If openers are harbingers for the coming season, the Eagles could stand to benefit from their Week 1 game against the Redskins in 2019. The last time they opened against Washington – in Landover, Md., two years ago – they went on to win the Super Bowl.
The Eagles are the hosts this time around, however, and will kick off the 16-game regular season at Lincoln Financial Field at 1 p.m. Sept. 8.
While teams knew their opponents well in advance, the NFL’s official release Wednesday arranged them in order. After the Redskins, the Eagles are at the Falcons; home vs. the Lions; at the Packers; home vs. the New York Jets; at the Vikings, Cowboys, and Bills; home vs. the Bears; on a bye week; home against the Patriots and Seahawks; at the Dolphins; home vs. the New York Giants; at the Redskins; home vs. the Cowboys; and lastly at the Giants.
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The Eagles don’t face a team coming off a winning season until Week 6, when they will travel to Minnesota, where they beat New England in Super Bowl LII. The combined 2018 record of their first five opponents was 31-49. The Falcons and Packers, with Hall of Fame-caliber quarterbacks in Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, could be poised for turnaround seasons, however.
The Falcons game, on Sept. 15, is the first of three Sunday night prime-time games for the Eagles. The other two are an Oct. 20 showdown with the defending NFC East champion Cowboys and a Nov. 24 date with the Seahawks.
The Eagles will travel to Green Bay on Thursday, Sept. 26. The schedule looks more difficult in October. Starting with the Vikings, five of the Eagles next six opponents had winning records last year and four made the postseason: the Cowboys, Bears, Patriots, and Seahawks.
The Nov. 3 game is a rematch with the Bears, who lost to the Eagles in a first-round playoff game in January. The next game pits the past two Super Bowl champions against each other on Nov. 17. Both squads will be coming off bye weeks.
After the Seahawks and a road game in Miami, the Eagles will finish the season with four games against divisional foes – a rarity. The first game is a Monday night matchup against the New York Giants at home. The Eagles then eo;; head down I-95 to meet the Redskins, host the Cowboys in the penultimate game, and finish the regular season at the Giants.
For Eagles fans who travel, of which there are typically thousands on any given week, the road trips may not be as glamorous as they were a year ago, but Green Bay, Minnesota, and Buffalo in September and October, and Miami in December, aren’t too bad.