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Rex not fan of facing Pats on short week
Three takeaways from Rex Ryan after listening to his comments Wednesday night on the New York Jets' 2014 schedule:1. He likes the home cooking in September -- three games at MetLife Stadium.

Inside Slant: Thursday nights get a boost
So we have an answer to the question we've been discussing on Twitter and here on ESPN.com during the past couple days. Yes, the NFL without question took care to boost the Thursday night package it sold to CBS this past winter.

NFL Week 1 odds
 

All eyes on the Packers-Seahawks opener
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The NFL's annual season opener featuring the defending Super Bowl champions is about many things -- the final coronation for the reigning champs, the celebration of a new football season and even a musical event.

Oakland Raiders schedule analysis
 Breakdown: We already knew the Raiders would have, based upon opponents and last year’s records, the toughest strength of schedule in the NFL in 2014, including the toughest road opponents in the league.

Indianapolis Colts schedule analysis
 Breakdown: Could you ask for a better season opener for the Colts, Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning Part II in a nationally televised game on Sept. 7? I didn’t think so.

New York Jets schedule analysis
Breakdown: Rex Ryan must have done something to upset the folks in the league's scheduling department. Ryan's beloved defense, which struggled against the pass last season, will face five of the NFL's top six passing offenses from 2013 in rapid succession, Weeks 2 to 6.

Denver Broncos schedule analysis
 Breakdown: Denver Broncos coach John Fox will always caution against making judgments about a schedule based on what happened the year before. Regardless, it's easy to see the challenges that await the Broncos in 2014 and they won't have to wait very long to get right down to it.

Arizona Cardinals schedule analysis
 Breakdown: It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish, right? Arizona will be able to cut its teeth on a slew of non-division games during the first half of the season starting with San Diego on "Monday Night Football" in Week 1.

Seattle Seahawks schedule analysis
 Breakdown: Sixth overall in strength of schedule is worse than it sounds. Half of Seattle’s games will come against 2013 playoff teams, and that doesn’t include two games against 10-6 Arizona.

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