There are several great games to look forward to in Week 1. The games on Sunday as well as Monday night look like playoff quality right away. It’s always a great thing when the NFL schedules very interesting matchups to start the season off. The game on Thursday night between the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs was a very close game that could’ve ended in a win for either team with a final score of 21-20. Can we expect more of the same in the other matchups? The top games for week one include Bills vs Jets on Monday night and Browns vs Bengals on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Bills vs Jets, Monday, 8:15 p.m. Eastern time
The Buffalo Bills are still one of the top teams in the AFC with their offense with playmakers quarterback Josh Allen, wide receiver Stephon Diggs, wide receiver Gabriel Davis, and running back James Cook who will start in place of Devin Singletary who is no longer on the Bills. Cook is veteran running back Dalvin Cook’s younger brother who is now on the Jets. This is an interesting story as well since the brothers may both make a huge impact on the final score. Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers is looking to have a strong Jets regular season debut. Rodgers was a star in Green Bay and is exactly what the Jets need. Last season was dismal for Rodgers but look for him to bounce back with multiple offensive playmakers to help him including Wide Receiver Garrett Wilson, wide receiver Allen Lazard (who was with Rodgers in Green Bay), running back Breece Hall, and running back Cook.
The Jets new-look offense goes against Tre’Davious White and the Bills defense which is a top-ten defense in the league. The Jets defense is also getting better and could make an impact in this game at times, especially with second-year cornerback Ahmad (Sauce) Gardner.
The Bills defense was number two in the NFL in total defense in 2022 and the Jets defense was number four in the NFL in total defense.
Bills 28 Jets 21
Browns vs Bengals, Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
The 2023 season kicks off with the “Battle of Ohio” right away. Browns General Manager Andrew Berry did an amazing job adding big names to the Browns’ defense in the off-season. The Browns signed defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, safety Juan Thornhill, and defensive end/Linebacker Ogbo Okoronkwo then traded for Vikings defensive end Za’Darius Smith. Thornhill is currently questionable with a calf injury.
The NFL’s next juggernaut defense faces what could be the best offense in the NFL. The Bengals continue to get better with time and Cincinnati’s front office gave quarterback Joe Burrow the pass protection he desperately needed. The Bengals signed offensive tackle Orlando Brown Junior. This is important since Burrow suffered multiple serious injuries in his career especially due to ineffective blocking by the Bengals offensive lineman. Burrow recently signed the top contract in NFL history. He passed for 4,475 yards and 35 touchdowns last season. Will receivers Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd give this newly assembled defense a tough time? Will running back Joe Mixon be able to get around Pro Bowl defensive end Myles Garrett?
The Browns also traded for Jets speedy wide receiver Elijah Moore and signed Marquise Goodwin. The Browns have depth at the wide receiver that the team never really had since re-entering the league back in 1999.
This game is fairly difficult to predict but chances are there will be a lot of points. The big question for the Browns is will quarterback DeShaun Watson get back on track? Also, will the Browns continue to be a running offense with running back Nick Chubb or pass the ball more often with multiple playmakers including tight end David Njoku?
Browns 38 Bengals 35
Other Top Games
Pittsburgh Steelers vs San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, 1 p.m.
New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, 8:25 p.m.