The NFL announced its 2014 schedule tonight, filling September, October, November and December with its standard slate of Thursday, Sunday and Monday games. But there was once slight change to this year’s schedule the league hopes will make the fall more entertaining: the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans will wrap up their two games this weekend, April 26th and 27th.
“I strive to sell the great product that the NFL offers as much as anyone,” said commissioner Roger Goodell. “But there are obviously some, I would say … non-marquee games on our schedule. Very high on that list is Jaguars-Titans, who unfortunately play twice ever year. By getting them out of the way now, our fall schedule is even more attractive.”
The Jaguars and Titans will play Saturday at 11 a.m. in Tennessee and Sunday at Noon in Jacksonville. Neither game will be televised, but may be available to watch on the team’s websites.
“I don’t know how many guys we’ll have for the games,” said Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley. “They’re kind of scattered all over the country. But I hope we get a good turnout. I’d prefer not having guys go both ways.”
Titans quarterback Jake Locker says his team is ready to go.
“I doubt training camp is going to make us much better,” he said. “It’s better to just get out there and get a couple of games over with. It will make the season less miserable. And who knows what might happen. At least they’re making us play a team we could beat.”
Goodell says other teams were considered for games this weekend, but they were not scheduled.
“You look at a team like the Browns, they’re terrible but people enjoy getting entertainment and laughs from them during the season,” said the commissioner. “For whatever reason, people like to see the Browns fail week after week. But the Jaguars and Titans are both terrible and completely irrelevant.”
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