When does the 2022 NFL season begin? Full Week 1 schedule, matchups for all 32 teams

The 2022 NFL season is fast approaching — slowly, yes, but surely.

Players, coaches, executives and fans will no doubt be grateful to be able to play again after one of the wildest offseasons in recent memory.

It covers Deshaun Watson’s move from Houston to Cleveland, his ongoing scandal, and the subsequent league investigation into a possible suspension. There’s also the overhaul of the wide receiver market with the likes of Cooper Kupp, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and DK Metcalf.

While these storylines and more have captured the attention of fans, none of it compares to the actual games and the debates they will spark. Best of all, the NFL will be operating under normal procedures for the first time since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With that, The Sporting News has everything you need to know to watch Week 1 of the 2022 NL season, from Thursday night’s opener to Sunday Night Football: and Monday Night Football:.

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When does the 2022 NFL season begin?

  • Date: Thursday, September 8th
  • Game: Bills at Rams
  • kick-off time: 8:20 p.m. ET

This year, the opening game of the season will be the Bills at the Rams at SoFi Stadium. It’s an intriguing duel between a rising AFC powerhouse and an NFC team whose win-now methods delivered a Super Bowl victory last season.

There’s also the quarterback fight between Josh Allen, one of the game’s top young signal callers, and Matthew Stafford, who was finally celebrating his first ring with Los Angeles.

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NFL schedule week 1

The 2022 NFL schedule begins again with a Thursday night game involving the defending Super Bowl champion and concludes with “Monday Night Football” — although again, there’s no doubleheader on the last game night of the week.

Aside from the season opener, must-see games include Baker Mayfield’s potential revenge game when the Browns travel to Charlotte to face the Panthers; a young quarterback fight in the 49ers’ Trey Lance versus Justin Fields of the Bears; Russell Wilson’s return to Seattle on “MNF” as Bronco; and the debut of the head coaches as a freshman.

Below is the full schedule for Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season.

Thursday, September 8th

time (ET) Game TV channel
8:20 p.m Bills at Rams NBC, fuboTV

Sunday September 11th

time (ET) Game TV channel
13 o’clock Saints at Falcons Fuchs, fuboTV
13 o’clock Browns at Panthers CBS, fuboTV
13 o’clock 49ers at Bears Fuchs, fuboTV
13 o’clock Steelers at Bengals CBS, fuboTV
13 o’clock eagles with lions Fuchs, fuboTV
13 o’clock Colts in Texans CBS, fuboTV
13 o’clock Patriots at Dolphins CBS, fuboTV
13 o’clock Ravens at Jets CBS, fuboTV
13 o’clock Jaguars at commanders Fuchs, fuboTV
4:25 p.m Giants at Titans Fuchs, fuboTV
4:25 p.m chiefs of cardinals CBS, fuboTV
4:25 p.m Charger thieves CBS, fuboTV
4:25 p.m Packers at Vikings Fuchs, fuboTV
8:20 p.m Buccaneers at Cowboys NBC, Universo, fuboTV

Monday 12 September

time (ET) Game TV channel
8:15 p.m Broncos at Seahawks ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, fuboTV

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COVID-19 and the start of the NFL season

The NFL will be following standard operating procedures in 2022 for the first time in two years after suspending nearly all of its joint COVID-19 protocols with the NFL Players Association.

From an NFL memo sent to teams in March:

Based on current encouraging trends in the prevalence and severity of COVID-19, evolving guidance from the CDC, changes in state law, and advice from our respective experts, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to address all aspects of the shared COVID-19 19 to suspend protocols,” the memo said. “We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of players, coaches and staff as we have throughout the pandemic.

This includes phasing out such policies as mandatory surveillance testing of players and staff; tracking devices; wearing masks or other face coverings; and capacity limits (all of course subject to state and local requirements).

However, the memo requires that any player or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for five days and present a negative test result in order to return to club facilities.

Below is the full memo from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero:

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