Football fans, are you ready for the biggest football league of the year? Yes, the National Football League (NFL) is back, with 18 weeks of thrilling regular sessions. We will update you with every bit of the season, starting from its schedules to the new rules and much more!
The NFL is one of the most awaited football leagues, with millions of fans worldwide. People aren’t just interested in watching the games but also placing their bets on their favorite teams. In fact, some wagerers are already checking out the NFL Week 1 odds to interpret their winning probability.
All in all, the NFL enthusiasm is at its peak. That’s why we have brought all the information that you might need to know about the league:
For all the curious minds wondering about the NFL schedule, the 2022 season is just three months away. The regular game is scheduled to start on September 8, 2022, and end on January 8, 2023. This will be the 103rd season of the National Football League.
The playoffs will start on January 14, 2023, and end on February 12, 2023, with Super Bowl LVII (championship game). Looking at the past history of memorable playoffs in the NFL, this tournament will be interesting to watch. The Pro Bowl will start on February 5, 2023.
While the Super Bowl LVII will be played in State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, the Pro Bowl will be held in Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida. The first regular game will be a kickoff game between Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills.
Preseason and Postseason
The preseason for NFL 2022 will start in early August (4 August) with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. But, the training sessions will begin before the preseason in July and last throughout August.
Las Vegas will fight off Jacksonville in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.
Once the regular session ends, the postseason will begin. It will feature the playoffs with three wild-card games for each conference. To be particular, a Wild Card Weekend is scheduled to start in mid-January.
There will also be a divisional round on January 21-22, where the top four teams will play against each other. The team that wins will move forward to the Conference Championships, that’s likely to be held on January 29, followed by Super Bowl LVII.
On March 28, some new rules were announced by the NFL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. This includes:
- There should be a female/minority offensive assistant as staff.
- A new rule called the Rooney Rule has been introduced to include women of all races and ethnic backgrounds.
Apart from that, some changes were also noticed in the normal rules. Like, in the postseason, both teams will be given one possession during overtime, regardless of any touchdown.
Also, the receiving team will have a maximum number of nine players in the set-up zone during kickoffs.
Key Highlights of the Regular Season
The key highlights of the NFL regular season will include:
International Series: This year, the NFL will likely host various games in other countries. For example, three games are scheduled to be held in London. These matches will be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Wembley Stadium.
Besides London, viewers may witness a match in Germany at Munich’s Allianz Arena. The NFL will return to Mexico with a face-off between San Francisco and Arizona at Estadio Azteca stadium.
Thanksgiving and Christmas: NFL will follow its tradition and schedule three games on Thanksgiving day with afternoon doubleheaders and primetime. On Christmas, the league will, for the first team, organize three matches with an afternoon doubleheader and Sunday Night Football game. There will also be a primetime game on Christmas Eve.
- There is a new name update for the Washington Football Team. The team was renamed Washington Commanders, and they will play with the same name this season.
- The Philadelphia team’s uniform has been updated, and now they feature a new wordmark. Their uniform has been updated after 16 years (last designed in 1996).
- New Orleans and Philadelphia are set to introduce black helmets. Washingtons has come up with a new alternative set of black helmets. They are the first-ever team in the league to start secondary helmets.
- New England will return to their red-colored uniforms with the white helmet logo design of 1961.
So, that’s all about the NFL season 2022. This year the game will be quite thrilling for football lovers around the world. A lot of new rules and changes have been made to the league. So, it will be exciting to watch how teams respond to the same. Let’s hope things go well, and the world stays clear of pandemics, so we can enjoy a good NFL season 2022.