Over 18 weeks and 272 games, the NFL regular season will provide its own twists, turns, narratives, and drama. Thanks to the wide range of media options out there, modern NFL fans now have the opportunity to see more of the action than ever before, particularly when it comes to the big televised games.
Fans and pundits weighing up the NFL odds always have to consider whether a game will be televised live across the nation. When a national audience is watching, the pressure on the players increases and commonly, the level of pressure will be similar to that of a playoff game. So, as we look ahead to the 2022 season, here are ten live televised games that you won’t want to miss.
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Buffalo Bills at LA Rams¾Week One
The opening game of the regular season has the potential to be a Thursday Night Football classic as the defending champions, the LA Rams, take on the defeated AFC Conference Finalists, Buffalo Bills, at the same venue where the Super Bowl was decided.
The loaded Rams team will be keen to make an early statement but Josh Allen and the Bills are also on the up, and the switch of Von Miller from the Rams to the Bills in the off-season will add another layer of intrigue to this match-up.
Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks¾Week One
The first Monday Night Football contest of the season is likely to be a fiery one as Russell Wilson makes an immediate return to Seattle, but this time, as the Denver Broncos’ star signing. With eight playoff appearances and one Super Bowl title, Wilson could argue that he has done his duty for Seattle.
However, he isn’t guaranteed a completely rapturous reception and this opening game looks like a tough one for a Broncos team that is going all out for success this year.
Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers¾Week Three
Aaron Rodgers versus Tom Brady is one of those enduring NFL rivalries that make the game richer and it will be fascinating to see how they compete here.
Both players were considered doubtful returners at various stages of the offseason but NFL fans will get to see them go head to head at least one more time as the Packers aim for revenge after their defeat in the NFC Conference Final.
Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers¾Week Four
After Aaron Rodgers, it is the turn of Patrick Mahomes to attempt to dethrone Brady. A rematch of Super Bowl LV, this game promises to be compelling viewing, as all five of their encounters have been to date.
Not surprisingly, this has been scheduled as a Sunday Night Football pick.
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs¾Week Six
Last season, these two teams met in the AFC divisional playoffs and produced an all-time classic, as two of the best quarterbacks in the league clashed.
Both Mahomes and Allen ended up with over 300 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions, a remarkable exhibition of modern quarterback greatness. The Chiefs came out on top 42-36, so the Bills will be aiming to turn the tables.
Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals¾Week Thirteen
With the season heading rapidly towards the playoffs at this point, the schedule has thrown up a rematch of the AFC Championship game, in which the Bengals and Joe Burrow upset the Chiefs en route to the Super Bowl.
Both teams will hope to have solid winning records by this point in the regular season, but taking on the Bengals in Cincinnati will give Mahomes a chance of laying down a marker for the playoffs.
New England Patriots at Las Vegas Raiders¾Week Fifteen
This game promises a fascinating clash between Bill Belichick and his former offensive coach, Josh McDaniels, who has taken the head coach job at the Raiders.
Mac Jones, the Patriots quarterback, faces a tough challenge on the road against the man who was designing his plays last season.
Denver Broncos at LA Rams¾Week Sixteen
This looks like it will be a tasty treat for Christmas Day. The Broncos will head to LA to take on the powerful Rams, but Russell Wilson will be keen to make an impact and show that he still has the fire and the skills to take a team all the way to the Super Bowl.
Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals¾Week Seventeen
This is the final Monday Night Football of the regular season and it could turn out to be the best, as rising stars Josh Allen and Joe Burrow go head to head in what promises to be a high-scoring game. Both franchises will expect to have their playoff spots secured by this stage, but if one or both need a win here, this game will have an extra edge.