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2014 Schedule release date

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  1. RamzFanz Well-Known Member Pit Boss

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    I didn't know if this was discussed at ROD yet.

    April 22, 23, or 24th.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on...rt-nfl-will-release-2014-schedule-on-april-22

    If you're wondering when the 2014 NFL schedule will be released, it looks like you can circle April 22 on your calendar. According to Pro Football Talk, that's when the schedule will drop.

    Now, if you're actually going to circle April 22 on your calendar, please make sure to do it in pencil because the date could be moved to April 23 or April 24, according to PFT. Whether the schedule is released on April 22, 23 or 24, it will be the latest date the schedule has been released in over a decade.

    Since 2007, the schedule has been released sometime between April 11 and April 20.

    In five of the past seven years, the schedule has been released on a Tuesday (2008-12). In the two years where the schedule wasn't released on a Tuesday, it was released on a Thursday (2013) and a Wednesday (2007).

    Although the 256-game regular season schedule isn't out yet, we do know a few things. We know which teams will be playing in London and we know the Seahawks will be hosting the NFL opener on Sept. 4.

    We also know that the 49ers won't be hosting any Monday or Thursday games in 2014 due to the traffic conditions around the team's new stadium during rush hour. The 49ers could still conceivably host a Thanksgiving game though as that wouldn't be affected by rush hour traffic.

    It's also unlikely that the Vikings will host any Monday or Thursday games due to an agreement the team has with the University of Minnesota.

    We don't know who the Rams will be playing, but if you know or you're good at guessing NFL schedules, you can win $100,000 by guessing St. Louis' entire 2014 schedule.

    Anyway, here's what we do know:

    Week 1 on Sept. 4: TBA at Seattle (Here's a list of teams the Seahawks could play)

    Week 4 on Sept. 28: Dolphins at Raiders in London, 1 p.m. ET

    Week 8 on Oct. 26: Lions at Falcons in London, 9:30 a.m. ET

    Week 10 on Nov. 9: Cowboys at Jaguars in London, 1 p.m. ET

    Week 13 (Thanksgiving Day): AFC at Lions, NFC at Cowboys

    The Week 8 game between the Falcons and Lions will be the earliest Eastern Time Zone kickoff time in NFL history. It's also worth keeping in mind that all of the teams playing in London will have a bye the following week, meaning the Lions and Falcons will have a Week 9 bye.

    We also know the 2014 opponents for all 32 NFL teams, which you can see here.

    We'll have to wait until April 22 to find out everything else.

    To hold you over until then, here's some schedule release facts: The last time the schedule wasn't released in mid-April was in 2006, when the schedule came out on April 6. The last time the schedule was released in a month other than April was in 2002, when it was released on March 28.
     
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  2. RamzFanz Well-Known Member Pit Boss

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    Home: 49ers, Seahawks, Cardinals, Cowboys, Giants, Vikings, Broncos, Raiders
    Away: 49ers, Seahawks, Cardinals, Eagles, Redskins, Buccaneers, Chiefs, Chargers
     
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  3. Prime Time RODerator

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    Seven schedule hot spots
    Posted by Mike Florio on April 21, 2014

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    We reported last week that the NFL plans to release the 2014 regular-season schedule on Tuesday, with the caveat that it could be nudged to Wednesday or Thursday.

    Regardless of the moment the dates and times for 256 contests become known, we’ll instantly scan the list seven specific pieces of information.

    1. The Thursday Night Opener.

    The Seahawks will host the first game of the season on Thursday night, September 4. They’ll play the 49ers, Rams, Cardinals, Packers, Cowboys, Giants, Broncos, or Raiders.

    I think it’ll be the Packers; PFT Planet picked the 49ers in the aftermath of the Super Bowl.

    2. The Sunday Night Opener.

    The first full day of regular-season action usually is capped with a quality game on NBC. Last year, the Giants played the Cowboys in Dallas. The year before, Peyton Manning made his debut with Denver against the Steelers.

    This year, the 49ers open a new stadium, not too far down the road from where the NBC equipment and crew will be on Thursday night. While that would take San Fran out of the mix to open the season in Seattle, the opening Sunday night game could feature the Cardinals, Rams, Redskins, Eagles, Chiefs, Chargers, or Bears visiting the so-called Field of Jeans.

    3. The Monday Night Doubleheader.

    Since 2006, ESPN has launched the season with a six-plus-hour football extravaganza. Usually, it’s an East Coast game at 7:00 p.m. ET and a West Coaster at 10:00 p.m. ET.

    These games usually have a more meat-and-potatoes feel. Either way, it’s two more games of football to end the first week of the season.

    4. The Week Two Thursday Night Game.

    With the first half of the Thursday night package simulcast in 2014 on CBS, the NFL reportedly plans to pick marquee games for the maximized audience that comes with broadcast TV.

    Which means that there could be a very good game played in the first short-week contest of the season.

    5. The Thanksgiving Games.

    Reportedly, the Bills will face the Lions to start the day. (It’s either Buffalo or Miami this year, because the game will be televised by CBS.)

    The Cowboys will host the second game, against one of their six NFC opponents: the Redskins, Eagles, Giants, Cardinals, Saints, and 49ers.

    The third game has no set rotation, although the Ravens have been involved for two of the last three years. Since the nightcap moved to NBC in 2012, the third Thanksgiving game has featured division rivals, a technique that helps keep the game intense even if the records of the teams involved aren’t stellar.

    6. The Flex Games.

    From Week 11 through Week 16, the NFL has the ability to swap out the games earmarked for Sunday night on NBC for better contests. Games nevertheless are pegged for the spots in advance, and in most cases those games end up being very good games without the need for a flex.

    7. Week 17.

    The last week of the season features each team playing a game in the same division. Typically, all 16 games are played on Sunday, with no pre-set game on NBC. Instead, the league picks the final game of the season the prior week, hopeful to select a matchup that will have clear playoff implications independent of the other 15 games.

    For the last three years, the last game of the season has been the de facto NFC East championship game. In 2011, the Cowboys lost to the Giants. In 2012, the Cowboys lost to the Redskins. In 2013, the Cowboys lost to the Eagles. This year, it could be back to Giants-Cowboys.
     
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  4. RamzFanz Well-Known Member Pit Boss

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    The most Glorious opening week I could imagine:

    Rams open the season at Hawks and crush them. Cards beat Niners in San Fran on Sunday.

    Second best:

    Hawks host Cards and lose on Thursday. Rams crush Nners on Sunday.

    Third best and most likely:

    Hawks host Niners, Hawks win. Rams and Cards, Rams crush.
     
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  5. Mojo Ram On double secret probation

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    Saw this on fb. Fan consensus:
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  6. Dagonet Grillin and Chillin

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    Can't wait for it to come out.
     
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  7. RamFan503 Grill and Brew Master

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    Sure as hell hope that's not when we play Tampa.
     
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  8. Alan Well-Known Member

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  9. -X- I'm the dude, man.

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    Finishing up IN skeevattle again?
    That would instantly propel me to rage status.
     
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  10. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    6-10 on the road to end the season? me no likey.
     
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  11. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    It is beyond ridiculous if Seattle gets a a home game to end the season for the 4th year in a row.
     
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  12. RamFan503 Grill and Brew Master

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    Been fighting a nasty flu bug.
     
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  13. RamFan503 Grill and Brew Master

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    And no prime time games? Zero?
     
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  14. Mojo Ram On double secret probation

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    What better test than those bums for our boys to get ready for the playoffs?
     
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  15. -X- I'm the dude, man.

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    freak that. Their era of schedule entitlement is over. We can mop the dome with them instead.
     
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  16. RamFan503 Grill and Brew Master

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    Agreed. We played the shecocks in shecockland to finish the season three of the last four years. That's just a big FU from the league.
     
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  17. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    The NFL schedule is going to be officially announced and released at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday.

    The games will be unveiled during ESPN2's schedule release show from 8 to 10 p.m. ET.

    Annually, the release of the NFL schedule has become almost like a national holiday.

    The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks are expected to host the annual kickoff game on Thursday, Sept. 4.

    The NFL's three London games are already set -- Miami at Oakland at 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 28, Detroit at Atlanta at 9:30 a.m. ET on Oct. 26 and Dallas at Jacksonville at 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 9.

    Among the other highlight games is a Super Bowl rematch, with the Denver Broncos at Seattle, along with San Francisco at Denver, New England at Green Bay, and Philadelphia at Indianapolis.

    This is likely the final year in which 12 teams make the playoffs. Within the next year, NFL owners are expected to vote on the addition of one more playoff team per conference, allowing each conference to have seven playoff teams.

    With television contracts being escalated over the next several years, adjustments are being made in the playoff broadcasts. For example, ESPN will broadcast a wild-card game for the first time. In 2015, there could be a wild-card game on a Monday night.

    But that's the future. Starting Wednesday, teams can start printing out schedules and fans can start making their plans for the 2014 season.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10823872/nfl-schedule-released-wednesday-night
     
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  18. JoeBo21 Well-Known Member

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    alright so how would this work with 7 teams in each conference?
     
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  19. PhxRam The Estimated Prophet

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    Must be a typo

    The NFL postseason field could number 14 teams as early as 2015, per a report by theWashington Post‘s Mark Maske. According to that report, owners could vote on such a proposal next month during the league’s annual meetings.

    “I think there’s a lot of momentum for it,” a source told Maske. “I don’t know for sure if the votes are there yet [among the owners] or not. But there is momentum. A lot of people seem in favor of it.”

    A second “person familiar with the matter” added that Roger Goodell seems behind the idea. And why wouldn’t he be, given what a cash cow the playoffs are for the NFL? Wild-card weekend for this past season featured record television ratings, as SI’s Richard Deitschreported. An average of 34.7 million people tuned in for the four opening-round games, with a remarkable 47.1 million watching San Francisco’s win over Green Bay at frigid Lambeau Field.

    An added team would eliminate one bye per conference and add two extra games to the first round — giving the league six in total that weekend. Maske reported that “the league seems to favor” splitting those six games over three days: two on Saturday, three on Sunday and one on Monday, which would mark the first time that the NFL has pushed its playoff schedule into a prime-time, weeknight slot.

    The argument against such a setup might come in relation to scheduling for the teams in action on Monday. Presumably, the winner of that game would play again the following Sunday, with one less day to rest and prepare for the divisional round.

    Under the 14-team playoff model, Arizona (NFC) and Pittsburgh (AFC) would have qualified for the playoffs in 2013, with the Cardinals then visiting Carolina and the Steelers traveling to New England in Round 1. That Pittsburgh-New England game likely would have drawn massive ratings, right in line with the rest of the postseason schedule.

    http://nfl.si.com/2014/02/27/nfl-playoff-field-expansion-2015/
     
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  20. RamzFanz Well-Known Member Pit Boss

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    I hope they do send the Rams to Seattle for the last game and I hope Seattle is hating that idea before mid-season. Nothing would please me more than to know they are now the ones hoping this new tradition ends.
     
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