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NFL Schedule Release: The 15 Most Boring Matchups of 2014

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The 15 Most Boring Matchups of the 2014 NFL Season

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With the release of the NFL schedule, we know which matchups fans will be most looking forward to during the season. Of course, this also means we know which matchups fans won't be looking forward to -- the games that you wouldn't follow if you didn't have Kendall Wright, Josh Gordon or CJ Spiller on your fantasy team. There's a noticeable trend among the teams on this list, as all of them are either not very good or just nondescript.

15. New York Jets at Buffalo Bills, Week 12

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15. New York Jets at Buffalo Bills, Week 12

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When the Jets and Bills meet in this heated division rivalry, well, it's usually a low-scoring game without much going on. With two young QBs in EJ Manuel and Geno Smith (that is, unless Michael Vick still has the starting job in Week 12), this could be a painfully low-scoring game with a lot of three-and-outs and punts.

14. Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins, Week 16

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14. Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins, Week 16

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The Vikings visit the Dolphins in Week 16, and fans probably couldn't be any less excited. These teams only play each other once every four seasons and neither one gives off much of an air of significance, at least at this juncture in the offseason. While the 'Fins could be competing for a playoff berth if all breaks right, the Vikings will likely be looking at another last-place finish.

13. Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Week 8

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13. Minnesota Vikings at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Week 8

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Two of the worst teams in the league in 2013 square off in the middle of the season, and it's a fair question to wonder how many people beyond the two fanbases will care. Josh McCown will be facing off against Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel or whomever the Vikings have under center that week, which doesn't really inspire much attention from the nationwide audience.

12. Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, Week 8

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12. Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, Week 8

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The Titans, especially now that they've released one of the faces of their franchise in Chris Johnson, lack an identity. They did hang their hats on their pass defense, but their best corner, Alterraun Verner, left for Tampa in free agency, leaving them as one of the more nondescript franchises in the NFL. When a nondescript franchise plays another team with a questionable QB situation, the fans will probably not tune in.

11. Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans, Week 4

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11. Buffalo Bills at Houston Texans, Week 4

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This will be Mario Williams' second return to Houston after leaving for Buffalo via free agency, but not many people beyond Texans and Bills fans will likely care. The Texans' defense is still a strong suit and will be trouble for EJ Manuel, while we still have no idea who the Buffalo defense will face. Unless Arian Foster carves up the porous Bills' run defense, this game could be an uneventful, low-scoring affair.

10. Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, Week 14

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10. Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, Week 14

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Last season, the NFL shoehorned this matchup into one of its Thursday night slots, forcing fans to avert their eyes from the NFL Network feed. These were two of the three worst teams in the league last season, and neither team has any clue who its QB will be come Week 1. Add it all up and this is one you can probably afford to miss.

9. Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders, Week 16

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9. Buffalo Bills at Oakland Raiders, Week 16

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A Week 16 matchup featuring two teams that could be eliminated from the playoff chase by then just whets the appetite, doesn't it? Neither team has much star power, although there could end up being quite a few points scored in this one. With many other games likely to contain playoff implications during this week, this figures to be one of the lowest rated games of the season.

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns, Week 9

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8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cleveland Browns, Week 9

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The Buccaneers were positively awful last season, as were the Browns, so when these two heavyweights collide in Week 9, the extent of what you'll see will be limited to the Red Zone channel. The Browns are among the teams that don't know who will be under center this season so going up against a talented Tampa secondary could be a long day. That being said, Tampa's offense isn't good enough to distance themselves from anyone, either.

7. Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, Week 13

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7. Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills, Week 13

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The Browns and Bills met in a riveting Thursday night showdown last season, which actually turned into a fairly decent game. Lightning rarely strikes twice, so when these two face off again this season, it probably won't be anything special. There's a little extra animosity involved in these games given the proximity of the two cities, but beyond that, the product on the field could be cringe-worthy.

6. Oakland Raiders at New York Jets, Week 1

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6. Oakland Raiders at New York Jets, Week 1

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When the 2014 season opens up for most teams on Sept. 7, there's one game that you probably won't be so quick to turn to. The Raiders visit the Jets in a reprise of last year's convincing Jets victory, and with Matt Schaub and either Geno Smith or Michael Vick at the helm, this one could get ugly. Jets-Raiders games rarely are anything to write home about unless Darren McFadden or Chris Johnson breaks a long run, so tune this one out.

5. Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills, Week 7

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5. Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills, Week 7

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If EJ Manuel vs. Christian Ponder/QB to be named doesn't get your blood flowing, I don't know what will. At least Bills fans get to see the incomparable Adrian Peterson potentially tear up their sieve-like run defense, but this game doesn't have many more interesting storylines beyond that. One can only hope the weather hasn't gotten cold in Buffalo by late October, because this would be brutal enough to watch in warm weather.

4. Tennesee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars, Week 16

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4. Tennesee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars, Week 16

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With a matchup in Week 16 of two division foes that are among the two most vanilla franchises in the NFL and neither one is likely to be challenging for a playoff spot prompts a TO "getcha popcorn ready!" T.O. style. Whenever the Titans and Jags meet, it's usually good for a short nap or any other errands you may have to run. The best part about this game is trying to guess who will be manning QB for both teams when it comes around.

3. Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders, Week 2

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3. Houston Texans at Oakland Raiders, Week 2

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After opening the season with a nondescript game against the Jets, the Raiders have their season opener against the Texans in Week 2. It's a pretty good bet that not many outside of the Oakland, Houston or New York areas will have any clue what's going on with the Raiders until Week 3 at the earliest, as this game could be another snoozer. Hey, it is Matt Schaub's triumphant return to Houston, if you fancy reunion stories.

2. Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns, Week 8

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2. Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns, Week 8

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The Browns and Raiders both finished in the bottom five of the NFL last season and, barring a miracle, neither team figures to seriously contend this season. Naturally, the two teams will square off for a barn-burner in Cleveland Week 8, and if you miss this one, you're not missing anything at all. Who knows, maybe Sebastian Janikowski will set the record for most field goals in a game, but beyond that, this is must-avoid television.

1. Cleveland Browns at Tennesee Titans, Week 5

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1. Cleveland Browns at Tennesee Titans, Week 5

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If you had to pick the two least interesting franchises in the NFL, these two would most certainly be near the top of the list. Neither offense is anything to write home about, and it's another battle of Jake Locker against QB TBD. While the game itself may not be awful, there's really not much of a redeeming reason to tune in -- there are about a handful of noteworthy players on both teams combined. You'll want to look elsewhere in Week 5.