NFL Televised Game Schedules for 2014-2015

KMEG 14 CBS and FOX 44 KPTH General Managers BLOG The NFL Televised Game Schedules for 2014-2015 Upcoming NFL Season for KMEG (CBS) and KPTH (FOX) Here we go again with the start of another awesome NFL season on KMEG/CBS 14 and KPTH/Fox 44 here in Siouxland. One BIG addition to this year's NFL schedules for us is that KMEG/CBS 14 will have seven (7) Thursday night Prime Time games with the big one for Siouxland on 10/2/14 when Minnesota visits Green bay to play the Packers!! As usual there are a few quirks in the schedule so I wanted to let all of you know what our schedules look like this year. We have some absolutely fantastic games for you this year. Before I get to that let me reiterate below how the broadcast of games works for our two stations. This is repeated from last year's BLOG. The reality of life in Siouxland relating to the NFL is this - FOX (KPTH) carries the NFC and CBS (KMEG) carries the AFC. That means that, generally speaking, we will carry the Vikings games on FOX and the Chiefs games on CBS. Now, once in a while a scenario develops where we might have a week where the Vikings are playing an AFC team and the league has designated that game as a CBS game instead of a FOX game. So in that scenario we would carry the Vikings game on CBS (KMEG) - unless there was a Chiefs game assigned to CBS (KMEG) that aired at the same time (i.e. both early game start times). The reverse could also happen with a Chiefs game versus an NFC opponent being assigned to FOX. So as a rule we will always try to carry the Vikings on FOX, the Chiefs on CBS and, in unusual circumstances involving cross-conference opponents for these two teams, we will defer to the team assigned to that network (Vikings FOX, Chiefs CBS) first and then if possible carry the Vikings on CBS (as long as it doesn't conflict with a Chiefs game) and the Chiefs on FOX (as long as it doesn't conflict with a Vikings game). So now you are probably really confused! There also seems to be a great deal of confusion about how double-headers work. As a rule, in non-NFL team markets, one network gets two games on one Sunday (double-header) while the other network on the same Sunday receives one game (single-header). Sometimes one network will get two double-header weeks in a row. This is NFL scheduling folks, not the local stations. If we have a Vikings game with an early start on FOX and it is a single-header week for FOX we cannot carry the second game on FOX even if it is Green Bay or Chicago because it is a double-header designated week for CBS (KMEG). So for purposes of explanation here is how the 2014 television season breaks out for single-header and double-header weeks between FOX (KPTH) and CBS (KMEG) here in Siouxland: FOX (KPTH) Single-header weeks: 9/14, 9/21, 10/5, 10/26, 11/2, 11/23, 11/27 (Thanksgiving Day Game), 11/30, 12/21, 12/22 FOX (KPTH) Double-header weeks: 9/7, 9/28, 10/12, 10/19, 11/9, 11/16, 12/7, 12/14, 12/28* CBS (KMEG) Single-header weeks: 9/7, 9/28, 10/12, 10/19, 11/9, 11/16, 11/27 (Thanksgiving Day Game), 12/7, 12/14 CBS (KMEG) Double-header weeks: 9/14, 9/21, 10/5, 10/26, 11/2, 11/23, 11/30, 12/1, 12/21, 12/28* CBS Thursday night Prime Time games in 2014: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 CBS Special Saturday night Prime Game: 12/20 You will notice that there are several instances this coming season where one network gets two double-headers in a row. This is network and NFL scheduling again folks, not me or our stations scheduling it. Each network local affiliate gets to carry 27 regular season games. *Also, on 12/28, both networks get a double-header. Local television schedules for games to be aired in Siouxland are below. The schedules for each station are listed below. These are subject to change if the league and NBC, as an example, decide to move a game for playoff implication reasons to a Sunday night. So let's take a look at the CBS (KMEG) schedule first: KMEG 14/CBS NFL Football Schedule for 2014/2015 Week Teams Day Dates Times Pre-Season: Oakland @ Green Bay Friday 8/22/14 7-10pm New Orleans @ Indianapolis Saturday 8/23/13 7-10pm Regular Season: Week #1 Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs Sunday 9/7/14 12n-3pm Week #2 New England Pats @ Minnesota Vikings Sunday 9/14/14 12n-3pm Week #2 Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos Sunday 9/14/14 3:15-6pm Week #3 Oakland Raiders @ New England Patriots Sunday 9/21/14 12n-3pm Week #3 Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins Sunday 9/21/14 3:15-6pm Week #4 Carolina Panthers s v. Baltimore Ravens Sunday 9/28/14 12n-3pm Week #5 Houston Texans @ Dallas Cowboys Sunday 10/5/14 12n-3pm Week #5 Kansas City @ San Francisco Sunday 10/5/14 3:15-6pm Week #6 Denver Broncos @ New York Jets Sunday 10/12/14 12n-3pm Week #7 Kansas City Chiefs @ San Diego Sunday 10/19/14 3:15-6pm Week #8 Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals Sunday 10/26/14 12n-3pm Week #8 Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 10/26/14 3:15-6pm Week #9 New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs Sunday 11/2/14 12n-3pm Week #9 Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots Sunday 11/2/14 3:15-6pm Week #10 Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills Sunday 11/9/14 12n-3pm Week #11 Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears Sunday 11/16/14 12n-3pm Week #12 Cincinnati @ Houston Sunday 11/23/14 12n-3pm Week #12 Miami Dolphins @ Denver Broncos Sunday 11/23/14 3:15-6pm Week #13 Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Thursday 11/27/14 11:30am-2:30pm Week #13 San Diego Chargers @ Baltimore Ravens Sunday 11/30/14 12n-3pm Week #13 New England Patriots @ Green Bay Packers Sunday 11/30/14 3:15-6pm Week #14 Kansas City Chiefs @ Arizona Cardinals Sunday 12/7/14 3:15-6pm Week #15 Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs Sunday 12/14/14 12n-3pm Week #16 Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday 12/21/14 12n-3pm Week #16 Indianapolis Colts @ Dallas Cowboys Sunday 12/21/14 3:15-6pm Week #17 San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs Sunday 12/28/14 12n-3pm Week #17 Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos Sunday 12/28/14 3:15-6pm Note: All games subject to change. Playoffs: Cincinnati vs Indianapolis Sunday, January 4th, 12pm 2015 AFC Wildcard Game (pre-game 11am-12pm) TBA vs. Denver Sunday, January 11th, 3:30pm-7pm 2015 AFC Divisional Playoff (pre-game 3-3:30pm) TBA vs. TBA Sunday, January 18th, 5:30pm 2015 AFC Championship (pre-game 5-5:30pm) Date Teams Day Times 9/11/14 9/11/14 Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens Thursday Thursday 7-1030PM 7-10:30pm 9/18/14 9/18/14 Tampa Bay Bucs vs Atlanta Falcons Thursday Thursday 7-1030PM 7-10:30pm 9/25/14 9/25/14 NY Giants vs Washington Redskins Thursday Thursday 7-1030PM 7-10:30pm 10/2/14 Minnesota vs Green Bay Thursday 7-10:30pm 10/9/14 10/9/14 Indianapolis Colts @ Houston Texans Thursday Thursday 7-1030PM 7-10:30pm 10/16/14 10/16/14 NY Jets @ New England Patriots Thursday Thursday 7-1030PM 7-10:30pm 10/23/14 10/23/14 San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos Thursday Thursday 7-1030PM 7-10:30pm 12/20/14 12/20/14 San Diego Chargers @ San Francisco 49ers Saturday Saturday 7-1030PM 7-10:30pm Thursday Night Prime Time Games on CBS and KMEG The NFL on KMEG/CBS 14! OK so let's talk about the CBS (KMEG) schedule. The first thing you will notice is that there is one Vikings games that will be carried on CBS (KMEG) in week #2 as New England visits Minnesota. Also there are no Chiefs games on CBS (KMEG) on the following dates: 9/28 - Chiefs play the Patriots on Monday Night Football. 10/12 - Chiefs BYE week. 10/26 - Chiefs play St. Louis and it is carried on Fox. At the same time/same day a Vikings game is on Fox. We will carry the Vikings game on Fox that day. 11/16 - Chiefs play Seattle at home and it is on Fox. At the same time/same day Minnesota plays Chicago. That game is on CBS. 11/23 - Chiefs play the Raiders in Thursday night on the NFL Network on 11/20. Highlights of the CBS/KMEG schedule this year include: o 11 Kansas City Chiefs games. o 1 Minnesota Vikings game with New England vs Minnesota on 9/14 at 12 noon. o 4 New England games including Denver vs New England (Manning vs Brady) on 11/2. o We will have 5 Denver Broncos games featuring Peyton Manning including Kansas City vs Denver on 9/14. o Three Indianapolis games featuring their emerging star quarterback Andrew Luck. o 25 games featuring playoff teams from 1 year ago. o 8 Thursday night games simulcast on The NFL Network including the Vikings-Packers on 10/2. o Thanksgiving Day is Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions. A great schedule of games this year n KMEG 14 and CBS!! Fox 44 Schedule below Now let's take a look at the FOX (KPTH/FOX 44) schedule: KPTH/Fox 44 NFL Football Schedule for 2014/2015 OK so now the FOX (KPTH) schedule for the upcoming season. KPTH/Fox 44 NFL Football Schedule for 2014/2015 Week Teams Day Dates Times Pre-Season: Kansas City Chiefs @ Carolina Panthers Sunday 8/17/14 7-10pm San Diego Chargers @ San Francisco 49ers Sunday 8/24/14 3-6pm Regular Season: Week #1 Minnesota Vikings @ St. Louis Rams Sunday 9/7/14 12n-3pm Week #1 San Francisco 49ers @ Dallas Cowboys Sunday 9/7/14 3:15-6pm Week #2 Detroit Lions @ Carolina Panthers Sunday 9/14/14 12n-3pm Week #3 Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints Sunday 9/21/2014 12n-3pm Week #4 Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears Sunday 9/28/2014 12n-3pm Week #4 Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings Sunday 9/28/2014 3:15-6pm Week #5 Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers Sunday 10/5/2014 12n-3pm Week #6 Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings Sunday 10/12/2014 12n-3pm Week #6 Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks Sunday 10/12/2014 3:15-6pm Week #7 Minnesota Vikings @ Buffalo Bills Sunday 10/19/2014 12n-3pm Week #7 New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys Sunday 10/19/2014 3:15-6pm Week #8 Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons (London) Sunday 10/26/2014 8:30am-11:30am Week #8 Minnesota Vikings @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday 10/26/2014 12n-3pm Week #9 Washington Redskins @ Minnesota Vikings Sunday 11/2/2014 12n-3pm Week #10 San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints Sunday 11/9/2014 12n-3pm Week #10 New York Giants @ Seattle Seahawks Sunday 11/9/2014 3:15-6pm Week #11 Seattle @ Kansas City Sunday 11/16/2014 12n-3pm Week #11 Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers Sunday 11/16/2014 3:15-6pm Week #12 Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings Sunday 11/23/2014 12n-3pm Week #13 Phil. Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys (Thanks) Thursday 11/27/2014 3:30pm-6:30pm Week #14 Carolina Panthers @ Minnesota Vikings Sunday 11/30/2014 12n-3pm Week #15 Tampa Bay vs. Detroit Sunday 12/7/2014 12n-3pm Week #15 Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles Sunday 12/7/2014 3:25-6pm Week #16 Green Bay vs. Buffalo Sunday 12/14/2014 12n-3pm Week #16 Minnesota Vikings @ Detroit Lions Sunday 12/14/2014 3:15-6pm Week #17 Minnesota Vikings @ Miami Dolphins Sunday 12/21/2014 12n-3pm Week #18 Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings Sunday 12/28/2014 12n-3pm Week #18 Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Sunday 12/28/2014 3:25pm-6pmNote: All games subject to change. Playoffs: Detroit vs. Dallas Sunday, January 4th, 3:30pm- 7pm 2015 NFC Wildcard Game TBA vs. Seattle Saturday, January 10th, 7:15p-10:30pm 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff TBA vs. Green Bay Sunday, January 11th, 12pm-3:15pm 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff TBA vs. TBA Sunday, January 18th, 2:05pm 2015 NFC Championship Game The NFL on KPTH/FOX 44! Let's talk about the Fox (KPTH) schedule: There are no Vikings games on FOX (KPTH) on the following dates: 9/14 - Vikings play New England on CBS (KMEG). 10/5 - Vikings play Green Bay on Thursday night 10/2 on CBS (KMEG). 10/9 - Vikings BYE week. 12/7 - Vikings play Jets on CBS at 12noon. Chiefs have game scheduled on CBS same time/same day. We will carry the Chiefs game that day on CBS. Highlights of the FOX/KPTH schedule this year include: o 12 Minnesota Vikings games. o 2 Green Bay games. o 3 Chicago bears games. o 4 Detroit Lions games. o Atlanta vs Detroit in London on 10/26. o 5 games with the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks - including San Francisco/Seattle and Dallas/Seattle!! o Thanksgiving Day is Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys. As always I am hopeful that this information will help you enjoy the NFL games this fall on KMEG (CBS) and FOX 44 (KPTH/FOX). My hope is that this information will help to eliminate some of the confusion/frustration you feel at times as to why things happen the way they do with NFL games being broadcast by us here in Siouxland. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail me at and I will reply as soon as I am able. I will attempt to tackle the playoff scenarios for you with game times and dates in a later blog near the end of the season. Here's to a terrific NFL season for the Vikings, the Chiefs and to whomever your favorite team is!!! Steve Scollard Vice President & General Manager