CLEVELAND, Ohio — Are you ready for some football?
The NFL kicks off its 103rd season on Thursday night when the defending champion Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills in what could be a potential matchup in Super Bowl LVII. The game will air on NBC before Amazon Prime Video takes over as the exclusive home of “Thursday Night Football” in Week 2. The move is one of several firsts in the league’s broadcast schedule this season.
Here is a guide on how to watch NFL on TV in 2022.
Amazon will stream 15 Thursday night games, starting with the Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs matchup on Sept. 15. Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit will be in the booth with Kaylee Hartung reporting from the sidelines. The Cleveland Browns appear once on the Prime Video schedule, in a Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. To stream the games, you must have an Amazon Prime ($14.99 a month) or Amazon Prime Video ($8.99) subscription. Games with local teams will be broadcast on a local station. For example, the Browns-Steelers game on September 22 will be simulcast on WEWS News 5.
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CBS remains the television home of the AFC as it has been since 1998, usually broadcasting one or two away games in or out of the conference on Sunday afternoons. This season, CBS will air at least 10 Browns games on WOIO Cleveland 19. Local games can also be streamed on Paramount+, which starts at $4.99 a month. Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, and Tracy Wolfson remain the network’s primary broadcast team.
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FOX continues to be the official network of the NFC, broadcasting one or two Sunday afternoon games each week, usually between NFC teams or when an NFC team plays an AFC team on the road. FOX’s affiliate in Cleveland is WJW FOX 8, which is scheduled to air two Browns games (Nov. 27 vs. Tampa Bay and Jan. 1 at Washington). “America’s Game of the Week” will be called by a new No. 1 broadcast team of Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen in the booth along with Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi returning on the sidelines.
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NBC will air 20 nationally televised primetime games branded “Sunday Night Football,” beginning with the NFL kickoff game on Sept. 8. The first Sunday night game of the season is between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys on September 11. The network will also air the Thanksgiving night game between the New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 24. Games start at 8:20 p.m. Melissa Stark joins mainstay Cris Collinsworth. The Browns are not currently on the Sunday night schedule, though their games against the Ravens on Dec. 18 and at Pittsburgh on Jan. 8 are still listed as TBD. In Cleveland, NBC games are available on WKYC Channel 3. “Sunday Night Football” can also be streamed on Peacock Premium, which costs $4.99 a month.
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NFL SUNDAY TICKET
If you’re looking to watch every Sunday afternoon game out of the market, NFL Sunday Ticket is, well, your ticket. The 200+ game package is available on DirecTV via satellite starting at $79.99. Fans who live in apartments, condominiums or select areas within various metropolitan cities where DirecTV service is not available can stream the NFL Sunday Ticket package on NFLSundayTicket.tv. for $73.49 per month for 4 months or an initial charge of $293.96.
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The league’s new streaming service airs every in-market and nationally televised game, including those on NBC, Prime Video and ESPN, with one big catch. You can only see them on your phone or tablet. The price is $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year.
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ESPN will air 17 “Monday Night Football” games over the course of the 17-week season, including a Week 2 doubleheader with one of the games on ABC. After several seasons of playing musical chairs in the booth, ESPN brought in Joe Buck and Troy Aikman from FOX to bring some stability to the broadcasts. Lisa Salters is a constant as a secondary reporter. The Browns play once on Monday night, Oct. 31 against the Bengals. That game will also be shown locally on WEWS News 5.
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