Eagles open at St. Louis

Eagles coach Andy Reid now knows who he will face if the 2011 season starts on time. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

The Eagles will open the season Sept. 11 at St. Louis in an interesting quarterback matchup with Michael Vick vs. Sam Bradford, according to the schedule released tonight.

The game also features head coach Andy Reid facing off with one of his former assistants in Steve Spagnuolo.

Of course, the schedule is somewhat hypothetical this year, given the current labor situation.

Vick returns to Atlanta in Week 2 on Sept. 18 in an NBC prime-time game, one of eight national television games currently on the schedule. The Eagles and Atlanta Falcons go head-to-head for the fourth straight season and the 10th time under Andy Reid (including playoffs). They are 8-1 in those games and have won the last four.

“The release of the NFL schedule is something that the teams and their fans look forward to every year,” said Eagles president Joe Banner. “We are very proud as an organization to play in eight nationally televised games for the second year in a row. It’s a credit to our tremendous fan base on both the local and national levels. The league continues to do a great job emphasizing divisional games toward the end of the season as our final two games against the Cowboys and Redskins will also bring a great level of excitement.”

They will get an earlier than usual look at the Giants, when they face them Sept. 25 at home and again on Nov. 20 on the road in prime time.

The Eagles will host Bears in an ESPN Monday night game on Nov. 7. This will be the fifth consecutive year that the teams meet. The past four contests between the two teams have been decided by five points or less.

Other prime time games thus far include an Oct. 30 visit from the Cowboys on Sunday night and a Dec. 1 game at Seattle on Thursday night for the NFL Network.

As we reported earlier, the rumored Eagles-Bills game in Toronto is incorrect. The Eagles visit Orchard Park on Oct. 9.

The Eagles conclude the regular season with a visit from the Washington Redskins on New Year's Day. Be interesting to see if Donovan McNabb is with them.

According to NFL.com, the Eagles have the 17th most difficult schedule in the league based on their opponents' 2010 record.

Here is the full schedule:

Sunday, September 11 at St. Louis 1:00 pm FOX

Sunday, September 18 at Atlanta 8:20 pm NBC*

Sunday, September 25 NY Giants 1:00 pm FOX

Sunday, October 2 San Francisco 1:00 pm FOX

Sunday, October 9 at Buffalo 1:00 pm FOX

Sunday, October 16 at Washington 1:00 pm FOX

Sunday, October 23 BYE

Sunday, October 30 Dallas 8:20 pm NBC*

Monday, November 7 Chicago 8:30 pm ESPN*

Sunday, November 13 Arizona 1:00 pm+ FOX

Sunday, November 20 at NY Giants 8:20 pm+ NBC*

Sunday, November 27 New England 4:15 pm+ CBS*

Thursday, December 1 at Seattle 8:20 pm NFLN*

Sunday, December 11 at Miami 1:00 pm+ FOX

Sunday, December 18 NY Jets 4:15 pm+ CBS*

Saturday, December 24 at Dallas 4:15 pm FOX*

Sunday, January 1 Washington 1:00 pm+ FOX


Here are some other schedule nuggets:

Other scheduling nuggets:

• The last time the Eagles played St. Louis in the season opener was in 2008 in a 38-3 victory at Lincoln Financial Field

• The Eagles have a 25-16 (.610 winning percentage) all-time record versus the four teams currently in the AFC East, including an 8-0 mark against the New York Jets

• This marks the fourth consecutive year the Eagles and San Francisco 49ers will square off and the sixth time in seven seasons. The Eagles currently hold a five-game winning streak over the Niners since 2005 and have a 18-10 (.643 winning percentage) record vs. NFC West teams under head coach Andy Reid

• The last time the Eagles had three straight home games in three straight weeks was in 2005. They hosted three consecutive home games in 2009 in a span of four weeks.

• The Eagles open the regular season with two straight road games for the first time since 2002. They also begin with four road games in their first six contests for the first time since 1996 and 1997

• This will be the fourth straight year the Eagles have played their regular season finale against a division rival



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