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April 23, 2014

Are you ready for some football?

Once again, the conservative Buffalo Bills will not be a featured prime time nationally televised home team this coming season.

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Buffalo follows with its bye week the first weekend in November — a month that features three home games. The Bills host the Kansas City Chiefs (Nov. 9), the Jets (Nov. 23) and the Cleveland Browns (Nov. 30).
A tough December schedule has the Bills playing at Denver on Dec. 7, hosting the Green Bay Packers (Dec. 14), then closing out the season on the road with games at the Oakland Raiders (Dec. 21) and New England (Dec. 28).
Opening Day marks the third straight season the Packers have traveled to face the defending Super Bowl champions.
"It's a tremendous opportunity for our football team," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We have experience playing in the kickoff opener three years ago, and we will draw on that. Obviously, being the visiting team this time presents new challenges. It will help sharpen our focus even more during training camp and the preseason."
That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. Also at night will be a Sunday matchup of AFC champion Denver and Peyton Manning hosting his former team, Indianapolis.
The NFL will play three games in London: Dolphins-Raiders on Sept. 28; Lions-Falcons on Oct. 26; and Cowboys-Jaguars on Nov. 9. The Detroit-Atlanta game will kick off at 9:30 a.m. in an experiment to test the NFL's audience draw on a Sunday morning.
A Saturday doubleheader in Week 16 has San Diego at San Francisco and Philadelphia at Washington.
For the first time, games in Weeks 5 through 10 can be flexed from Sunday afternoon to night, with a limit of two. Beginning with Week 11, a Sunday game can be moved to prime time each week. Also, a select number of Sunday afternoon games are being "cross-flexed," moving between CBS and Fox to potentially draw more viewers.

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