Week 1 of the NFL season is finally here! Fans have had months to get excited about their team for the upcoming season and now finally get the chance to see their teams in the games that count. So excited, in fact, that some are shelling out some serious cash in the building for Week 1. Here’s a look at the five biggest games of Week 1 … and what some fans might pay inside the stadium for the action.
Highest ticket price: $24,089.00 (on SI tickets)
For the first time in their careers, Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes will face off in this blockbuster Week 1 matchup in Glendale, Ariz. Murray, fresh off signing a massive five-year, $230.5 million extension this offseason, has a lot to prove. This season the Cardinals lost five of six to close the season after a promising 10-2 start, after being stretched into 2021.
Meanwhile, Mahomes has made strides as a leader this offseason as he begins his chase for a second Super Bowl ring. It will be the first season of Mahomes’ career that he won’t have speedster Tyreek Hill with him in Kansas City after Hill was dealt to the Dolphins this offseason. But Mahomes could have a new favorite target with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Travis Kelce as one of the NFL’s best weapons. This offense should still be tons of fun to watch, and we’ll see if Murray and the Cards can match them on Sunday afternoon.
Highest ticket price: $18,200.00 (on SI tickets)
Want to see the defending Super Bowl champions open the new season? It won’t be cheap. The Rams kick off the 2022 NFL season Thursday night against Josh Allen and the Bills in the best game of the Week 1 slate. After some offseason questions, many key faces from that Super Bowl team are back for another go-round in L.A., with Sean McVay returning as coach after contemplating leaving and Aaron Donald doing the same after retirement rumors surfaced. Matthew Stafford will still throw the ball to Cooper Kupp, Donald will still plug gaps up front on defense, and McVay will still be the mastermind of the operation, making the Rams a legitimate contender to repeat as champions.
Meanwhile, the Bills should be in contention in the AFC after nearly getting over the hump in back-to-back seasons. Last year’s heartbreaking OT loss to the Chiefs despite four TD passes from Allen should still leave a bitter taste in the team’s mouth, but there are very few holes on this roster and beating the defending champs on the road in Week 1 makes quite a statement. .
Highest ticket price: $13,361.00 (on SI tickets)
Rivalry games always mean a little more, and this divisional matchup has seen its share of drama over the years. The teams split their two meetings last season, including a November Falcons win that came up big when the Saints missed the playoffs. But the rivalry takes on a different feel this year with the Matt Ryan era in Atlanta. Ryan, traded to the Colts this offseason after 14 years and over 200 starts to lead the Falcons offense, has been a staple in this rivalry, and it’s a bit strange not to see Ryan or Drew Brees in a Falcons vs. Saints matchup. .
Instead, we get a battle of the top two picks in the 2015 NFL Draft: Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Mariota gets the nod at QB for the Falcons in the post-Ryan era, while Winston has returned to center for New Orleans after suffering a season-ending injury midway through last season.
Highest ticket price: $7,494.00 (on SI tickets)
Another hot ticket in LA, this Sunday afternoon’s AFC West clash should be quite entertaining. There is history between these teams, as the Raiders and Chargers played a home-and-home game in Week 18 in Las Vegas in overtime last season. That loss sent star QB Justin Herbert and the Chargers home without a playoff berth, but the Chargers believe they are more prepared to compete this season thanks to a bigger, more physical roster on both sides of the ball.
Meanwhile, the Josh McDaniels era in Las Vegas begins with this game. The longtime Patriots offensive coordinator has a veteran QB to work with, along with other dangerous weapons like Derek Carr and TE Darren Waller.
Highest ticket price: $1,649.00 (on SI tickets)
Fresh off the Super Bowl as the Rams’ offensive coordinator, Kevin O’Connell will make his head coaching debut in Minnesota in this matchup with their division rival Packers. With weapons like Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen to work with, O’Connell and QB Kirk Cousins have a chance to spark this Minnesota offense in a big way. He will have to face a Packers offense led by Aaron Rodgers at QB. It was Rodgers’ first regular-season game without Davante Adams, who was dealt to the Raiders this season. Who will emerge as Rodgers’ top target to replace Adams, and will it be enough to lead the Pack to a Week 1 road win?