As of Tuesday, it appears the NFL is still on track to release the 2014 schedule sometime next week. No official announcement has been made however it appears the Buffalo Bills accidentally let the cat out of the bag that they would be playing the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. Now as we near the release of the schedule, we look at the possibilities of what games might be selected for national broadcast now that we’ve been in free agency for just under a month.
The home schedule looks promising. It includes games against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles. Also the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, and St. Louis Rams make their way to University of Phoenix Stadium. Best bets would be the Hawks or Niners. The Eagles and Chiefs are also strong possibilities. I would not be surprised to see the Cards and Hawks play in front of a national audience at some point given the Cards are the last team to beat the defending Super Bowl champs.
The away schedule looks rough on the surface but do have winnable games. Of course they have the Hawks, Niners, and Rams. It also includes Super Bowl runner-up Denver Broncos. Also includes visits to the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, and Oakland Raiders. Best best here I think certainly are one of the divisional foes and also the Cowboys and Broncos. I expect a game or two to find its way on a national broadcast.
This weekend ahead of the the schedule release I will make my schedule predictions. What are your best guesses? Let me know on Twitter at @azsportsguy or @raisingzona.