NFL 2022 Christmas Games: Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers Take Center Stage
Christmas Day has become an integral part of the NFL calendar, and as you start to make your holiday plans, you’ll want to know which games are happening on the holiday. This year, the NFL will have a bulk of its games take place on Christmas Eve, which is a Saturday this year, and there will be three games on December 25. This article will break down the games that take place on Christmas Day.
Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins
When: December 25, 2022 at 1:00 PM EST
Where: Hard Rock Stadium – Miami, FL
How to Watch: Fox, Fox Sports, fuboTV
After we got to watch Aaron Rodgers and the Packers beat the Browns on Christmas Day last year, we will be treated to another Christmas matchup featuring the two-time reigning MVP. Rodgers heads into this season with the most uncertainty around him that he’s had in a while as Davante Adams was traded to the Raiders in the offseason. Green Bay has thus far replaced him with two rookies and Sammy Watkins, but they may not be done adding to their receiver room. The Dolphins, meanwhile, are hoping for a big season with new head coach Mike McDaniel, high-priced left tackle Terron Armstead, and trade acquisition Tyreek Hill in town to help Tua Tagovailoa progress in his young career. Miami could have a tough time making the playoffs in a loaded AFC this season, but they will put up a fight against Green Bay with their talent on both sides of the ball.
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Rams
When: December 25, 2022 at 4:30 PM EST
Where: SoFi Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
How to Watch: CBS, Nickelodeon, Paramount+, fuboTV
The defending Super Bowl champions have the most difficult schedule in the NFL by opponent win percentage from 2021, and they don’t even catch a break with the Russell Wilson trade as they still have to face him this season. The Rams retooled their roster this offseason by adding Allen Robinson and Bobby Wagner while losing Andrew Whitworth, Robert Woods, and Von Miller. Denver, meanwhile, added Randy Gregory, D.J. Jones, and K’Waun Williams, along with Russell Wilson. Denver hopes to follow a similar model to LA, who just won the Super Bowl in their first year after trading for a significant quarterback upgrade. These two teams figure to be very much in the Super Bowl conversation this season, so this late-season inter-conference matchup figures to carry a lot of weight.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Arizona Cardinals
When: December 25, 2022 at 8:20 PM EST
Where: State Farm Stadium – Glendale, AZ
How to Watch: NBC, NBCSports.com, Peacock, fuboTV
Facing Tom Brady during any part of the schedule presents a challenge, but that’s especially true in the month of December when he has a pristine 69-17 record (80.2% win rate). Brady’s un-retirement was the biggest news of the offseason, but Tampa also did well to retain center Ryan Jensen and replace their starting guards with Shaq Mason and rookie Luke Goedeke. They were also able to retain Chris Godwin and add Russell Gage. The Cardinals, meanwhile, lost Chandler Jones over the offseason and have significant question marks on the offensive line. Still, the trade for Marquise Brown provides more ammunition for Kyler Murray in what should be another spectacular season for the young passer. Arizona will be hoping it can recapture its elite form from early last season while Tampa will be making a push for another Super Bowl.