The NFL has turned into a 12-month sport. Free agency, the draft and even the schedule release dominate headlines throughout the entire offseason. 

The 2022 NFL schedule starts on Aug. 4 with the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars will play the first exhibition game of the year one week before the official start of the preseason. 

The preseason lasts for three weeks, leading into the 18-week regular season schedule. Week 1 officially begins with the season opener on Thursday, Sept. 8. The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams will host the annual NFL Kickoff Game at Sofi Stadium.

“Thursday Night Football” on Amazon Prime Video premieres in Week 2. The Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 15. Week 2 will also feature a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader.

For the second straight year, every team will play 17 regular-season games and have one bye. The regular season ends in Week 18 on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. 

The NFL playoffs start with Wild-Card Weekend six days after the conclusion of the regular season. Seven teams from each conference make the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in the AFC and NFC advance automatically to the divisional round of the playoffs.

After three playoff rounds and a week of no football following the conference championship games, Super Bowl LVII will be played on Feb. 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. 

The Arizona Cardinals will try to become the third straight team to play the Super Bowl in their home stadium. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and L.A. Rams have won the championship in their venue in consecutive years.

Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams sacks Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter to help deliver a 23-20 Rams victory in Super Bowl 56 Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams sacks Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter to help deliver a 23-20 Rams victory in Super Bowl 56 Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP / Rob Carr