6 Best Things About the New 2014 NFL Schedule

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The NFL released the 2014 schedule last week, and it is, like everything related to football, awesome — and possibly endangered, depending on what happens with the burgeoning evidence between the sport and life-altering brain injuries. But that is far down the road — for now.

Significantly closer is the new season, and the upcoming year of football looks to be spectacular. Not just because this year’s draft class has been so attention grabbing, but because things are a little bit different. Not in a serious way, but in a “more football” way.  Back when Mark Cuban said the NFL was headed towards imploding if they kept expanding their schedule, it was a smart, thoughtful notion. Now that football is going to be played on Saturday, it seems absurd. Who could ever imagine too much NFL? The players, probably.

1. The NFL is officially bringing Saturday afternoon games to us, the people

That’s one of the best things for sure. In week 15, on December 20, the Washington Redskins will play the Philadelphia Eagles, and the San Diego Chargers will play the San Francisco 49ers. Even if you have no rooting interest in any of those teams, you’ll be able to watch football on Saturday and then watch football on Sunday — like a pair of Sundays in a row.

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