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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