What day does the NFL season start? Date, teams, TV schedule for 2022 season-opener

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On Thursday, Sept. 8, there will new beginning to a Hollywood ending.

Matthew Stafford and the Rams hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl 56, ending Stafford’s more than decade-long odyssey in search of football hardware, and the franchise’s two-decade long search for their second Super Bowl victory.

As is custom, the defending Super Bowl champs will kick off the new NFL season, this time against a championship hopeful. The Rams defend their house against Josh Allen and the Bills, who are looking to avenge an all-time great loss to the Chiefs in the 2021 AFC divisional round.

Here’s what you need to know about the next NFL season:

What day does the NFL season start?

  • Date: Thursday, Sept. 8
  • Start time: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • Teams: Los Angeles Rams vs. Buffalo Bills

As is custom, the defending Super Bowl champions will take the field in the season opener. This year, the Los Angeles Rams set out to defend their Super Bowl 56 victory against Super Bowl 57 hopeful Buffalo Bills.

In his first season with the team, Matthew Stafford helped guide the team to their second Super Bowl victory and their first since 1999.

The Bills’ season was ended by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round, in one of the most memorable, wild and insane games in NFL history. The loss sparked change for the NFL’s overtime rules, which will go into effect this upcoming season.

How to watch NFL 2022 season opener

  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: FuboTV (free trial)

Thursday night’s Rams vs. Bills matchup is the only “Thursday Night Football” game that will be broadcast on NBC. The remainder of the “TNF” slate heads to Amazon Prime Video. 

FuboTV carries NBC, and offers a free trial.

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