Birds Start With 3 Of 4 At Home

Posted: May 07, 1992

The NFL released its 1992 schedule yesterday, and Eagles fans are advised to get out the Extra-Strength Tylenol before perusing it.

The road to the Super Bowl will be a bumpy ride. How bumpy? Let's count the ways:

* Eight games against 1991 playoff teams.

* An October-November death march that sends the Birds on the road six times in eight weeks, including visits to Dallas, the New York Giants, San Francisco, Kansas City and Washington.

* A mid-September confrontation with heat stroke in Phoenix.

* A December homestretch against the Redskins and the Giants.

"It's a tough schedule, but a good one just the same," Eagles coach Rich Kotite said. "The fans of Philadelphia will like it, without question. They'll get to see some great football."

The Eagles will open their season at home Sept. 6 against New Orleans. Three of their first four games are at home, then the fun starts.

"Obviously, we'd like to get off to a fast start, and having three of our first four games at home may help us do that," Kotite said. "But, just like last year, we've got three straight road games late in the year. That makes a schedule extra tough. But we did OK under those circumstances last year (3-0). So we'll just have to try to do that again."

ABC apparently doesn't think much of the Eagles' chances of surviving their torturous schedule. The Birds will make only one Monday night appearance this fall (Oct. 5 against Dallas at Veterans Stadium). They made three ABC appearances last season.

The Cowboys have replaced Philadelphia as the hot prime-time ticket. They'll make three Monday night appearances this year, as will Super Bowl- champion Washington, Chicago and Miami. That's right, Miami. The boys in the back room at ABC must know something we don't.

1992 EAGLES SCHEDULE

(Home Games in CAPS)

PRESEASON

Saturday, Aug. 1: vs. New York Jets,3

in Hall of Fame Game (Canton, Ohio)

Saturday, Aug. 8: at Pittsburgh, 7

Saturday, Aug. 15: CINCINNATI, 7:30

Sunday, Aug. 23: at Atlanta, 1:30

Thursday, Aug. 27: NEW YORK JETS, 7:30

REGULAR SEASON

Sunday, Sept. 6: NEW ORLEANS, 1

Sunday, Sept. 13: at Phoenix, 8

Sunday, Sept. 20: DENVER, 1

Sunday, Sept. 27: Bye

Monday, Oct. 5: DALLAS, 9

Sunday, Oct. 11: at Kansas City, 1

Sunday, Oct. 18: at Washington, 1

Sunday, Oct. 25: PHOENIX, 1

Sunday, Nov. 1: at Dallas, 4

Sunday, Nov. 8: LOS ANGELES RAIDERS, 1

Sunday, Nov. 15: vs. Green Bay (Milwaukee), 1

Sunday, Nov. 22: at New York Giants, 1

Sunday, Nov. 29: at San Francisco, 4

Sunday, Dec. 6: MINNESOTA, 1

Sunday, Dec. 13: at Seattle, 4

Sunday, Dec. 20: WASHINGTON, 1

Sunday, Dec. 27: NEW YORK GIANTS, 1

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