NFL Schedule Release: Week 1 Games and More

The flamboyant Los Angeles Rams will begin their journey to defend their Super Bowl championship against the Buffalo Bills, a team that had one of the most memorable games in NFL history the last time it played.

Russell Wilson will begin his career with the Denver Broncos, returning to his previous home for ten years – and is sure to be met with a deafening chorus of cheers, applause, or both – against the Seattle Seahawks on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on first week. .

And the streaming platform will unveil its new broadcasting capabilities in a fierce rivalry between the two adversaries of AFC West.

The NFL released its 2022 regular season schedule, which includes competition that the league hopes will build on the success of the 2021 season and an off-season defined by high-profile deals and free agent signings. Teams have known their 2022 opponents for months based on their divisions and last season’s records, but the NFL has officially confirmed dates and timeslots after some matches were revealed in recent weeks.

Sheep, whose star cast includes protective tackle Aaron Donald, receiver Cooper Kupp and protector Matthew Stafford, have the tightest schedule, with the teams they will play against winning 57 percent of their games in the 2021 season. They open the season in September. Thursday 8 at 8:20 pm ET on NBC at home against bills. Buffalo in free agency signed outside linebacker Von Miller, who became a key component of the Rams’ Super Bowl. after arriving from Denver in trade.

Buffalo lost in January thrilling divisional round playoff game in Kansas City so important that it made the league rewrite your postseason overtime rules to allow each team to gain offensive possession. Led by Miller, quarterback Josh Allen and wide receiver Stephon Diggs, the Bills are Caesars Sportsbook favorites to win the February 10 Super Bowl. February 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The new-look Rams and Broncos will play one of three Christmas games at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and Nickelodeon. Other games that day include the Green Bay Packers at the Miami Dolphins at 1:00 pm on Fox and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Arizona Cardinals at 8:20 pm on NBC. This is the NFL’s first tripleheader for Christmas and will compete directly with the NBA for holiday attention.

The Rams often played against Wilson during his tenure with the Seahawks, but the Christmas game will be the first meeting between the teams since Seattle traded Wilson to the Broncos in March. in a blockbuster deal. The league scheduled Wilson’s return to Seattle for 8:15 pm on ESPN on September 9. 12, a game that will also be the debut for the network’s new broadcast tandem, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, formerly from Fox. Tickets for this game sold for an average price of $451 within an hour of the schedule release, according to the Vivid Seats online ticket marketplace, the highest average price for a Seahawks home game since 2017.

Thursday’s schedule announcement — aired primetime on the NFL network and ESPN — continued the NFL’s trend of turning off-season events, including the draft and scouting combine, into spectacles as it tightens its grip as a premier sport. league in the USA. With lucrative media rights deals and a ratings spike in 2021 after expanding the regular season to 17 games from 16, the NFL has created tension in recent weeks by showing certain games on morning shows with broadcast partners and announcing big games on social media.

Streaming service Amazon Prime Video will begin broadcasting league night games on Thursdays, September 7th. 15 with a notable week two matchup between Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers. AFC West rivals, who split close matches by one possession last season, will look different. The Chargers, with their burgeoning young quarterback Justin Herbert, added defensive support in wing rusher Khalil Mack and defenseman JC Jackson, and Kansas City traded speed receiver Tyreke Hill to the Dolphins in March after he asked for a trade.

Kansas City will also play a primetime game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2020 Super Bowl rematch on October 1. 2 at 8:20 pm on NBC. Tampa Bay remains a national draw after 44-year-old quarterback Tom Brady, winner of a record seven Super Bowls, announced he would return to 23rd NFL season after a brief retirement in February. Fox announced this week that Brady become a commentator for the network whenever his playing career ended.

The Buccaneers will also play the first NFL game in Germany, where they will face the Seahawks in Munich on November 11. 13 at 9:30 am on the NFL network. It’s part of the NFL’s return overseas after it canceled overseas games in 2020 due to the pandemic. London will host three games in 2022: the Minnesota Vikings vs. the New Orleans Saints in October. 2 at 9:30 am on the NFL network; Giants vs. Green Bay Packers October 1st. 9 at 9:30 am on the NFL network; and the Denver Broncos against the Jacksonville Jaguars in October. 30 at 9:30 am on ESPN+. The Arizona Cardinals will play the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico City on November 1. 21 at 8:15 pm on ESPN.

Continuing the tradition, the Lions and the Cowboys will play on Thanksgiving. Buffalo will play Detroit at 12:30 p.m. on CBS and Dallas will host the Giants at 4:30 p.m. on Fox. The New England Patriots will face the Vikings at 8:20 p.m. on NBC tonight.

quarterback for Cleveland Deshawn Watson will visit Houston to play the Texans, the team that selected him in the first round in 2017, unless the league punishes him for 22 civil cases filed by women who accused him of sexual harassment. This game is scheduled for December. 4 at 1:00 p.m. on CBS.

The league did not announce divisional match times for Week 18 as those games could be moved to prime time if they have playoff implications. Kansas City’s road game against the Las Vegas Raiders, which now features Davante Adams, and the Baltimore Ravens’ game against the reigning AFC champions, the Cincinnati Bengals, could be candidates.