Sport: NFL schedule release date 2022: When to expect an announcement, strength of schedule & more

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Heavy is the finger that wears the Super Bowl ring.

The Rams will have a difficult path to walk to repeat as Super Bowl champions. While the division around them is still tough, they'll be playing the reloaded AFC West, arguably the toughest division in football come the 2022 season.

For the NFC East, a pair of long-time division rivals will share the ease of the league's fluffiest schedule, as the Cowboys and Commanders will play an easy slate of games this upcoming season, based on 2021 win percentage.

With the NFL schedule set to be unveiled in the weeks following the 2022 NFL Draft, here's what we know about opponents, strength of schedule and more for the 2022 season.

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NFL schedule release date 2022

The NFL has yet to announce when the schedule is going to be released, but if the pattern sticks as it has in years past, then the schedule will be released during the second week in May.

NFL schedule release:

  • Date: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • TV: NFL Network, ESPN2, fuboTV

Usually, the NFL schedule release is carried by the NFL Network, ESPN and other networks.

You can also live stream the schedule release via fuboTV, which carries the ESPN family of networks and NFL Network and offers a free trial.

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Who has the hardest NFL schedule in 2022?

The defending Super Bowl champs, the Los Angeles Rams, have the toughest NFL schedule in 2022, with their 2021 opponents' win percentage sitting at .567.

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Here's who they'll play this season:

Home Away
Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks
San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals
Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers
Las Vegas Raiders Kansas City Chiefs
Denver Broncos Los Angeles Chargers
Buffalo Bills

Who has the easiest NFL schedule in 2022?

The NFC Least: The Washington Commanders and the Dallas Cowboys have the easiest schedules of the 2022 season, tied at a .462 winning percentage.

Commanders:

Home Away
Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
Green Bay Packers Chicago Bears
Tennessee Titans Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars San Francisco 49ers
Minnesota Vikings Houston Texans
Cleveland Browns Indianapolis Colts
Atlanta Falcons

Cowboys:

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Home Away
New York Giants New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Commanders Washington Commanders
Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers
Cincinnati Bengals Jacksonville Jaguars
Detroit Lions Los Angeles Rams
Houston Texans Minnesota Vikings
Indianapolis Colts Tennessee Titans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2022 NFL strength of schedule rankings

The defending Super Bowl champs have the toughest schedule, while several teams below are tied with strength of schedule, giving the NFL the elusive parity it so desperately craves.

Rank Team Opponents' 2021 win percentage
1 Los Angeles Rams .567 (164-125-0)
2 Arizona Cardinals .543 (157-132-0)
3 Cincinnati Bengals .536 (154-133-2)
4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers .535 (154-134-1)
T5 San Francisco 49ers .533 (154-135-0)
T5 Kansas City Chiefs .533 (154-135-0)
T7 Las Vegas Raiders .528 (152-136-1)
T7 New Orleans Saints .528 (152-136-1)
9 Atlanta Falcons .524 (151-137-1)
10 Los Angeles Chargers .519 (150-139-0)
11 Seattle Seahawks .517 (149-139-1)
T12 Carolina Panthers .512 (147-140-2)
T12 Pittsburgh Steelers .512 (148-141-0)
T12 Buffalo Bills .512 (148-141-0)
15 Denver Broncos .509 (147-142-0)
16 New England Patriots .498 (143-144-2)
T17 New York Jets .495 (142-145-2)
T17 Cleveland Browns .495 (142-145-2)
19 Houston Texans .488 (141-148-0)
20 Minnesota Vikings .484 (139-148-2)
21 Miami Dolphins .481 (138-149-2)
22 Green Bay Packers .478 (147-150-2)
23 Baltimore Ravens .474 (136-151-2)
T24 Chicago Bears .471 (135-152-2)
T24 Tennessee Titans .471 (136-153-0)
T26 Jacksonville Jaguars .469 (135-153-1)
T26 Indianapolis Colts .469 (135-153-1)
28 Detroit Lions .467 (135-154-0)
29 New York Giants .465 (134-154-1)
30 Philadelphia Eagles .464 (133-154-2)
T31 Dallas Cowboys .462 (133-155-1)
T31 Washington Commanders .462 (133-155-1)

2022 NFL schedule for all 32 teams

While dates have yet to be set for each of the 32 teams' matchups, fans have a decent idea as to who is playing who come the 2022 season. The formula the NFL uses is as follows:

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  1. Home and away against its three division opponents (Six games)
  2. The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (Four games)
  3. The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (Four games)
  4. Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (these games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season) (Two games)
  5. One interconference game based on the prior year's standings on a rotating four-year cycle. These games match a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposite conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in each division are similarly paired. The home conference for this game will rotate each season.

While the dates and times of these games are scheduled to be released in the coming weeks, we already know the opponents for all 32 squads. Here's what we know:

AFC East

New England Patriots

  • Home: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers

Buffalo Bills

  • Home: Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets
  • Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets

New York Jets

  • Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks

Miami Dolphins

  • Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, and Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

AFC North

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Baltimore Ravens

  • Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams
  • Away: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Home: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, and Denver Broncos
  • Away: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New York Giants

Cleveland Browns

  • Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Los Angeles Chargers
  • Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, and Washington Commanders

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Home: Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Miami Dolphins
  • Away: Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans

AFC South

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Houston Texans

  • Home: Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders
  • Away: Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears

Tennessee Titans

  • Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

  • Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders
  • Away: Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens
  • Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, New York Jets, Detroit Lions

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Home: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills
  • Away: Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals

Denver Broncos

  • Home: Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Away: Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Baltimore Ravens

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots
  • Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins
  • Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons

NFC East

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Philadelphia Eagles

  • Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Commanders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Commanders, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys

  • Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Away: Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Washington Commanders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans

New York Giants

  • Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens
  • Away: Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Commanders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks

Washington Commanders

  • Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons
  • Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans

NFC North

Green Bay Packers

  • Home: Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans
  • Away: Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

  • Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts
  • Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins

Chicago Bears

  • Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans
  • Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons

Detroit Lions

  • Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville
  • Away: Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers

NFC South

New Orleans Saints

  • Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles

Atlanta Falcons

  • Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago Bears
  • Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Commanders

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Home: Los Angeles Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

  • Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers

  • Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Commanders
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders

Seattle Seahawks

  • Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, New York Jets
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Detroit Lions

Los Angeles Rams

  • Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills
  • Away: Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers

Arizona Cardinals

  • Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots
  • Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Las Vegas Raiders, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

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