Who had the hardest breaks on the 2022 slate?

The abandonment of its annual regular-season schedule is the most recent facet of the NFL schedule that the league has managed to show into an occasion – together with 5 hours of reside programming on NFL Community and a two-hour present on ESPN2 ( competing instantly towards an NBA playoff doubleheader on ESPN). This all follows per week or extra when components of the slate have been commonly leaked while the team’s social media departments prepared for a day when so many shine.

Given all the hassle that has gone into – to roll out a calendar of all issues – it is solely becoming that we reply in form by selecting the winners and declaring the losers of this yr’s huge reveal:


The opener: What a three-game house streak at SoFi Stadium for the Los Angeles Rams. First, an NFC Championship Recreation win over the 49ers, adopted by that Tremendous Bowl 56 conquer the Bengals. Following? Almost certainly a preview of Tremendous Bowl 57 towards the Buffalo Payments on Thursday, September 8, because the NFL enters its 103rd season. Should-watch TV on NBC.

AFC West: The NFL’s new powerhouse division will make 19 prime-time recreation appearances, the second most for a division in any season within the Tremendous Bowl period (since 1966).

Civic Satisfaction: For the primary time, the Rams and Chargers will meet within the common season at SoFi, their widespread venue. It would even be on NBC, a Sunday evening affair on Jan. 1 with the Bolts as the house group. I can not wait to see who’s working Tinseltown by the top of week 17. However that is not all. In different uncommon interstate matchups, the Steelers play in Philadelphia on Oct. 30 and the Cowboys host the Texans on Dec. 11.

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Browns: We’re nonetheless ready to listen to if (and the way lengthy) Cleveland QB Deshaun Watson shall be suspended. Nevertheless, his new group appears set to tackle the beginning of the season with the Panthers, Jets and Falcons – all non-playoff groups in 2021 and decisively – among the many Browns’ first 4 opponents. Even with the arch-rival Steelers visiting for a Thursday evening Sept. 22 date, it appears like Cleveland has a fairly good probability of constructing it a minimum of 4 weeks.

Mike North: The NFL’s vice chairman of broadcast planning, who leads the extremely advanced development of the 272-game schedule from across the time the Tremendous Bowl wraps up — with a number of devoted work even earlier than that — will lastly get some sleep…however not earlier than my mum and godmother -separately- instructed me to observe a CBS Mornings Feature Detail how North and Co. makes sausage. I have never watched it but, however I checked with Mike, who has already taught me a lot on what occurs in a surprisingly arduous course of.

Who’s towards whom? Bengals-Saints, October 16 in New Orleans. Let’s settle this.

Seahawks frequent flyer miles: Properly, gamers do not actually earn miles for going to work. But when they did…Seattle’s record would rack them up, must journey 29,446 miles and cross 34 time zones, in accordance with Bookies.com’s Invoice Speros. (Conversely, barring a playoff journey west, the Pittsburgh Steelers will not depart the Jap time zone this season.)

Seahawks Social Media Division: Merciless – however humorous – to punk your players with a fallacious schedule.

The Seahawks play in Germany: True to the Seattle theme, the primary common season contest held in Deutschland will happen on November 13 between the Hawks and the Buccaneers. Munich’s latitude and climate are fairly corresponding to Seattle’s. Benefit: Seahawks.

WR DK Metcalf and the Seahawks will be spending a lot of time on planes in 2022.

WR DK Metcalf and the Seahawks shall be spending a number of time on planes in 2022.

Troy Aikman and Joe Buck: ESPN’s new ‘Monday Night time Soccer’ broadcast duo arrives simply in time for a historic season for the world chief. Aikman and Buck will debut for his or her new employer with a Week 1 showcase recreation as Russell Wilson returns to Seattle, the place he performed for a decade, to make his Broncos debut towards the Seahawks. Buck and Aikman will name the majority of ESPN’s 23-game menu — a file quantity for the community, which features a wild card recreation and the Professional Bowl. The MNF recap will embrace all eight division champions from 2021, all 14 golf equipment from final season’s playoffs, a Week 2 double-split with ABC and each league MVP relationship again to the 2016 marketing campaign. : Rams-49ers on October 3 on this NFC title rematch, Saints-Buccaneers on December 5 and Rams-Packers on December 19.

Lambeau Area devoted: In case you’re a Packers season ticket holder, you are in for a deal with because the Patriots, Cowboys, Rams, Titans and even the brand new Jets head to Wisconsin this season as a part of Inexperienced Bay’s non-divisional program. Dealing with LA will mark the thirtieth straight season the Pack will seem on “Monday Night time Soccer.”


Lambeau Area devoted: In case you’re a Packers season ticket holder, you are a bit upset as a result of, for the primary time, your group shall be taking part in a match in London and on the expense of a house date. Worse, it’s the New York Giants, the pack’s historic rival, who is not going to make the pilgrimage to Inexperienced Bay in 2022.

Troy Aikman and Joe Buck: I am nonetheless unsure you’ll be able to handle to face the ManningCast, Peyton and Eli scheduled to attract the (beep) for 10 video games this season as an “MNF” different.

The Seahawks play in Germany: The primary common season contest held in Deutschland will happen on November 13 between the Hawks and the Buccaneers. The time distinction between Munich and Seattle is 9 hours. Benefit: Bucs.

NBA: Such is fashionable life for “The Affiliation”. First, that ESPN viewers for a pair of Recreation 6 convention semifinals (Warmth-76ers and Suns-Mavericks) was a minimum of partially cannibalized by the discharge of the NFL schedule… which arrived with a triple title on the day of Christmas, traditionally a day the NBA tried to personal. Good luck with that this yr, the hoopers: Aaron Rodgers’ Packers (vs. the Dolphins), Wilson’s annual go to to Los Angeles to play the Rams – albeit this time as QB1 of the Broncos – and a present from Tom Brady’s Buccaneers’ Christmas evening headed to the desert to face Kyler Murray and the Cardinals means a trio of treats which can be positive to relegate the NBA to stocking stuffer standing.

Santa: Three Christmas video games? How is Saint Nick presupposed to put up over 10 hours of soccer after flying all over the world the evening earlier than? Fairly merciless, Goodell — particularly that 1 p.m. ET kickoff with the official North Pole group, the Packers, taking part in in Miami.

Chiefs: Kansas Metropolis’s first eight video games are towards groups that had successful data in 2021. Oof.

Buccaneers, Colts, Patriots: The playoff hopefuls open with back-to-back roadies – although, fortunately for them, North is ensuring no group begins their season with three back-to-back roadies. Nonetheless, not essentially excellent…though it is value noting that TB12 by no means began 0-2. The Pats may be extra unsettled by their 4 consecutive prime-time appearances in Weeks 12-15, a streak that features dates with the Vikings, Payments, Cardinals and Raiders.

Twine cutter: If you have not accepted the streaming… welp. Prime Video has develop into the unique area of the league’s Thursday Night time Package deal – a 15-game run – and ESPN+ will present the Broncos-Jaguars recreation in London on October 30. If you have not embraced the longer term but – or refuse to subscribe for each streaming service – be ready to overlook out on a great chunk of reside soccer.


Comply with USA TODAY Sports activities’ Nate Davis on Twitter @ByNateDavis.

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