2014 NFL Schedule release live blog: Seahawks-Packers in Sept. 4 opener

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Aaron Rodgers gets another shot at the Seahawks in Seattle. (USATSI)
Aaron Rodgers gets another shot at the Seahawks in Seattle. (USATSI)

See the 2014 Schedule here

7:45 p.m. ET: That's it for the live blog. The official NFL schedule will be released at 8 p.m. ET. Just after the clock strikes eight, you'll be able to see the entire 2014 NFL schedule by clicking here.

7:26 p.m. ET: We now know what the second half of the Week 1 doubleheader will be on Monday night. The first game will be Giants at Lions. That will be followed by the customary West Coast game, which will be Chargers-Cardinals.

7:24 p.m. ET: You can officially start planning your Thanksgiving. According to CBS Chicago, Eagles-Cowboys will be the other game on Turkey day. Earlier in the live blog, we mentioned 49ers-Seahawks and Bears-Lions.

6:54 p.m. ET: It looks like the Saints schedule has been leaked. New Orleans will be playing primetime games against the Panthers, Ravens and Bears.

6:48 p.m. ET: Not only does Peyton Manning get a second crack at his old team in 2014, but he gets to do it on national television. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Manning and the Broncos will host the Colts in Week 1. Indianpolis beat the Broncos 39-33 in Indy last season.

6:25 p.m. ET: Are you ready for Fail Mary Part II? Because it's official: The NFL season will open on Sept. 4 with the Packers traveling to Seattle, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein.

6:08 p.m. ET: Harry Teinowitz of 88.7-FM in Chicago, someone who nailed the Bears schedule last year, has a few nuggets on Chicago's 2014 schedule, like this one.

According to Teinowitz, the Bears will play the Cowboys on Thursday night in Week 14 (Dec. 4). Chicago will open the 2014 season at home against Buffalo on Sept. 7.

6:05 p.m. ET: Ladies and gentleman, we have a leaked Lions schedule via the Detroit Free Press. The most interesting note: The Lions will reportedly host the Bears on Thanksgiving. Detroit had previously been expected to host an AFC team based on past scheduling.

Week 1: vs. NY Giants (MNF)

Week 2: at Carolina

Week 3: vs. Green Bay

Week 4: at NY Jets

Week 5: vs. Buffalo

Week 6: at Minnesota

Week 7: vs. New Orleans

Week 8: at Atlanta (London)

Week 9: Bye

Week 10: vs. Miami

Week 11: at Arizona

Week 12: at New England

Week 13: vs. Chicago (Thanskgiving)

Week 14: vs. Tampa Bay

Week 15: vs. Minnesota

Week 16: at Chicago

Week 17: at Green Bay

5:31 p.m. ET: Do you want to know when the 49ers will christen their new stadium?

Here you go.

5:29 p.m. ET: Thanksgiving could get dangerous this year if this report from the ABC-affiliate in Green Bay is correct:

5:10 p.m. ET: Some news on where the Colts will open the season.

4:30 p.m. ET: Thanks to WFAN radio on New York, we know that the Giants reportedly will open their season vs. the Lions on Monday Night Football on Sept. 8. The team also will play on national TV four other times, including the Monday game Nov. 3 vs. the Colts.

New York, via the NY Post, will play the Thursday night game Sept. 25 vs. the Redskins, and the Giants also have two Sunday night appointments: Oct. 12 vs. the Eagles and Nov. 23 vs. the Cowboys.

Here's the rest of the schedule:

Week 1: Sept. 8, at Detroit

Week 2: Sept. 14, vs. Arizona

Week 3: Sept. 21, vs. Houston

Week 4: Sept. 25, at Washington

Week 5: Oct. 5, vs. Atlanta

Week 6: Oct. 12, vs. Philadelphia

Week 7: Oct. 19, at Dallas

Week 8: Bye

Week 9: Nov. 3, vs. Indianapolis

Week 10: Nov. 9, at Seattle

Week 11: Nov. 16, vs. San Francisco

Week 12: Nov. 23, vs. Dallas

Week 13: Nov. 30, at Jacksonville

Week 14: Dec. 7, at Tennessee

Week 15: Dec. 14, vs. Washington

Week 16: Dec. 21, at St. Louis

Week 17: Dec. 28, at Philadelphia

Or, if you're so inclined, you can here WFAN's Mike Francesa read it off by clicking here.

3:59 p.m. ET: No matter how complicated things have been made in trying to piece together an NFL schedule (Thursday night games, Sunday night games, trips to London, etc.), you can take solace in this. Former commissioner Bert Bell never had to worry about any of that.

Instead, he apparently made the schedule in the comforts of his own home where he used what looks like pieces of candy in determining who plays what where and when.

2:40 p.m. ET: NFL.com reports that games can be flexed this year as early as Week 5. Previously, games couldn't be touched until Week 11.

But there is a stipulation. As NFL.com explains ...

The NFL can't change the tentative Sunday Night Football game every week. The league may flex up to two games total into Sunday night between Weeks 5-10. The rest of the flexible schedule procedures from previous years remains intact. After Week 11, the NFL can flex any Sunday night game.

As before, only Sunday afternoon games are subject to being moved into the Sunday night window. Thursday, Saturday, and Monday games are not affected. Flex scheduling allows the league to handpick a game to be moved into the Sunday Night NBC window, avoiding lackluster matchups.

1:25 p.m. ET: On Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET, the league will release the 2014 NFL schedule. The release of the schedule comes along with multiple primetime release shows.

This is not atypical of the NFL schedule release. (Also not atypical: people complaining about the NFL making a big deal out of this. Those people need to get a life and, you know, not watch if they're that passionate.)

What's different about the schedule release this year is it's about a week later than it usually is. In April of 2013, the 2013 NFL Schedule came on the 18th of the month. Now it's the 23rd, which means the NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing.

And wouldn't you know it, but the NFL finds itself going head-to-head in competition for eyeballs with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Those Mavericks, of course, are owned by Mark Cuban.

And Cuban, naturally, recently said the NFL is 10 years away from "implosion."

It's a brilliant play by the NFL, even if it's just coincidental. (The NFL will say it is. I won't believe them. You can do what you want.)

If the NFL schedule shows on NFL Network and ESPN outdraw the Mavericks playoff game, it's the beatdown of Cuban's life. If they don't, well, of course they didn't. One is a show about schedules and the other is a live playoff game.

We'll have all the updates -- how about some freaking LEAKS? -- news, info and whatnot throughout the day and evening here. Book mark the page and make sure to refresh early and often.

 
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