherff, the former offensive lineman of the Commanders that is now on the Jaguars. Jacksonville needed to improve their offensive line to help Lawrence, bringing in Cam Robinson also helps, but with Scherff no longer on the Commanders, their line takes a hit. Without Scherff, the Commanders have a 3-21 straight-up record. With all this factored in, don’t underestimate the Jaguars in week one to surprise people just as they did when they beat the Carson Wentz lead Indianapolis Colts to end the 2021 season.
Green Bay Packers(-132) vs Minnesota Vikings(+112):
The last time these two teams met, the Green Bay Packers dominated the Minnesota Vikings. Now, without star wide receiver Davante Adams on the team, the Vikings have a better chance to pull off an upset. People really do underestimate Kirk Cousins, and with a new head coach, we could see a whole new offense. Going defense in the draft with Andrew Booth Jr. and Lewis Cine can pay off, especially with the Packers not having a true top wide receiver at the moment. With a quarterback who will be determined to prove himself, the Vikings could pull off the upset offensively, especially with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook.
New England Patriots(+122) vs Miami Dolphins(-144):
Last season we saw the unlikely happen between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. The Dolphins swept the Patriots last season, and with second-year quarterback Mac Jones, the Patriots will be looking to get revenge. However, in free agency, the Dolphins had a shocking addition by trading for Tyreek Hill. Already having Jaylen Waddle on the offense, the Dolphins will be relying on Tua Tagovailoa to get things going. The Patriots didn’t add anybody that would make their team seem like an overwhelming opponent, but we are talking about Bill Belichick and a much more improved Mac Jones. Now the Patriots did add some weapons for Jones which will help him out, but the Dolphins could get the best of them in week one. The one thing holding the Dolphins back is Tua Tagovailoa. As much as Hill has praised Tagovailoa in the offseason, that’s just practice. Tagovailoa has to prove himself this year, and coming right out of the gate losing to the Patriots in week one definitely won’t help his case. The Patriots aren’t used to being swept, especially in the Tom Brady era, so we definitely can expect them to get revenge if they can.