Eagles 2016 Schedule Set With Four Primetime Games
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — The Eagles announced their 2016 regular-season schedule Thursday, a docket which includes four different primetime matchups, including two "Monday Night Football" appearances, and one chance on both "Sunday Night Football" and "Thursday Night Football."
Philadelphia will have a great chance to get the Doug Pederson era off to a fast start when it hosts the hapless Cleveland Browns and new coach Hue Jackson on Sunday, Sept. 11. Following the season opener, the Eagles will hit the Windy City for their road opener against the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 19.
The Eagles then return home to Lincoln Financial Field in Week 3 for a bout against the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Steelers before the team's early Week 4 bye.
The mini-vacation will be followed by a five-game stretch which features four road contests, including two back-to-back travel weeks. The first set of away games consists of Week 5 and Week 6 matchups at Detroit (Sunday, October 9) and at Washington (Sunday, October 16). In Week 7, the Eagles will return home to face the Minnesota Vikings before packing again for visits to Dallas on "Sunday Night Football" in Week 8 and the New York Giants in Week 9 (Sunday, November 6).
In Week 10, the Atlanta Falcons visit South Philadelphia before a tough cross-country road trek to the Pacific Northwest for a matchup against the 12th man and the Seattle Seahawks.
Following the trip out west, the Eagles will again be featured on "Monday Night Football" when they play host to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Philly will begin the month of December with a trip to Cincinnati to play the Bengals before the final quarter of the season begins with a Week 14 home contest against the Washington Redskins, the first of the Eagles’ three divisional home games.
Following the game against Washington, Philadelphia will travel to Baltimore for just the third time in franchise history and take on the Ravens in the final road game of the campaign.
In Week 16, Philadelphia will face the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on "Thursday Night Football" and the team will close the regular season with a home game against the Dallas Cowboys on New Years Day.
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