Editors note: This is the first of a four-part series previewing the 2014 NFL season.
The day the NFL season schedule is released is one of the most anticipated days of the year for professional football fans.
To some it is even considered a national holiday. It’s the day that everyone looks a week by week to see what game will go down as a “can’t miss” ballgame.
Over the next few weeks, we will take a gander week by week at the games that you may need to put on your calendar for the upcoming season.
Green Bay at Seattle - Sept. 4
Seattle hosts Green Bay to open the season as the Seahawks take on the tradition of opening night after winning the Super Bowl last season. This one should have plenty of fireworks to say the least.
The last time these two teams met in Seattle back in 2012, the Seahawks won on what is now known as the infamous “Fail Mary”.
This time, there won’t be any backup officials to screw this one up!
Other notable games for week one include the Falcons hosting the Saints, Cowboys hosting the 49ers, and Peyton Manning’s Broncos will host his former Colts in Denver.
Kansas City at Denver - Sept. 14
Week two brings the last two unbeaten AFC teams from last season together, as the Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs in a heated AFC West showdown. Peyton got the better of new head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith twice last season, but don’t think for one second that the Chiefs forgot about those two games.
The first loss to Denver started a string of three straight losses for the Chiefs last year, so look for them to try and get a little early revenge on their division opponents.
Other notable games for week two include another division rivalry as the Ravens host the Steelers on Thursday Night Football, and San Fran will host Chicago on Sunday Night Football.
Denver at Seattle – Sept. 21
Week three brings us back to the two teams left standing at Super Bowl XLVIII as Peyton’s Broncos will travel to get another crack at the Seattle Seahawks. Looking at this one you think, ‘there is no way it can be as bad as the Super Bowl’. Think again!
The Seahawks have a reputation of dismantling opponents inside CenturyLink Field. So the answer is yes, Peyton! It can get worse.
Other notables in week three matches Desean Jackson and his new Redskins’ teammates against his former teammates in Philadelphia, and the Panthers will host the Steelers.
New Orleans at Dallas – Sept. 28
My week four game of the week is no surprise. Cowboys and Saints at AT&T Stadium on Sunday night? I’m sold!
Other than last year’s “Massacre in the Dome”, these two teams have giving us great games over the last five years when they meet up. This one should be no different.
Two years ago, Romo and Brees combined for over 800 yards of passing and nine touchdown tosses with no interceptions. Since then, both teams have had their share of struggles, with the Saints offense looking lackluster at times while the “D” in Big D still stands for “Dallas” and not “Defense”.
Other notable games for week four are Green Bay at Chicago, and Kansas City hosting Brady and the Pats.
Cody Moroni is program director for 95.9 KMAR. He is the host of CodyMac in the Morning, aired 6-9 a.m. weekdays on KMAR. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.