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NFL Preview: Week 1 Survivor Pool Breakdown – August 22, 2022

By Lior Lampert

Football is just about back. Waking up to watch Scott Hanson on NFL RedZone for the start of the regular season on Week 1 has an unmatched energy. Let’s take a look at the best and safest survivor pick for the start of the 2022-23 league season.

The first week of the season has plenty of exciting matchups and storylines. First, newly-acquired QB of the Carolina Panthers, Baker Mayfield faces the team who just traded him in the Cleveland Browns. The Dallas Cowboys host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday Night Football for a rematch of last season’s opener, which ended up being one of the most thrilling games of the year. Also, Russell Wilson’s debut as a member of the Denver Broncos will be against his former team, when the Broncos head to Seattle for a battle with the Seahawks on Monday night. Not to mention, there are plenty of exciting divisional matchups in Week 1.

There is one matchup that really sticks out to me more than the rest: The New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have a regular season O/U win total of 5, meaning oddsmakers do not anticipate much winning in this upcoming season. I expect the losing to come early for Atlanta: they are a young roster, with a below-average defense, under a second-year head coach and are expected to have inconsistent quarterback play.

The Saints are a team that I feel could surprise some people and make some real noise. They welcome back their starting QB Jameis Winston, who should be fully recovered from a torn ACL by Week 1. Keep in mind that Winston led the Saints to a 5-2 record with a 14:3 TD-INT ratio before his season was cut short. The Saints are also welcoming back All-Pro WR Michael Thomas, who is hoping to regain his pre-injury form this season. They spent a first-round pick on WR Chris Olave from Ohio State and signed a reliable veteran slot receiver in Jarvis Landry.

New Orleans also has one of the best of the best running backs in the business in Alvin Kamara. Although he has a pending felony battery case, it is becoming increasingly likely that he will not face any discipline from the league that will jeopardize his availability for this coming season. It is huge news for a team that has a chance to compete with Brady and the Bucs for the NFC South crown this year, the Saints defeated the Bucs in both of their meetings last season.

The Saints also have one of the better defensive units in the NFL, which should cause plenty of problems to the Falcons and their underwhelming offensive line. New Orleans has a steady pass rush led by Cameron Jordan and Marcus Davenport while also boasting arguably the best secondary in the NFL: featuring Marshon Lattimore, Tyrann Mathieu, Marcus Maye, P.J. Williams, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and more. The Saints are favored by five points in Atlanta and I don’t think they should have any difficulty taking care of business against their divisional foes.

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