The NFL will open its 2022 season where the final game of last season kicked off – at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, as Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, September 8, teams have announced. .
The Bills-Rams game features elite quarterback play between Matthew Stafford and Josh Allen, which guided the Bills to back-to-back playoff appearances. This game highlights a tough schedule for the Rams, whose opponents have the league’s highest winning percentage since last year (56.7%). NBC will broadcast the game.
The Monday Night Football opener features a spicy story – Russell Wilson makes his Denver Broncos debut against his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, at Lumen Field. Wilson has guided the Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances and nine winning seasons in 10 years. Seattle traded Wilson to Denver in March for multiple draft picks and veteran players. The game will air on September 12 on ESPN.
Other key Week 1 matchups include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, a rematch of last season’s Thursday night opener; the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Las Vegas Raiders, reignited a dramatic 2021 regular season finale with playoff implications; the Cincinnati Bengals versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, a clash of fierce AFC North rivals; and the Kansas City Chiefs making the trip west to face the Arizona Cardinals, two high-profile attacks in the desert.
The Buccaneers will face some serious firepower in the first month of the season, with a September 25 home opener against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and a clash with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the week. next.
Other Week 1 matchups include the Jacksonville Jaguars, with new coach Doug Pederson, at the Washington Commanders, with new quarterback Carson Wentz. Pederson coached Wentz in Philadelphia and won a Super Bowl with the Eagles, although Nick Foles was behind center with Wentz injured.
Several other veteran quarterbacks will make their debuts with new teams. When the Cleveland Browns open the season at the Carolina Panthers, Deshaun Watson could join them after his trade to the Houston Texans this offseason, although a potential suspension for alleged sexual assault is looming.
New Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan takes on Houston in a Week 1 division game. Meanwhile, several other key division games are also scheduled for Sept. 11: New York Saints Orleans against the Atlanta Falcons, the New England Patriots against the Miami Dolphins (with newly acquired receiver Tyreek Hill beginning the process of maximizing Tua Tagovailoa’s potential), and the Packers at Minnesota Vikings.
“I expect to have an incredible crowd there,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell told the Vikings website. weekend. I expect to see a stadium full of purple. This is a great opportunity for us and a challenge.
“What a way to start your season _ a challenge but also a great way to kick off what will hopefully be a great 2022.”
Also, it will be Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers vs Chicago Bears, Eagles vs Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens vs New York Jets and New York Giants. York vs. Tennessee Titans.
The Jets, one of the biggest wildcards on the early-season schedule, open the year with four straight games against the AFC North — against Batlimore, at Cleveland, against Cincinnati and at Pittsburgh.
Week 1 games feature 10 home underdogs, the most in NFL history for a first week of the season, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Teams that will open on the road and be at home in Week 2 include Kansas City, which will host the Chargers in the first Amazon Prime Video game on Thursday night.
Schedulers will have the Falcons jet-lagged early in the year with games in Los Angeles (Rams) and Seattle in Weeks 2 and 3.
It was previously revealed that one of the Christmas Day triple games, Denver at the Rams, will be televised by Nickelodeon as well as CBS. The other Christmas games are Green Bay in Miami at 1 p.m., then Tampa Bay in Arizona at night.
Christmas Eve will also have a contest, with the Raiders at the Steelers.
The traditional Thanksgiving Games will have Detroit hosting Buffalo, Dallas home to the Giants and New England to Minnesota at night.
More holiday pricing: 14 games on New Year’s Day, which will force some bowl games to adjust from January 1. Top matchups likely to start 2023 include San Francisco at Las Vegas, Miami at New England and Denver at Kansas City.
Thirteen NFL teams – the 49ers, Bengals, Bills, Broncos, Buccaneers, Chargers, Chiefs, Cowboys, Eagles, Packers, Patriots, Rams and Steelers – have five games per hour great listening. The Lions are the only team currently without a prime-time slot, while the Patriots have four in a row — Nov. 24-Dec. 18, three on the road and one home game against Buffalo.
The international games were also previously announced. The Bucs and Seahawks will play in the NFL’s first regular season game in Germany on Nov. 13 in Munich. Green Bay will become the last team to play in Europe, facing the Giants on October 9 at the home of Premier League football team Tottenham in London. The same site also hosts the Vikings and Saints the previous week.
Other international matches include the Broncos against the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London on October 30, and the 49ers and Cardinals facing off in Mexico City on November 21.
Week 15 includes a triple title on Saturday December 17, although which of the five matches will be switched from Sunday will only be decided closer to this weekend. The possibilities are Miami at Buffalo, Baltimore at Cleveland, Indianapolis at Minnesota, Atlanta at New Orleans and the Giants at Washington.
The final weekend, January 7-8, 2023 – all intra-division clashes – will also have two games moved to Saturday. These will be determined at the start of week 18.
“We’ve known for months who we’re playing and where,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said, “but seeing how it’s going, where our bye week is and where our divisional opponents are is fun for our coaches. This first opponent is something you watch so you can start working on their coordinators, figure out what they did and try to get ahead of this game.”
Nine teams will enjoy three home games: the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, Lions, Vikings, Panthers, Buccaneers, Rams and 49ers. Four must endure three-game road trips: Kansas City, Miami, Green Bay and Philadelphia.
The byes start at week 6.
Teams have known their opponents since the end of last season, but the NFL is building drama around the release of the schedule, announcing the order, kickoff times and broadcast networks for the 272 games in one night of May. This will be the NFL’s second season that follows a 17-game schedule, as agreed to by the NFL and players’ union during recent labor negotiations.
The regular season runs until January 8, with the Super Bowl kicking off on February 12.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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