Start time, how to watch and stream the start of the NFL 2022

It’s been 208 days since Super Bowl LVI, but after a long offseason, football is finally back.

The Buffalo Bills will face the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday to kick off the 2022 NFL season. It’s only the 13th meeting overall between the two franchises, and it comes as most pundits predict it could finally be the year Josh Allen finally hands out a Lombardi Trophy to long-suffering Buffalo fans.

The game will air on NBC and will feature not-so-new broadcaster Mike Tirico, who has already called 22 games (19 regular season, three preseason) along with analyst Cris Collinsworth, who enters his 14th season on Sunday night football. Tirico replaces legendary broadcaster Al Michaels, a move he has been waiting for since leaving ESPN to join NBC in 2016.

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“I’ve been waiting a long time to get back in the saddle and looking forward to the full season,” Tirico said in a recent conference call.

The stand isn’t the only change fans will notice. NBC is rolling out all new graphics and a couple of new camera angles, including tower cameras for the first time. But don’t expect anything crazy from new coordinating producer Rob Hyland, who will replace Fred Gaudelli, who left to direct. Thursday night football for Amazon Prime Video.

“The presentation may look a little different. Some of the camera angles may be unique and new for this season,” Hyland said. “But what has made the show so successful will continue to move forward.”

Here’s everything you need to know to watch or stream the Bills-Rams game:

  • Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif.

  • Weather: 8:20 p.m. East Start

  • TV: NBC (Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Melissa Stark)

  • Transmission: NBC Sports App (requires cable authentication), NFL+, Fubo TV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Stream (all subscription required)

  • Referee: Carl Cheffers’

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Coverage on NBC begins with Football night in America at 7 pm, hosted by Maria Taylor and featuring analysts Tony Dungy, Jason Garrett, Chris Simms, Jac Collinsworth and Rodney Harrison.

The pregame show will also feature a couple of new faces: former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and fantasy football pundit Matthew Berry, who left ESPN after 15 years to join NBC on last month. NFL member Mike Florio will also join the broadcast from his home studio.

The Bills lost four Super Bowls in a row during the 1990s (the closest was Super Bowl XXV, which they lost to a missed Scott Norwood field goal), but they remain one of only 12 NFL teams yet to win. have brought home a Lombardi Trophy.

Four teams never made it to the Super Bowl: the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars.


No. of Super Bowls

last appearance

Los Angeles Chargers


nineteen ninety five

Yeah, it’s Thursday, but tonight’s game is technically part of NBC. Sunday night football package. Here’s the full slate of NBC games this season, with the Eagles scheduled to play in two of the network’s primetime games: Oct. 16 against the Dallas Cowboys and Nov. 27 against the Green Bay Packers.

Just a reminder that times could change thanks to the NFL’s flexible rules, allowing top games to move into prime time starting in week 5. As is the case every year, there are no games scheduled for Week 18 because the league will wait to make sure it has an impact on the playoffs.

  • Week 1, September 8: Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams

  • Week 1, September 11: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys

  • Week 2, September 18: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

  • Week 3, September 25: San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos

  • Week 4, October 2: Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Week 5, October 9: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

  • Week 6, October 16: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

  • Week 7, October 23: Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami Dolphins

  • Week 8, October 30: Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills

  • Week 9, November 6: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs

  • Week 10, November 13: Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

  • Week 11, November 20: Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Week 12, November 24 (Thanksgiving): New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings

  • Week 12, November 27: Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles

  • Week 13, December 4: Indianapolis Colts at the Dallas Cowboys

  • Week 14, December 11: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

  • Week 15, December 18: New England Patriots vs. Las Vegas Raiders

  • Week 16, December 25: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals

  • Week 17, January 1: Los Angeles Rams vs. Los Angeles Chargers

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