What is the NFL schedule over the holidays?
Since Christmas and New Year’s Day both occur on Sundays, we’ll have lots of opportunities to relax on the sofa and watch professional football.
The league has seized this chance, and the Christmas schedule for 2022 is packed with high-profile games featuring teams that are certain to make the playoffs. However, when Week 17 rolls around, there will be a scheduling conflict between the college and professional games since it will fall on the same day as the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl.
Though the Jets, Giants, and Lions are all due to play and may easily surprise come autumn, it’s apparent that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell prioritized becoming the unofficial chatter of the holiday celebration this offseason.
This is what we have in store for you this winter as the temperature drops and the holiday season begins again.
December 24th - Christmas Eve
Las Vegas Raiders vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Two playoff teams from 2021 must demonstrate a lot in 2022. On the strength of their Derek Carr-Davante Adams partnership, the Raiders will attempt to maintain their lead in the AFC West. Although not ideal, maybe better than late-stage Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers will depend on either Mitchell Trubisky or Kenny Pickett as their quarterback, and they will have a solid defense to support them.
December 25th - Christmas Day
Green Bay Packers vs Miami Dolphins
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
The Packers have a youthful defense and the reigning two-time MVP at quarterback, even without Adams. In 2022, Tua Tagovailoa may exceed expectations and help the Dolphins succeed. If not, Miami has enough skill to get him through tough days.
Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Rams
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
For some reason, despite Jeff Fisher being the Rams’ head coach for a good amount of the time that Russell Wilson has faced them (21 times), Wilson is just 8-12 against them. In a match that might very well serve as a preview for the Super Bowl, the defending champs will face off against one of the AFC’s emerging teams.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Arizona Cardinals
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Under Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals are only 2-6 at home in December. He has spent the tail portion of his season freefalling due to difficult scheduling and his own failure to make changes. The Bucs have a tough, young, upcoming secondary that should be healthy by Christmas.
January 1st - New Year’s Day
The NFL is looking to compete with college football and will add ten games to do just that. Plus, the slots lure you away from the Rose Bowl.
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Time: 10:05 p.m. ET
Time: 10:25 p.m. ET
Plenty of football to watch and enjoy while relaxing in the comfort of home and the family. Truly one of the best years to not miss any action coming. May the best team win.
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