NFL 2022 Schedule: Week 1 Games Released

A Christmas Day matchup between the Los Angeles Rams, the reigning Tremendous Bowl champions, and the new-look Denver Broncos is a spotlight of the early portion of the N.F.L.’s schedule launch, which incorporates contests that the league hopes will construct off the 2021 season’s success and an low season outlined by explosive trades and free-agent signings.

The league will announce the total 2022 common season schedule Thursday at 8 p.m. (all occasions Japanese) on NFL Community, however choose recreation matchups have been disclosed in latest weeks, and the Week 1 video games have been revealed earlier on Thursday night (a Week 1 schedule is under). Groups have identified all of their opponents for months based mostly on their divisions and information final season, however they’re nonetheless awaiting occasions and dates.

The Rams, whose star-studded roster consists of defensive sort out Aaron Donald, receiver Cooper Kupp and quarterback Matthew Stafford, at present maintain the hardest energy of schedule. The groups they’ll play gained practically 57 p.c of their video games in 2021. The Christmas Day matchup, which can air at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and Nickelodeon, options Russell Wilson, whom the Rams performed usually throughout his decade with the Seattle Seahawks earlier than the group dealt him in March to the Broncos in a blockbuster commerce. It is going to be one in all three Christmas Day video games, which can immediately compete in opposition to the N.B.A. for consideration on the vacation.

The drama of the schedule launch continues the N.F.L.’s development of turning low season occasions, together with the draft and the scouting mix, into prime-time spectacles because the league tightens its grip as the highest sport in america. Backed by profitable media-rights offers and a scores spike in 2021 after increasing the common season to 17 video games, the N.F.L. constructed suspense in latest weeks by revealing choose video games on morning exhibits with broadcast companions and previewing marquee matchups on social media.

The streaming service Amazon Prime Video will start broadcasting the league’s Thursday night time video games on Sept. 15 with a notable Week 2 matchup between Kansas Metropolis and the Los Angeles Chargers. The divisional rivals, who cut up shut video games final season with one-possession deficits, will look completely different. The Chargers, with their blossoming younger quarterback, Justin Herbert, added defensive help within the edge rusher Khalil Mack and cornerback J.C. Jackson, whereas Kansas Metropolis dealt Tyreek Hill, its speedy receiver, to the Miami Dolphins in March after he requested a commerce.

Kansas Metropolis will even play in prime time in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a rematch of the 2020 season’s Tremendous Bowl, on Oct. 2 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Tampa Bay stays a nationwide draw after Tom Brady, 44, the winner of a report seven Tremendous Bowls, introduced he would return for a twenty third season after briefly retiring in February. This week, Fox introduced that Brady would turn into a commentator for the community each time his taking part in profession ended.

The Buccaneers will even play within the N.F.L.’s first recreation in Germany, the place they’ll face the Seahawks in Munich on Nov. 13 at 9:30 a.m. on NFL Community. It’s a part of the N.F.L.’s return abroad after it canceled video games overseas in 2020 due to the pandemic. In 2022, London will host three video games: the Minnesota Vikings in opposition to the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. on NFL Community, the Giants in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers on Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m. on NFL Community and the Denver Broncos in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. on ESPN+. The Arizona Cardinals will play the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico Metropolis on Nov. 21 at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.

Recreation dates that haven’t but been launched additionally function thrilling matchups. Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis will look to recreate the frantic power of final season’s A.F.C. divisional playoff spherical, a recreation that resulted within the league rewriting its postseason time beyond regulation guidelines to permit an offensive possession for every group. Wilson will return to cheers or boos, or each, in Seattle when he faces his former group.

Deshaun Watson and the Cleveland Browns will even play on the Texans, the group that drafted him within the first spherical in 2017, except the league disciplines him for the 22 civil circumstances filed by ladies who’ve accused him of sexual misconduct. Divisional video games within the A.F.C. West, together with the Chargers in opposition to the Las Vegas Raiders and their new receiver, Davante Adams, and within the A.F.C. North with the Cincinnati Bengals, the reigning convention champions, in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens, must also obtain prime-time showings.

All occasions Japanese.

  • New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

  • Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

  • San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

  • Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

  • Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

  • New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

  • Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets, 1 p.m.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Commanders, 1 p.m.

  • Kansas Metropolis at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.

  • Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.

  • Inexperienced Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings, 4:25 p.m.

  • New York Giants at Tennessee Titans, 4:25 p.m.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m.

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