For NFL aficionados, the release of the annual league schedule in mid-May is a huge event.
For Packers and Vikings fans in Western Wisconsin, it’s a dream start to the 2022 season with an opening weekend matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium, televised exclusively at 3:25 p.m. on FOX 25/48.
Judson Beck, FOX 25/48 General Manager, announced the NFL on FOX schedule this morning, kicking off the regular season with the ultimate border battle on September 11 and ending with Super Bowl LVII on February 12.
All told, FOX 25/48 will broadcast three Vikings preseason games in August, 30 regular-season games, two NFC Wildcard contests, and the NFC Divisional and NFC Championship games.
“We refer to our station as Destination Football because most Sundays, fans will turn us on at 9:30 in the morning and leave us on all day,” Beck said. “If you love the Packers and NFC North matchups, we are by far your Destination for Football: featuring nine Packers, seven Vikings, and seven Bears regular-season games. The division is well represented.”
And before the game action begins, fans can get the scoop, analysis, injury updates, and features on the best pre-game shows in the business.
“Our block of ancillary programming including Green Bay Nation, Inside the Huddle, and Green & Gold Game Day Live,” Beck said. “Best local pre-game content on television.”
“Then we bring on Terry and boys for the NFL on Fox pregame show followed by the best games for our local NFC fans. A good example is opening day, where Fox 25/28 launches the season with the Chicago Bears heading out west to take on the 49ers. That’s followed by the FOX Game of the Week featuring the Packers and Vikings. That’s a great day of football!”
Some other notable contests include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the Saints in New Orleans on Sept. 18, Dallas Cowboys-LA Rams on October 9, Rams visiting the Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 27, and the Brady’s Bucs traveling to San Francisco to face the 49ers on Dec. 11.
“In addition to carrying the bulk of the Packer games during the regular season, FOX 25/48 is the official home of the Minnesota Vikings,” Beck said. “We will carry all three of the Vikings preseason games including August matchups against the Raiders, 49ers, and Broncos. This is important for a lot of our viewers on both sides of the big muddy as our area has a strong and loyal audience of Vikings fans.”
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are expected to be strong NFC contenders for a Super Bowl berth, which has eluded them since winning Super Bowl XLV in February 2011—which was also broadcast on FOX.
“The Super Bowl comes back to FOX in February, and we just have a feeling,” Beck said. “This could be the year the Lombardy Trophy returns to Titletown.”