At one point, the NFL used to announce the opening weekend and marquee games at the owners' meetings in March, which begin today in Florida.
A league spokesman has said that some logistics still need to be resolved, so it is unlikely those games will be announced this week. The Super Bowl champion Giants will open the season on Wednesday, Sept. 5, with Green Bay a likely opponent. The NFL has moved the opener from Thursday to Wednesday to avoid a conflict with President Obama's keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
A prime-time game is scheduled for that Sunday and ESPN will have the Monday night doubleheader. With Peyton Manning in Denver and the Tebow show with the Jets (even if he is the backup quarterback), it would not be a surprise to see one or both of those teams involved as well.
But further down the line, we got thinking about Thanksgiving. We know Detroit and Dallas will host the afternoon games as usual, and the night game moves around. NBC will air the evening affair instead of the NFL Network.
Detroit is playing an AFC opponent so Dallas will play an NFC opponent. That means either the Eagles, Redskins, Giants, Buccaneers, Saints or Bears. Dallas' two other home opponents are AFC teams.
The Eagles and Cowboys have not played on Thanksgiving since Nov. 23, 1989. That was a 27-0 Eagles shutout win. The Birds' vaunted defense Buddy Ryan held rookie Troy Aikman to 54 yards passing and picked him off three times. The loss dropped the Cowboys to 1-11 on their way to a 1-15 season. The Eagles would finish 11-5 and lose in the wild card round to the LA Rams.
The Birds last played on Turkey Day in 2008 with a home win over Arizona. That game came four days after Donovan McNabb was benched in favor of Kevin Kolb against Baltimore. McNabb started for the 5-5-1 Eagles and they would win four of their final five games to just make the playoffs. The Eagles would beat Minnesota and the Giants on the road before losing at Arizona in the NFC title game.
This is idle speculation, but what would you think about Eagles-Cowboys on Thanksgiving?