NFL schedule release date, confirmed games and TV channel

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The NFL’s schedule release is just around the corner, and here we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the process.

We’re trying to figure out who’s playing who and when

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The wait for the NFL season continues, but fans will get another reason to look forward to the new campaign this week.

While the NFL season only lasts five months, the league dominates the headlines year-round.

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And last month, it was the NFL draft that drew attention as the 32 teams chose which college stars would become professional players.

This week it’s time for the release of the schedule, when each team will be told the order in which they will play their games.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the event.

When is the timetable release?

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The 2022 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 12 in the US or Friday, May 13 in UK time.

It starts at 8pm Eastern in the US which is 1pm in the UK.

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is it on tv

Schedule release will appear on NFL Network, which requires a subscription.

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There are no plans to show it on TV in the UK as Sky Sports does not reserve time for the release of the schedule.

Sky Sports News is likely to show part of the schedule as Sky Sports will carry coverage of the season itself.

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In any case, all NFL clubs will broadcast the games via their digital channels.

Confirmed Games

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As part of a teaser, we already know some games for the coming season.

In week one, we know that the Kansas City Chiefs and LA Chargers will be Thursday night prime time, while the Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings will be the first Sunday night TV games.

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In week three, the New Orleans Saints meet the Vikings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In week four, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers take on the New York Giants in London

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Denver Broncos, now armed with Russell Wilson, play in London on October 30.

On November 13, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will meet the Seattle Seahawks at Germany’s Allianz Arena, and the Arizona Cardinals will meet the San Francisco 49ers on November 22 in Mexico City.

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How does it work?

Six NFL executives are tasked with putting together the schedule.

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Hundreds of computers are used to compile the order of the 272-game season.

Executives are tasked with selecting which games will be shown in prime time on Sunday nights, which will be selected for Thursday nights, and so on.

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Brady’s career nearly ended in 2008 when he tore both the ACL and MCL in the knee and missed the entire season. However, he was exceptional on his return, winning an additional four Super Bowls.

This year’s schedule was reportedly all but torn apart when Tom Brady came out of retirement.

Brady is the ultimate primetime quarterback to draw crowds, and his return will likely result in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers getting a lot more airtime than they would otherwise have.

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How do the fittings work?

Each team plays the other three teams in its division, home and away, each year.

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In addition, each team plays four teams from other divisions in the same conference, with two games at home and two away.

This department changes every year and operates on a three-year cycle.

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Each team also faces a team from each of the remaining divisions in its conference, and those teams will have finished in a similar position last season. One of those games will be at home, the other away.

Teams also play once against each of four teams from a predetermined division in the other conference, with two home and two away.

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This part of the planning works in a four-year cycle. For example, the AFC East plays once every four years against teams from the NFC West and in between against teams from the other divisions of the other conference.

Finally, there is a game against a team from a predetermined division of the other conference that ended in a similar position. This works in a four-year cycle and can either be at home or on the go.

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As of 2021, each team plays 17 regular-season games after adding one game to the schedule.

Each team also scheduled a bye week between weeks six and 14, making the schedule 18 weeks total.

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