NBC will host two games as part of its Sunday Night Football presentation in Week 1, beginning with Thursday night’s Bills-Rams NFL Kickoff Game.
LOS ANGELES – NFL Week 1 is officially here, and in just a few hours you’ll be hearing the signature NBC Sunday Night Football intro as NBC airs the Bills vs. Rams game in LA to kick off the NFL season.
It will be the typical Sunday Night Football presentation Thursday for the NFL opener, but the crew will look a little different from last year after play-by-play commentator Al Michaels failed to renew his contract to work with him to stay NBC and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya left the industry during the offseason.
Mike Tirico will now be on the stand alongside Cris Collinsworth and Melissa Stark will take on the sideline of reporting.
Then NBC will broadcast Sunday Night Football at its typical Sunday night time when Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs play the Cowboys in Dallas.
“Sunday Night Football” matchup on Thursday night
Thursday night’s NFL Kickoff Game matchup is between the defending champion Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills.
The Rams will host the game at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, where they won the Super Bowl in February.
The Bills are hoping for a hot start after failing in the AFC Divisional Round in the playoffs against the Chiefs, a second year in a row Josh Allen and the Bills lost in the playoffs to Kansas City.
Meanwhile, the Rams are looking to pick up where they left off after winning 11 of their last 12 games of the year (including playoffs) to lift the Lombardi Trophy. Matthew Stafford is returning as quarterback with the primary goal for Cooper Kupp to build on a 2021-22 All-Pro season.
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Here’s how to watch Thursday night’s NFL kickoff game
Pre-game coverage of the competition begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC with the network’s “NFL Kickoff 2022” program.
Week 1 will be the only time NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast team will televise a Thursday night game.
Football game on Sunday night
On Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will visit the Dallas Cowboys in their typical Sunday Night Football slot. The Bucs and Cowboys played in NBC’s 2021 NFL kickoff game Thursday night when the Bucs defeated the Cowboys 31-29 in Tampa.
Tom Brady returns after briefly retiring this offseason only to return to the team. Bruce Arians stepped down as head coach and now Todd Bowles is leading the Bucs team. The Bucs are bringing back strong defense, as are playmakers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette.
The Cowboys come into the game hoping to avoid going backwards after winning the NFC East with a 12-5 record last season before losing at home to the 49ers in the NFC Wild Card playoffs. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are returning on offense, as is young receiver CeeDee Lamb, who is primed for a big year after Dallas sold Prescott’s top target in Amari Cooper to the Browns.
Get ready for Sunday Night Football by watching the DAILY Locked On Bucs Podcast, free and available on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts!
Get ready for Sunday Night Football by watching the DAILY Locked On Cowboys Podcast, free and available on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts!
How to watch Sunday Night Football Week 1
Pre-game coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. ET with NBC’s “Football Night in America.”
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