The Christmas game between the Los Angeles Rams, the reigning Super Bowl champions and newcomer Denver Broncos is the early part of the NFL schedule, which includes competitions in which the league hopes to succeed in the 2021 season. And the off-season, which is defined by explosive trade and the signing of free agents.
The league will announce the full schedule for the 2022 regular season on Thursday at 8pm (all the time east) on the NFL Network, but matches for selected games have been published in recent weeks. Last season, the teams knew all their opponents for months based on their divisions and records, but they are still waiting for times and dates.
The Rams, whose star-studded list includes defensive shots from Aaron Donald, receiver Cooper Coupe and quarterback Matthew Stafford, currently have the heaviest power on the roster. The teams they play for have won almost 57 percent of their games in 2021. The Christmas Match, which airs at 4:30 p.m. on CBS and Nickelodeon, features Russell Wilson, whom Rams has often played for decades at the Seattle Seahawks. The team handed it over to the Broncos in March in a blockbuster. It will be one of three Christmas Day games that will directly compete for NBA holiday attention.
Schedule release drama continues the NFL’s tendency to transform off-season events, including drafts and scouting, into prime-time performances as the league strengthens its power as the best sport in the United States. With lucrative media rights deals and rising ratings in 2021, after rising to 17 games in the regular season, the NFL has in recent weeks stopped short of revealing games selected on morning shows with broadcast partners and previews on social media.
Streaming service Amazon Prime Video will begin broadcasting the league’s Thursday night games on Sept. 15 with a crucial second week match between Kansas City and the Los Angeles Chargers. Rivals in the division who closed last season with a one-possession deficit look different. The Chargers, along with their thriving young pedestal, Justin Herbert, added defensive support to Eje Rucher Khalil Max and Corner Beck Jackson, while Kansas City handed over the Miami Dolphins to Tyreek Hill in March, his fast receiver, after he died.
Kansas City will also play in prime time against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a rematch of the 2020 season Super Bowl, on October 2, at 8:20 p.m. on NBC. Tampa Bay remain in the national team after 44-year-old Tom Brady, winner of a record seven Super Bowls, announced he would return to the 23rd season after retiring briefly in February. This week, Fox announced that Brady would become a network commentator when his career ended.
The Buccaneers will also play their first NFL game in Germany, where they will face the Seahawks in Munich on November 13 at 9:30 a.m. on the NFL Network. This is part of the NFL’s overseas return after he canceled the Games Abroad in 2020 due to a pandemic. In 2022, London will host three games: the Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints on October 2 at 9:30 a.m. on the NFL Network, the Janet vs. Green Bay Packers on October 9, 9:30 a.m. on the NFL Network, and the Denver Broncos Jacksonville vs. Jaguars October 30, 9:30 a.m. on ESPN +. The Arizona Cardinals will face the San Francisco 49 Nations in Mexico City on Nov. 21 at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.
Game dates that have not yet been published also contain some interesting matches. Buffalo and Kansas City will try to restore last season’s AFC Division play-off round, a game in which the league rewrote its post-season overtime rules to allow possession of the attacking ball for each team. Wilson will return for fun or Bobocar, or both, in Seattle when he confronts his former team.
Dachon Watson and Cleveland Browns will also play for the Texans, the team that made it to the first round of 2017, unless the league does not impose it on 22 civil cases filed by women who have accused him of sexual harassment. Division games in the AFC West, including the Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders and their newcomer, Davante Adams, and the AFC North Cincinnati Bengals, the current conference champions, against Baltimore Ravens, must also receive a prime-time testimony. .