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Thursday, Sept. 4 -- Packers at Seahawks, CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
Obviously, your odyssey starts with the NFL Kickoff Game, a rematch of the "Fail Mary" game in Seattle. This has the makings of an instant classic, as Aaron Rodgers and the high-powered Green Bay offense must handle both the stingy Seattle defense, as well as the raucous home crowd. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Sept. 7 -- Colts at Broncos, Sports Authority Field, Denver, Colo.
Time to pile into the van! Of course you're completing this road trip in a van because a) you'll need some place to sleep on longer drives and b) every road trip needs a van! The first trek is a long one, covering 1,314 miles through the Rockies, but the payoff is great. You get to witness the second bout of Andrew Luck versus Peyton Manning. Total miles traveled: 1,314. GET TICKETS
Monday, Sept. 8 -- Chargers at Cardinals, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Don't party too hard, because you'll need to roll out early to make it down for the Monday night contest in Arizona. Chargers at Cardinals is an underrated matchup, as the Bolts made the playoffs last season while the Birds fell just short, despite their 10 wins. Both will be in the mix at the end of the season. Total miles traveled: 2,133. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Sept. 14 -- Texans at Raiders, O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
The schedule makers smile upon the ultimate road trip, allowing you the rare double-header. Your day starts in Oakland where you watch two teams trying to show the NFL that last year was not the norm for their squad. Although, to make the next game (the superior game) you may have to duck out a tad early in the fourth quarter. Total miles traveled: 2,861. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Sept. 14 -- Bears at 49ers, Levi Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
Part two of the doubleheader should be an excellent showdown between the Bears' high-flying offense and the 49ers' hard-nosed defense. Oh, and you get to be a part of the first game ever played in Levi's Stadium, which is a nice footnote to this epic journey. Total miles traveled: 2,895. GET TICKETS
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Thursday, Sept. 18 -- Buccaneers at Falcons, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
You have a lot of ground to cover on the way to Atlanta, (2,438 miles to be exact) but it's necessary. You'll get to see the resurgent Buccaneers take on a motivated and healthy Falcons team in a heated Thursday night NFC South tilt. Your next drive is a shorter one, so take some time to soak up what Atlanta has to offer, like the World of Coca Cola or the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Total miles traveled: 5332.7. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Sept. 21 -- Colts at Jaguars, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Fla.
Gus Bradley's Jaguars are going to make some noise next season, and they'll be looking to get ahead in the division when Andrew Luck and the Colts come to town. Total miles traveled: 5,681. GET TICKETS
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Monday, Sept. 22 -- Bears at Jets, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
It's a long trek up to New Jersey for this one, so you'll have to get started on Sunday after the Jaguars-Colts game, but take a moment to reflect while on your drive. We're only in Week 3, and you're on your way to see your eighth game in just 18 days. It figures to be a good one, too, as Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall will test the Jets cornerbacks in prime time. Total miles traveled: 6,612. GET TICKETS
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Thursday, Sept. 25 -- Giants at Redskins, FedExField, Landover, Md.
After a lot of driving, take a little time to relax and sightsee in New York City. Grab a drink at The Ginger Man or grab a slice of pizza at Di Fara Pizza before you take the short jaunt down to Maryland to watch these NFC East rivals square off. Total miles traveled: 6,831. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Sept. 28 -- Panthers at Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.
You're awarded another chance to relax a bit, as only 32.2 miles separate the homes of the Redskins and Ravens. Perhaps check out some of the locations used in HBO's iconic show "The Wire," which was set and filmed in Baltimore. Then settle in for an excellent matchup between the Panthers and Ravens. Total miles traveled: 6,863. GET TICKETS
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Monday, Sept. 29 -- Patriots at Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
A trip to Kansas City means two things: a game at Arrowhead Stadium and some Gates BBQ. The former is why you're heading to K.C. in the first place. The latter is why you'll want to return in the future. Trust me. It's that good. Total miles traveled: 7,915. GET TICKETS
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Thursday, Oct. 2 -- Vikings at Packers, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.
Your compass turns north for a stop at the most iconic stadium in the NFL: Lambeau Field. Check out the Packers Hall of Fame for a quick Titletown history lesson, and be sure to tailgate with the locals. They're super nice. Heck, you might even end up parking your car on one of their lawns to save a few bucks on parking. Total miles traveled: 8,541. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Oct. 5 -- Texans at Cowboys, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
And just as quickly as you went north, the schedule takes you south down for an interstate battle between the Texans and Cowboys at Jerry's giant playhouse. Total miles traveled: 9,672. GET TICKETS
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Thursday, Oct. 9 -- Colts at Texans, Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
You double up on Texans games in just a few days, but it allows you to relax in the Lone Star state for a bit after many hours on the road. You also get to watch J.J. Watt chase Andrew Luck around for three hours, which is always entertaining. Total miles traveled: 9,936. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Oct. 12 -- Panthers at Bengals, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
My goodness. 10,000 miles already? And it seems as if we've just begun! After your stay in Texas, a trip to the Midwest is on the horizon, kicked off by a stop in Cincinnati to watch two playoff teams from 2013 with fierce defenses go toe to toe. Total miles traveled: 10,990. GET TICKETS
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Monday, Oct. 13 - 49ers at Rams, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Mo.
While the Rams haven't reached the playoffs in almost a decade, they've played several tough games against the 49ers recently. This contest should be no different. Total miles traveled: 11,339. GET TICKETS
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Thursday, Oct. 16 -- Jets at Patriots, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
Back to the East Coast you go for one of the better rivalries in football -- Jets versus Patriots. After that, you'll need to hop on a flight, as there's one remaining West Coast stadium to see, and no other easy way to get to it. Park that van and take to the skies! Total miles traveled: 12,527. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Oct. 19 -- Chiefs at Chargers, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, Calif.
My suggestion would be to drive from Massachusetts to New York City, and fly out from there. Then take the extra time in San Diego to see the famous zoo, or grab dinner and drinks in the awesome Gaslamp Quarter. Then, settle in for an old fashioned AFC West duel. Total miles traveled: 15,160. GET TICKETS
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Monday, Oct. 20 -- Texans at Steelers, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.
You'll have to take a redeye flight from San Diego back to New York City, then hop right in your car and schlep down to Pittsburgh for a defensive slugfest between the Texans and Steelers. Thankfully, after all of this travel, some much needed rest is on the way. Total miles traveled: 17,993. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Oct. 26 -- Raiders at Browns, FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
One of the shortest segments of the journey puts you in Cleveland with almost a full week to relax. Be sure to devote some time to checking out the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Your 20th game on the road trip could feature two exciting rookie quarterbacks as well, or a Matt Schaub-Brian Hoyer shootout. Either way, it'll be a fun one. Total miles traveled: 18,126. GET TICKETS
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Thursday, Oct. 30 -- Saints at Panthers, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
Back on the road! Now you head to Carolina where "Riverboat" Ron Rivera will look to outsmart Sean Payton. These two NFC South rivals played some excellent games last season, and this one should be par for the course. Total miles traveled: 18,641. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Nov. 2 -- Chargers at Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
The road trip takes you south yet again, for a little blast of warmth and sun in Miami as you watch the Chargers take on Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. Beach time is a must, as several of the upcoming games will be on the wrong side of 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Total miles traveled: 19,361. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Nov. 9 -- 49ers at Saints, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La.
Ah, the Superdome. Here you're treated to a rematch of last season's 23-20 nail-biter, where Ahmad Brooks almost ripped Drew Brees in half. The 49ers felt they had a win taken away from them here, and will be out for vengeance. Talk about must-see TV. Total miles traveled: 20,205. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Nov. 16 -- Vikings at Bears, Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
Another milestone was crossed on the last leg. 20,000 miles traveled. Impressive. This leg of the journey sets you up for an NFC North showdown between Adrian Peterson's Vikings and the Chicago Bears. Hopefully the black-and-blue division lives up to it's namesake. Total miles traveled: 21,129. GET TICKETS
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Monday, Nov. 17 -- Steelers at Titans, LP Field, Nashville, Tenn.
You'll need to rise early once again to travel down I-65 to Nashville. While there, take a moment to check out the Country Music Hall of Fame or at least grab a drink and listen to some live music at the legendary Blue Bird Cafe. Total miles traveled: 21,597. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Nov. 23 -- Titans at Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
With three days to get up to Philadelphia, it gives you some time to take in the history of one of the nation's oldest cities, like the Liberty Bell Center or Independence Hall. Afterwards you get to watch Chip Kelly's high-octane offense operate on their home turf. Not a bad little trip. Total miles traveled: 22,395. GET TICKETS
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Thursday, Nov. 27 -- Bears at Lions, Ford Field, Detroit, Mich.
Catching one of the traditional turkey day games is a must, so you're next stop is Detroit to watch the Bears take on the Lions. The Motor City Kitties always play tough on Thanksgiving, and will look to establish a winning streak after thrashing the Packers last year. Total miles traveled: 22,983. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Nov. 30 -- Redskins at Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
Lucas Oil Stadium has been rated the best stadium experience for three seasons running, which gives this faceoff between the two top picks in the 2012 NFL Draft (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III) some extra juice. And don't forget to eat at St. Elmo Steak House, one of the best spots in all of downtown Indy. Total miles traveled: 23,271. GET TICKETS
Sunday, Dec. 7 -- Jets at Vikings, TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
I was originally going to leave this off the list since it's not the actual home of the Vikings (and not the greatest cold-weather stadium), but the Vikings will be upgrading TCF Bank Stadium as part of their temporary lease, adding heating elements to the field and possibly more seats. Plus, for this to be the "ultimate" road trip, you need to see a home game for every team, so TCF Bank makes the cut. Total miles traveled: 23,861.(AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Sunday, Dec. 14 -- Packers at Bills, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.
The travel between stops is getting longer as the journey wears on, but the end is in sight. A long drive around the Great Lakes lands you in Buffalo for an enticing game between the Packers and the Bills. Can the rising Buffalo defense shut down Eddie Lacy and Rodgers to secure a win in front of the home crowd? You'll be there to find out. Total miles traveled: 24,798. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Dec. 21 -- Packers at Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Hooray! Some warm weather. And the Packers again. That could be good or bad depending on your team allegiance, but the Bucs have had Rodgers' number, as he has thrown seven of his 52 career regular-season interceptions in just three games against them. For comparison, his highest total is eight interceptions against the Bears, but that is over 12 games. Total miles traveled: 26,027. GET TICKETS
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Sunday, Dec. 28 -- Eagles at Giants, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
It's finally come down to this. Your 32nd game in 115 days. And it's a classic NFC East showdown, likely with playoff implications on the line. It's your second time in MetLife Stadium too, so you'll be a veteran by now. Enjoy it. You've just completed the ultimate NFL road trip and should have a wealth of memories to last the rest of your life. Total miles traveled: 27,153. GET TICKETS
Now, about those playoff tickets ...
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