Jan 11, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) gestures at the line in the second half during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Schedule Release 2014: First Thoughts On Schedule

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Dec 29, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks to his defense during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

In case you haven’t heard by now, the 2014 schedule has been released. Take a look:

Week 1- at Miami, 1 p.m.

Week 2- at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Week 3- vs Raiders, 1 p.m.

Week 4- at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.

Week 5- vs Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

Week 6- at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Week 7- vs New York, 8:25 p.m.

Week 8- vs Chicago, 1 p.m.

Week 9- vs Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Week 10- Bye

Week 11- at Indianapolis, 8:30 pm.

Week 12- vs Detroit, 1 p.m.

Week 13- at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.

Week 14- at San Diego, 8:30 p.m.

Week 15- vs Miami, 1 p.m.

Week 16- at New York, 1 p.m.

Week 17- vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Here are my initial thoughts:

  • Another terrific bye week placement, as they get a break in the middle of the year.
  • The Pats open with three of the first four games on the road, which is always tough.
  • Their toughest stretch looks to be week nine to week 14, as they will have to face the Broncos, Colts, Lions, Packers, and Chargers all in a row, with a bye week right after the Denver game.
  • The first Jets-Pats meeting comes in week seven, which will give Darrelle Revis his first opportunity to see his former squad.
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