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Revenge is a dish best served early: Highlighting the best of the NFL 2022 schedule release

Last month, the NFL announced its 18-week, 272-game regular-season schedule for 2022. The moment fans around the globe have been waiting for! The NFL’s 103rd season kicks off with Thursday Night Football on 8 September in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium where the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills. 

Continuing with Week 1 action on Sunday 11 September we’ll see a double-doubleheader featuring reigning division winners and a rematch of last year’s regular-season finale. Two 2021 playoff teams meet as the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Arizona Cardinals, while the Las Vegas Raiders travel to LA to face the Chargers in a rematch of last year’s Week 18 overtime thriller. We’ll also see both No. 1 seeds from last year’s postseason in action as the Green Bay Packers head to the Minnesota Vikings, and the Tennessee Titans play host to the New York Giants. 

Later that day, as part of Sunday Night Football, the Dallas Cowboys host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium in a rematch of last year’s exciting kick-off game. The week concludes with Monday Night Football’s matchup where the Seattle Seahawks play host to their former quarterback Russell Wilson and his new team, the Denver Broncos. Wilson spent the first 10 years of his career as a Seahawk and helped them win Super Bowl XLVIII.

With Kick-off Weekend setting off the season, what else should fans look forward to?

The International Series, and marking 100 games played outside of the US:

The 2022-2023 Schedule features five international games, three of which are in the UK, one in Mexico, and for the first-ever time – one in Germany. Plus, the first London game in 2022 also marks the 100th game in league history (preseason and regular season combined) played outside the United States.

The series of international games will kick off with back-to-back weekends at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Starting in Week 4 when the New Orleans Saints host the Minnesota Vikings, followed by Green Bay Packers (the only team up until 2022 to have never played in London) who host the New York Giants in Week 5. In Week 8, the London action shifts to Wembley Stadium, where the Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Denver Broncos. 

In Week 10 (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network), the first-ever regular-season NFL game in Germany will take place at Allianz Arena – Home of FC Bayern Munich – between Tampa Bay and Seattle. The 2022 international slate wraps up with a return to Mexico City in Week 11 with a matchup between NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals. 

Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving features a tripleheader on Thursday, November 24. Where we’ll see the Detroit Lions host the Buffalo Bills, followed by NFC East rivals the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. Festivities continue with an interconference matchup between the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings.

Christmas Day:

Week 16 kicks off with Thursday Night Football (December 22nd), followed by 11 games on Christmas Eve (Saturday), and for the first time ever, a Christmas tripleheader, ending with Monday Night Football on Boxing Day. On Christmas Day itself we’ll see Green Bay at Miami, Denver at the Los Angeles Rams (in a game that is taken over by Nickelodeon) and Tampa Bay at Arizona. 

The regular season concludes over 7 & 8 January, with 16 divisional contests enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications. 

Then commences the road to the Super Bowl. Starting with Super Wild Card Weekend which features six games, starting on Saturday 14 January. The Wild Card winners join the top seeds in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday 29 January. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday 12 February in Super Bowl LVII at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium.