First Sunday of 2022 NFL The season features a showdown between jacksonville jaguars and the Washington Commanderseach looking to start the season on their right foot.
FOX Sports’ staff of NFL writers has created guides for each of the Week 1 competitions. Be sure to check back throughout the upcoming season for weekly matchup analysis and game predictions.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Washington Commanders (1pm ET, FOX)
Overview: The Jaguars were one of the big winners this offseason. They spent a lot of money (WR Christian KirkLT Cam RobinsonTE Evan EngramDT Foley FatukasiCB Darius Williams) hired a new coach (Doug Pederson) and was drafted #1 (Edgerusher). Travon Walker) injured RB James Robinson When Travis Etienne return. Everything that helps a second-year QB Trevor Lawrence.
Commander also got help and added a veteran QB Carson Wentz (from week 1 of the 3rd different team in 3 seasons) to a team that is already solid and equipped with some good offensive weapons. Jag is definitely more talented than he used to be, but it could be a while before everything works out.
Related: NFC East Guide: Expectations, Predictions for the Eagles, Cowboys, Giants and Commanders
Featured Matches: Commander WR Terry McLoughlin vs Jaguar CB Darius Williams
The Jaguars gave Williams a three-year, $30 million contract in hopes that Williams could stop a receiver like McLoughlin. Of course, the Commanders gave McLoughlin a three-year, $71 million extension . Given that nearly half of the passes thrown at him last year were deemed uncatchable, he’s expected to make a big leap forward by throwing a more accurate QB.
Related: Which sophomore QB is poised to make the biggest leap of the season?
Key stats: The Jaguars have lost 17 straight road games (going back to Week 15 of 2019) and have lost 16 straight to NFC teams (going back to Week 1 of 2018). Remember how depressed the Jags are and how much they have to move on. But that may not be enough.
predict: Commanders are a few steps ahead, but these two teams are hoping to get back on their feet. Right now, there are more and more talented people in Washington. The Commander features a powerful rushing attack, dynamic his receiver, and some pieces on defense. The Jaguars think they have it all, giving their quarterback a huge advantage. But they haven’t seen it yet. This may be a good game, but picking a Jaguar in the first week of the season is tough. Commanders 20, Jaguars 17 — Ralph Vachiano
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