After a less-than-inspiring preseason, the Eagles will take on the Atlanta Falcons tonight at Lincoln Financial Field in the NFL's season opener. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, the William Penn Charter School grad who is entering his 11th season in the league, will try to avenge the team's 15-10 loss to the Eagles from the NFC divisional round of the playoffs last season
For the first time, Eagles fans will be able to stream every game this season for free on their phones or tablets on the NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app, Tumblr app and AOL app (though there is no free streaming on smart televisions).
Here's what you need to know about Thursday's season opener:
When: Thursday, Sept. 6
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
Time: Kickoff is 9:05 p.m. (delayed due to weather)
TV: NBC10 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Gene Steratore)
Radio: 94.1 WIP (Merrill Reese, Mike Quick, Howard Eskin)
Spanish radio: La Mega, 105.7 FM (Rickie Ricardo, Gus Salazar).
Streaming: NBC Sports app (requires cable subscription), FutboTV, NFL GamePass (both require a subscription)
Mobile: NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app, Tumblr app, AOL app
Referee: John Hussey
As with every game, staff writers Zach Berman, Jeff McLane, Les Bowen and Paul Domowitch will be covering all the action live on Twitter. Our Eagles live blog, moderated by Jonathan Tannenwald, will launch at 8 p.m. Notes and observations about the game will be at philly.com/eagles and in our Early Birds newsletter.
At 6:30 p.m., Eagles Gameday Kickoff will air live on NBC10 outside Lincoln Financial Field with hosts Keith Jones and Erin Coleman. Jim Rosenfield and Jacqueline London will co-host from the NFL Kickoff event at Penns Landing. Fans can expect features on running back Corey Clement's busy summer and MLB superstar Mike Trout, who relives his favorite memories during the Eagles' Super Bowl run.
At 7:30 p.m., one new wrinkle of NBC's Football Night in America pregame coverage will be the addition of Mike Tirico, who is replacing Dan Patrick as studio host. Replacing Tirico as the on-site host is Liam McHugh, probably best known as the lead studio host for NHL Live. Among other things, the pregame show will feature the live unveiling of the Eagles' Super Bowl LII banner.
Over on NBC Sports Philadelphia, Eagles Pregame Live, hosted by Michael Barkann and featuring Seth Joyner, Ray Didinger and Barrett Brooks, will air live at 7 p.m. Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor and Daily News columnist, will join the crew for Eagles Postgame Live following the game. End Game, hosted by former WIP talker Marc Farzetta, will wrap up the evening.
On the NFL Network, NFL GameDay Kickoff airs at 5 p.m., featuring Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin and Steve Mariucci. Colleen Wolfe, Michael Robinson and Reggie Bush will check-in live from the NFL Kickoff Experience in Philadelphia. Following the game, NFL Total Access airs with Scott Hanson, Lindsay Rhodes, Willie McGinest and David Carr
ESPN will air an extended NFL Live starting at 1:30 p.m. hosted by Wendi Nix, featuring Tedy Bruschi, Darren Woodson, Adam Schefter and Steve Young. During the 6 p.m. SportsCenter, Temple alum and livelong Birds fan Kevin Negandhi will have a special essay on the mindset of Philadelphia fans going into a new season.
For Eagles fans who miss the game live, the NFL Network will re-broadcast the Eagles-Falcons season opener in its entirety Friday at 2 p.m.
• Jeff McLane thinks the Eagles will likely try to establish the run game early with Jay Ajayi. During last year's playoff win against the Falcons, Ajayi also got off to a fast start, gaining 50 yards on just eight carries.
• In the absence of quarterback Carson Wentz, the most important, player on the field Thursday night will be defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, according to Bob Ford. "I always think the defensive line is the spark of this team. I'm not afraid to say it," Cox said.
• Zach Berman expects rookie tight end Dallas Goedert to have a big role tonight, with the Eagles playing two-tight end formations. During the preseason, Goedert pulled down nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown.
• In his second season under offensive coordinator and former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, Ryan is hoping to see Atlanta's offense (and his own production) return to pre-Super Bowl LI levels.
• All-star wide receiver Julio Jones will return to the field tonight for the first time since that fourth down pass slipped through his fingers in the end zone against the Eagles. "We need to get No. 11 the ball," Sarkisian said.
Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 6
8:20 p.m. – Atlanta Falcons at Eagles (NBC10)
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16
1 p.m. – Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX 29)
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23
1 p.m. – Indianapolis Colts at Eagles (FOX 29)
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30
1 p.m. – Eagles at Tennessee Titans (FOX 29)
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7
4:25 p.m. – Minnesota Vikings at Eagles (FOX 29)
Week 6: Thursday, Oct. 11
8:20 p.m. – Eagles at New York Giants (FOX 29, NFL Network)
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21
1:00 p.m. – Carolina Panthers at Eagles (FOX 29)
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28
9:30 a.m. – Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars in London (NFL Network)
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11
8:20 p.m. – Dallas Cowboys at Eagles (NBC10)
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18
1:00 p.m. – Eagles at New Orleans Saints (FOX 29)
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25
1:00 p.m. – New York Giants at Eagles (FOX 29)
Week 13: Monday, Dec. 3
8:15 p.m. – Washington Redskins at Eagles (ESPN)
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9
4:25 p.m. – Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (FOX 29)
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16
8:20 p.m. – Eagles at Los Angeles Rams (NBC10)
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23
1:00 p.m. – Houston Texans at Eagles (CBS 3)
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30