Panthers to play three in primetime in 2014
Posted April 23
Updated April 24
NEW YORK — The Carolina Panthers, coming off a 12-4 season in which they claimed the NFC South division championship and saw a trip to the postseason, are prime-time darlings in 2014. The Panthers have three prime-time games, two at home.
They'll host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, Sept. 21, and the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Oct. 30. Carolina travels to Philadelphia Nov. 10 for a Monday night game.
The Panthers start the season on the road, Sept. 7 at Tampa Bay at 4:25 p.m., and have their home opener in Week 2 against Detroit. The game against the Lions and the rest of the Panthers' slate are 1 o'clock starts, although the NFL will be able to flex game times to highlight the best matchups as the season develops.
Seahawks host Green Bay in NFL kickoff event
As Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks get to kick off the NFL's regular season by hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 4.
It's the third straight season the Packers have traveled to face the defending Super Bowl champions.
"It's a tremendous opportunity for our football team," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We have experience playing in the kickoff opener three years ago, and we will draw on that. Obviously, being the visiting team this time presents new challenges. It will help sharpen our focus even more during training camp and the preseason."
That Thursday game is the first of four prime-time games on opening weekend. Also at night will be a Sunday matchup of AFC champion Denver and Peyton Manning hosting his former team, Indianapolis; and a Monday night doubleheader with the New York Giants at Detroit, followed by San Diego at Arizona.
The NFL will play three games in London: Dolphins-Raiders on Sept. 28; Lions-Falcons on Oct. 26; and Cowboys-Jaguars on Nov. 9. The Detroit-Atlanta game will kick off at 9:30 a.m. ET in an experiment to test the NFL's audience draw on a Sunday morning.
A Saturday doubleheader in Week 16 has San Diego at San Francisco and Philadelphia at Washington.
For the first time, games in Weeks 5 through 10 can be flexed from Sunday afternoon to night, with a limit of two. Beginning with Week 11, a Sunday game can be moved to prime time each week. Also, a select number of Sunday afternoon games are being "cross-flexed," moving between CBS and Fox to potentially draw more viewers.
The Thanksgiving tripleheader features three strong division rivalries: Chicago at Detroit, Philadelphia at Dallas and Seattle at San Francisco, a rematch of the memorable NFC title game last January.
Looking for the latest installment of Manning vs. Tom Brady? The Patriots host it on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2.
And for those looking for the rematch of the Super Bowl, Seattle's 43-8 rout of Denver, it's on Sept. 21 at Seattle. Denver opens the season against three 2013 playoff teams: Indianapolis and Kansas City at home, then at the Seahawks.