2014 Monday Night Football schedule

2014 Monday Night Football schedule

Monday Night Football is often one of the most-anticipated games of the week. The 2014 schedule doesn’t include a few noteworthy games, but does have more than a few intriguing matchups.

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The NFL has released the official Monday Night Football schedule for the 2014 season. ESPN will be televising these games for the ninth year in a row.

The Monday Night Football matchup used to be the most anticipated game of the week. Flex scheduling has led to Sunday Night Football overtaking it as the game of the week in some regards, but the 2014 Monday night schedule will surely garner attention. The defending Super Bowl champions will make only one appearance on Monday Night Football. Seattle will travel to face the Washington Redskins in Week 5. The game of the year on Monday Night Football may come in Week 10 when the Panthers travel to face the Eagles. Carolina and Philadelphia are rising teams in the NFL and watching the Panthers defense take on the Eagles offense should be a treat.

Those hoping to watch Peyton Manning on Monday Night Football will have to wait until the final MNF game of the year when the Broncos travel to Cincinnati in Week 16.

The Monday Night Football schedule will begin in Detroit with the Lions hosting the New York Giants in Week 1. Here’s the complete schedule for the year. All games except for the two Week 1 games will kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Week 1, Sept. 8

New York Giants at Detroit Lions — 7:10 p.m.

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals — 10:20 p.m.

Week 2, Sept. 15

Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts

Week 3, Sept. 22

Chicago Bears at New York Jets

Week 4, Sept. 29

New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 5, Oct. 6

Seattle Seahawks at Washington Redskins

Week 6, Oct. 13

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

Week 7, Oct. 20

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 8, Oct. 27

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Week 9, Nov. 3

Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants

Week 10, Nov. 10

Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 11, Nov. 17

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans

Week 12, Nov. 24

Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints

Week 13, Dec. 1

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

Week 14, Dec. 8

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers

Week 15, Dec. 15

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears

Week 16, Dec. 22

Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals

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2014 NFL schedule released

2014 NFL schedule released

Following a few months of anticipation, the 2014 NFL schedule is officially out. Things will begin in Seattle with a potential playoff preview.

Otto Greule Jr

Even when there’s no football being played, the NFL still dominates the headlines throughout the offseason. Things were no different on Wednesday, when the league released its 2014 season schedule to much fanfare.

The Seattle Seahawks kick off the season on Sept. 4, when the Green Bay Packers come to town to face the defending champions. Unlike last season, there are no scheduling conflicts with other sports teams, so Seahawks fans get to see the championship banner raised and rings handed out in person at CenturyLink Field.

Three games will take place in London this season, including the first international game to be played in the morning in America. In Week 8, the Falcons and Lions will play at 1:30 p.m. in the U.K., translating to 9:30 a.m. on the East Coast. The Raiders and Dolphins will play in London in Week 4 with the Cowboys and Jaguars traveling over for a Week 10 matchup.

Like any NFL season, the 2014 schedule is loaded with must-see games. Seattle and San Francisco have developed the best rivalry in the NFL. They’ll resume the head-to-head battle on Thanksgiving in San Francisco before playing in Seattle in Week 15. The Seahawks and Broncos will meet in Seattle for a Super Bowl rematch in Week 3 while the Broncos will host San Francisco in Week 7.

Other notable games include Denver traveling to New England in Week 9, Lovie Smith returning to Chicago in Week 12, the Colts traveling to Dallas in Week 16 and Philadelphia hosting DeSean Jackson and the Redskins in Week 3.

The Seahawks, Broncos and 49ers are arguably the three best teams in the NFL, so it should be no surprise that they will be featured heavily in primetime games. As things stand the Broncos and 49ers will each play in five primetime games while Seattle will be featured four times.

The primetime slate is subject to change, now much sooner than usual. NFL.com reported Wednesday that the NFL is tweaking its Sunday night flex procedures so that Sunday afternoon games can now be bumped up to prime time beginning Week 5. Previously, games were not subject to be flexed until Week 11. The tweaks come with the stipulation that only two games can be flexed over the six-week span from Weeks 5-10. Starting Week 11, every game already scheduled for a Sunday can possibly be given the NBC treatment. Thursday, Saturday and Monday games are still off limits.

You can find the entire week-by-week schedule at NFL.com.

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Breaking down 2014 strength of schedules

2014 NFL schedule: Which teams have the easiest and hardest schedules?

One of the worst teams having to play one of the toughest schedules doesn’t seem very fair, but that’s life for the Oakland Raiders. The Colts have much better fortune and on paper have the easiest road back to the playoffs. Here’s a full look at the hardest and easiest NFL schedules.

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The drastic year-to-year change in the NFL makes it nearly impossible to determine the difficulty of a schedule until a few weeks into the season. Last year at this time, the Chiefs were coming off a 2-14 season and looked like a cupcake game for opponents in 2013. Kansas City was just the opposite, finishing 11-5 and making the playoffs.

What may look like an easy game now could be anything but when it actually arrives. The opposite is true, too. Playing the Falcons in 2013 appeared to be a tough challenge. They’d won at least 9 games in five straight seasons and were coming off a 13-3 season. Atlanta dropped to 4-12 last season and wasn’t nearly as big of a challenge for opponents as many thought they’d be.

Strength of schedules can change drastically from April to January, or remain relatively accurate. The Lions and Rams were tied for the second-hardest schedule last offseason. Detroit finished with the 29th hardest while the Rams played the fourth-hardest schedule. We won’t know how the 2014 strength of schedule will play out for another nine months, but here is how things stand on schedule release day.

A tough road ahead?

Oakland Raiders

After a dismal season that saw them finish at the bottom of the AFC West, the journey out of the cellar won’t be easy.

That’s because Oakland has been cursed with the most difficult schedule as its opponents combined for a .578 winning percentage in 2013. While not an absolute in terms of how it will play out on the field, the schedule-makers didn’t do the Raiders any favors by giving them non-conference road games against the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots.

Most of their misfortune, however, has to do with the fact Oakland will face three playoff teams two times each within the AFC West. That will include brutal road games in Kansas City and Denver, in two of their last three games. The good news for the Raiders? Carolina had the hardest strength of schedule last offseason and the Panthers went on to win 12 games.

New York Jets

With a new-look roster featuring fancy big names such as Eric Decker, Michael Vick and Chris Johnson, the New York Jets will be put to the test often with a schedule ranking just inside the top-10 most difficult at No. 9.

New York’s opponents combined for a .520 win percentage in 2013. Taking on an AFC West which boasted three playoff teams will prove to be a challenge as the division remains largely intact in terms of key players. With the exception of taking on the Patriots and the Green Bay Packers on the road, the rest of the away schedule looks manageable. Three of their last four games of the season are road matches against the Vikings, Titans and Dolphins.

Denver Broncos

Despite facing the Oakland Raiders twice, the defending AFC Champions are faced with the second-most difficult schedule. In addition to squaring off against two playoff teams in the AFC West twice apiece, the Broncos will face the toughest road test in the NFL, traveling to Seattle for a Super Bowl 48 rematch. If that weren’t enough to test the mettle of Peyton Manning & Co., the Broncos will travel to Foxborough to take on the perennially tough New England Patriots in Week 9. They finish the year at home against the Raiders at least.

Peyton Manning

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Easier paths to the playoffs?

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts’ cakewalk to improve upon their advancement to the AFC Divisional round is due largely to the fact they play in the abysmal AFC South, which went a combined 24-40 in 2013.

They’ll also face the NFC East, which only boasted one team above .500 last season in the Philadelphia Eagles. Indy will get Chip Kelly’s squad at home and face the likes of the Cleveland Browns on the road. Its toughest test away from Lucas Oil Stadium will be when it takes on the Denver Broncos in the Mile High City for the season opener.

Luck and Co. get the Browns, Texans, Cowboys and Titans to finish the year.

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers will face opponents with a combined .473 win percentage from a season ago. The Atlanta Falcons’ and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 4-12 records have a lot to do with that low number.

But playing those teams twice each will do wonders toward making the Panthers’ bid for a second consecutive playoff appearance a possibility. Standing in their way will be tough visits to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers and another to Cincinnati to face the Bengals. Those two playoff teams from 2013 figure to maintain their strong play on their home field and prove a difficult test for Carolina.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens failed to make the playoffs in their Super Bowl defense. The target is now off their backs and they have the fifth-easiest schedule on paper. Baltimore will have the benefit of playing the AFC South, which means games against Jacksonville and Houston. It will also play the NFC South and just six of its 16 games will come against playoff teams.

Baltimore will have a couple of difficult road games to manage, including trips to New Orleans to face the Saints and Indianapolis to face the Colts. Travel, however, should be fairly easy with no long trips to the west coast.

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How does your team compare? Here is a full breakdown of the 2014 strength of schedules:

Rank

Team

2014 Opponent winning percentage

1

Oakland Raiders

0.578

2

Denver Broncos

0.570

3

St. Louis Rams

0.564

4

San Diego Chargers

0.563

4

San Francisco 49ers

0.563

6

Seattle Seahawks

0.561

7

Kansas City Chiefs

0.559

8

Arizona Cardinals

0.547

9

New York Jets

0.520

10

New England Patriots

0.516

11

Atlanta Falcons

0.512

12

Miami Dolphins

0.508

13

Green Bay Packers

0.504

14

Buffalo Bills

0.500

15

Chicago Bears

0.496

16

Detroit Lions

0.492

17

Washington Redskins

0.490

18

Dallas Cowboys

0.488

19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

0.484

20

Philadelphia Eagles

0.479

21

Minnesota Vikings

0.477

22

Carolina Panthers

0.473

23

Cincinnati Bengals

0.469

23

New Orleans Saints

0.469

23

Pittsburgh Steelers

0.469

26

Cleveland Browns

0.465

26

New York Giants

0.465

28

Baltimore Ravens

0.461

29

Jacksonville Jaguars

0.453

30

Houston Texans

0.441

31

Tennessee Titans

0.438

32

Indianapolis Colts

0.430

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2014 Sunday Night Football schedule

2014 NFL Sunday Night Football schedule

The Sunday Night Football schedule kicks off in Seattle and is loaded with marquee matchups.

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The Sunday Night Football schedule has been officially released for the 2014 NFL season and once again the schedule features some of the best matchups the NFL has to offer.

The schedule consists of 18 games, including special broadcast of Sunday Night Football on Thursday Sept. 4 for the season opener between Seattle and Green Bay. That could be a tough game to top, but it is only one of several games that on paper, will have major playoff implications. Andrew Luck and the Colts will travel to Denver in Week 1. The Saints and Cowboys will square off in Week 4. The Broncos will host San Francisco in Week 7 while the 49ers will host Seattle in the Thanksgiving edition of Sunday Night Football. Nine of the 18 matchups are battles of two 2013 playoff teams.

Of note, it was revealed Wednesday that the NFL can now flex games into the Sunday night timeslot beginning in Week 5. In previous seasons, Sunday afternoon games could not be moved to prime time until Week 11. The additional flexibility for Weeks 5-10 comes with the stipulation that only two games total over that span can be flexed. Per usual, Thursday, Saturday and Monday games are off limits.

Here’s the complete schedule for the season. All games start at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBC.

Week 1, Sept. 4 (Thursday season opener)

Green Bay at Seattle

Week 1, Sept. 7

Indianapolis at Denver

Week 2, Sept. 14

Chicago at San Francisco

Week 3, Sept. 21

Pittsburgh at Carolina

Week 4, Sept. 28

New Orleans at Dallas

NBC’s flex scheduling takes effect in Week 5. All games after this point are tentative.

Week 5, Oct. 5

Cincinnati at New England

Week 6, Oct. 12

New York Giants at Philadelphia

Week 7, Oct. 19

San Francisco at Denver

Week 8, Oct. 26

Green Bay at New Orleans

Week 9, Nov. 2

Baltimore at Pittsburgh

Week 10, Nov. 9

Chicago at Green Bay

Week 11, Nov. 16

New England at Indianapolis

Week 12, Nov. 23

Dallas at New York Giants

Week 13, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving)

Seattle at San Francisco

Week 13, Nov. 30

Denver at Kansas City

Week 14, Dec. 7

New England at San Diego

Week 15, Dec. 14

Dallas at Philadelphia

Week 16, Dec. 21

Seattle at Arizona

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2014 Thursday Night schedule

2014 Thursday Night Football schedule: 16-game slate full of division matchups

The Thursday Night Football lineup is expanded this year and for the first time, there will be simulcasts on CBS and NFL Network.

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The NFL has released its official Thursday Night Football schedule for the 2014 season. The schedule features 16 games, including a pair of special Saturday editions of Thursday Night Football in Week 16.

The NFL regular season will begin on Thursday, Sept. 4, in Seattle, but technically that game is a special edition of Sunday Night Football, so the Thursday Night Football schedule won’t begin until Week 2 when the Steelers travel to face the Ravens in a classic AFC North matchup. The vast majority of Thursday Night Football games will feature division rivals, with only two of the 16 games not being division matchups.

Some of the notable games include San Diego traveling to Denver in Week 8, the Panthers hosting the Saints in Week 9 and the Cowboys heading to Chicago to face the Bears in Week 13. The Redskins will host the Eagles and the 49ers will host the Chargers in Saturday editions of Thursday Night Football in Week 16. Both games will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET.

NFL Network has carried the Thursday games since its inception, but there is a big television shakeup this year. CBS won the bidding war to broadcast TNF and will be airing the first eight games on its flagship channel, adding another plum primetime to broadcast television. NFL Network will continue to simulcast the games, and airs the rest of the schedule starting in Week 9. CBS and NFL Network will each air a special Saturday edition in Week 16.

Here’s the complete Thursday schedule for 2014 (all times ET).

Week 2, Sept. 11

Steelers at Ravens, 8:25 p.m., CBS/NFL Network

Week 3, Sept. 18

Buccaneers at Falcons, 8:25 p.m., CBS/NFL Network

Week 4, Sept. 25

Giants at Redskins, 8:25 p.m., CBS/NFL Network

Week 5, Oct. 2

Vikings at Packers, 8:25 p.m., CBS/NFL Network

Week 6, Oct. 9

Colts at Texans, 8:25 p.m., CBS/NFL Network

Week 7, Oct. 16

Jets at Patriots, 8:25 p.m., CBS/NFL Network

Week 8, Oct. 23

Chargers at Broncos, 8:25 p.m., CBS/NFL Network

Week 9, Oct. 30

Saints at Panthers, 8:25 p.m., NFL Network

Week 10, Nov. 6

Browns at Bengals, 8:25 p.m., NFL Network

Week 11, Nov. 13

Bills at Dolphins, 8:25 p.m., NFL Network

Week 12, Nov. 20

Chiefs at Raiders, 8:25 p.m., NFL Network

Week 13, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving)

Bears at Lions, 12:30 p.m., CBS

Eagles at Cowboys, 4:30 p.m., FOX

Seahawks at 49ers, 8:30 p.m., NBC

(Under a new rule, the Lions and Cowboys games are subject to flex scheduling and can be moved to NBC as needed)

Week 14, Dec. 4

Cowboys at Bears, 8:25 p.m., NFL Network

Week 15, Dec. 11

Cardinals at Rams, 8:25 p.m., NFL Network

Week 16, Dec. 18

Titans at Jaguars, 8:25 p.m., NFL Network

Week 16, Dec. 20

Eagles at Redskins, 4:30 p.m., NFL Network/CBS

Chargers at 49ers, 4:30 p.m., CBS/NFL Network

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Which is the most important game on the schedule?

The NFL schedule is out, which week is most important?

The NFL season is a week-by-week process with a win in Week 3 counting as much as a win in Week 16. As true as that is, history still tells us wins in certain weeks might be more valuable. Which key games does your team need to win?

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When the NFL schedule is released, the first reaction of many is to immediately look for the most high-profile games. The games on national television, the games against division opponents or other rivals, the games against the best teams. Seemingly, the list of opponents, and not the week they are slotted to, is the most important. While that is probably right, winning certain weeks has led to season success.

Take Week 1 for example. There is a saying around the NFL that the season is a marathon, not a sprint, and that winning the season opener doesn’t guarantee success and losing doesn’t spell doom. Although that is true, teams that open the season 1-0 go on to have success far more often than teams that begin the year with a loss. In the last decade, only 43 of the 160 teams who lost in Week 1 went on to finish the regular season with a winning record. Of the 160 teams who started 1-0, 96 finished with a winning record. It carries over to the playoffs too. Of the 120 teams to make the playoffs since 2003, 72 percent of them opened the season with a win. Eight of the last 10 Super Bowl winners opened 1-0 while just eight teams in history went on to win the Super Bowl after dropping to 0-1.

Winning in Week 1 might be important, but it’s not the only week that has been a predictor of success or failure since 2003. Here’s a look at the percentage of teams that went on to have a winning record, based on winning or losing in each of the 17 weeks.

Week Win Loss
1 60.0 percent 26.9 percent
2 57.9 percent 28.9 percent
3 58.4 percent 27.3 percent
4 58.0 percent 25.2 percent
5 61.9 percent 29.5 percent
6 58.7 percent 33.3 percent
7 54.7 percent 29.2 percent
8 62.2 percent 25.2 percent
9 65.0 percent 24.1 percent
10 56.3 percent 28.5 percent
11 60.4 percent 25.3 percent
12 61.8 percent 24.2 percent
13 57.5 percent 29.4 percent
14 61.3 percent 25.6 percent
15 56.9 percent 30.0 percent
16 59.4 percent 27.5 percent
17 57.5 percent 29.4 percent

So, there you have it. Want to win a Super Bowl? You better win in Week 1. Hoping your team has a winning season? Check out their Week 9 opponent. A win that week bodes well going forward while not many have lost in Week 9 and gone on to have a successful season.

Is any of this particularly noteworthy? Maybe not, but what would NFL schedule release day be without a gross over-examination of a list of dates? Welcome to 2014.

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2014 NFL week-by-week schedule

NFL schedule 2014: Week by week

The official slate for 2014 has been released.

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The NFL officially released its 2014 schedule on Wednesday night, giving fans their first look at next season’s slate.

The season kicks off with a Thursday night matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 4. As would be expected, the Seahawks have been rewarded for their world title with a slew of primetime matchups, the most intriguing of which is a Thanksgiving night rumble with the archival San Francisco 49ers.

Week 1 also features a matchup between Andrew Luck and his predecessor in Indy, as the Indianapolis Colts take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Other notable primetime action includes the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5, the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers in Week 9 and the Chicago Bears and Packers in Week 10.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2014 season (all times ET).

Week 1

Thursday, Sept. 4

Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 7

New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

Washington Redskins vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

Tennessee Titans vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.

New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 8

New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions, 7:10 p.m.

San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals, 10:20 p.m.

Week 2

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 14

Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.

New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

Detroit Lions vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.

New York Jets vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.

Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m.

Week 3

Thursday, Sept. 18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 21

San Diego Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys vs. St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.

Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.

Houston Texans vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.

Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Miami Dolphins, 4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets, 8:30 p.m.

Week 4

Bye teams: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams

Thursday, Sept. 25

New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 28

Miami Dolphins vs. Oakland Raiders (London), 1 p.m.

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.

Detroit Lions vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Minnesota Vikings, 4:25 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.

New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.

Week 5

Bye teams: Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders

Thursday, Oct. 2

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5

Chicago Bears vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

St. Louis Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.

Houston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m.

Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianpolis Colts, 1 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.

New York Jets vs. San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. New England Patriots, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6

Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Redskins, 8:30 p.m.

Week 6

Bye teams: Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints

Thursday, Oct. 9

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 12

Chicago Bears vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Green Bay Packers vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.

Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13

San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams, 8:30 p.m.

Week 7

Bye teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Thursday, Oct. 16

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 19

Atlanta Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.

Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.

New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20

Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.

Week 8

Bye teams: New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers

Thursday, Oct. 23

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 26

Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons (London), 9:30 a.m.

St. Louis Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.

Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.

Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns, 4:25 p.m.

Indianpolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.

Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 27

Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.

Week 9

Bye teams: Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans

Thursday, Oct. 30

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

San Diego Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m..

St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m.

Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:245 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 3

Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.

Week 10

Bye teams: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins

Thursday, Nov. 6

Cleveleand Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 9

Dallas Cowboys vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (London)

Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Miami Dolphins vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.

St. Louis Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.

New York Giants vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 10

Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.

Week 11

Bye teams: Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets

Thursday, Nov. 13

Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 16

Atlanta Falcons vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.

New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 17

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:30 p.m.

Week 12

Bye teams: Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers

Thursday, Nov. 20

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 23

Cleveland Browns vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

Detroit Lions vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.

Tennessee Titans vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.

St. Louis Rams vs. San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m.

Miami Dolphins vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.

Washington Redskins vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 24

Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:30 p.m.

Week 13

Thursday, Nov. 27

Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions, 12:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 30

San Diego Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1p.m.

Cleveland Browns vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

Washington Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.

New York Giants vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders vs. St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Atlanta Falcons, 4:05 p.m.

New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets, 8:30 p.m.

Week 14

Thursday, Dec. 4

Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

New York Jets vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.

New York Giants vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

St. Louis Rams vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 8

New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers, 8:30 p.m.

Week 15

Thursday, Dec. 11

Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams, 7:25 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 14

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers, 4:05 p.m.

New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 15

New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears, 8:30 p.m.

Week 16

Thursday, Dec. 18

Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 8:25 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers, TBD

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins, TBD

Sunday, Dec. 21

Cleveland Browns vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

Detroit Lions vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m

Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.

New York Giants vs. St. Louis Rams, 4:05

Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.

Buffalo Bills vs. Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22

Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 8:30 p.m.

Week 17

Sunday, Dec. 28

Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m.

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.

New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.

Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.

St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4 p.m.

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NFL schedule 2014: How much does offseason strength of schedule matter?

On paper, the Colts have the easiest 2014 schedule. History tells us that may not mean much come January.

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The top spot on the NFL mountain has been an ever-evolving place during the last decade with eight teams winning Super Bowls in the last 10 years and no team holding the crown as Super Bowl champion for more than a year at a time. While there has been plenty of movement at the top of the food chain, the NFL evolves significantly from top-to-bottom on a year-to-year basis.

A few teams have been perennial contenders like New England and Green Bay while a few others have remained doormats, sorry Cleveland and Oakland fans. The majority of the league, however, fluctuates from season-to-season. The Seattle Seahawks are currently at the top of the league, but were just a 7-9 afterthought three years ago. The Chiefs wen’t 2-14 in 2012, only to rebound with an 11-5 season last year. The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons were trendy Super Bowl picks a year ago and now both will pick in the top six of the NFL Draft.

The drastic, and often unforeseen, changes from one season to the next makes offseason strength of schedule much ado about nothing. Sure, some teams who we think will be good will actually be good and some we think will be bad will in fact be bad. But, how many fans looked at the 2013 NFL schedule on release day and thought “oh my team plays the Texans, that will be a tough game.” At the same time, many probably put a big W next to the Chiefs, when forecasting their teams’ projected win/loss record.

It’s easy to look at the schedule and think a team is doomed because of a murders row of opponents or think another team has it made because of a perceived soft schedule. But, in April, that doesn’t mean much. The Carolina Panthers had the toughest strength of schedule last year and they went on to win 12 games. The Texans had the sixth-easiest, prompting many to assume they’d coast into the playoffs. They won two games and ended up playing the second-hardest schedule in the NFL. Of the teams projected to play the six hardest schedules last season, only one faced a top five schedule while two of the six played schedules ranked 29th or worse.

The NFL schedule release is a thing now, and forecasting the season is a natural result, but when doing it, remember, offseason strength of schedule isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

Team

Projected SOS

Actual SOS

Opponent 2012 winning percentage

Opponent 2013 winning percentage

Change

Carolina Panthers

1

17

0.543

0.494

-0.049

St. Louis Rams

2

4

0.539

0.551

0.012

New Orleans Saints

2

10

0.539

0.516

-0.023

Detroit Lions

2

29

0.539

0.457

-0.082

Baltimore Ravens

5

21

0.535

0.484

-0.051

Green Bay Packers

6

30

0.533

0.453

-0.080

Arizona Cardinals

7

5

0.520

0.531

0.011

Miami Dolphins

7

6

0.520

0.523

0.003

San Francisco 49ers

7

17

0.520

0.494

-0.026

Minnesota Vikings

10

13

0.516

0.512

-0.004

Seattle Seahawks

10

19

0.516

0.490

-0.026

Jacksonville Jaguars

12

14

0.508

0.504

-0.004

Cincinnati Bengals

12

24

0.508

0.480

-0.028

New England Patriots

12

25

0.508

0.473

-0.035

Atlanta Falcons

15

3

0.504

0.553

0.049

Chicago Bears

16

28

0.502

0.465

-0.037

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

17

1

0.500

0.574

0.074

Washington Redskins

18

10

0.498

0.516

0.018

Pittsburgh Steelers

19

26

0.492

0.516

0.024

New York Jets

19

20

0.496

0.488

-0.008

Philadelphia Eagles

19

30

0.496

0.453

-0.043

Cleveland Browns

22

10

0.492

0.469

-0.023

Tennessee Titans

23

14

0.488

0.504

0.016

New York Giants

24

8

0.480

0.520

0.040

Dallas Cowboys

24

21

0.480

0.484

0.004

Houston Texans

26

2

0.473

0.559

0.086

Buffalo Bills

26

10

0.473

0.520

0.047

Kansas City Chiefs

26

32

0.473

0.445

-0.028

Oakland Raiders

29

8

0.469

0.523

0.054

Indianapolis Colts

30

21

0.461

0.484

0.023

San Diego Chargers

31

16

0.457

0.496

0.039

Denver Broncos

32

26

0.430

0.469

0.039

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NFL schedule 2014: The 15 best games of the season

The full schedule for the 2014-15 regular season is out and we’ve got 15 games you should definitely pay attention to.

Kevin C. Cox

The NFL has announced the full schedule for the 2014-15 regular season, which means it’s time to start talking about the best games. Some of these games were pretty obvious from the start, and weren’t dependent on when they’d be played. For instance, you already knew the Super Bowl rematch was going to be one to watch, but we’re fully prepared to beat that dead horse.

Anyway, let’s jump into the 15 best games of the upcoming season and kill some time before the NFL Draft, which seems so far away still.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins

Week 17

The NFC East has been one of the most competitive divisions in football during the last several seasons. Teams have had trouble separating themselves from the pack, and that was especially true in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In each of those seasons, the Cowboys were a win away from making it into the playoffs. In every single one, the Cowboys lost — to the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, one after the other.

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In other words, the Week 17 game involving the Cowboys has been a de-facto NFC East Championship game, and we know that things never change in the NFL, right? Right!

Houston Texans vs. Washington Redskins

Week 1

The Texans were among the NFL’s top teams in 2012, clearly counted as one of the elite. That all changed in 2013, when Matt Schaub hit a figurative wall (maybe a literal one?) and became a machine specifically designed to find new ways to complete passes to the opposite team. Houston suddenly collapsed, and finished with the worst record in the NFL.

But the Texans are moving forward, and if they took one giant step back in 2013, that means they’re still only one step away from where they were the previous year. The reason this game is so interesting is the fact that Houston will have a new quarterback throwing the football. Think of the first game we saw Andrew Luck play for the Indianapolis Colts.

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks

Week 3

This game would be an awful lot more interesting if it was being played in Denver. Seattle’s home-field advantage isn’t a guarantee that it will go in the Seahawks’ favor, but many believe the Broncos have a lot more to offer than what they managed to display in the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning against that defense will always be a great matchup, and it seems likely the Broncos can at least put up a better fight than they did last time out.

Either San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahwaks game

Week 13 at SF; Week 15 at SEA

The 49ers and Seahawks might be the two best teams in the NFL. When the two played in the NFC Championship game this past season, nobody quite knew what would happen … despite the two teams playing two previous times in the regular season. It doesn’t matter where they play or even when they play, the 49ers and Seahawks facing off is a sight to see and should be some of the most anticipated matchups of the season.

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

WEEK 1

It’s still weird to see Peyton Manning playing for a team other than the Colts. Last season, the Broncos played in Indianapolis, where Manning was cheered by the local fans (at the beginning of the game, of course). This time, Andrew Luck and the Colts will travel to Denver. It’s a big test for Indianapolis to gauge the strength of the defense, but it’s the storyline of Manning playing his old team that will have most people excited.

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers

WEEK 13

Packers fans were robbed of a half-season of Aaron Rodgers last year. Rodgers went down with an injury, and the Packers suffered because of it. Seeing Rodgers versus Brady just feels right, as two of the best quarterbacks in the league. What will be most interesting, however, is not whether either quarterback can be stopped by the opposing defense, but how poor the secondaries will look in this game. Brady should shred Green Bay’s abysmal unit and Rodgers could definitely do the same to New England. Bet the over on this one, yeah?

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Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

WEEK 3

It’s always interesting when a former star player returns to play his former team at his old home for the first time (See Manning, Peyton). When that former player is one of the most-explosive players in the NFL, still in his prime, and coming off a somewhat messy divorce from his old team, that game becomes a must watch. DeSean Jackson’s return to the Linc has the potential for fireworks.

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

WEEK 9

Look, you don’t need me to tell you why this is a good game. It’s Tom Brady and the Patriots versus Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Brady continues to hold the edge against Manning and that’s not going to change given the time left in either of their careers, but it’s still a rivalry worth watching every time you possibly can. After losing the regular season meeting in overtime, the Broncos dominated the playoff game last year. Brady holds the edge at 10-4 in Manning/Brady games.

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints

WEEK 14

The NFC South should be an exciting battle between these two teams, though neither the Atlanta Falcons or Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be counted out, obviously. But the main event is the Panthers and the Saints. We’ve chosen the game in New Orleans because it could easily be a deciding factor within the division. The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but the Saints have one of the best offenses. Further, the Saints are a much, much better team when playing in the Superdome. If the Panthers can win there, it would be mighty impressive.

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos

WEEK 7

Sure, this list is a bit heavy on teams like the Broncos and 49ers, but they’re two of the top three teams in the entire NFL at this point. The 49ers have a strong defense, the Broncos have a strong offense. These two almost played in the Super Bowl, and this is the matchup fans were denied when the Seahawks hung on to beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears

WEEK 12

Lovie Smith is one of the most successful head coaches in Chicago Bears history. That wasn’t enough to keep him from being fired and now he’ll return to Soldier Field as the head coach of the Buccaneers. The game will be notable for Smith’s return, but should also be entertaining on the field. The Bucs and Bears figure to be in the NFC playoff hunt and the game could potential have wild card implications. A Tampa Bay win would be especially sweet for Smith.

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Kansas City Chiefs at San Francisco 49ers

WEEK 5

Hey, did you guys know that Alex Smith used to play for the 49ers? True story! These two teams have met in the preseason since Smith went to Kansas City and helped turn that team around big time. But that’s not enough. We need to see what happens when Smith goes to Levi’s Stadium to take on the 49ers in a meaningful regular season game. It helps that these are two really good teams as well.

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints

WEEK 8

They don’t get discussed as much as Seattle and San Francisco, but the Packers and Saints aren’t far behind in the race for the NFC. Both teams feature high-powered offenses, possibly leading to a shootout. If Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are healthy, the matchup will be one of the best quarterback duels of the season. It could also potentially be a NFC Championship preview as both teams have the talent to get there, regardless of how much attention is paid to the NFC West.

Either Pittsburgh SteelersBaltimore Ravens game

WEEK 2, WEEK 9

The Steelers and Ravens are coming off down seasons, but their rivalry is still one of the best in the NFL. Their games last year were hard-fought, entertaining battles, just like they usually tend to be. Both teams are candidates for bounce back seasons and the matchups could go a long way in deciding who wins the AFC North.

New England Patriots at New York Jets

WEEK 16

Jets-Patriots games are rarely short on entertainment. From whatever Rex Ryan may have said that week to the fact there is no love lost between the two AFC East rivals. New England lost to the Jets on the road last year and its trip to New York this year will have the added element of the return of Darrelle Revis. The one-time Jet will played in New York last season with the Bucs, but returning as a member of the rival Patriots turns things up a notch.

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2015 NFL schedule released

The 2015 schedule is here. Find out who your team plays and when.

After the first week of free agency and the NFL Draft, perhaps no event during the offseason garners more attention than the release of the upcoming year’s schedule for every team. The league released those details on Tuesday.

As has become customary in recent years, the defending Super Bowl champions — the New England Patriots — will kick off the season on Thursday, Sept. 10, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The defending champion has played in the first game of the season each year since 2004. It provides the team an opportunity to raise its new championship banner before a huge, nationwide audience. The Patriots last hosted the regular season kickoff game in 2005, a 30-20 win over the Oakland Raiders.

The schedule release also allows fans to plan for the must-see games. The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are set for a Week 2 rematch of last season’s NFC Championship. In that tilt, the Packers blew a double-digit lead in the final five minutes to allow the Seahawks to move on to the Super Bowl. Other marquee games include the latest Andrew LuckPeyton Manning duel on Nov. 8 in Week 9.

There will also be games that turn out to be incredibly meaningful even though they don’t appear so at this time. Certainly, the Atlanta Falcons‘ Week 13 upset of the Arizona Cardinals last year opened up the NFC West for the Seahawks to come storming back into the division crown.

Games played in primetime Sunday slots are subject to change. As in 2014, the NFL allows the networks to flex in different games based on team performance or other significant factors. Last season, the Cleveland Browns‘ Week 15 game was flexed into the afternoon slot when the team announced that Johnny Manziel would make his first professional start.

Here is a complete look at the 2015 NFL schedule.

Week 1

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

9/10

8:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers

New England Patriots

9/13

1 p.m.

Green Bay Packers

Chicago Bears

9/13

1 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs

Houston Texans

9/13

1 p.m.

Cleveland Browns

New York Jets

9/13

1 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts

Buffalo Bills

9/13

1 p.m.

Miami Dolphins

Washington

9/13

1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers

Jacksonville Jaguars

9/13

1 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks

St. Louis Rams

9/13

4:05 p.m.

New Orleans Saints

Arizona Cardinals

9/13

4:05 p.m.

Detroit Lions

San Diego Chargers

9/13

4:25 p.m.

Tennessee Titans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

9/13

4:25 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals

Oakland Raiders

9/13

4:25 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens

Denver Broncos

9/13

8:30 p.m.

New York Giants

Dallas Cowboys

9/14

7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles

Atlanta Falcons

9/14

10:20 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers

Week 2

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

9/17

8:25 p.m.

Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

9/20

1 p.m.

Houston Texans

Carolina Panthers

9/20

1 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers

Pittsburgh Steelers

9/20

1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

New Orleans Saints

9/20

1 p.m.

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

9/20

1 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals

Chicago Bears

9/20

1 p.m.

New England Patriots

Buffalo Bills

9/20

1 p.m.

San Diego Chargers

Cincinnati Bengals

9/20

1 p.m.

Tennesse Titans

Cleveland Browns

9/20

1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons

New York Giants

9/20

1 p.m.

St. Louis Rams

Washington

9/20

4:05 p.m.

Miami Dolphins

Jacksonville Jaguars

9/20

4:05 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens

Oakland Raiders

9/20

4:25 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles

9/20

8:30 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks

Green Bay Packers

9/21

8:30 p.m.

New York Jets

Indianapolis Colts

Week 3

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

9/24

8:25 p.m.

Washington

New York Giants

9/27

1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons

Dallas Cowboys

9/27

1 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts

Tennessee Titans

9/27

1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders

Cleveland Browns

9/27

1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals

Baltimore Ravens

9/27

1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars

New England Patriots

9/27

1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints

Carolina Panthers

9/27

1 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles

New York Jets

9/27

1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Houston Texans

9/27

1 p.m.

San Diego Chargers

Minnesota Vikings

9/27

1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers

St. Louis Rams

9/27

4:05 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers

Arizona Cardinals

9/27

4:25 p.m.

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

9/27

4:25 p.m.

Chicago Bears

Seattle Seahawks

9/27

8:30 p.m.

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

9/28

8:30 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs

Green Bay Packers

Week 4

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

10/1

8:25 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens

Pittsburgh Steelers

10/4

9:30 a.m.

New York Jets

Miami Dolphins

10/4

1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts

10/4

1 p.m.

New York Giants

Buffalo Bills

10/4

1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10/4

1 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington

10/4

1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders

Chicago Bears

10/4

1 p.m.

Houston Texans

Atlanta Falcons

10/4

1 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals

10/4

4:05 p.m.

Cleveland Browns

San Diego Chargers

10/4

4:25 p.m.

Green Bay Packers

San Francisco 49ers

10/4

4:25 p.m.

St. Louis Rams

Arizona Cardinals

10/4

4:25 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Broncos

10/4

8:30 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys

New Orleans Saints

10/5

8:30 p.m.

Detroit Lions

Seattle Seahawks

Week 5

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

10/8

8:25 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts

Houston Texans

10/11

1 p.m.

Chicago Bears

Kansas City Chiefs

10/11

1 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks

Cincinnati Bengals

10/11

1 p.m.

Washington

Atlanta Falcons

10/11

1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10/11

1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints

Philadelphia Eagles

10/11

1 p.m.

Cleveland Browns

Baltimore Ravens

10/11

1 p.m.

St. Louis Rams

Green Bay Packers

10/11

1 p.m.

Buffalo Bills

Tennessee Titans

10/11

4:05 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals

Detroit Lions

10/11

4:25 p.m.

New England Patriots

Dallas Cowboys

10/11

4:25 p.m.

Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders

10/11

8:30 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers

New York Giants

10/12

8:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Diego Chargers

Week 6

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

10/15

8:25 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans Saints

10/18

1 p.m.

Washington

New York Jets

10/18

1 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals

Pittsburgh Steelers

10/18

1 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs

Minnesota Vikings

10/18

1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals

Buffalo Bills

10/18

1 p.m.

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

10/18

1 p.m.

Denver Broncos

Cleveland Browns

10/18

1 p.m.

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

10/18

1 p.m.

Miami Dolphins

Tennessee Titans

10/18

4:05 p.m.

Carolina Panthers

Seattle Seahawks

10/18

4:25 p.m.

San Diego Chargers

Green Bay Packers

10/18

4:25 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens

San Francisco 49ers

10/18

8:30 p.m.

New England Patriots

Indianapolis Colts

10/19

8:30 p.m.

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Week 7

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

10/22

8:25 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers

10/25

9:30 a.m.

Buffalo Bills

Jacksonville Jaguars

10/25

1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington

10/25

1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons

Tennessee Titans

10/25

1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints

Indianapolis Colts

10/25

1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings

Detroit Lions

10/25

1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Kansas City Chiefs

10/25

1 p.m.

Cleveland Browns

St. Louis Rams

10/25

1 p.m.

Houston Texans

Miami Dolphins

10/25

1 p.m.

New York Jets

New England Patriots

10/25

4:05 p.m.

Oakland Raiders

San Diego Chargers

10/25

4:25 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

10/25

8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carolina Panthers

10/26

8:30 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens

Arizona Cardinals

Week 8

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

10/29

8:25 p.m.

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

11/1

9:30 a.m.

Detroit Lions

Kansas City Chiefs

11/1

1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Atlanta Falcons

11/1

1 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals

Cleveland Browns

11/1

1 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams

11/1

1 p.m.

New York Giants

New Orleans Saints

11/1

1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings

Chicago Bears

11/1

1 p.m.

San Diego Chargers

Baltimore Ravens

11/1

1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers

11/1

1 p.m.

Tennesse Titans

Houston Texans

11/1

4:05 p.m.

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

11/1

4:25 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks

Dallas Cowboys

11/1

8:30 p.m.

Green Bay Packers

Denver Broncos

11/2

8:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts

Carolina Panthers

Week 9

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

11/5

8:25 p.m.

Cleveland Browns

Cincinnati Bengals

11/8

1 p.m.

Green Bay Packers

Carolina Panthers

11/8

1 p.m.

Washington

New England Patriots

11/8

1 p.m.

Tennesse Titans

New Orleans Saints

11/8

1 p.m.

Miami Dolphins

Buffalo Bills

11/8

1 p.m.

St. Louis Rams

Minnesota Vikings

11/8

1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars

New York Jets

11/8

1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders

Pittsburgh Steelers

11/8

4:05 p.m.

New York Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

11/8

4:05 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons

San Francisco 49ers

11/8

4:25 p.m.

Denver Broncos

Indianapolis Colts

11/8

8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys

11/9

8:30 p.m.

Chicago Bears

San Diego Chargers

Week 10

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

11/12

8:25 p.m.

Buffalo Bills

New York Jets

11/15

1 p.m.

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

11/15

1 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

11/15

1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers

Tennessee Titans

11/15

1 p.m.

Chicago Bears

St. Louis Rams

11/15

1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints

Washington

11/15

1 p.m.

Miami Dolphins

Philadelphia Eagles

11/15

1 p.m.

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

11/15

1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Baltimore Ravens

11/15

4:05 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings

Oakland Raiders

11/15

4:25 p.m.

New England Patriots

New York Giants

11/15

4:25 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs

Denver Broncos

11/15

8:30 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks

11/16

8:30 p.m.

Houston Texans

Cincinnati Bengals

Week 11

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

11/19

8:25 p.m.

Tennesse Titans

Jacksonville Jaguars

11/22

1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders

Detroit Lions

11/22

1 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts

Atlanta Falcons

11/22

1 p.m.

New York Jets

Houston Texans

11/22

1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Philadelphia Eagles

11/22

1 p.m.

Denver Broncos

Chicago Bears

11/22

1 p.m.

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

11/22

1 p.m.

St. Louis Rams

Baltimore Ravens

11/22

1 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys

Miami Dolphins

11/22

1 p.m.

Washington

Carolina Panthers

11/22

4:05 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals

Arizona Cardinals

11/22

4:25 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

11/22

8:30 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs

San Diego Chargers

11/23

8:30 p.m.

Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots

Week 12

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

11/26

12:30 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Lions

11/26

4:30 p.m.

Carolina Panthers

Dallas Cowboys

11/26

8:30 p.m.

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

11/29

1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints

Houston Texans

11/29

1 p.m.

St. Louis Rams

Cincinnati Bengals

11/29

1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings

Atlanta Falcons

11/29

1 p.m.

New York Giants

Washington

11/29

1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Indianapolis Colts

11/29

1 p.m.

Buffalo Bills

Kansas City Chiefs

11/29

1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders

Tennessee Titans

11/29

1 p.m.

San Diego Chargers

Jacksonville Jaguars

11/29

1 p.m.

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

11/29

4:05 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

11/29

4:25 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

11/29

8:30 p.m.

New England Patriots

Denver Broncos

11/30

8:30 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens

Cleveland Browns

Week 13

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

12/3

8:25 p.m.

Green Bay Packers

Detroit Lions

12/6

1 p.m.

New York Jets

New York Giants

12/6

1 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals

St. Louis Rams

12/6

1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12/6

1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints

12/6

1 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks

Minnesota Vikings

12/6

1 p.m.

Houston Texans

Buffalo Bills

12/6

1 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens

Miami Dolphins

12/6

1 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

12/6

1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

12/6

1 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers

Chicago Bears

12/6

4:05 p.m.

Denver Broncos

San Diego Chargers

12/6

4:05 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs

Oakland Raiders

12/6

4:25 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles

New England Patriots

12/6

8:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts

Pittsburgh Steelers

12/7

8:30 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys

Washington

Week 14

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

12/10

8:25 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings

Arizona Cardinals

12/13

1 p.m.

Buffalo Bills

Philadelphia Eagles

12/13

1 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers

Cleveland Browns

12/13

1 p.m.

Detroit Lions

St. Louis Rams

12/13

1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12/13

1 p.m.

Tennessee Titans

New York Jets

12/13

1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals

12/13

1 p.m.

New England Patriots

Houston Texans

12/13

1 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

12/13

1 p.m.

San Diego Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs

12/13

1 p.m.

Washington

Chicago Bears

12/13

1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

12/13

4:05 p.m.

Oakland Raiders

Denver Broncos

12/13

4:25 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys

Green Bay Packers

12/13

8:30 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks

Baltimore Ravens

12/14

8:30 p.m.

New York Giants

Miami Dolphins

Week 15

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

12/17

8:25 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

St. Louis Rams

12/19

8:25 p.m.

New York Jets

Dallas Cowboys

12/20

1 p.m.

Chicago Bears

Minnesota Vikings

12/20

1 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons

Jacksonville Jaguars

12/20

1 p.m.

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

12/20

1 p.m.

Arizona Cardinals

Philadelphia Eagles

12/20

1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers

New York Giants

12/20

1 p.m.

Tennessee Titans

New England Patriots

12/20

1 p.m.

Buffalo Bills

Washington

12/20

1 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs

Baltimore Ravens

12/20

4:05 p.m.

Cleveland Browns

Seattle Seahawks

12/20

4:05 p.m.

Green Bay Packers

Oakland Raiders

12/20

4:25 p.m.

Denver Broncos

Pittsburgh Steelers

12/20

4:25 p.m.

Miami Dolphins

San Diego Chargers

12/20

8:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals

San Francisco 49ers

12/21

8:30 p.m.

Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints

Week 16

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

12/24

8:25 p.m.

San Diego Chargers

Oakland Raiders

12/26

8:25 p.m.

Washington

Philadelphia Eagles

12/27

1 p.m.

New England Patriots

New York Jets

12/27

1 p.m.

Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans

12/27

1 p.m.

Cleveland Browns

Kansas City Chiefs

12/27

1 p.m.

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

12/27

1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars

New Orleans Saints

12/27

1 p.m.

San Francisco 49ers

Detroit Lions

12/27

1 p.m.

Dallas Cowboys

Buffalo Bills

12/27

1 p.m.

Chicago Bears

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12/27

1 p.m.

Carolina Panthers

Atlanta Falcons

12/27

1 p.m.

New York Giants

Minnesota Vikings

12/27

4:25 p.m.

St. Louis Rams

Seattle Seahawks

12/27

4:25 p.m.

Green Bay Packers

Arizona Cardinals

12/27

8:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Baltimore Ravens

12/28

8:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals

Denver Broncos

Week 17

Date

Time

Road Team

Home Team

1/3

1 p.m.

New York Jets

Buffalo Bills

1/3

1 p.m.

New England Patriots

Miami Dolphins

1/3

1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers

1/3

1 p.m.

New Orleans Saints

Atlanta Falcons

1/3

1 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

1/3

1 p.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Cleveland Browns

1/3

1 p.m.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Houston Texans

1/3

1 p.m.

Tennessee Titans

Indianapolis Colts

1/3

1 p.m.

Oakland Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs

1/3

1 p.m.

Washington

Dallas Cowboys

1/3

1 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles

New York Giants

1/3

1 p.m.

Detroit Lions

Chicago Bears

1/3

1 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay Packers

1/3

4:25 p.m.

San Diego Chargers

Denver Broncos

1/3

4:25 p.m.

Seattle Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals

1/3

4:25 p.m.

St. Louis Rams

San Francisco 49ers

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