The Eagles will open their 2009 season Sunday Sept. 13 on the road with a 1 p.m. game against the AFC South champion Carolina Panthers, who went 12-4 during the regular season a year ago. The home opener is a week later with a 1 p.m. Sept. 20 game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field.

The team is scheduled to play four games in primetime, but that could change based on flex scheduling, which begins with the Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears.

The Eagles have a brutal road schedule, going against eight opponents that were a combined 75-58 overall and 46-21 at home last season. They play three division champions – the Giants, San Diego and Carolina – on the road as well as Atlanta, which went 7-1 in the Georgia Dome.

Remove Oakland from the road equation and the Eagles’ other seven road opponents were a combined 44-15 at home in 2008.

The team’s home schedule is a lot friendlier. The Giants, Dallas and Tampa Bay are the only team coming into the Linc that had a winning record last season. The combined overall record of the Eagles’ home opponents was 63-66 and the road record of those eight teams was a combined 25-39.

Here is the entire schedule:

Sept. 13 at Carolina, 1 p.m., Fox29

Sept. 20 vs. New Orleans, 1 p.m., Fox29

Sept. 27 vs. Kansas City, 1 p.m. CBS 3

Oct. 4, Bye

Oct. 11 vs. Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Fox29

Oct. 18 at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Fox29

Oct. 26 at Washington,  8:30 p.m. ESPN

Nov. 1 vs. N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m. Fox29

Nov. 8 vs. Dallas, 8:20 p.m. NBC 10

Nov. 15 at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. Fox29

Nov. 22 at Chicago 8:20 p.m. NBC 10

Nov. 29 vs. Washington, 1 p.m. Fox29

Dec. 6 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Fox29

Dec. 13 at N.Y. Giants, 8:20 p.m., NBC 10

Dec. 20 vs. San Francisco, 1 p.m. Fox29

Dec. 27 vs. Denver, 1 p.m. CBS 3

Jan. 3 at Dallas, 1 p.m., Fox29