Looking ahead to the opening week of the NFL season, what should we be looking for?

Opening week of the NFL season is nearing and excitement is building. Here's what you can expect.

The start of the new NFL season is still many weeks away, but the hype is already building as the clock winds down. Fans are preparing to jostle for tickets and seats, and bookies have published team odds following the publishing of the full 2022 NFL schedule.

The new season will be the second consecutive time that the majority of teams only get three games during pre-season, except for the two teams that kick off the new season with the Hall of Fame Game. Not that NFL fans and spectators mind the abridged pre-season, as it means an extra game for each team in the regular season.

The new NFL season officially begins on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, at SoFi Stadium, where the Rams take on the Bills.

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Pre-season

The NFL pre-season officially kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, and ends on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022. The games will be televised from the start of pre-season, which will doubtlessly be music to the ears of many fans who have been longing for some action since the Super Bowl on Feb. 14, 2022, when the Bengals lost to the Rams.

With players returning to the pitch in preparation for the new season, we can expect to see an increase in iGaming activities, especially on the 32Red sports betting platform and other online sportsbooks. It also helps that legal bookies have released odds for the forthcoming games, giving fans insights on what to expect.

That said, the first game, the Hall of Fame Game, will be held in Canton, Ohio, between the Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Due to this game, the Raiders and Jaguars will be the only teams with an extra pre-season game. The other teams only have to play three times.

Looking ahead to the opening week of the NFL season, what should we be looking for?
Looking ahead to the opening week of the NFL season, what should we be looking for?

Opening Week

With the complete 272-game season-long schedule ready and published, here are some of the major highlights fans and viewers can look forward to:

  • The season opener between the Rams and the Bills will be action-packed as the winners of Super Bowl LVI take on their competitive rivals, who have won eight of their past 13 meetings.
  • The yearly triple-header is slated for Thanksgiving Day as usual. It will begin with the Bills vs. Lions, followed by the Giants vs. Cowboys. The day will wrap up with the Patriots visiting Minnesota for the third part of the Turkey Day nightcap.
  • Russell Wilson will return to Seattle during primetime when the Broncos and the Seahawks face off during the Monday night opener of the new season.
  • Thanksgiving Day isn’t the only triple-header event, with the NFL planning something similar for Christmas Day. On the said day, the Packers visit the Dolphins for the first game, followed by the Broncos and the Rams. Arizona welcomes the Buccaneers for the nightcap.

The NFL comes to streaming

It’s official! The National Football League has launched a streaming service, which went live on Monday, July 25, 2022. The service costs around £4.14 monthly or £33.20 for the annual subscription.

The new streaming service contains every out-of-market pre-season game, which was largely limited to holders of the NFL Game Pass, priced at £83.02 per year. However, the service won’t be in action when the Las Vegas Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars face off in the first game of the pre-season. This is because the game will be broadcasted on national TV.

NFL+ comes with the added advantage of live access to prime-time and local games during the regular and post-season via mobile phones. This feature was previously only accessible via the Yahoo Sports app.

The new service is a hallmark for the NFL, their first attempt at a personal streaming platform, thereby creating a unique platform for the league to broadcast exclusive games and events. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB) already own and run streaming services that broadcast out-of-market games. It was about time the NFL stepped up.

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