Just before the 2022 NFL Draft, the league announced it would reveal the 2022-2023 regular-season schedule on Thursday, May 12. An announcement many have been anticipating this offseason, fans will finally be able to start making plans to see their favorite teams play. With 272 games set to be officially announced, let’s look at how to watch the 2022 NFL schedule release.
How to watch the 2022 NFL schedule release
- Start time: 8 p.m. ET, May 12
- Channel: NFL Network, ESPN2
- Live Stream Options:
Sling, fuboTV, YouTube TV, Hulu, NFL Mobile App, ESPN App
While the NFL will make everyone wait until 8 p.m. ET Thursday night to see the entire schedule in full, some dates have already been announced. On May 4, 2022, the league announced which teams would participate in this season’s International Series games. The international travels in 2022 include the NFL’s return to Mexico and its first-ever trip to Germany.
The season still looks to kick off on Thursday, Sept. 8, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. In fact, the Los Angeles Times believes the Rams will be playing the Buffalo Bills to kick off the season. Here are the games from the 2022 schedule that the NFL has officially released:
- Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 2 | Sept. 15 at 8:20 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
- Tennesee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills
Week 2 | Sept. 19 at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 2 | Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC
- Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 4 | Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. ET on NFL Network
- New York Giants vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 5 | Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m. ET on NFL Network
- Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 8 | Oct. 30 at 9:30 a.m. ET on ESPN+
- Seattle Seahawks vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 10 | Nov. 13 at 9:30 a.m. ET on NFL Network
- Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 10 | Nov. 13 at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX
- San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 11 | Nov. 21 at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Rams
Week 16 | Dec. 25 at 4:30 p.m. ET on CBS
What to expect from the 2022 NFL schedule release
While we’ve been awaiting the specifics of the NFL’s regular-season schedule, fans already know which teams will play each other based on the NFL’s standard scheduling process.
After factoring in each team’s six divisional games, every team plays another division within its conference. Of the 11 games remaining, eight of them will come against a division within the same conference as well as the opposing one for each team. The NFL has a rotating schedule for when each division plays each other, which was available well before the 2022 NFL schedule release. Here are the opponents for each division in 2022:
- AFC East opponents
- NFC North & AFC North
- AFC North opponents
- NFC South & AFC East
- AFC South opponents
- NFC East & AFC West
- AFC West opponents
- NFC West & AFC South
- NFC East opponents
- AFC South & NFC North
- NFC North opponents
- AFC East & NFC East
- NFC South opponents
- AFC North & NFC West
- NFC West opponents
- AFC West & NFC South
The last two games remaining from the traditional 16-game schedule have each team face the other teams that finished the same position as them the previous year. For example, the New Orleans Saints were second in the NFC South in 2021. Since the NFC South is already playing the NFC West in 2022, the final two opponents for New Orleans 2022 NFL schedule will be the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.
But what about game 17? The NFL has already set a predetermined schedule for the other regular-season game added in 2021.
The NFC hosts nine home games in the 2022 season
The second 17-game regular season sees the NFC get its first shot at hosting the season’s final week. The NFL implemented a rotating schedule with the AFC hosting Week 18 on odd years while the NFC hosts even years.
Furthermore, the last game of the season is planned on a rotating divisional basis. One division will host the other for that week, making the two divisions go head-to-head. The full divisional rotation for the 2022 NFL schedule is AFC East at NFC West, AFC West at NFC South, AFC South at NFC North, and AFC North at NFC East. Additionally, each team will face the team that finished at the same spot as them in the previous season.
Continuing the NFC South example, the AFC West will travel to the NFC South teams in Week 18. Thus, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Kansas City Chiefs, the Las Vegas Raiders will head to New Orleans to take on the Saints, the Los Angeles Chargers will go head-to-head against the Atlanta Falcons, and the Denver Broncos will face off against the Carolina Panthers. Here’s the complete list of the 17th games for the 2022 NFL schedule release:
- Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams
- New England Patriots at Arizona Cardinals
- Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers
- New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks
- Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers
- Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings
- Houston Texans at Chicago Bears
- Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions
- Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Las Vegas Raiders at New Orleans Saints
- Los Angeles Chargers at Atlanta Falcons
- Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers
- Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys
- Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles
- Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders
- Baltimore Ravens at New York Giants
PFN has all the NFL schedule info you need before the announcement
The 2022 NFL regular season schedule release is a big deal and has fans on the edge of their seats, ready to make plans for the season. The NFL will permit each club to announce its first home opponent at 6 p.m. ET on May 12 in anticipation of the full announcement. Stay up to date with the latest leaks and rumors regarding the 2022 NFL schedule here.
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