Spring is drawing to a close. Summer is waiting. Vacations, barbecues, baseball, blockbuster movies and the liquidation of the NFL season.
For decades, the summer months have featured some of the most memorable movies released. Of course, there were also a lot of bombs. But every film – or at least the majority of them – has hit theaters with optimism that it will crush the box office and potentially win a host of awards.
Likewise, it is at this time of year that, theoretically, the 32 teams of the NFL have superbowl aspirations. That this will be the year they lift the Lombardi Trophy within nine months.
This includes the Buffalo Tickets, NFL betting favorites to win the Super Bowl. But what about the New York Giants and New York Jetstwo teams that sportsbooks say face unlikely chances of even reaching the playoffs?
With the three New York franchises now in possession of their 2022 NFL schedule, we take a look at the three must-watch games for each team and compare them to past summer blockbusters.
Buffalo Bills enter 2022 NFL season as Super Bowl favorites
Hard to believe the Bills are only four years away from a sub-.500 season. In 2018, Josh Allen was a rookie quarterback trying to stay afloat as Buffalo opened the season with seven losses in nine games.
Since then the bills have disappeared 38-18won two AFC East division titles, appeared in the conference championship game and are now favorites to win the Super Bowl with a schedule that is tied for 12th in the league.
Week 1: Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The original Star Wars burst onto the scene. Surely no one thought he would take the world by storm the way he did. Which made Empire’s hype as high as one could imagine. And, boy, did he live up to that hype. That’s the situation we find ourselves in for the first game of the entire 2022 NFL season as Buffalo visits the defending Super Bowl champion Rams. This game will set the tone of the year. Are the invoices real? Will Los Angeles get off to a good start as they look to become the first team since the Patriots in 2005 to successfully defend the league title?
Week 6: Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Rocky IV (1985)
In terms of initial reviews, Rocky IV won’t be one of the greatest sequels of all time. Over time, however, he arguably became that (despite the previous film). And the box office showed it, becoming the highest-grossing film in the Rocky franchise. What’s not to like? Rocky is back. Ivan Drago is a monster athlete and fighter. “If he dies, he dies.” An epic 12-round fight ending with Rocky knocking out Drago to avenge Apollo’s death. Well, we are entering an epic battle of our victory between the Bills and the Chiefs. Kansas City ran the AFC for four years, basically. The Chiefs beat Buffalo in a legendary overtime playoff in the Divisional Round last year, which led to an overtime rule change this offseason. They dispatched Buffalo in the AFC Championship Game two years ago. Let’s see if Allen and the Bills can start their revenge tour here.
Week 8: Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills
“Once upon a time there was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Nothing more than a whisper, and he would be gone. It was so fragile. Marcus Aurelius said it best in this Oscar-winning film. Maybe the Bills should embrace it, with Rome representing Super Bowl glory. Russell Crowe depicts Maximus, who rises through the ranks in the arena as a means of leading an uprising against an empire and its emperor. Ultimately, Maximus kills the ruler Commodus, leading to political reform within the empire. In heavyweight battle and potentially Super Bowl LVII preview, Bills host Green Bay and reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers with a chance to establish himself as the NFL’s heavy hitter.
New York Giants hope to bounce back in 2022
Last season, the Giants tied the franchise record for most losses in a single season. Now the G-Men must regroup, potentially one last chance for Daniel Jones to earn his spot at QB, which he could achieve if he could lead New York to its first year of double-digit wins since 2016. 7.5 wins.)
Week 3: Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
It’s snobs versus slobs, a one-sided affair on paper that somehow sees Danny Noonan help take down Judge Smails as the Bushwood Country Club explodes around them. The Giants are looking to do the same against Dallas early in the season. This Monday night game will be New York prime time solitaire game this season, the franchise’s fewest in nearly 20 years.
Week 5: New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers
National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
Sequel to the original hit National Lampoon’s Vacation, this European adaptation sees the Griswolds win an all-expenses-paid trip overseas on the game show Pig in a Poke. Whether it’s driving on the wrong side of the road in London or knocking over a stone monolith at Stonehenge, plenty of diversions happen. Ultimately, however, there wasn’t enough to replicate Vacation’s success. The Giants are heading towards Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to London to face the Packers, representing New York’s third trip to the NFL International Series, tying the G-Men with the Patriots for most in the league. The Giants are 2-0 on the road, but securing a third win seems like a tall order.
Week 12: New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys and Aliens (2011)
Hard for Daniel Craig, an outlaw in 1873 who leads an attack on aliens arriving to take over Earth. Relatively interesting plot. Lots of action, despite its absurdity that leaves you wondering, “But…why?” You want to turn it off, but you keep watching for some reason, only to come away with the realization that you’re not going to get those two hours of your life back. Speaking of which, the Giants will be playing on thanksgiving day for the first time since 1992. It’s been 30 years since that 30-3 loss to the Cowboys, and 40 years since New York had one on Thanksgiving.
Reconstruction continues for the New York Jets
Few teams have as good a chance of making the playoffs as the Jets. In fact, sports betting heavily favors Gang Green for not making the playoffs. At what point ? Try -1000against +700 to beat the odds and qualify for the playoffs.
It’s been a tough decade for the Jets. New York hasn’t made the playoffs since losing the AFC Championship in the 2010 season, averaging barely 5.7 wins. The Jets have eclipsed five wins just once in the last six years. The Cincinnati Bengals went to the Super Bowl last season after going 6-25-1 the previous two years – the best turnaround in NFL history. Could the Jets, who have gone 6-27 the past two seasons, do the same? Very doubtful. But we all thought that of the Bengals.
Week 1: Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Jets
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
About 30 years ago, the world was anxiously awaiting the release of a movie bringing the beloved video game to the big screen. Only disappointment followed. Considered a critical and financial failure, grossing just over $38 million against a budget of nearly $50 million, Super Mario Bros. was described as confusing and inconsistent. The same could be said for the Jets in September. New York lost 12 consecutive games that month, which dates back to 2018. We’ll see if the Jets can stop that slippage in their season opener against Baltimore.
Week 8: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
Considered the first American production, Godzilla followed 22 previous adaptations. The Godzilla franchise is legendary, to be fair. But let’s face it, few are actually great. So when the 1998 film came out, the hope was to make it epic and revive the franchise. In fact, the hope was that it would trigger a trilogy. Despite making a profit of nearly $250 million, Godzilla opened to negative reviews and was considered a box office disappointment, and the sequels were cancelled. The Jets have hopes for Godzilla 1998: breaking a long streak of disappointments against the Patriots. In this game, New York will have its first chance to break a 12 consecutive games without defeat against New England which goes back six years.
Week 16: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets
The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)
Have you ever seen a movie but would never admit to doing it? It’s that game. The Adventures of Pluto Nash, arguably the biggest box office bombshell in movie history with a $7 million take after investing $100 million in production, stars Eddie Murphy as a club owner in a colony on the moon in the 2080s, amidst human cloning and gangsters. Almost more exciting than a Jets-Jaguars showdown at the end of the season, huh? At least it’s a primetime game…on a Thursday…the Amazon Prime Video.