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  • "Thursday Night Football" has traditionally been similar to holding out a cup of water for a marathon runner – they are desperate for anything to quench their thirst.

    The NFL knows its fans are desperate for football, and mediocre primetime matchups were traditionally scheduled on Thursday night. It is usually the one time of year struggling teams like Jacksonville, Buffalo, Oakland and St. Louis can enjoy the national spotlight. The league must have figured it's football, and you're going to watch no matter who is playing.

    However, that changed a bit this year after the NFL partnered with CBS to produce and televise seven games on Thursdays over the first half of the season. The NFL Network, which will simulcast the CBS Thursday games, will have seven late-season Thursday games all to itself. Also, two late-season games take place on Saturday, and this year’s schedule is banking on division rivalries to add more spice to the lineup.

    Green Bay will kick off the season on the road

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  • People get jacked for the release of the NFL schedule. So do we. And though lots will change — even before we get to training camp — there are some definite must-see games on the schedule.

    Our challenge? Narrowing it down to one key one per week.

    Here goes nothing:

    Week 1

    Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

    C'mon. It's the season opener. Even with quality games elsewhere on the schedule — including Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos hosting his former team, the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night — you can't go away from this one. Props to the NFL for pitting the Seahawks and Packers, combatants in one of the league's most controversial games in recent seasons, and not backing down from that talk. That's a bit uncharacteristic of the league.

    Week 2

    Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

    The NFL wasn't going to give CBS, which paid a fortune for the Thursday night package, a dud game. Sure, maybe this hasn't been the epic rivalry it was, say, 4-5 years ago, but there is no love

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  • It's been a while since every Thanksgiving NFL game was a great matchup. There's always a dud.

    Not this year. By making a tweak with the networks, the NFL guaranteed three tremendous matchups, and it will be all NFC teams. The day starts with Chicago at Detroit, followed by Philadelphia at Dallas and capped off by the big one, Seattle at San Francisco, a rematch of the NFC championship game and one of the top few games on the entire NFL regular-season schedule. That is the best Thanksgiving schedule, top to bottom, in many years.

    Part of the problem in past years was network rules. Fox gets NFC games. CBS gets AFC games. If there is an NFC vs. AFC game, the network of the road team's conference got the game (for example, if it was an AFC team at an NFC team, CBS had the rights). Because traditional hosts Dallas and Detroit are both from the NFC, there needed to be an AFC team involved to meet those guidelines. Therefore, options were limited. Last year, the Raiders were one of two AFC

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  • The NFL isn't messing around with its 2014 schedule.

    The world champion Seattle Seahawks will kick off the season with a game not against their archrivals, the San Francisco 49ers, or the team they beat in the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos, but rather with a foe that created controversy two years ago.

    Remember the replacement referee fiasco game — aka, The Fail Mary — in Seattle in 2012? Yep, the NFL powers-that-be have orchestrated a rematch in Week 1 on Thursday, Sept. 4 on NBC in prime time.

    The league announced all 256 games for the regular season, and it features some interesting highlights:

    • Three Thanksgiving games that feature all NFC teams for the first time.

    • A new Thursday slate of games, split through the season by CBS and NFL Network, that kicks off in Week 2 with a rivalry game of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens.

    • Flex scheduling that can begin as early as Week 5, which is a change from years past, when it typically began starting in Week 11.

    • Other key

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  • 2014 NFL regular-season schedule - Week by week

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    THU, SEPT 4

    TIME (ET)

    TV

    Green Bay at Seattle

    8:30 p.m.

    NBC

     

     

     

    SUN, SEPT 7

     

     

    New Orleans at Atlanta

    1 p.m.

    Fox

    Minnesota at St. Louis

    1 p.m.

    Fox

    Cleveland at Pittsburgh

    1 p.m.

    CBS

    Jacksonville at Philadelphia

    1 p.m.

    CBS

    Oakland at NY Jets

    1 p.m.

    CBS

    Cincinnati at Baltimore

    1 p.m.

    CBS

    Buffalo at Chicago

    1 p.m.

    Fox

    Washington at Houston

    1 p.m.

    Fox

    Tennessee at Kansas City

    1 p.m.

    CBS

    New England at Miami

    1 p.m.

    CBS

    Carolina at Tampa Bay

    4:25 p.m.

    Fox

    San Francisco at Dallas

    4:25 p.m.

    Fox

    Indianapolis at Denver

    8:30 p.m.

    NBC

     

     

     

    MON, SEPT 8

     

     

    NY Giants at Detroit

    7:10 p.m.

    ESPN

    San Diego at Arizona

    10:20 p.m.

    ESPN

     

    Byes: None

    THU, SEPT 11

    TIME (ET)

    TV

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