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NFL schedule 2022: ‘Monday Night Football’ doubleheader in Week 2 with Titans at Bills, Vikings at Eagles

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The NFL will have a quirk to the league schedule in 2022 as there will be a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader in Week 2 (Sept. 19), with two games being played at the same time. The first game will pit the Tennessee Titans at the Buffalo Bills, to be played at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Philadelphia Eagles will play host to the Minnesota Vikings in the second game, which will start at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. 

The Bills are expected to be one of the favorites to reach the Super Bowl in the AFC, led by Josh Allen and a star-powered offense featuring Stefon Diggs and the emergence of Gabriel Davis. This will be the fifth consecutive year Buffalo will play Tennessee as the Bills have lost their last two games against the Titans. This is the first time the teams have met in Buffalo since 2018. 

The Eagles had one of the biggest moves of the offseason with the acquisition of A.J. Brown from the Titans and are coming off a playoff appearance last year. The Vikings just missed the playoffs last year, but Justin Jefferson will be making his first visit to Lincoln Financial Field since Philadelphia selected Jalen Reagor one pick before him in the 2020 NFL Draft. Jefferson is the only receiver in NFL history to have 3,000 receiving yards after his first two seasons. 

The “Monday Night Football” doubleheader had been an opening-week staple on the schedule since 2006, as the late game (typically starting at 10:15 p.m. ET), featured West Coast teams. The Week 1 doubleheader was eliminated last year to feature a Week 18 doubleheader on the final Saturday of the regular season that included any team still fighting for a playoff spot or division title (both were flex games). That Saturday doubleheader will still be played in Week 18 under the new television contract. 

In the new ESPN/ABC contract with the league, the annual “Monday Night Football” doubleheader was expected to make its return this season with a twist. ESPN will up its slate of games from 17 to 23 and will have three games exclusively on ABC in addition to games being played on ESPN — so there will be three weeks of “Monday Night Football” doubleheaders in 2022 and each season after. ESPN will also have the right to flex a “Monday Night Football” matchup from Week 12 through Week 18. ESPN+ will also have an exclusive game, which will be one of the international games on the calendar. 

The full 2022 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, May 12, at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network, NFL.com and the NFL app. NFL GameDay View: Schedule Release will stream that night at 8 p.m. ET on Paramount+, NFL.com, the NFL app, YouTube and the NFL Channel.

Here is the 2022 “Monday Night Football” schedule, which will be updated as the games are released:

1

TBA

2

9/19

Titans at Bills

7 p.m. 

ESPN

2

9/19

Vikings at Eagles 

8:30 p.m.

ABC

3

TBA

4

TBA

5

TBA

6

TBA

7

TBA

8

TBA

8 10/30 (Sunday) Broncos at Jaguars (London) 9:30 a.m. ESPN+

9

TBA

10

TBA

11

TBA

12

TBA

13

TBA

14

TBA

15

TBA

16

TBA

17

TBA

18

TBA (Saturday)
18 TBA (Saturday)


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