5 NFL teams in danger of being upset in Week 1

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NFL Week 1 teams on upset alert: Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Lions)

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I think everyone is eager to see how the Detroit Lions do in the 2022 season. They have been one of the best subjects on Hard Knocks in recent memory and Dan Campbell obviously had this team playing hard, even in defeat, all of last season. The Lions are transitioning from loveable losers to a team with legitimate hopes of a winning record this coming season if they can stay mostly healthy.

Although it might not be the greatest headline-grabber, this game is going to be an absolute battle in the trenches with two teams that have built impressive groups on both sides of the ball. Ultimately, the Lions are playing at home here. Their fans are going to be going absolutely nuts considering many in the national media are starting to come around to this roster and expectations are as high as they have been in a long time.

I still love the Eagles’ roster and their projection for this season as contenders in the NFC East, but I could see Detroit coming out and stealing a win in Week 1 here. They have legit talent in the trenches, in the passing game, and some wild cards in the secondary that could be the difference in this game.

NFL Week 1 teams on upset alert: Denver Broncos (vs. Seahawks)

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Let’s get one thing straight about this game here — the Denver Broncos are the much better team on paper. Again, what’s the definition of an upset? The Broncos are the better team but this game could be the Super Bowl for the Seattle Seahawks this season.

Russell Wilson wanted out of Seattle. Seattle didn’t want to give him another long-term contract. If there’s any game in 2022 that Seattle fans have had circled for months, it’s this one. They want to beat Wilson, and I’m sure that sentiment is shared by the team, no matter how diplomatic they will be in the days leading up to the game.

Seattle is playing at home. They are still undefeated for the time being. They are all going to be geeked up to beat Russell Wilson. The Broncos are strong as a roster but they are also taking on a ton of change this offseason with a new coaching staff, new quarterback, new pretty much everything.

It’s not unthinkable that Seattle could go out in Week 1 and steal one from their ex-franchise quarterback. It would require a herculean effort from Geno Smith and company, to be sure. The Broncos are not only improved offensively but defensively, they are among the best in the NFL. Seattle needs to hope that all of the change in Denver will take some time to jell.