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2022 NFL ‘Monday Night Football’ schedule: Week 2 doubleheader highlights slate

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The NFL will have a quirk to the league schedule in 2022 as there will be a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader in Week 2 (Sept. 19), with two games being played at the same time. The first game will pit the Tennessee Titans at the Buffalo Bills, to be played at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Philadelphia Eagles will play host to the Minnesota Vikings in the second game, which will start at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. 

The entire Monday night slate was released on Thursday night, and you can check it out below.

The Bills are expected to be one of the favorites to reach the Super Bowl in the AFC, led by Josh Allen and a star-powered offense featuring Stefon Diggs and the emergence of Gabriel Davis. This will be the fifth consecutive year Buffalo will play Tennessee as the Bills have lost their last two games against the Titans. This is the first time the teams have met in Buffalo since 2018. 

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The Eagles had one of the biggest moves of the offseason with the acquisition of A.J. Brown from the Titans and are coming off a playoff appearance last year. The Vikings just missed the playoffs last year, but Justin Jefferson will be making his first visit to Lincoln Financial Field since Philadelphia selected Jalen Reagor one pick before him in the 2020 NFL Draft. Jefferson is the only receiver in NFL history to have 3,000 receiving yards after his first two seasons. 

The “Monday Night Football” doubleheader had been an opening-week staple on the schedule since 2006, as the late game (typically starting at 10:15 p.m. ET), featured West Coast teams. The Week 1 doubleheader was eliminated last year to feature a Week 18 doubleheader on the final Saturday of the regular season that included any team still fighting for a playoff spot or division title (both were flex games). That Saturday doubleheader will still be played in Week 18 under the new television contract. 

In the new ESPN/ABC contract with the league, the annual “Monday Night Football” doubleheader was expected to make its return this season with a twist. ESPN will up its slate of games from 17 to 23 and will have three games exclusively on ABC in addition to games being played on ESPN — so there will be three weeks of “Monday Night Football” doubleheaders in 2022 and each season after. ESPN will also have the right to flex a “Monday Night Football” matchup from Week 12 through Week 18. ESPN+ will also have an exclusive game, which will be one of the international games on the calendar. 

Here is the 2022 “Monday Night Football” schedule:

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1

9/12

Broncos at Seahawks

8:15 p.m.

ESPN, ABC

2

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9/19

Titans at Bills

7:15 p.m. 

ESPN

2

9/19

Vikings at Eagles 

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8:30 p.m.

ABC

3

9/26

Cowboys at Giants

8:15 p.m.

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ESPN, ABC

4

10/3

Rams at 49ers

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

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5

10/10

Raiders at Chiefs

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

6

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10/17

Broncos at Chargers

8:15 p.m

ESPN

7

10/24

Bears at Patriots

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8:15 p.m.

ESPN

8

10/30 (Sunday)

Broncos at Jaguars (London)

9:30 a.m.

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ESPN+

8 10/31 Bengals at Browns 8:15 p.m. ESPN

9

11/6

Ravens at Saints

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

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10

11/14

Commanders at Eagles

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

11

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11/21

49ers at Cardinals

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

12

11/28

Steelers at Colts

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8:15 p.m.

ESPN

13

12/5

Saints at Buccaneers

8:15 p.m.

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ESPN

14

12/12

Patriots at Cardinals

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

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15

12/19

Rams at Packers

8:15 p.m.

ESPN, ABC

16

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12/26

Chargers at Colts

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

17

1/2

Bills at Bengals

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8:15 p.m.

ESPN, ABC

18

TBA (Saturday)
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Canelo Alvarez next fight: Mexican superstar set for trilogy bout with Gennadiy Golovkin in September

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It appears that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is going to settle things with his greatest rival before rematching Dmitry Bivol. Alvarez announced on Tuesday that he will to honor his previous agreement to rematch Gennadiy Golovkin in a September trilogy bout before attempting to avenge his recent loss to Bivol.

Alvarez will battle Golovkin on Sept. 17 at a location and venue to be determined. The bout is expected to be for Alvarez’s four world titles at super middleweight. It will air live on DAZN PPV.

Earlier in the year, Alvarez signed a two-fight deal with DAZN, with the first fight against Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight title and the second a third meeting with Golovkin. After Bivol upset Alvarez on May 7, turning in a stellar performance in outboxing the man who entered the fight as boxing’s pound-for-pound king, it appeared Alvarez would choose to rematch Bivol rather than take on Golovkin.

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However, Alvarez stated the fight with Golovkin would take place first while speaking at his golf invitational on Monday.

“We already had that contract [with Golovkin], that agreement, so we have to continue what we started, and I think those are the two biggest fights in boxing, the fight with Golovkin and the rematch with Bivol,” Alvarez said at a press conference, which took place on Monday to promote a business venture, according to ESPN Deportes. “Unfortunately, we lost, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try again.

“The important thing here is perseverance and we’re going to do it again. What is certain is that we are going to return in September. And in the coming days … we are going to announce the fight.”

Alvarez’s previous two fights with Golovkin both ended in controversy. Their first meeting in September 2017 was a close fight that many felt Golovkin had done enough to win. Golovkin was given one scorecard 115-113, another was a 114-114 draw, and somehow, Alvarez was awarded the third on a wide 118-110 card that in no way reflected the reality of the fight.

After the split draw, the pair rematched the following September. Again, the fight was very competitive, and again, many observers felt that Golovkin had done enough to deserve a narrow decision victory. This time, however, Alvarez was given the majority decision win, taking two cards by scores of 115-113 with the third even at 114-114.

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Fans have clamored for a third fight for years but Alvarez instead unified three belts at middleweight, won the WBO light heavyweight championship against Sergey Kovalev and unified all four belts at super middleweight.

Since the loss to Alvarez in the rematch, Golovkin has won four straight, including unifying the IBF and WBA world championships at middleweight.



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