Who plays on 'Sunday Night Football' tonight? Time, TV channel, schedule for NFL Week 1 game – Sporting News

  • September 29, 2022

Chances are that once you learn about the participants in the first “Sunday Night Football” game of the year, you will get a sense of déjà vu.
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Why? Because these two teams squared off in prime time at the start of last season.
Indeed, the Cowboys and the Buccaneers played in the NFL season opener in Week 1 in 2021. That game was broadcast by NBC and featured Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya on the call.
This year’s game is slightly different. The game is still on NBC, but it will be on Sunday instead of Thursday. Collinsworth will be in the booth still, but he’ll be joined by Mike Tirico and Melissa Stark instead of Michaels and Tafoya, respectively.
And the biggest difference between the two games? Oh, yeah, this one will be played at Dallas instead of Tampa Bay; and the Buccaneers aren’t the reigning Super Bowl champions. 
So, while this game has a familiar flair, it will be a lot different than last year’s clash. Here’s everything to know about “Sunday Night Football” in Week 1, including a preview of the two teams playing and how to watch the game.
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The Cowboys will host the Buccaneers for the first official “Sunday Night Football” game of the 2022 NFL season. The two teams played in the NFL season opener last year with the Buccaneers earning a 31-29 victory over Dallas in a closely contested Thursday night battle.
The two squads will look quite a bit different than they did when they last met. The Buccaneers got Tom Brady back from retirement, but they will have three new starters on the interior offensive line after Ali Marpet’s retirement, Ryan Jensen’s injury and Alex Cappa’s departure as a free agent.
Brady has struggled when pressured from the interior in seasons past, so it will be interesting to see how he looks with new blockers up front. It will also be important to see how he connects with new receivers Julio Jones and Russell Gage. Antonio Brown is out of the NFL and Rob Gronkowski retired.
The Cowboys have three new starters on the offensive line as well. Most notably, rookie Tyler Smith will take over for veteran Tyron Smith (torn hamstring) at left tackle. Dak Prescott has struggled at times without Tyron Smith.
Additionally, Prescott is also without Amari Cooper, who was traded to the Browns during the offseason. He will be breaking in some new receivers as a result, with rookie Jalen Tolbert possessing the most upside of the group.
Last year’s game was something of an offensive slugfest, but this one may have more of a defensive flair given that each defense has improved drastically over the past 12 months.
Brady and Prescott can still go off at any moment, but if either looks shaky, blame it on them having to get familiar with the new personnel around them.
All “Sunday Night Football” games during the 2022 regular season are set to begin at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will be played at the home of the Cowboys, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which is sometimes called “Jerry World” as a nod to Dallas owner Jerry Jones.
Mike Tirico will be on the play-by-play while Cris Collinsworth will handle the color commentary, as per usual. Sideline reporter Melissa Stark will join the duo as the replacement for the departed Michele Tafoya.
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NBC will broadcast the penultimate matchup of Week 1, Cowboys vs. Buccaneers. It will mark the second “Sunday Night Football” broadcast of the 2022 NFL regular season but the first to take place on a Sunday night.
There will be a few different ways to live stream this contest. Those with cable subscriptions can use Peacock and NBCSports.com to watch free. Others can subscribe to Peacock or turn to fuboTV, which comes with a free trial.
Viewers in Canada can stream the game live on DAZN.
Cowboys vs. Buccaneers will be broadcast on NBC. Viewers with a cable subscription can stream the event on NBCSports.com and Peacock. Those without cable can stream through Peacock with a subscription.
Cord-cutters can also stream the first official “Sunday Night Football” game of the year with fuboTV, which carries NBC and offers a free trial. FuboTV also carries CBS, Fox, NFL Network and the ESPN family of networks, so users will be able to watch most of the locally broadcast NFL games through the service.
Other streaming options for Cowboys vs. Buccaneers are as follows:

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