2014 NFL Training Camps

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Training camp is where it all starts and when teams begin forming the group of players that will take them through the 2014 season. As camps unfold and teams slowly dwindle down to their 53-man rosters. Training camp is used in several different ways. New players and coaches use it to acclimate themselves to new teammates and systems. For younger players, it serves as a period of evaluation; for veterans, it is time to round back into form.

 

Training camp is divided into several different components. The first is scrimmages. These are pseudo-games where teams run nearly full games’ worth of plays. Sometimes, two practice sessions are held on the same day. This concept is referred to as two-a-days. Other parts of training camp include drills, meetings with coaches and other players at one’s position, weight training, and pre-season games. The latter half of training camp leads directly into the exhibition season. More and more teams are practicing close to home. In fact, 20 out of 32 NFL teams hold camp at home. Here are the practice locations for all the teams in the NFL along with the start dates.

 

In this article, you will find the report dates and locations of all the teams practice facilities, key dates to remember for the 2104 season, NFL Preseason week to week and team by team schedules, links to the important story lines as we head into camp, along with the TV and Replay Schedule for 65-game 2014 NFL preseason schedule.

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2014 NFL Training Camp Dates
TeamSiteLocationReport
AFC
RavensUnder Armour CenterOwings Mills, Md.7/23/14
BillsSt. John Fisher CollegePittsford, N.Y.7/18/14
BengalsPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, Ohio7/23/14
BrownsBrowns Training FacilityBerea, Ohio7/25/14
BroncosPaul D. Bowlen MemorialDove Valley, Colo.7/23/14
TexansMethodist Training CenterHouston, Texas7/25/14
ColtsAnderson UniversityAnderson, Ind.7/23/14
JaguarsFLA Blue Health & WellnessJacksonville, Fla.7/24/14
ChiefsMissouri Western St UnivSt. Joseph, Mo.7/23/14
DolphinsMiami Dolphins FacilityDavie, Fla.7/20/14
PatriotsGillette StadiumFoxboro, Mass.7/23/14
JetsSUNY CortlandCortland, N.Y.7/23/14
RaidersNapa Valley MarriottNapa, Calif.7/24/14
SteelersSaint Vincent CollegeLatrobe, Pa.7/25/14
ChargersChargers ParkSan Diego, Calif.7/23/14
TitansBaptist Sports ParkNashville, Tenn.7/25/14
NFC
CardinalsUniv of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, Ariz.7/25/14
FalconsAtlanta Falcons FacilityFlowery Branch, Ga.7/24/14
PanthersWofford CollegeSpartanburg, S.C.7/24/14
BearsOlivet Nazarene UniversityBourbonnais, Ill.7/24/14
CowboysRiver Ridge Playing FieldsOxnard, Calif.7/22/14
LionsDetroit Lions Training FacilityAllen Park, Mich.7/27/14
PackersSt. Norbert CollegeGreen Bay, Wis.7/25/14
VikingsMinnesota State UnivMankato, Minn.7/24/14
SaintsThe GreenbrierWhite Silver Springs, WV7/24/14
GiantsTimex Performance CenterEast Rutherford, N.J.7/21/14
EaglesNovaCare ComplexPhiladelphia, Pa.7/25/14
RamsRussell Athletic CenterEarth City, Mo.7/24/14
49ersMarie P. DeBartolo CenterSanta Clara, Calif.7/23/14
SeahawksVirginia Mason CenterRenton, Wash.7/24/14
BuccaneersOne Buccaneer PlaceTampa, Fla.7/25/14
RedskinsBon Secours CenterRichmond, Va.7/23/14

 

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 - Key Dates -

2014/15 Season

 

2014

July-August – Training camps begin
Aug. 2 – 2014 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
Aug. 3 – 2014 preseason begins, Hall of Fame Game: Buffalo at N.Y. Giants (Canton, Ohio), 8 p.m. ET
Aug. 28 – Preseason ends
Sept. 4 – 2014 NFL Regular Season Begins: Green Bay at Seattle (8:30 p.m. ET)
Dec. 28 – Regular season ends

2015

Jan. 3-4 – Playoffs begin — Wild Card Weekend
Jan. 10-11 – Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 18 – Conference Championships
Jan. 25 2015 – Pro Bowl (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Feb. 1 – Super Bowl XLIX (University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz., 6 p.m. ET, NBC)

 

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Links:

 

NFL Training Camp Primer - USA Today

 

Ten intriguing NFL training camp storylines - si.com

 

NFL Training Camp Preview - espn.com

 

Ranking the NFL Divisions Before Training Camp - rant sports

 

10 Storylines for NFL Training Camp - realclearsports

 

Stock Up, Stock Down for Every NFL Team at the Start of 2014 Training Camp - bleacherreport

 

pro football talk

 

FANFOOD July Sports ’14

 

NFL Network TV Schedule

 

NFL Communications

 

NFL.com Videos

 

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2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

WEEK-BY-WEEK

 

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME (Aug. 3)

N.Y. Giants vs. Buffalo (NBC)

WEEK 1 (Aug. 7-10)

Buffalo at Carolina
Cincinnati at Kansas City
Cleveland at Detroit
Dallas at San Diego
Green Bay at Tennessee
Houston at Arizona
Indianapolis at NY Jets
Miami at Atlanta
New England at Washington
New Orleans at St. Louis
Oakland at Minnesota
Philadelphia at Chicago
Pittsburgh at NY Giants
San Francisco at Baltimore
Seattle at Denver
Tampa Bay at Jacksonville

WEEK 2 (Aug. 14-18)

Jacksonville at Chicago (ESPN, Aug. 14)
Kansas City at Carolina (Fox, Aug. 17)
Cleveland at Washington (ESPN, Aug. 18)
Arizona at Minnesota
Atlanta at Houston
Baltimore at Dallas
Buffalo at Pittsburgh
Denver at San Francisco
Detroit at Oakland
Green Bay at St. Louis
Miami at Tampa Bay
NY Giants at Indianapolis
NY Jets at Cincinnati
Philadelphia at New England
San Diego at Seattle
Tennessee at New Orleans

WEEK 3 (Aug. 21-24)

Oakland at Green Bay (CBS, Aug. 22)
New Orleans at Indianapolis (CBS, Aug. 23)
San Diego at San Francisco (Fox, Aug. 24)
Cincinnati at Arizona (NBC, Aug. 24)
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Jacksonville at Detroit
Tennessee at Atlanta
Chicago at Seattle
Tampa Bay at Buffalo
Dallas at Miami
Carolina at New England
NY Giants at NY Jets
Washington at Baltimore
St. Louis at Cleveland
Houston at Denver
Minnesota at Kansas City

WEEK 4 (Aug. 28)

Arizona at San Diego
Atlanta at Jacksonville
Baltimore at New Orleans
Carolina at Pittsburgh
Chicago at Cleveland
Denver at Dallas
Detroit at Buffalo
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Kansas City at Green Bay
Minnesota at Tennessee
New England at NY Giants
NY Jets at Philadelphia
San Francisco at Houston
Seattle at Oakland
St. Louis at Miami
Washington at Tampa Bay

 

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NFL Preseason on TV:

 

 

2014 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE 
DATE GAME NETWORK (ET) 
Sunday, August 3NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OHNBC (8:00 PM)
NY Giants vs. Buffalo
Preseason Week 2
Thursday, August 14Jacksonville at ChicagoESPN (8:00 PM)
Sunday, August 17Kansas City at CarolinaFOX (8:00 PM)
Monday, August 18Cleveland at WashingtonESPN (8:00 PM)
Preseason Week 3
Friday, August 22Oakland at Green BayCBS (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 23New Orleans at IndianapolisCBS (8:00 PM)
Sunday, August 24San Diego at San FranciscoFOX (4:00 PM)
Sunday, August 24Cincinnati at ArizonaNBC (8:00 PM)

 

 

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2014 NFL Preseason Schedule

Team by Team:

 

 

Aug. 3: vs. N.Y. Giants(NBC, 8 p.m.)*Week 1: at Atlanta Falcons
Week 1: at Carolina PanthersWeek 2: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2: at Pittsburgh SteelersWeek 3: Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: Tampa Bay BuccaneersAug. 28: St. Louis Rams
Aug. 28: Detroit Lions
Week 1: at Washington RedskinsWeek 1: Indianapolis Colts
Week 2: Philadelphia EaglesWeek 2: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: Carolina PanthersWeek 3: New York Giants
Aug. 28: at New York GiantsAug. 28: at Philadelphia Eagles

 

 

Week 1: San Francisco 49ersWeek 1: at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 2: at Dallas CowboysWeek 2: New York Jets
Week 3: Washington RedskinsAug. 24: at Arizona Cardinals (NBC, 8 p.m.)
Aug. 28: at New OrleansSaintsAug. 28: Indianapolis Colts
Week 1: at Detroit LionsWeek 1: at New York Giants
Aug. 18: at Washington Redskins (ESPN, 8 p.m.)Week 2: Buffalo Bills
Week 3: St. Louis RamsWeek 3: at Philadelphia Eagles
Aug. 28: Chicago BearsAug. 28: Carolina Panthers

 

 

Week 1: at Arizona CardinalsWeek 1: at New York Jets
Week 2: Atlanta FalconsWeek 2: New York Giants
Week 3: at Denver BroncosAug. 23: New Orleans Saints (CBS, 8 p.m.)
Aug. 28: San Francisco49ersAug. 28: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 1: Tampa Bay BuccaneersWeek 1: Green Bay Packers
Aug. 14: at Chicago Bears(ESPN, 8 p.m.)Week 2: at New Orleans Saints
Week 3: at Detroit LionsWeek 3: at Atlanta Falcons
Aug. 28: Atlanta FalconsAug. 28: Minnesota Vikings

 

 

Week 1: Seattle SeahawksWeek 1: Cincinnati Bengals
Week 2: at San Francisco 49ersAug. 17: at Carolina Panthers (Fox, 8 p.m.)
Week 3: Houston TexansWeek 3: Minnesota Vikings
Aug. 28: at Dallas CowboysAug. 28: at Green Bay Packers
Week 1: at Minnesota VikingsWeek 1: Dallas Cowboys
Week 2: Detroit LionsWeek 2: at Seattle Seahawks
Aug. 22: at Green Bay Packers(CBS, 8 p.m.)Aug. 24: at San Francisco 49ers (Fox, 4 p.m.)
Aug. 28: Seattle SeahawksAug. 28: Arizona Cardinals

 

 

Week 1: at San Diego ChargersAug. 3: vs. Buffalo Bills(NBC, 8 p.m.)*
Week 2: Baltimore RavensWeek 1: Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 3: at Miami DolphinsWeek 2: at Indianapolis Colts
Aug. 28: Denver BroncosWeek 3: at New York Jets
Aug. 28: New England Patriots
Week 1: at Chicago BearsWeek 1: New England Patriots
Week 2: at New England PatriotsAug. 18: Cleveland Browns(ESPN, 8 p.m.)
Week 3: Pittsburgh SteelersWeek 3: at Baltimore Ravens
Aug. 28: New York JetsAug. 28: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

 

Week 1: Philadelphia EaglesWeek 1: Cleveland Browns
Aug. 14: Jacksonville Jaguars (ESPN, 8 p.m.)Week 2: at Oakland Raiders
Week 3: at Seattle SeahawksWeek 3: Jacksonville Jaguars
Aug. 28: at Cleveland BrownsAug. 28: at Buffalo Bills
Week 1: at Tennessee TitansWeek 1: Oakland Raiders
Week 2: at St. Louis RamsWeek 2: Arizona Cardinals
Aug. 22: Oakland Raiders(CBS, 8 p.m.)Week 3: at Kansas City Chiefs
Aug. 28: Kansas City ChiefsAug. 28: at Tennessee Titans

 

 

Week 1: Miami DolphinsWeek 1: Buffalo Bills
Week 2: at Houston TexansAug. 17: Kansas City Chiefs(Fox, 8 p.m.)
Week 3: Tennessee TitansWeek 3: at New England Patriots
Aug. 28: at JacksonvilleJaguarsAug. 28: at Pittsburgh Steelers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NFL MEDIA’S 2014 NFL PRESEASON COVERAGE

 

‘Inside Training Camp Live’ Provides Nine Hours of Live Coverage Daily July 24 – August 5

 

All 65 Preseason Games on NFL Network – Including Record 14 Live Games

 

Homecoming Week – NFL Network Analysts Return to Former Teams for Training Camp

 

It’s time to get ‘Back to Football.’

 

NFL Media – comprised of NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Mobile from Verizon, NFL Now & NFL RedZone – remains the go-to destination for football fans during the preseason, with comprehensive coverage of all 32 training camps provided by former players, front office personnel and reporters, and all 65 preseason games – including a record 14 live games on NFL Network.

 

Inside Training Camp Live – Thursday, July 24 – Tuesday, August 5

 

Starting Thursday, July 24 and continuing through Tuesday, August 5Inside Training Camp Live hits the field at10:00 AM ET on NFL Network, providing nine hours of live coverage each day. As teams report to camp and take the field for the first time, NFL Network is there to provide live look-ins at team practices, interviews with players and coaches, analysis from former players, head coaches and front office executives, and live reports from reporters stationed at various training camp sites. Over the course of 12 days, Inside Training Camp Live offers more than 100 live reports and interviews from 30 analysts and reporters in the field.

 

Hosts Rich EisenChris RoseLindsay Rhodes and Andrew Siciliano are joined by NFL Network analystsLaDainian TomlinsonWillie McGinestShaun O’HaraHeath EvansBrian BaldingerJamie DukesCharley CasserlySolomon Wilcots and Shawne Merriman to provide the latest news and analysis as teams report for training camps. Also lending their voices throughout will be NFL Media Insiders Ian Rapoport and Michael Silver, NFL Media reporter Judy Battista, and NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah who will be traveling to camps where some of the top rookies are competing. Additionally, NFL Network analysts and reporters check in from various team locations from around the NFL.

 

NFL Total Access airs at 7:00 PM ET, followed by a two-hour Training Camp Primetime at 8:00 PM ET hosted byScott Hanson, recapping all of the day’s action and providing the up-to-date information and analysis.

 

Joining NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live coverage are former Pro Bowl fullbacks Lorenzo Neal andMichael Robinson, former Super Bowl champion wide receiver Amani Toomer, former quarterback Sage Rosenfels, and former general manager of the New York Jets Michael Tannenbaum offering their analysis and expertise as training camps get underway.

 

Additionally, NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp Live coverage includes special vignettes for all 32 teams, detailing how every franchise can be hopeful for what is to come in the 2014 NFL season. Further features includes head coaches offering their thoughts on training camp; “Undrafted,” which follows three undrafted players and their journey to training camp; “The Sessions,” in which two marquee players from different teams watch game film together; and wired sound of rookie head coaches from OTAs.

 

For fans on the go, with NFL Mobile from Verizon fans can get all the latest news and access live, streaming video of NFL Network on their smartphone, including all 65 preseason games. NFL Mobile from Verizon is available to Verizon Wireless customers with a premium subscription for $5/month. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon, including how to purchase premium services, visit www.verizoninsider.com/nfl.

 

Homecoming – NFL Network Analysts Return to Former Teams Throughout Training Camp

 

Throughout training camp on Inside Training Camp Live, NFL Network’s roster of former players and front office personnel return to their former teams to deliver access only they can provide.

 

Among the highlights are: Deion Sanders with the Washington Redskins (July 25); Michael Irvin with the Dallas Cowboys (July 27); Warren Sapp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (July 27); Kurt Warner with the St. Louis Rams (July 27) and the Arizona Cardinals (July 29); LaDainian Tomlinson with the San Diego Chargers (July 28); Steve Mariucci with the Green Bay Packers (August 4) and Detroit Lions (August 5); Brian Billick with the Baltimore Ravens (July 28); Willie McGinest with the Cleveland Browns (July 25 & 26) and the New England Patriots (July 27 & 28); and Terrell Davis with the Denver Broncos (July 30 & 31).

 

On Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 PM ETRich Eisen and Michael Irvin are live from the Dallas Cowboys’ practice in Oxnard, CA. Cowboys owner/president/general manager Jerry Jones will join the broadcast live.

 

All 65 Preseason Games on NFL Network

 

NFL Network remains the only place to see the entire slate of 65 preseason games, with games throughout the month of August. Additionally, NFL Network’s preseason broadcast schedule features a record 14 live games, beginning with head coach John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens hosting head coach Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 PM ET in their first meeting since Super Bowl XLVII.

 

NFL Network’s preseason coverage is presented by sponsors including HeinekenMitsubishi and Toshiba.

 

NFL.com’s NFL Preseason Live Returns to Give Fans Live Access to All Preseason Games

 

For the fifth season, NFL Preseason Live enables fans in the United States to watch live and on-demand NFL preseason out-of-market games (some blackout restrictions apply). NFL Preseason Live gives fans additional viewing options including picture-in-picture, and dual and quad view modes, allowing fans to watch multiple games on the same screen. With full DVR controls, fans may also pause, rewind and replay live and archived game action.Condensed Games returns as well, which allows fans to watch any preseason game in roughly 30 minutes. NFL Preseason Live is also available on iOS, Android and Window tablet devices so that fans can watch preseason games on the go.

 

NFL Preseason Live is currently offered at $19.99. To learn more, visit www.NFL.com/preseasonlive.

 

NFL NETWORK’S 2014 LIVE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

(All Times are Eastern)

 

Week 1

 

Thursday, August 7

7:30 PM – San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens

10:30 PM – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers (joined in progress)

 

Friday, August 8

8:00 PM – New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams

 

Saturday, August 9

7:30 PM – Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions

 

Week 2

 

Friday, August 15

7:30 PM – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots

10:30 PM – San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks (joined in progress)

 

Saturday, August 16

4:00 PM – Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams

7:00 PM – Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys

 

Sunday, August 17

4:00 PM – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers

 

Week 3

 

Thursday, August 21

7:30 PM – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

 

Friday, August 22

11:00 PM – Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks (joined in progress)

 

Saturday, August 23

4:30 PM – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills

 

Week 4

 

Thursday, August 28

7:00 PM – New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles  

10:00 PM – Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

 

* Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams’ over-the-air station markets. Re-airs of a non-sellout preseason game prior to the home team’s local over-the-air station re-airing the game will be blacked out on NFL Network in the home team market.

 

 

Complete Inside Training Camp Live, NFL Total Access & Training Camp Primetime Schedule

 

Provided below is a complete schedule of Inside Training Camp LiveNFL Total Access and Training Camp Primetime for July 24 – August 5:

 

Thursday, July 24

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Amber Theoharis, Warren Sapp, Willie McGinest
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Warren Sapp, Willie McGinest
  • Rich EisenMike Silver Steve Cyphers – Denver Broncos
  • Steve Wyche Jeff Darlington – Washington Redskins
  • Daniel Jeremiah, Ian Rapoport Bob Papa – New York Giants
  • Dan Hellie & Aditi Kinkhabwala – Cleveland Browns
  • Desmond Purnell – Dallas Cowboys
  • Omar Ruiz – San Francisco 49ers
  • Albert Breer – New Orleans Saints
  • Kim Jones – New York Jets
  • Randy Moss Judy Battista – New England Patriots

 

Friday, July 25

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Amber Theoharis, Warren Sapp, Shaun O’Hara
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Rich Eisen – Seattle Seahawks
    • Rich Eisen 1-on-1 interviews with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson and the “Legion of Boom” – Richard ShermanEarl Thomas and Kam Chancellor
  • Deion Sanders Jeff Darlington – Washington Redskins
    • Deion Sanders interview with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and wide receiver DeSean Jackson
  • Dan Hellie, Willie McGinest Aditi Kinkhabwala – Cleveland Browns
  • Daniel Jeremiah Ian Rapoport – Buffalo Bills
  • Steve Wyche – Chicago Bears
  • Albert Breer – New Orleans Saints
  • Mike Silver Omar Ruiz – San Francisco 49ers
  • Michelle Beisner – St. Louis Rams
  • Kim Jones – New York Jets
  • Van Earl Wright – Carolina Panthers

 

Saturday, July 26

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots, Charley Casserly
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Dan HellieWillie McGinest Aditi Kinkhabwala – Cleveland Browns
  • Kurt Warner – Indianapolis Colts
    • Kurt Warner 1-on-1 interview with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Philadelphia Eagles
  • Jeff Darlington – Washington Redskins
  • Ian Rapoport & Kim Jones – New York Jets
  • Stacey Dales – Green Bay Packers
  • Desmond Purnell – Houston Texans
  • Alex Flanagan – San Diego Chargers

 

Sunday, July 27

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Rich Eisen Michael Irvin – Dallas Cowboys (Oxnard)
    • Interview with Cowboys owner/president/general manager Jerry Jones
  • Dan HellieWillie McGinest Albert Breer – New England Patriots
  • Warren Sapp – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Kurt Warner – St. Louis Rams
  • Charley Casserly – Oakland Raiders
  • Kim Jones – New York Jets
  • Jeff Darlington – Washington Redskins
  • Stacey Dales – Green Bay Packers
  • Aditi Kinkhabwala – Cleveland Browns
  • Jenn Brown – Denver Broncos

 

Monday, July 28

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Shawne Merriman, Lorenzo Neal
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Jamie Dukes, Curtis Conway
  • NFL Total Access – Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Training Camp Primetime – Andrew Siciliano, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara
  • Warren Sapp Judy Battista – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • LaDainian Tomlinson – San Diego Chargers
    • LaDainian Tomlinson 1-on-1 interview with Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers
  • Daniel JeremiahBrian Baldinger Steve Wyche – Cleveland Browns
  • Dan Hellie Willie McGinest – New England Patriots
  • Brian Billick – Baltimore Ravens
    • Brian Billick 1-on-1 interview with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
  • Brian Baldinger Paul Allen – Minnesota Vikings (afternoon)
  • Jeff Darlington – Carolina Panthers
  • Albert Breer – Philadelphia Eagles
  • Bob Papa – New York Giants

 

Tuesday, July 29

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Mike Tannenbaum, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Shawn Merriman, Lorenzo Neal
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Curtis Conway, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans
  • Kurt Warner Amber Theoharis – Arizona Cardinals
  • Willie McGinest Molly Qerim – Houston Texans
  • Charley Casserly – Cleveland Browns
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Detroit Lions
  • Steve Wyche – New York Jets
  • Jeff Darlington – Atlanta Falcons

 

Wednesday, July 30

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Brian Baldinger, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Mike Tannenbaum, Curtis Conway
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Lorenzo Neal
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Heath Evans
  • Michael Irvin – Chicago Bears
  • Marshall Faulk – San Francisco 49ers
  • Brian Billick – New York Jets
    • Brian Billick 1-on-1 interview with Jets head coach Rex Ryan
  • Terrell Davis Molly Qerim – Denver Broncos
  • Charley Casserly – Minnesota Vikings
  • Steve Wyche – Philadelphia Eagles

 

Thursday, July 31

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Chris Rose, Brian Baldinger, Sage Rosenfels
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Solomon Wilcots, Mike Tannenbaum
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, Willie McGinest, Curtis Conway
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Willie McGinest, Curtis Conway
  • Michael Irvin – Philadelphia Eagles
  • Marshall Faulk – Seattle Seahawks
  • Deion Sanders – Cleveland Browns
  • Terrell Davis – Denver Broncos
  • Brian Billick Van Earl Wright – Atlanta Falcons
  • Amber Theoharis Heath Evans – Dallas Cowboys (Oxnard)
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Steve Wyche – New England Patriots

 

Friday, August 1

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Brian Baldinger, Sage Rosenfels
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Dan Hellie, Solomon Wilcots, Curtis Conway
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Jamie Dukes, Michael Robinson
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, Amber Theoharis, Willie McGinest, Heath Evans
  • Steve Mariucci – Oakland Raiders
  • Steve Wyche – Green Bay Packers
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Charley Casserly – Miami Dolphins
  • Aditi Kinkhabwala – Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Jeff Darlington – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Saturday, August 2

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 12 Noon ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Jamie Dukes, Solomon Wilcots
  • Inside Training Camp Live (12 Noon – 2:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Curtis Conway, Brian Billick
  • NFL Total Access (after 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement) – Amber Theoharis, Willie McGinest, Brian Billick
  • Steve Wyche Brian Baldinger – New Orleans Saints (West Virginia)
  • Charley Casserly – Houston Texans
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Baltimore Ravens

 

Monday, August 4

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Charley Casserly, Michael Robinson
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Curtis Conway, Amani Toomer
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Willie McGinest
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Brian Billick, Willie McGinest
  • Steve Mariucci – Green Bay Packers
  • Marshall Faulk – New Orleans Saints (West Virginia)
  • Mike Mayock – New England Patriots-Washington Redskins joint practice (Richmond, VA)
  • Daniel Jeremiah – Arizona Cardinals
  • Solomon Wilcots – Cincinnati Bengals
  • Steve Wyche – Canton, Ohio
  • Molly Qerim – Baltimore Ravens
  • Jenn Brown – San Francisco 49ers

 

Tuesday, August 5

  • Inside Training Camp Live (10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET) – Rhett Lewis, Brian Baldinger, Shawne Merriman
  • Inside Training Camp Live (1:00 – 4:00 PM ET) – Lindsay Rhodes, Charley Casserly, Michael Robinson
  • Inside Training Camp Live (4:00 – 7:00 PM ET) – Andrew Siciliano, Curtis Conway, Amani Toomer
  • NFL Total Access – Dan Hellie, Amber Theoharis, Heath Evans, Willie McGinest
  • Training Camp Primetime – Scott Hanson, Brian Billick, Willie McGinest
  • Marshall Faulk – New Orleans (West Virginia)
  • Steve Mariucci – Detroit Lions
  • Mike Mayock – New England Patriots-Washington Redskins joint practice (Richmond, VA)
  • Solomon Wilcots – Cleveland Browns
  • Steve Wyche – Cincinnati Bengals

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When it comes Fantasy Football, you have your favorite sites and apps, but we are here to tell you there is much more out there. Much more. We did the research for you and found a whole bunch of fantasy football fans like you who love to provide you with breaking news and their take on our game. This article is a collection of linkstwitter feeds and mobile applications. Tools that you can use to dominate your league all season long and take home the trophy.

The FANFOOD Fantasy Football Tools page is broken down into 2 sections,

 

To get ready for your Draft, we have links from across the web to Player RankingsDepth ChartsProjections and much more. Links are also provided to print out prepared cheat sheets, and links to help create your very own. You can practice your draft strategy with one of the mock draft sites that are listed and if you don’t have a strategy we will help with that with FANFOOD draft tips and tricks. Also included is a list of the bye weeks for all 32 NFL Teams and a handy NFL Schedule Grid that you can can refer to throughout the season.

Of course drafting your team is just the start, Once the season begins, you will need to follow the FANFOOD Fantasy Football weekly ritual to keep up with all the player newsstatsinjuries and more.  Every day, you will find links to help you decide on which players to add to your team, which players you need to START and who you should SIT for the current week.

 

On Gameday, are you curious to see what the weather will be like for all the games? Are you interested to see what players are on the inactive list? We have you covered! Wondering what locations in your area have the Sunday Ticket? Do you want to know where fans of your favorite team unite to watch the games? That is what FANFOOD.com is all about. Can’t make it to a TV? We provide you links to online scoreboards, and mobile apps so you can always be connected to what’s happening with your fantasy team. Need to be the first to know when players get hurt? the FANFOOD Fantasy Football Tools wouldn’t be complete without the links and twitter feeds that specialize in the breaking news from the NFL. You will also find places where you can sign up for Alerts to your cellphone. Did you miss the games? There is even a link for you to use to watch replays and highlights of all the completed games in High Definition.

 

 

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This year marks the inaugural partnership between CBS Sports and NFL Network in broadcasting Thursday Night Football and features the most marquee match-ups ever on Thursday night, including 14 divisional rivalries. The 16-gameThursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs.Ravens from Baltimore and ends with a Week 16 Saturday double-header on December 20.

The 2014 Thursday Night Football schedule will feature games from Weeks 2-8 and Week 16 (Saturday) broadcast on CBS that also will be simulcast on NFL Network.  The Thursday Night Football schedule in Weeks 9-12 and Weeks 14-16 will be televised on NFL Network, and will be simulcast on over-the-air stations in the primary markets of the participating teams. All Thursday Night Football games will kick off at 8:25 PM ET, with the exception of the Week 16 Saturday double-header – NFL Network (4:30 PM ET) and CBS (8:00 PM ET).

The Thursday Night Football schedule is highlighted by Giants vs. Redskins (Week 4), Jets vs. Patriots (Week 7), Saints vs. Panthers (Week 9), as well as Cowboys vs. Bears (Week 14), and features 11 playoff teams from 2013 – including seven division winners. Five-time MVP Peyton Manning headlines a list of prominent stars to appear on this year’s Thursday Night Footballschedule, along with Adrian Peterson (2012 MVP), Aaron Rodgers (2011 MVP), and Tom Brady (2010 & 2007 MVP), former No. 1 overall picks Andrew Luck,Cam Newton and Eli Manning, 2013 Defensive Player of the Year Luke Kuechlyand cornerback Darrelle Revis.

The entire 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule will also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile from Verizon app (NFL.com/mobile), the NFL app on XBOX, including interactive features from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com/watch), with participating cable and satellite providers.

The Thursday Night Football schedule on CBS, also simulcast on NFL Network includes:

Sept. 11 (Week 2):  Steelers at Ravens        Oct. 9 (Week 6):         Colts at Texans

Sept. 18 (Week 3):  Buccaneers at Falcons  Oct. 16 (Week 7):       Jets at Patriots

Sept. 25 (Week 4):  Giants at Redskins         Oct. 23 (Week 8):       Chargers at Broncos

Oct. 2 (Week 5):     Vikings at Packers          Dec. 20 (Week 16):    Chargers at 49ers/Eagles at Redskins*

The Thursday Night Football schedule on NFL Network includes:

Oct. 30 (Week 9):   Saints at Panthers          Dec. 4 (Week 14):      Cowboys at Bears

Nov. 6 (Week 10):    Browns at Bengals        Dec. 11 (Week 15):    Cardinals at Rams

Nov. 13 (Week 11):  Bills at Dolphins             Dec. 18 (Week 16):    Titans at Jaguars

Nov. 20 (Week 12):  Chiefs at Raiders          Dec. 20 (Week 16):    Chargers at 49ers/Eagles at Redskins*

To view the entire 2014 NFL schedule, visit NFL.com and CBSSports.com.

The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Nantz and Simms also will announce select games on Sunday on CBS. NFL Network hosts and analysts will be featured in the pregame, halftime and postgame shows along with CBS Sports announcers.

This season marks both the 55th year of NFL broadcasts on the CBS Television Network and the ninth year of Thursday Night Football games on NFL Network. In 2013, NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football set rating and viewership records. Including the audience from over-the-air broadcasts in local markets, NFL Network’s 13-game schedule of Thursday Night Football broadcasts finished with a record-high per game average audience of 8 million viewers, up 10% from 2012, marking the fifth-consecutive year that Thursday Night Football has set an all-time high viewership mark.

 

*The kickoff times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego at San Francisco – will be determined at a later date.

 

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NFL on CBS 2014

What’s New

Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts become the new “B” team for the NFL on CBS. They’ll be seen not only on the best 1 p.m. games, but also some late games in place of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms who will focus on Thursday Night Football this season. While Nantz and Simms will call some late Sunday afternoon games, Eagle and Fouts will do a lot of the heavy lifting on Sundays.

There’s also a new “C” team and new partners for Kevin Harlan and Spero Dedes, but more on that later.

Sideline reporters return to the NFL on CBS this season mainly on Thursday Night Football. SEC on CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson joins Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. CBS will utilize former NESN Red Sox on-field reporter Jenny Dell and Evan Washburn on selected games. Reporters from CBS local affiliates will also be employed to roam the sidelines as well.

Who’s In

There are wholesale changes for a network that normally likes to keep the status quo. First, Trent Green joins the NFL on CBS and he will be teamed with Greg Gumbel forming a new “C” tandem. Kevin Harlan gets a new partner in Rich Gannon. Andrew Catalon joins the NFL on CBS after calling Mountain West games on CBS Sports Network. He’ll work with Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker in a rare 3 man booth for Sunday afternoons.

Brian Anderson and Tom McCarthy will call games as needed and they’ll be joined by Adam Archuleta and Chris Simms.

Who’s Out

Dan Dierdorf left CBS for the radio booth of the Michigan football this fall. Marv Albert has stepped down from calling the NFL to totally focus on the NBA on TNT and the NCAA Tournament. Bill Macatee will no longer be calling the NFL.

For the NFL Today, CBS has dropped Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe and replaced them with Bart Scott who was on “That Other Pregame Show” on CBS Sports Network last year and the newly retired Tony Gonzalez. James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason are the holdovers from previous seasons.

Here are the Broadcast Teams

 

Jim Nantz/Phil Simms//Tracy Wolfson
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
Greg Gumbel/Trent Green
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots
Andrew Catalon/
Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker

What are “Crossover Games”?

O.k., for the first time since CBS returned to the NFL in 1998, it will air actual NFC games this season. The new NFL TV contracts allow games to be flexed into the 4:25 p.m. ET window no matter the network. So if the NFL wants to move a 1 p.m. ET game from Fox to CBS and vice versa, it can do so. This can be done twice between Weeks 5 and 10, but as many times as the NFL wants in Weeks 11-17.

One of the NFC crossover games will be on Thanksgiving when CBS airs Chicago at Detroit at 12:30 in what will be an all-NFC tripleheader on Turkey Day.

Is CBS heading to London this year?

Yes, CBS has the Miami-Oakland game from Wembley Stadium in Week 4.

What’s happening in the postseason?

CBS will have one Wild Card Playoff Game, one AFC Divisional Playoff Game (losing one to NBC) and the AFC Championship on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

 

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 NFL on FOX 2014

 

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are once again the “A” team for Fox. Let’s go over what we know for the upcoming season for the network.

What’s New

Erin Andrews replaces Pam Oliver as sideline reporter on Fox’s “A” team. Oliver is being assigned to Fox’s “B” team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch. This will mark the last season for Oliver on the sidelines for Fox before becoming a features reporter for the network.

Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa, once the “B” team will be the “C” team.

Fox has dropped Brian Billick from its lineup. We know that Fox had offered Mike Shanahan a position as a game analyst, but he later rejected the idea.

We don’t have the full announcing lineup as of yet. A Fox Sports spokesman says its plans have to be finalized. Expect the official announcement on the NFL on Fox announcing teams in August.

Crossover Games

Fox will have increased flexibility in its schedule. The network can air AFC games in the 4:25 p.m. ET national window if the NFL desires to move a game from the 1 p.m. or 4:05 p.m. regional windows. NFC games can also be flexed into the national window as well. This can be done twice between Weeks 5 and 10 and as many times as the NFL wants from Week 11 through 17.

The NFL can also move one of Fox’s games to NBC’s Sunday Night Football as it has in the past, but with increased flexibility, it allows Fox to air more attractive games in the 4:25 p.m. window and keep it happy.

Two crossover games are already scheduled on Fox. In Week 1, Buffalo at Chicago will air on Fox at 1 p.m. That would have been a CBS game in the past. In Week 5, Buffalo at Detroit at 1 p.m. will be on Fox.

Expect a few more AFC games on Fox down the line.

Any London games?

Yes, Fox has two and one with an interesting twist. In Week 8 (October 26), Detroit-Atlanta will kickoff in London’s Wembley Stadium at 9:30 a.m. ET (2:30 p.m. in the UK) and that will mark the earliest kickoff time in NFL history. Think of it as something similar to the English Premier League games on NBCSN which start at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET. It will make for a nice quadrupleheader of games for fans in Week 8.

The other London game for Fox will be Dallas vs. Jacksonville. That will begin at the more traditional 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. in the UK).

What are Fox’s doubleheader weeks?

Fox will have the late national game at 4:25 p.m. ET in Weeks 1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, 15 and 17.

Postseason

Fox will have its usual four postseason games, one NFC Wild Card, two Divisional playoff contests and the NFC Championship. For the 2015-16 season, it will likely lose one Divisional playoff game to NBC.

Overall, Fox is scheduled for 97 regular season games, down from over 100 in the past. The increased Thursday Night Football schedule has taken games normally scheduled for Fox.

 

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Sunday Night Football

 

What’s new

Not much is new here. As usual, NBC will air 17 Sunday night games throughout the season plus two Thursday night games, the season opener on September 4 has defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle hosting the Green Bay Packers and the Thanksgiving Night game between Seattle and San Francisco from the new Levi’s Stadium.

Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya return as the game crew.

There are a couple of changes for Football Night in America. Josh Elliott who joined NBC earlier this year becomes a features reporter and interviewer. He won’t take Bob Costas’ role, but expect NBC to feature him extensively especially as Football Night in America gets closer to Sunday Night Football kickoff. Kathryn Tappen replaces Alex Flanagan as a reporter on the featured game of the day. Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Costas, Mike Florio and Peter King all return to FNIA this season.

 

FLEX Scheduling

As mentioned below, The NFL can flex earlier this season. Bad games can be flexed out of Sunday Night Football as early as Week 5, but it can only be done twice through Week 10. Between Weeks 11 and 17, the NFL can flex as many times as it wants, but to have the ability to flex earlier in Weeks 5 through 10 means that CBS and Fox could lose as many as two marquee games, but to offset that, the NFL will flex attractive games from the 1 p.m. or 4:05 ET window to 4:25 p.m. to keep CBS and Fox happy.

NBC will not get stuck with too many dog games this season should teams falter earlier than expected.

Do We Get the Saturday Wild Card Playoff Doubleheader on NBC Again?

Not any more. The 2013-14 campaign marked the final season of the Saturday Wild Card doubleheader. NBC wanted in on the Divisional Round so it will split up its playoff till with one Wild Card Playoff game and one Divisional Playoff game. It’s expected that both of these games will be aired on Sunday night, although we have not received official word from the NFL on this. It means that with NBC in the Divisional Round, CBS will lose one AFC playoff game this season. Expect NBC to have an NFC playoff game in 2016.

What else does NBC have?

The Super Bowl. Al, Cris and Michele will call the NFL’s final game of the season from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.

What about the Pro Bowl?

After airing the Pro Bowl the last two seasons, NBC will not air it this season. The Pro Bowl returns to ESPN for the life of the new TV contract.

 

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thurs. Sept. 4NFL KickoffGreen Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Sun. Sept. 7Week 1Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Sun. Sept. 14Week 2Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Sun. Sept. 21Week 3Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Sun. Sept. 28Week 4New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Oct. 5Week 5Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
*Sun. Oct. 12Week 6New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19Week 7San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26Week 8Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2Week 9Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9Week 10Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16Week 11New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23Week 12Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27Week 13Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30Week 13Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7Week 14New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14Week 15Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21Week 16Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28Week 17TBA
*Flex Week
** Thanksgiving Night Game

 

 

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Flexible Scheduling

Allows teams to play their way onto the Sunday night schedule

In 2006 the NFL implemented a primetime “flexible scheduling” element on Sundays in Weeks 10-15 and in Week 17. In 2014 that was extended so that games between Weeks 5 and 17 could be affected by flex scheduling. However, only two games may be flexed into Sunday Night between Week 5 and 10.

Flexible scheduling ensured quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and gave surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime. The NBC Sunday night time slot for “flex” weeks lists the game tentatively scheduled for Sunday night.

Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game will be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.

Just as the six major college football conferences have done for many years, the NFL has the flexibility to move the start times of games on Sundays, using a 12-day notice format.

For example, a game scheduled for a Sunday could move from a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff to an 8:15 p.m. start, but the change would be made and announced no later than the prior Tuesday, 12 days prior. Sunday afternoon games, as in the past, can still be moved between 1:00 and 4:05 or 4:15 p.m. ET.

In Week 17, in order to ensure a Sunday night game with playoff implications, the decision to move the start time may be made on six days notice.

 

NFL FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING 101

  • Begins Sunday of Week 5
  • In effect during Weeks 5-17
  • Up to 2 games may be flexed into Sunday Night between Weeks 5-10
  • Only Sunday afternoon games are subject to being moved into the Sunday night window.
  • The game that has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday night during flex weeks will be listed at 8:15 p.m. ET.
  • The majority of games on Sundays will be listed at 1:00 p.m. ET during flex weeks except for games played in Pacific or Mountain Time zones which will be listed at 4:05 or 4:15 p.m. ET.
  • No impact on Thursday, Saturday or Monday night games.
  • The NFL will decide (after consultation with CBS, FOX, NBC) and announce as early as possible the game being played at 8:15 p.m. ET. The announcement will come no later than 12 days prior to the game. The NFL may also announce games moving to 4:05 p.m. ET and 4:15 p.m. ET.
  • Week 17 start time changes could be decided on 6 days notice to ensure a game with playoff implications.
  • The NBC Sunday night time slot in “flex” weeks will list the game that has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday night.
  • Fans and ticket holders must be aware that NFL games in flex weeks are subject to change 12 days in advance (6 days in Week 17) and should plan accordingly.
  • NFL schedules all games.
  • Teams will be informed as soon as they are no longer under consideration or eligible for a move to Sunday night.

 

 

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What’s New

First, there’s a new kickoff time this season. Instead of kicking off at 8:40 p.m. ET, games will begin ten minutes earlier at 8:30 p.m. It means Monday Night Countdown will sign off at 8:15 and throw it to Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters who will set the scene before the kickoff. So if you’re used to seeing “C,mon, Man!” at 8:20 p.m., you’ll have to adjust to about 8:05 p.m. starting this season.

There won’t be any changes to the game broadcasters. The aforementioned, Tirico, Gruden and Salters all return. Gerry Austin will be back as the in-booth rules analyst.

Also, Monday Night Countdown as well as all other NFL studio programming will move to ESPN’s all-new powerful Digital Center 2 (a.k.a. The Death Star) so there will be a new look for ESPN’s Sunday and Monday NFL pregame shows as well as NFL PrimeTime, NFL Live and NFL Insiders.

ESPN Ventures into the Postseason

For the first time in NFL history, a playoff game will be televised on cable. ESPN will aira Wild Card Playoff game. We don’t know if it will be aired on Saturday or Sunday, but logically, one would think it would kick off the playoffs and be the first game on Saturday, January 3, 2015, however, the NFL beats to its own drum so it’ll schedule how it sees fit.

The Monday Night team of Tirico, Gruden and Salters will call the game.

The Pro Bowl Returns to ESPN

In the previous television contract, the network airing the Super Bowl would also televise the Pro Bowl, but it led to the partners (CBS and Fox in particular) abandoning the exhibition and it led to NBC and ESPN picking up the league’s much maligned All-Star Game in place of CBS and Fox.

ESPN last aired the Pro Bowl in 2010 and before that, it would show the game annually beginning in 1988 through 2006. Now in the new contract, ESPN will air the game through 2021. No more of CBS and Fox refusing to air the Pro Bowl and allowing NBC to carry it. ESPN will air the game in the week before the Super Bowl.

By the way, this season’s Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona, site of Super Bowl XLIX before returning to Hawaii in 2016.

Who’s Calling the Opening Week Late Night Game?

It’s not official, but expect Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer to be back again this season. It’ll mark the third year for Berman and Dilfer to call the late night game which this season will be San Diego at Arizona on September 8.

 

Monday Night Football Schedule

 

Preseason
DateTime (ET)Teams
Aug. 148 p.m.Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears
Aug. 188 p.m.Cleveland Browns vs. Washington
Regular Season
Sept. 87 p.m.New York Giants vs. Detroit Lions
10:15 p.m.San Diego Chargers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sept. 158:15 p.m.Philadelphia Eagles vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sept. 228:15 p.m.Chicago Bears vs. New York Jets
Sept. 298:15 p.m.New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Oct. 68:15 p.m.Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington
Oct. 138:15 p.m.San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
Oct. 208:15 p.m.Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Oct. 278:15 p.m.Washington vs. Dallas Cowboys
Nov. 38:15 p.m.Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants
Nov. 108:15 p.m.Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Nov. 178:15 p.m.Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans
Nov. 248:15 p.m.Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints
Dec. 18:15 p.m.Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Dec. 88:15 p.m.Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers
Dec. 158:15 p.m.New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears
Dec. 228:15 p.m.Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
TBDTBDNFL Wild Card Game
Jan. 25, 20158 p.m.NFL Pro Bowl (Glendale, Arizona)

 

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