NFL hopes to release 2014 schedule by mid-April
The NFL is hopeful that the 2014 schedule will be released in mid-April.
It's April and April is usually when everyone starts wondering when the next NFL schedule will be released. We know which teams will be playing which teams in 2014, but we don't know the times and dates of those games yet. That should change soon though.
Since 2007, the schedule has been released sometime between April 11 and April 20.
In five of the past seven years, the schedule was 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).
Based on Aiello's email, the schedule will likely come out sometime between Tuesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 24.
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.
Anyway, here's what we do know:
Week 1 on Sept. 4: TBA at Seattle
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.
We'll have to wait until mid-April 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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