The 2022 NFL season officially got underway on Thursday night as the Buffalo Bills dismantled the reigning Super Bowl Champions Los Angeles Rams. Now we turn our attention to the Sunday and Monday slate of games.
Following our Madden 23 simulation of the entire 2022 NFL season, we have since conducted a sim specifically for the first week of games. This simulation takes into account the Week 1, 53-man roster update that was released just prior to the Thursday night kickoff.
Be sure to check back each Sunday as we use Madden 23 to predict the outcomes of the week’s slate of games. Now are you ready for some football? Let’s see what. Madden 23 says about Week 1 of the 2022 NFL Season.
Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers
Sim results: Browns 24, Falcons 21
A back-and-forth affair ends on a two-yard touchdown run by Nick Chubb to gives the Browns the lead with just 23 seconds remaining. Starting in place of the suspended Deshaun Watson, Jacoby Brissett goes 14-25 for 238 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears
Sim results: 49ers 22, Bears 14
Two second-year quarterbacks face off. Trey Lance struggles, completing just 50 percent of his passes for 171 yards and throws two interceptions. But carried by a strong defense and run game, the 49ers get the victory.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Sim results: Steelers 28, Bengals 34
The Bengals show a little sign of rust early on but ultimately, Joe Burrow gets hot, compiling a 131.4 passer rating (25-35, 347 yards, 3 TDs) and getting the win. Ja’Marr Chase is quiet in the opening of his sophomore season, but Tyler Boyd goes off for 6 receptions, 133 yards and two TDs.
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
Sim results: Eagles 20, Lions 17
After falling into a 14-3 hole in the second quarter, the Lions claw their way back but ultimately drop the first game on a last-second field. Absolutely heartbreaking for Dan Campbell and everyone rooting for him to succeed. Making his debut for the Eagles, A.J. Brown puts up a respectable statline of 6 receptions, 106 yards and one TD.