NFL announces dates for the five international regular-season games in 2022

On Wednesday, the NFL announced the dates for its five 2022 international regular-season games – three in the UK, one in Germany and one in Mexico. 

The 2022 international games will feature four playoff participants, including the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers and NFC South champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and an NFC West showdown in Mexico.  

The 2022 international games:

Location

Matchup

Stadium

Date & Time

Network

United Kingdom (London)

Minnesota Vikings vs
New Orleans Saints

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

October 2, 9:30am ET

NFL Network

United Kingdom (London)

New York Giants vs
Green Bay Packers 

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

October 9, 9:30am ET

NFL Network

United Kingdom (London)

Denver Broncos vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Wembley Stadium

October 30, 9:30am ET

ESPN+

Germany

(Munich)

Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Allianz Arena – Home of FC Bayern Munich

November 13, 9:30am ET

NFL Network

Mexico

(Mexico City)

San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals

Estadio Azteca

November 21, 8:15pm ET

ESPN

Last year, as part of the League’s expansion of the regular season to 17 games, it was determined that, beginning with the 2022 season, up to four of the teams from the conference whose teams were eligible for a ninth regular-season home game would instead be designated to play a neutral-site international game each year.    

This year’s international series will kick off with games on back-to-back weekends at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.  

The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings will each play in the UK for the third time.  Both teams have won on two previous occasions in the UK and will make their debut at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, October 2.     

The following Sunday, October 9, the Green Bay Packers, NFC North champions for the third consecutive year, will face the New York Giants in their first international trip, becoming the 32nd NFL team to play in London since 2007.  The Giants will play in the UK for the third time, having won both the inaugural London game at Wembley Stadium in 2007 and the first game played at Twickenham Stadium in 2016.  This will be their first game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  

London action shifts to Wembley Stadium on Sunday, October 30, when the Jacksonville Jaguars, who played at Tottenham last season, return to Wembley for the first time since 2019, having played there for seven straight seasons.  They will face the Denver Broncos who are making their first trip to the UK since they last played at Wembley in 2010.  

In the first-ever NFL regular-season game in Germany, the two-time Super Bowl champion and current NFC South champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by quarterback Tom Brady, will face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, November 13.  As previously announced, Munich and Frankfurt were chosen to stage regular-season games in Germany over the next four years.  The first game will take place at Allianz Arena – Home of FC Bayern Munich.    

The NFL will return to Mexico City on November 21 with Monday Night Football.  Estadio Azteca will host a matchup between NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in a rematch of the NFL’s first regular-season game played outside the United States.  In 2005, the teams played at Estadio Azteca with 103,467 fans in attendance, the eight largest crowd in NFL history.  

The full 2022 NFL Schedule next Thursday.

NFL playoff scenarios for Week 15

It’s that time of the year when teams start to fight it out for the seven playoff spots in each conference. Patriots and Titans can clinch spots in the AFC, while the Buccaneers, Cardinals, Cowboys, Packers, and Rams can punch their tickets for the playoffs in the NFC.

Here are playoff scenarios for Week 15 in the NFL:

AFC

CLINCHED: None

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-4) (vs. Indianapolis (7-6), Saturday night, 8:15 PM ET, NFLN)

New England clinches playoff berth with:

  1. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + BAL loss + CIN loss + KC loss OR

  2. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + BAL loss + DEN loss + LAC loss OR

  3. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + PIT loss or tie + DEN loss or tie + LAC loss OR

  4. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + BAL loss + PIT loss or tie + CIN loss OR

  5. NE win + MIA loss or tie + CLE loss + BAL loss + CIN loss + LAC loss OR

  6. NE win + MIA loss or tie + BAL loss + LAC loss + LV loss + CIN-DEN tie

NOTE: There are other complex scenarios for New England that involve multiple ties and strength-of-victory permutations.

TENNESSEE TITANS (9-4) (at Pittsburgh (6-6-1), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Tennessee clinches AFC South division title with:

  1. TEN win + IND loss

NFC

CLINCHED: None

ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-3) (at Detroit (1-11-1), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Arizona clinches playoff berth with:

  1. ARI win or tie OR

  2. NO loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR

  3. NO loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  4. NO loss or tie + PHI loss + ATL loss or tie + GB win or tie OR

  5. NO loss or tie + SF tie + LAR loss OR

  6. MIN loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  7. MIN loss or tie + SF loss OR

  8. SF loss + PHI-WAS tie OR

  9. SF tie + LAR loss + PHI-WAS tie

DALLAS COWBOYS (9-4) (at N.Y. Giants (4-9), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Dallas clinches NFC East division title with:

  1. DAL win + WAS-PHI tie OR

  2. DAL win + WAS loss + DAL clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over PHI

Dallas clinches playoff berth with:

  1. DAL win + NO loss or tie OR

  2. DAL win + SF loss OR

  3. DAL tie + MIN loss or tie + NO loss or tie + ATL loss or tie OR

  4. MIN loss + ATL loss + NO loss + PHI-WAS tie OR

  5. MIN loss + ATL loss + NO loss + DAL clinches strength-of-victory tiebreaker over PHI

GREEN BAY PACKERS (10-3) (at Baltimore (8-5), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

Green Bay clinches NFC North division title with:

  1. GB win or tie OR

  2. MIN loss or tie

Green Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. NO loss or tie + SF loss OR

  2. NO loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  3. NO loss or tie + LAR loss + SF tie OR

  4. SF loss + PHI-WAS tie OR

  5. LAR loss + SF tie + PHI-WAS tie

LOS ANGELES RAMS (9-4) (vs. Seattle (5-8), Sunday, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)

L.A. Rams clinch playoff berth with:

  1. LAR win + NO loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR

  2. LAR win + NO loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  3. LAR win + MIN loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  4. LAR tie + MIN loss + NO loss + ATL loss or tie

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (10-3) (vs. New Orleans (6-7), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Tampa Bay clinches NFC South division title with:

  1. TB win or tie

Tampa Bay clinches playoff berth with:

  1. MIN loss or tie + SF loss OR

  2. MIN loss or tie + PHI-WAS tie OR

  3. SF loss + PHI-WAS tie

Jags’ Lawrence on loss to Cardinals: ‘I feel like we should have won that game’

Most rookie quarterbacks have their ups and downs, and for number one overall pick, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence, that has been the case after three games.

On Sunday against the Cardinals, Lawrence was 22/39 for 219 yards and one touchdown, but that was overshadowed by his two interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown and two fumbles as the Jaguars fall to 0-3 after losing to the Cardinals 31-19 at TIAA Bank Field.

Jacksonville had a 19-17 lead in the third quarter, but Byron Murphy’s pick-6 put the Cardinals up for good in the third quarter. The Jaguars would turn the ball over on two of their final three possessions.

“Gosh, I’m sick,” Lawrence said after the game. “I feel like we should have won that game. But yeah, nothing changes. I thought we got a lot better today, and you could tell there were some sparks. We made some plays. Collectively, the defense, gosh, they played great, especially against the weapons over there that the Cardinals have. You can’t ask for any more out of that. Same thing, just got to be more consistent. That pick-six killed us, obviously. That’s all on me.”

Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer was happy with the team’s efforts despite the loss.

“I just want to win so damn bad for our players and for Jacksonville, the crowd was — I appreciate them coming out and the noise,” Meyer said. “We’re going to get this thing going, and I know I said that last week, but damn, they played hard. Our players played their asses off today. “

Lawrence has nine turnovers after three games and became the fifth quarterback in NFL history with multiple interceptions in his first three career games, but even with the turnovers, Lawrence is not going to be timid.

“I had one today that turned into a pick-six. Just can’t do that,” Lawrence said. “The other ones, ball security in the pocket on the last play of the game that they ended up stripping, that’s one I can learn from. You learn from all of them, but you can’t let it change the way you play. As far as making better decisions, that does need to change for sure, but I’ve got to be the same guy.  I still have to go play. I can’t play timid, and not take any shots or chances.”

Despite the turnovers, Meyer is not concerned about Lawrence.

“I worry about everything,” Meyer said. “But Trevor is a unique individual, and he competes like –competed his tail off. We’ve just got to — when something is not there, throw it away, and one of them was not his fault. One of them was a dropped pass. You can’t do that with a young quarterback… He’s the most consistent — one of the most consistent players I’ve been around.”

Lawrence is just like any other rookie quarterback at this point. He’ll get better, and ultimately, things will get better for Jacksonville. However, this season will be a struggle, which should not be surprising to anyone.

Notes:

-Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a TD on the final play of the second quarter, tied for the longest TD in NFL history. Agnew, who also returned a kickoff 102 yards for a TD in Week 2, becomes the ninth player in NFL history with multiple 100-plus yard special teams returns in the same season.

Agnew discussed what happened on that touchdown:

“I mean, that’s probably one of my favorite ones,” he said. “I mean, I’ve never done it before, but I mean, it’s all offensive linemen and probably a couple tight ends and then the kicker. My thing was obviously I know [Matt] Prater from playing in Detroit. I know he’s capable of that, but he was going into the wind, it was a 68-yarder. I was like, ‘If he doesn’t get this, I’m probably going to score.’ And everybody—they made the wall for me on the left side of the field and it was just that spark we needed before halftime. We just couldn’t get the job done.”

-Jaguars RB James Robinson recorded a season-high 134 scrimmage yards (88 rushing and 46 receiving yards), marking his 17th consecutive game with at least 50 scrimmage yards. Robinson, who has tallied 50-plus scrimmage yards in every game of his NFL career, has 1,562 career scrimmage yards and joins RBs Fred Taylor and Leonard Fournette as the only players in franchise history with at least 1,500 scrimmage yards through 17 career games.

 

 

 

Eagles’ Pederson on Hurts: ‘He played mentally and physically tough’

Philadelphia Eagles rookie QB Jalen Hurts went to battle against Cardinals QB Kyler Murray on Sunday, and what we got with an entertaining afternoon in Arizona. Hurts, who made his second career start against the Cardinals, threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 63 yards and another score, but it was not enough as Murray threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns and Arizona would defeat Philadelphia 33-26.

After the game, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson did not declare a starter, but he made it official on Monday. Hurts, who replaced Carson Wentz in Week 14, will start next Sunday against the Cowboys.

“Well, obviously, I’m going to have [QB] Jalen [Hurts] continue to start this week, and obviously, I’m focused on this week and this week right now,” Pederson said. “I want to see how our team and he respond after a tough loss yesterday. So, Jalen will be the starter this week.”

Pederson discussed further what Hurts did against Arizona.

“He just ran the offense,” Pederson said. “He did what Jalen can do. We protected the football, and I’ll tell you this, as I said this morning, too, the guys around him have played better. They’ve elevated their game, as well, and they’re improving each week. That’s all part of I think Jalen’s success, too, is having the guys around him play better.

“But yeah, he led the team. He played mentally and physically tough, which was good to see. He obviously extended plays with his legs. He had to throw probably more from the pocket yesterday because of the nature of the game and getting behind early in the football game.

“But yeah, he — I guess the biggest thing is just leading the team and keeping the guys engaged for the entire game and gave us a chance there at the end.”

When asked if he felt the next four games would give the team a real evaluation of Hurts, Pederson said the following:

“Well, that’s obviously kind of probably a loaded question a little bit. “I think you have a good idea. Obviously, we haven’t had a full body of 16 plus games, a preseason. We really don’t know necessarily. I do think you can go back and just watch him from his college days. Again, Alabama, Oklahoma, how he’s led those teams, and the success he’s had there, I think that gives you a good indication as to maybe who he is and what he can be, I think, down the road.

“We still have to improve, though. There’s room to grow. Nothing is perfect, and there are some mistakes that are still being made that we have to correct, even in his game. It is a little bit of a small sample size to really probably make that determination, overall.”

The Eagles will have a big decision to make if Hurts continues to play at this level. Do you try to trade Wentz, which could be difficult because of his four-year, $128 million contract he signed last summer? Furthermore, Wentz is reportedly not interested in being a backup, so if Wentz and Hurts have an open competition next season, and Hurts wins the job, that could become an issue for the Eagles. But at this point, there’s no denying that Hurts has a lot of potential.

Buccaneers-Raiders, Seahawks-Cardinals switch times on Sunday

The NFL announced today the following scheduling changes for Week 7:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders game has been moved to Sunday, October 25 at 4:05 p.m. ET on FOX.

The Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals game will now be played on Sunday, October 25 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.

These decisions were made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that a game would be available for fans on Sunday Night Football.

We expect the Buccaneers-Raiders game to be played on Sunday afternoon. Scheduling decisions are made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts.  

The updated Week 7 schedule (all times ET):

Thursday, October 22

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

8:20 PM

FOX/NFLN/Amazon

​Sunday, October 25

Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons

1:00 PM

FOX

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

1:00 PM

CBS

Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans

1:00 PM

FOX

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

1:00 PM

FOX

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

1:00 PM

CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans

1:00 PM

CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team

1:00 PM

FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders

4:05 PM

FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

4:25 PM

CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers

4:25 PM

CBS

San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots

4:25 PM

CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

8:20 PM

NBC

Monday, October 26

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams

8:15 PM

ESPN​

Week 7 Byes: Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings

Kliff Kingsbury on Fitzgerald: ‘He has an incredible desire to be great’

In his 16th season, Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is still playing at a fairly high level in 2019. After six games, Fitzgerald is leading the Cardinals in receptions(35), receiving yards(427), and is second on the team in receiving touchdowns(2). He is doing all this at the age of 36.

In his first season as Cardinals head coach, Kliff Kingsbury is seeing up close and personal what makes Fitzgerald so great.

“He has an incredible desire to be great, you watch it in practice, I watched it all spring,” Kingsbury said during a conference call on Wednesday. “He is going full speed in every rep he took all spring, all training camp, every practice. You have to kind of pull him off the field because he wants to get every rep and wants to continue to get better and wants to be coached. He’s just a unique talent, a unique person, and I feel very lucky to be around him.”

Obviously, when his career ends, Fitzgerald is going to the Hall of Fame, and fortunately for Arizona, they have a veteran that can show their rookie QB and number one overall pick in this year’s draft, Kyler Murray, how to be a professional. Murray has been solid thus far this season, and having a guy like Fitzgerald around will only make him better. 

After six games, Murray has thrown for 1664 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions. Also, Murray is doing it with his legs, as he has rushed for 238 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. If Murray continues to play well, it could prolong Fitzgerald’s career, and according to Kingsbury, Murray is doing everything the team has asked of him.

“He’s shown he is willing to work and progress,” Kingsbury said. “He’s really adjusted his game over the first month and a half to fit what we do offensively and limit his negative plays. He’s doing all the things that we’ve asked him to do, which has been huge. We knew he had the talent to be a special player, and it’s all about work ethic and the price you are willing to pay once you get here, and he’s starting to show those things.”

If Fitzgerald can continue to play well, maybe the Murray to Fitzgerald connection can keep going for years to come in Arizona, which would make for good times in the desert. 

Zimmer on Cousins: ‘I think he can play a lot better than that’

For Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, Saturday’s performance against Arizona is something he would like to forget. Cousins completed only 3 of 13 passes for 35 yards, but fortunately for the Vikings and Cousins, this game does not count, and luckily for the Vikings, they were able to defeat the visiting Cardinals 20-9.

“Yeah, I think he can play a lot better than that,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after the game.

According to Cousins, who played the whole first half, he knows that if he and the Vikings play the way that they did on Saturday, there is going to be a lot of struggles in Minnesota this season.

“I’ll just start by saying really disappointing performance,” Cousins said. “Put it on me. It wasn’t good enough. If we play that way during the season, it’s going to be a very tough year. So we have to be much better than we were today, and I really should say I have to be much better than I was today. It’s about as simple as that.”

The Vikings were without their top WR Adam Thielen on Saturday, but according to Cousins, Minnesota had a lot of issues on Saturday.

“I don’t think it’s any one thing. I think it’s a lot of things,” he said. “I don’t think you can put your finger on any one issue, but the bigger issue is just we were certainly off balance. It was disappointing.”

When it comes to preseason, you don’t get too high, and you don’t get too low, so while the Vikings first-team offense was bad against the Cardinals, outside of RB Dalvin Cook(85-yard TD run), it’s only preseason. Now, if Cousins looks like this way against the Falcons in Week 1, then there should be some concern in Minnesota.

HOF Aeneas Williams likes the new helmet rule(Video)

The game of football is changing. With the increased awareness of concussions, the NFL is trying to refine the rules to protect the players, but with any rule change, it’s going to take time for the players to adjust.

The league is doing whatever it can to take the helmet out the game.

Here is the new rule change that the NFL approved back in March:

 It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. Contact does not have to be to an opponent’s head or neck area – lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent’s torso, hips, and lower body, is also a foul. Violations of the rule will be easier to see and officiate when they occur in open space – as opposed to close line play – but this rule applies anywhere on the field at any time.

Penalties for Violation: Loss of 15 yards. If the foul is by the defense, it is also an automatic first down. The player may also be ejected. Ejection standards:

Player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet
Unobstructed path to his opponent
Contact clearly avoidable and player delivering the blow had other options

After watching the first week of the preseason, it seems that every big hit is going to be a penalty, so you wonder what kind impact it will have on the game when the regular season gets underway.

Hall of Famer and former defensive back Aeneas Williams likes the new changes. He believes the changes are good for the players and good for the game:

‘It may be a slight adjustment, or some of the guys may not like it at first, but it’s going to cause quality of life after the game,” Williams recently told Paul Gant. “It’s going to help cause less injuries, but we still will have the same an exciting brand of football. It just will be an adjustment; it will take a little while for guys to adjust, but they will, and it still will be a great game.”

Taking the helmet out the game is not a bad thing, especially with what we know about concussions. Will players adjust? In reality, they don’t have a choice, but for now, be prepared to see a lot of yellow on the field.

Listen below as Williams talks his career, The Award for Excellence program, and the new rule changes in the NFL:

 

Saints trade Adrian Peterson to Cardinals

Adrian Peterson’s time in New Orleans did not last very long.  Peterson was sent to the Arizona Cardinals for a 2018 sixth-round pick, according to Adam Schefter.

The Cardinals hope Peterson will be able to replace injured RB David Johnson(wrist).

Peterson has been on record as being unhappy with his role with the Saints. He had this to say after Week 1:  “I didn’t sign up for nine snaps, though.”

Peterson, 32, has rushed for 81 yards in only 27 carries with New Orleans.

In order to add Peterson, the Cardinals waived RB Chris Johnson.

 

 

Shooting at Busch Stadium

According to the St. Louis PD, a 34-year-old woman was hit by a stray bullet during the Brewers-Cardinals game on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals released a statement about the incident:

We are aware of an incident last night in which a fan reported being struck by a stray bullet that presumably originated from outside of the stadium. The fan was treated for an abrasion and a bruise on her arm at First Aid and released. She was interviewed by police who are investigating the matter. There is nothing more important than the safety of our fans, and the Cardinals are grateful that no one was seriously injured. We will be sharing more information with the media as further details emerge.

Pretty scary stuff!