2014 AFC North Schedule Breakdown

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Sunday, August 31st, 2014 | 0

The 2014 NFL regular season is just around the corner, with the first game set for this Thursday night (September 4, 2014) when Green Bay heads into Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

That contest will be followed by a full slate of games next Sunday, and at this point in time, it’s anybody’s game. With each team having the same record right now, much of their success is going to depend on their schedule and how they match up with the teams on that list.

Let’s take a look at the 2014 NFL regular season schedules by division, starting with the hard-nosed AFC North:

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Cincinnati Bengals:

Stacked with a bevy of talent on both sides of the ball, the Bengals are no doubt poised to repeat as AFC north champions in 2014. They have some tough away games on the schedule as they travel into New England, Indianapolis, and New Orleans, but overall, their lineup is very favorable. With their opponents’ winning percentage at .469 for the 23rd hardest schedule in the NFL (via ESPN), the Bengals should have a solid chance to build on their moderate success from last year; it will be all about winning in the playoffs for them.

Bengals 2014 Regular-Season Schedule (all times Eastern) 

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Bye week
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, at New England, 8:30 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, Carolina, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Week 10: Thursday, Nov. 6, Cleveland, 8:25 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16, at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, at Houston, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Monday, Dec. 22, Denver, 8:30 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

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Baltimore Ravens:

The Ravens have some work to do after failing to deliver on their Super Bowl win from 2012. Quarterback Joe Flacco looked less than impressive after signing a huge contract, and running back Ray Rice will be suspended for the first two games of 2014. The good news is that aside from touch away games at New Orleans, Indy, and Cincinnati, the Ravens have a rather easy schedule that is towards the bottom of the league rankings at No. 28. If they can’t win with this kind of setup, they’re going to have a lot of holes to fill in during the offseason.

Ravens 2014 Regular-Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7, Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Thursday, Sept. 11, Pittsburgh, 8:25 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 28, Carolina, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9, Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Monday, Nov. 24, at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, San Diego, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, at Miami, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21, at Houston, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, Cleveland, 1 p.m.

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Pittsburgh Steelers:

The Steelers also had a down year in 2013, but they rallied towards the end of the year to just barely miss rhe playoffs, proving that they have some momentum to build on for 2014. They are tied with their rival Cincinnati Bengals for the 23rd toughest schedule in the NFL this year, and they really don’t have too many tough away games outside of the division aside from a late season contest in Atlanta. The AFC North got an easy schedule draw this year, and the Steelers are no different. Now they just have to deliver on the field.

Steelers Regular-Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7, Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Thursday, Sept. 11, at Baltimore, 8:25 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, at Carolina, 8:30 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 28, Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Monday, Oct. 20, Houston, 8:30 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, Indianapolis, 4:25 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, Baltimore, 8:30 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9, at NY Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 11: Monday, Nov. 17, at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m.
Week 12: BYE
Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21, Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

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Cleveland Browns:

Despite being one of the most talked-about teams in the offseason thanks to their selection of polarizing rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel in May’s draft, the Browns are lacking in actual wins in a tough division. Their tough away games are against divisional opponents, although they will head into Atlanta and Carolina. But with questions on both sides of the ball, it’s going to take a special effort from the Browns to make the playoffs. Good thing they have the 26th hardest schedule in the league.

Browns Regular-Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, at Tennessee, 1 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, Oakland, 4:25 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 10: Thursday, Nov. 6, at Cincinnati, 8:25 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16, Houston, 1 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21, at Carolina, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, at Baltimore, 1 p.m.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.



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