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Thursday Night Football: 2022 Schedule and how to watch in the UK

By Tayyib Abu

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Published: 20:53, 4 July 2022 | Updated: 10:38, 1 August 2022

The 2022 NFL season has a new exclusive broadcaster on the scene in the United States with Amazon Prime Video taking sole ownership of Thursday Night Football.

Amazon joins ESPN, CBS, NBC, and FOX in taking sole ownership of some of the most watched sporting events on earth.


In 2021, the NFL handed the Thursday Night Football package to Prime Video in a domestic deal reportedly worth $11 billion over the next 11 years in the United States alone. Amazon has held simulcast rights since 2017 for select games, but this new deal gives them exclusivity on 15 regular-season games, plus one preseason game. 

The good news of course is that you can watch the games in the UK too…

Now of course for the first time Amazon holds total control on the production side – previously it took the NFL Network coverage along with the FOX Sports commentary. Now, it will feel like a bespoke Amazon event.

It marks a significant shift in broadcast philosophy as the NFL takes a big step in embracing cord-cutting fans. However, Amazon will still need to make games available on traditional TV in a team’s local market in the United States. For example, a Cincinnati Bengals game must still be televised on a local TV station. Select games will also be simulcast on Twitch.

Amazon will not televise a game during the opening week of the 2022 NFL season, nor will they broadcast any games on Thanksgiving Thursday in November. 

There have though been rumours about a possible Black Friday game to tie in with one of the biggest shopping days in the world. The NFL has not confirmed anything on that.

What we do know is that Amazon Prime Video will broadcast 15 regular-season games in 2022.

Thursday Night Football Schedule for 2022

The NFL announced its schedule on May 12, 2022. It also announced the schedule for their primetime televised games.

Historically, the TNF slate has lagged behind the Sunday and Monday night games in terms of major matchups. But in year one of a new TV contract, the league has tried to move more marquee games to Thursday.

All kickoff times listed are UK:

Week 2: Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Date: September 16, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

Two in-divisional powerhouses clash in a game which features two superstar quarterbacks and NFL MVP candidates in Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes

Week 3: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns
Date: September 23, 2022 
Kickoff: 0115 UK 

A historic rivalry plays out in primetime, potentially with two new QBs taking centre stage. That is assuming Cleveland’s Deshaun Watson is not suspended and Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett beats out Mitch Trubisky for the starting job.

Week 4: Miami Dophins @ Cincinnati Bengals
Date: September 30, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

The first match-up in the pros between 2020 draft mates Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa could deliver fireworks. Thrown in two sensational wide receivers in new Dolphin Tyreek Hill and Bengal superstar Ja’Marr Chase and this is a popcorn-worthy matchup.

Week 5: Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos
Date: October 7, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

A fascinating matchup of teams which both acquired big-name new quarterbacks in the offseason. The Broncos gave up the house to trade for Russell Wilson from Seattle, while Indy acquired former Falcon Matt Ryan for a much more modest outlay. Terrific game in prospect.

Week 6: Washington Commanders @ Chicago Bears
Date: October 14, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

We get an early look at the Carson Wentz era in Washington as the Commanders swing for the fences again to find their answer at QB. The Bears meanwhile face a tough season unless sophomore QB Justin Fields can raise his game.

Week 7: New Orleans Saints @ Arizona Cardinals
Date: October 21, 2022
Kickoff: 0115

A stifling Saints defense comes face to face with a high-flying Cardinals offense for what should be a fascinating matchup in Glendale. It features the electrifying skills of Kyler Murray at QB while the Saints once again go with Jameis Winston at QB in a bid to contend in 2022.

Week 8: Baltimore Ravens @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date: October 28, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

Tom Brady vs Lamar Jackson and two ferocious defenses go to war in Florida – what’s not to like about this one? A potential Super Bowl rehearsal if Lamar can return to the MVP levels of a couple of years ago.

Tom Brady Thursday Night Football

Week 9: Philadelphia Eagles @ Houston Texans
Date: November 4, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

Must-win territory for the Eagles, who will hope to be challenging Dallas for the NFC East title after a really offseason. The Texans meanwhile are starting to rebuild after trading away the aforementioned Deshaun Watson, and will likely start a big underdog.

Week 10: Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers
Date: November 11, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

Two teams who are in between QBs right now – both seeking for the next answer at the game’s most important position. If it was Week 1 we’d be looking at Marcus Mariota vs Sam Darnold, but by Week 10 we could be looking at a rookie matchup between Desmond Ridder and Matt Corral.

Week 11: Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers
Date: November 18, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

Great matchup this one, there is nothing quite like Lambeau Field in November. Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers hosts a Titans team which again will be one of the contenders to progress to the Super Bowl from the AFC.

Week 13: Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
Date: December 2, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

Huge AFC East matchup between the heavily favoured Bills and the Bill Belichick-led Patriots. Buffalo routed New England in the playoffs in 2021 so there are scores to settle for the men from Foxboro.

Week 14: Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Rams
Date: December 9, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

The reigning Super Bowl champions make their TNF debut in 2022 with a home game at SoFi vs the intriguing Las Vegas Raiders. Vegas made big splashes in the offseason by trading for Davante Adams and signing pass rusher Chandler Jones. Will it pay off?

Week 15: San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Date: December 16, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

A once fierce NFC West rivalry may be a little bit one-sided in 2022 with the Seahawks in rebuild mode after trading away Russ and also allowing franchise cornerstone Bobby Wagner to walk in free agency. The Niners meanwhile are expected to contend again in the NFC.

Week 16: Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Jets
Date: December 23, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

A matchup of teams who are both expected to be significantly improved in 2022. Both have second-year QBs in Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson and the potential to make major strides if their offseason moves pay off.

Week 17: Dallas Cowboys @ Tennessee Titans
Date: December 30, 2022
Kickoff: 0115 UK

‘America’s Team’ finally make the TNF schedule for its final game of 2022 with a tough trip to Nashville to face the tough Titans. A showdown which is highly likely to have playoff ramifications, probably in terms of where these teams will be seeded.

How to watch Thursday Night Football in the UK

UK fans can watch all of the scheduled games on Prime Video. You can either pay £79.99 for an annual Amazon Prime subscription or £7.99 per month. New fans can sign up for a free trial to watch their team’s specific game. 

The games will also still be available on Sky Sports and NFL Game Pass in the UK – as they have been in recent years.

While Amazon has invested in sports TV rights before, this NFL deal signals the first significant signs of major intent from the global giant. It had already dipped into televising a small package of English Premier League games and Autumn Nations Cup Rugby.

The only other considerable deals in their sports portfolio are in Tennis; Amazon is the primary rights holder for the ATP Tour and exclusively broadcasts the US Open. 

However, none of those events match the NFL’s gravitas and must-watch appeal. It is the biggest driver in US TV ratings and nothing compares for mass viewership.

Who is hosting Thursday Night Football?

The NFL offseason is typically a busy period for teams and players, but this year the broadcast booth merry-go-round was just as fascinating.

When the music stopped, Amazon had landed the legendary Al Michaels to lead its commentary alongside College Football stalwart Kirk Herbstreit.

Michaels is a decorated broadcaster who has commentated on more Super Bowls than anyone alive, as well as being the voice of Monday Night Football and latterly, Sunday Night Football. Amazon is reportedly paying Michaels $15 million yearly to call Thursday night games.

Herbstreit meanwhile is a familiar face to fans of College Football. The former quarterback is a critical figure in ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the collegiate game. A veteran of big games, Herbstreit is a natural broadcaster and he will pocket upwards of $10 million a year to work alongside Michaels. 

Completing the Amazon lineup is a trio of star names; Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman, and Ryan Fitzpatrick form the studio lineup. They will work with host Charissa Thompson for pre and post-game analysis. 

The rush for analysts and commentators did not start and stop with Amazon, however. 

Disney-backed ESPN made a big splash as it poached the iconic FOX duo of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Buck and Aikman are the most experienced commentary pair in the business, and their acquisition was a massive coup for ESPN. The duo will earn more than $100 million over their five-year contracts.

FOX responded to Aikman’s departure by restocking its team with a superstar signing of its own – 7-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. The living legend will join the FOX Sports team when he retires, reportedly with a 10-year deal worth a staggering $375million.


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