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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.



The Thanksgiving tripleheader features three strong division rivalries: Chicago at Detroit, Philadelphia at Dallas, and Seattle at San Francisco, a rematch of the memorable NFC title game last January.
Looking for the latest installment of Manning vs. Tom Brady? The Patriots host it on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2.
And for those looking for the rematch of the Super Bowl, Seattle's 43-8 rout of Denver, it's on Sept. 21 at Seattle. Denver opens the season against three 2013 playoff teams: Indianapolis and Kansas City at home, then at the Seahawks.
"I think when you look at it, we have to start fast," Broncos general manager John Elway said. "We knew it was going to be a tough schedule playing the NFC West, and when we finish first in our division like we have the past three years, it is always going to be a tough schedule with a lot of good football teams on it."
The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a 14-12 Seahawks victory clinched on what now is often dubbed the "Fail Mary." Russell Wilson's desperation pass on the final play was called a touchdown reception for Golden Tate by the replacement officials.
A few days later, the lockout of the regular officials ended.
McCarthy wants no memories of that game.
"This game won't be about the past," he said. "It will be about the 2014 Green Bay Packers."
Bye weeks begin in Week 4 when Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle and St. Louis are off. They end in Week 12 when Carolina and Pittsburgh are idle.
The season ends Dec. 28 with all divisional games.


Buffalo Bills
2014 Schedule
8/3     N.Y GIANTS*     8 p.m.
8/8     @ Carolina     7:30 p.m.
8/16     @ Pittsburgh     7:30 p.m.
8/23     TAMPA BAY     TBA
8/28     DETROIT     7 p.m.
* — Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio
9/7     @ Chicago     1 p.m.
9/14     MIAMI     1 p.m.
9/21     SAN DIEGO     1 p.m.
9/28     @ Houston     1 p.m.
10/5     @ Detroit     1 p.m.
10/12     NEW ENGLAND     1 p.m.
10/19     MINNESOTA     1 p.m.
10/26     @ N.Y. Jets*     1 p.m.
11/2     BYE WEEK
11/9     KANSAS CITY     1 p.m.
11/13     @ Miami     8:25 p.m.
11/23     N.Y. JETS     1 p.m.
11/30     CLEVELAND     1 p.m.
12/7     @ Denver     4 p.m.
12/14     GREEN BAY     1 p.m.
12/21     @ Oakland     4:25 p.m.
12/28     @ New England     1 p.m.
* — Game is in East Rutherford, N.J.
(All games on ESPN) 9/8 — Giants @ Lions, Chargers @ Cardinals; 9/15 — Eagles @ Colts; 9/22 — Bears @ Jets; 9/29 — Patriots @ Chiefs; 10/6 — Seahawks @ Redskins; 10/13 — 49ers @ Rams; 10/20 — Texans @ Steelers; 10/27 — Redskins @ Cowboys; 11/3 — Colts @ Giants; 11/10 — Panthers @ Eagles; 11/17 — Steelers @ Titans; 11/24 — Ravens @ Saints; 12/1 — Dolphins @ Jets; 12/8 — Falcons @ Packers; 12/15 — Saints @ Bears; 12/22 — Broncos @ Bengals
11/27: 12:30 p.m. —Bears @ Lions (CBS); 4:30 p.m.— Eagles @ Cowboys (FOX); 8:30 p.m. — Seahawks @ 49ers (NBC)


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