NFL Week 1: Reasons to watch each game

Here’s why you should tune in to each NFL game in Week 1.

We finally made it! The 2022 NFL season kicks off Thursday night with an epic matchup between the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and a Buffalo Bills squad who are favorites to make it to the big game this season.

The first week of the NFL provides plenty of high-profile matchups and storylines worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. Big names in new places; players facing off against their former teams; division rivals kicking off the season. You name it, the NFL has got it.

As the 2022 NFL season kicks off, our 32 NFL Wire editors offered their reasons for why you should tune in to each game in Week 1.


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6 takeaways from Bucs’ 2022 regular-season schedule

Breaking down the most compelling storylines for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on their 2022 regular-season schedule

The NFL finally released the full 18-week schedule for the 2022 regular season Thursday night, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will once again be heavily featured.

Here are some of the most compelling storylines coming out of the Bucs’ 17-game slate for this season:

LOOK: Here’s the Bucs’ 2022 regular season schedule

Check out the full 2022 NFL regular-season schedule for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The 2022 NFL regular season schedule is officially out, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 17-game slate is loaded with prime-time slots, marquee matchups and superstar showdowns.

The Bucs will open the season against the same team as last year, but this time on the road, kicking off their 2022 campaign in Dallas against the Cowboys. They’ll stay away from home in Week 2, with a division tilt against the rival New Orleans Saints.

In Week 3, the Bucs will finally enjoy the home-field advantage of Raymond James Stadium, as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers come to Tampa. Another iconic quarterback visits the Bucs the following week, as Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs return to RJS for a Super Bowl LV rematch with Tom Brady and the Bucs.

Here’s the full schedule for Tampa Bay this season:

Week Date Opponent Time (ET)
1 Sept. 11 at Dallas Cowboys 8:20 p.m. Tickets
2 Sept. 18 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. Tickets
3 Sept. 25 vs Green Bay Packers 4:25 p.m. Tickets
4 Oct. 2 vs Kansas City Chiefs 8:20 p.m. Tickets
5 Oct. 9 vs Atlanta Falcons 1 p.m. Tickets
6 Oct. 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1 p.m. Tickets
7 Oct. 23 at Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. Tickets
8 Oct. 27 vs Baltimore Ravens 8:15 p.m. Tickets
9 Nov. 6 vs Los Angeles Rams 4:25 p.m. Tickets
10 Nov. 13 vs Seattle Seahawks (Munich) 9:30 a.m. Tickets
11 Nov. 20 BYE WEEK
12 Nov. 27 at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. Tickets
13 Dec. 5 vs New Orleans Saints 8:15 p.m. Tickets
14 Dec. 11 at San Francisco 49ers 4:25 p.m. Tickets
15 Dec. 18 vs Cincinnati Bengals 4:25 p.m. Tickets
16 Dec. 25 at Arizona Cardinals 8:20 p.m. Tickets
17 Jan. 1 vs Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. Tickets
18 Jan. 7/8 at Atlanta Falcons TBD Tickets

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NFL schedule: Bucs host Packers in Week 3 home opener

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open their home slate of the 2022 NFL regular season against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won’t play a regular-season game at home until Week 3 this year, and when they do, it’ll make up for the wait.

Tom Brady and the Bucs are set to host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Raymond James Stadium in Week 3, as Tampa Bay begins their home slate with a marquee matchup of NFC contenders.

With the GOAT leading the way, Tampa Bay got the best of Rodgers and the Packers twice in 2020, on their way to winning the Super Bowl. After a blowout regular-season win in Tampa, the Bucs upset the Packers at Lambeau Field in the NFC title game.

This time around, it could be the last time we ever see Brady and Rodgers face off on the gridiron.

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Bucs open 2022 regular season with prime-time road matchup vs. Cowboys

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open up the 2022 NFL regular season against the same team they faced in Week 1 last year

The NFL has been slowly revealing bits and pieces of the 2022 regular-season schedule ahead of Thursday night’s full reveal, and the latest unveiling includes the entire Week 1 slate for every team.

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that means a road trip to face the Dallas Cowboys, a rematch of last year’s season-opening game in Tampa. Once again, this game will be a featured on NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football,” in front of a national audience.

Tampa Bay defeated Dallas on a last-second field goal to kick off their 2021 campaign, but this time, the Cowboys will get the benefit of home-field advantage.

It will once again be a marquee matchup of NFC title contenders, and a showdown between two superstar quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Dak Prescott.

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NFL Schedule: Tracking all the latest Bucs leaks, rumors and reports

Get all the latest on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ schedule for the 2022 NFL regular season

The NFL is set to release the complete schedule for the 2022 regular season Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET, and we’re already getting early reports about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ upcoming slate.

Here are all the latest announcements, reports, rumors and leaks regarding this year’s schedule for the Bucs: