NFL 2014 Regular Season In-Depth Schedule Release: Rivalries Renewed and Reborn

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The National Football League tries to predict favorable matchups throughout the season for television ratings and this year’s schedule can be lightly described as “intriguing”

Opening Weekend: Reminder of Failure and Success

The Super Bowl Champions traditionally play on the Thursday to start the season. This year has the same tradition but the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers, victim of the “Fail Mary“, for the first time since that incident. With another primetime matchup between these two teams in Seattle, the NFL wants to make sure there is no controversy afterwards. This matchup will have the feel of a playoff game: Aaron Rodgers (XLV) and Russell Wilson (XLVIII) have won 2 of the last 4 Super Bowls. The regular season opens on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST on NBC.


Intra-Divisional Matchups for Week 1

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST, FOX

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Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST, CBS

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Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST, CBS

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New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST, CBS

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Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 PM EST / 1:25 PM PST, FOX


Matchups of Intrigue

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 PM EST / 1:25 PM PST

  • Matchup between the two organizations that were annual NFC contenders in the 1990s

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos, 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST, NBC

  • The second matchup between the Andrew Luck led Colts and Peyton Manning led Broncos

New York Giants at Detroit Lions, Monday Night Football, 7:10 PM EST / 4:10 PM PST, ESPN


San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, Monday Night Football, 10:20 PM EST / 7:20 PM PST, ESPN

  • Both San Diego and Arizona had strong seasons in 2013 with 19 wins between the two teams, but both look to take the next step

Individual Matchups to Watch For

Week 1: Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning in Denver. Dexter McCluster makes his Titans debut against the Chiefs, his former team.


Week 2: The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens in a rivalry matchup. Both teams missed the playoffs last season, marking the first time since 1999 where both did not make the postseason.


Week 3: DeSean Jackson and Washington travel Interstate 95 to play their division rival Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia for the first time since Jackson‘s release and signing.
Broncos visit Seahawks for a Super Bowl rematch.


Week 4: Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan visits the Cowboys to show them first-hand how much New Orleans has improved defensively


Week 5: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith plays his old team in their new stadium in Santa Clara against his replacement Colin Kaepernick.


Week 6: Dallas Cowboys look to earn a high-quality win over the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks; Washington wide receiver Andre Roberts returns to Arizona to face his former teammates.


Week 7: San Francisco 49ers go to Denver to take on the Broncos in a primetime matchup; Miami Dolphins head to Chicago to take on former teammate Brandon Marshall and the Bears.


Week 8: Rematch of 2013’s Week 1 matchup between the Seahawks and Panthers; Drew Brees and the Saints host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.


Week 9: Manning-Brady Bowl 16 between the Broncos and Patriots; Andrew Luck and Eli Manning face off in primetime as wide receiver Hakeem Nicks faces his old team for the first time.


Week 10: Andrew Hawkins and the Browns head to Cincinnati to face Hawkins‘ former teammates; rematch of 49ers and Saints, which involved a controversial “roughing the passer” penalty against San Francisco; wide receiver Jason Avant faces his former team when the Panthers visit the Eagles for Monday Night Football


Week 11: Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings for the first time since signing defensive end Jared Allen; New England Patriots and Tom Brady take on the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck; Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak coaches against the Tennessee Titans, his former team.


Week 12: The team that last defeated Seattle at CenturyLink Field tries to repeat that effort: Arizona Cardinals take on the Seahawks; starting quarterback Josh McCown, head coach Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers go to Chicago for the first time since Smith‘s firing and McCown‘s signing; Ravens play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since their Super Bowl victory, against the Saints.


Week 13: Robert Griffin III and Washington go to Indianapolis to face the Colts and Andrew Luck; Saints head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers and former teammate Lance Moore; Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers face off in a late-season bout; Thanksgiving weekend


Week 14: The football minds of Pete Carroll and Chip Kelly clash when the Seahawks head to Philadelphia; Trent Richardson runs against his former team when the Colts head to Cleveland. Quarterback Rusty Smith looks to get some playing time against the Titans, his former team, for the Giants


Week 15: the 49ers head to Seattle to finish their regular season matchups; Dallas tries to make its late-season push against the Eagles; wide receiver Lance Moore and the Pittsburgh Steelers host Moore‘s former team, the New Orleans Saints.


Week 16: Two Saturday matchups – Chargers head to San Francisco and Philadelphia visits DeSean Jackson‘s new team; cornerback Darrelle Revis plays against the team that drafted him when New England visits the rival Jets.


Week 17: All matchups are intra-divisional matchups with Jared Allen and Chicago hosting the Minnesota Vikings as the marquee matchup.


Thursday Night Football Matchups

    • Week 1: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, September 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST on NBC.

    • Week 2: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, September 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, September 18 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 4: New York Giants at Washington, September 25 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, October 2 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 6: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, October 9 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 7: New York Jets at New England Patriots, October 16 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 8: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, October 23 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 9: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, October 30 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 10: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, November 6 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 11: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, November 13 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 12: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders, November 20 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 13 (Thanksgiving):

      Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, November 27 at 12:30 PM EST / 9:30 AM PST on CBS

      Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, November 27 at 4:30 PM EST / 1:30 PM PST on FOX

      Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, November 27 at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST on NBC


    • Week 14: Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears, December 4 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 15: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, December 11 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

  • Week 16: Tennessee Titans at New York Jets, December 18 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

Full Schedule by Week

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