The last time the Eagles started a season with a game against an NFC East opponent, they ended it in the Super Bowl.
Opening against a division opponent, once an Eagles schedule mainstay (they did so in 13 of the 18 seasons from 1970-87), has become rare. Only three times during the Andy Reid era did the Birds open against an NFC foe, and two of those were in his first two years.
And maybe that is a good thing, because they are 6-15 all-time in such games, although they have won their last two and three of their last five.
Here are the years the Birds have opened against an NFC East opponent: