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  • NFL releases 2014 schedule

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  • The National Football League made its 2014 schedule public Wednesday evening, releasing the dates for all 32 of its teams.
    But, before the regular season kicks off, the preseason has four weeks worth of games.
    The St. Louis Rams will open preseason with back-to-back home games. The first will be on Friday, August 8 when the Saints come to town for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The next week, the Rams will host the Packers on Saturday, August 16. That game will be at 3 p.m.
    The Kansas City Chiefs on the other hand will play home, away, home, away during the preseason. The Chiefs host the Bengals on Thursday, August 7 before traveling to Carolina on Saturday, August 17. Kansas City will be back home on Saturday, August 23 to host the Vikings before closing out the preseason at Green Bay on Thursday, August 28.
    In week three of the preseason, the Rams will play at Cleveland on Saturday, August 23 before traveling to Miami for its final preseason game on Thursday, August 28.
    The defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks will open the regular season at home on Thursday, September 4 against the Green Bay Packers.
    The 13 teams to open at home on Sunday, September 7 include the Rams, Chiefs, Falcons, Steelers, Eagles, Jets, Ravens, Bears, Texans, Dolphins, Buccaneers, Cowboys and the AFC champion Broncos. The Lions and the Cardinals will open at home on Monday night, September 8.
    The Rams will begin their season at home against the Vikings while the Chiefs will host the Titans. Both games will begin at noon.
    The Rams and the Chiefs will be on the road in week 2 when St. Louis travels to Tampa Bay and Kansas City heads to Denver for games on September 14. The Rams game will kickoff at 3:05 p.m. while the Chiefs will play at 3:25 p.m.
    By the end of the second week, every team except the Saints, Patriots, and Jaguars will have played a home game. However, all three will play at home in the third week of the season.
    In week No. 3, the Rams will host the Cowboys with a noon start time while the Chiefs will be on the road in Miami for a 3:25 kickoff. Both games will be on Sunday, September 21.
    Bye weeks will start in week four and the Rams will be among the first teams to have their bye. The Chiefs will be at home, hosting the Patriots in a Monday night game on September 29.
    During week five, the Chiefs will travel to San Francisco where Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith will face his former team in a 3:25 game on October 5. That same day, the Rams will travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles with a noon start.
    Week six of the NFL season will be a flip of week four for the Missouri teams. While Kansas City has its bye week during week six, the Rams will host San Francisco on Monday night, October 13.
    Page 2 of 3 - On October 19, the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks will visit St. Louis for a noon start while the Chiefs will play in San Diego with a 3:05 kickoff.
    During the eighth week of the season, Missouri’s two NFL teams will face off against each other when the Rams travel west on Interstate 70 to Arrowhead Stadium for the rights to the Missouri Governor’s Cup. Game time is at noon on October 25.
    Since the Rams moved to St. Louis prior to the 1996 season, the two teams have faced each other five times in the regular season, with Kansas City winning all five games.
    The New York Jets will come to Kansas City on Sunday, November 2. St. Louis will be on the road as the Rams head to San Francisco.
    Both teams will be on the road for its Sunday, November 9 match of week 10. As the Rams leave San Francisco for Phoenix, Arizona, the Chiefs will head to Buffalo.
    During week 11, the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks will visit Kansas City while the Rams will return home to face the defending AFC champions Denver Broncos. Both games will take place on Sunday, November 16 with noon kickoffs.
    The Chiefs will have a short week during week 12 of the NFL season. Kansas as City will make its third trip of the season to California as the Chiefs play the Raiders on Thursday night, November 20. Three days later, the Rams will be back in California as well when St. Louis faces off against the Chargers on Sunday, November 23.
    Thanksgiving Day football will feature traditional home games for the Lions and Cowboys. Detroit will host the Bears in the early game while Dallas will host the Eagles in the afternoon game. Thanksgiving nights game will feature NCF West powerhouses Seattle at San Francisco.
    As for the Chiefs and the Rams, both teams will be at home. Kansas City will host the Broncos on Sunday, November 30 while the Rams will host the Raiders. The Rams will play at noon while the Chiefs will be the Sunday Night Game of the Week.
    During week 14, the Cowboys and the Bears will play their second straight Thursday game when Dallas heads to Chicago.
    The Rams will head to Washington to face the Redskins for a noon start while the Chiefs will be in Phoenix, Arizona for a 3:25 kickoff.
    St. Louis will play its Thursday night game on December 11 when Arizona comes to town for a 7:25 p.m. start while across the state, the Chiefs will host the Raiders. Kansas City’s game will begin at noon.
    The NFL will play a pair of regular season Saturday games during week 16 of the NFL season. On December 20, San Diego will be at San Francisco while Philadelphia will be in Washington.
    Page 3 of 3 - On Sunday, December 21, the Chiefs will head to Pittsburgh for a noon kickoff while the Rams will host the New York Giants in a 3:05 start time.
    During the final week of the regular season, every game will be on Sunday, December 28. After starting the season at home, the Rams will close out the regular season on the road, in Seattle to be exact. The Rams and the Seahawks will get underway at 3:25. The Chiefs on the other hand will be closing out the regular season at home when San Diego comes to Arrowhead Stadium for a noon kickoff.
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