Thursday Night Football Preview

Thursday night is football night!

NFL Kickoff 2014 Weekend begins on Thursday night (NBC, 8:30 PM ET) in a game featuring the Super Bowl champion SEATTLE SEAHAWKS hosting the GREEN BAY PACKERS at CenturyLink Field.

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Countdown To Kickoff (3 Days)



The CHICAGO BEARS need three victories to become the first team in NFL history with 750 total victories. Chicago’s all-time record is 747-552-42.

The GREEN BAY PACKERS need two regular-season victories to become the second team in NFL history with 700 regular-season victories. The Packers (698-537-37) would join Chicago (730-534-42) as the only teams to accomplish the feat.

The WASHINGTON REDSKINS need 12 victories to reach 600 total victories. Washington’s all-time record is 588-564-27.

The DALLAS COWBOYS need three victories to reach 500 total victories. Dallas’ all-time record is 497-373-6.

The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS need five victories to reach 500 total victories. Indianapolis’ all-time record is 495-442-7.

The BUFFALO BILLS need 10 victories to reach 400 total victories. Buffalo’s all-time record is 390-451-8.

The TENNESSEE TITANS need one regular-season victory to reach 400 regular-season victories. Tennessee’s all-time regular-season record is 399-415-6.

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Countdown To Kickoff (4 Days)


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Countdown To Kickoff (5 Days)



Nine teams won 11 or more games last year, tied for the second-most in a season in NFL history – Denver (13), Seattle (13), Carolina (12), New England (12), San Francisco (12), Cincinnati (11), Indianapolis (11), Kansas City (11) and New Orleans (11). A record 10 teams won 11 or more games in 2005.

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2014 NFL Preseason Individual & Team Statistical Leaders

NFL preseason statistical leaders were tracked in 2014 by the Elias Sports Bureau, official statisticians of the NFL.

Listed below are the final preseason leaders in the American and National Football Conferences. Rookie running back LORENZO TALIAFERRO of the Baltimore Ravens was the NFL preseason rushing leader with 243 rushing yards. Rookie wide receiver ALLEN HURNS of the Jacksonville Jaguars led the league in receiving yards with 232. The leading passer was Seattle Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON with a 133.8 rating.

The Philadelphia Eagles finished the 2014 preseason with the top-ranked offense, averaging 455.5 yards per game. The Baltimore Ravens led the league in defense with a 245.8 yards-per-game average.


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Countdown To Kickoff (6 Days)



Unpredictable NFL? It sure seems that way!

In the 12 seasons since realignment in 2002, 28 different teams have won division titles.

“There’s so much competitive balance in the NFL,” says Kansas City quarterback ALEX SMITH, who led the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and the playoffs last season after the team finished 2-14 in 2012. “The crazy thing with the NFL is that last year’s over with and this is an entirely new team and new year.”

Last season, first-year head coach CHIP KELLY guided the Philadelphia Eagles to their first division title since 2010, rebounding from a last place finish in 2012.

“The first time I met the players, I thought it was a special group,” says Kelly. “It’s an awesome feeling when you can work as hard as they worked and see it pay off. To be 10-6 and the division champs, it’s a real credit to those guys.”

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Countdown To Kickoff (7 Days)



A record 11,985 points were scored in 2013, with games averaging 46.81 points, the highest average in NFL history (46.48 in 1948).

The seasons with the most points scored and highest per-game scoring average in NFL history:

2013 11,985   2013 46.81
2012 11,651 1948 46.48
2011 11,356 1950 45.88
2010 11,283 1960 45.29
2008 11,279 1962 45.21

“This is an offensive league,” says Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator LESLIE FRAZIER. “People like to see points scored, although defensive coaches don’t. You have to try to find a way to slow those offenses down. You have a mindset that you’ve got to score ‘X’ number of points, and then on defense you’ve got to hold a team to ‘X’ number of points to have a chance. But that number, it is rising.”

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NFL Films-Produced Series ‘A Football Life’ & ‘America’s Game’ Return on NFL Network

Fourth Season of ‘A Football Life’ Includes Features on Sean Taylor, Ricky Williams, Eric Dickerson, Terrell Davis, Warren Moon, Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers

Three-Time Emmy-Nominated Series Premieres Friday, September 12 at 9:00 PM ET with Hall of Fame DT “Mean Joe” Greene

Latest Edition of ‘America’s Game’ Profiles Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks – Wednesday, September 3 at 8:00 PM ET

Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman & Head Coach Pete Carroll Recount Winning Franchise’s First Lombardi Trophy

Two NFL Films-produced series – America’s Game and A Football Life – return to NFL Network for the 2014 season.

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Celebrate 2014 NFL Kickoff With Back To Football Friday

Back to Football Friday

Celebrate 2014 NFL Kickoff With Back To Football Friday

 Fans May Upload Photos in Team Jerseys Using #NFLFanRecord to Set World Record on Friday, Sept. 5

Fans nationwide may celebrate the return of football and their favorite team in the NFL’s Back to Football Friday challenge. On Friday, September 5, fans may showcase their team spirit and excitement for the start of the season by uploading photos of themselves in officially licensed NFL team jerseys to or by tweeting using the hashtag #NFLFanRecord.

By submitting photos on Back to Football Friday, fans have the chance to help make history and attempt to set a Guinness World Record for “Most Jersey Photos in an Online Album.” Each photo counts as one World Record entry, regardless of the number of fans in the photo.

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‘NFL GameDay Live’ Added to NFL Network’s Sunday ‘GameDay’ Lineup

‘NFL GameDay Live’ Provides In-Progress Highlights, Analysis & Fantasy Updates of All 1:00 & 4:00 PM ET Games

‘NFL GameDay First,’ ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ ‘NFL GameDay Highlights’ & ‘NFL GameDay Final’ Return

Every Sunday during the NFL season, NFL Network presents a comprehensive lineup of shows providing all of the news, analysis and highlights fans crave. With a talent roster that features four Pro Football Hall of Famers, 11 Super Bowl rings, four NFL MVPs, two Defensive Players of the Year and one Super Bowl MVP appearing on five shows providing more than 15 hours of live programming – including a new addition, NFL GameDay Live – NFL Network offers more coverage of Sunday’s games each week than ever before.

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