Eagles open season Sept. 9 at Redskins on 'Monday Night Football'

Andy Reid will return to Lincoln Financial Field with the Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 19.       DAVID EULITT / Kansas City Star
Andy Reid will return to Lincoln Financial Field with the Chiefs on Thursday, Sept. 19.       DAVID EULITT / Kansas City Star
Posted: April 20, 2013

The Chip Kelly era will be off and running when the Eagles travel to Washington on Monday, Sept. 9 - one day after the bulk of NFL games are played in Week 1 - to face the Redskins in prime time.

It doesn't slow down from there. The Eagles host the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 15 and then the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night, Sept. 19, at Lincoln Financial Field, when Andy Reid makes his return to Philadelphia nine months after being fired.

The opener and the Thursday night game are the only prime-time games on the schedule. The final six games of the season - all 1 p.m. starts - are subject to the NFL's flex scheduling.

After a difficult three-games-in-11-days start, the Eagles head to Denver on Sept. 29. Of the Birds' 13 opponents, the 13-3 Broncos have the best mark from 2012. The Redskins, who visit on Nov. 17; the Green Bay Packers; and the Minnesota Vikings are the only other opponents coming off playoff appearances.

The Birds fly to Green Bay on Nov. 10. It will be their first game at Lambeau Field in six years. They travel to Minnesota on Dec. 15.

Last season, the Eagles had eight playoff teams on their schedule. The combined record of their opponents from last season is 100-108 (.481).

After the Broncos, the Eagles stay in the NFC East for three of their next four. They drive to the Meadowlands to meet the New York Giants on Oct. 6, host the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 20, and stay home the following week against the Giants on Oct. 27.

In that stretch is a road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Oct. 13) for the second consecutive season. The Eagles also have games at the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 3 and at the Cowboys in the season finale on Dec. 29.

For the last six seasons, the Eagles' bye week has come in October. Their Sunday of rest this season, however, will be on Nov. 24. It is their latest bye since 2000, when it fell in Week 16 on Dec. 17.

They return to action and are at the Linc for three of the next four - first vs. the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 1, followed by the Detroit Lions on Dec. 8, and then in the home finale against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 22.


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