Eagles 2017 Schedule is Here
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - You can start counting up those wins and losses.
The NFL officially released its 2017 schedule on Thursday night and as usual, the Philadelphia Eagles are well represented in prime time with five different matchups, including two on Monday Night Football at Lincoln Financial Field, two Sunday Night Football road contests, and a Thursday Night Football game at Carolina.
The Eagles open the campaign with consecutive compelling games against NFC East-rival Washington on Sunday, Sept. 10 followed by Doug Pederson's return to Kansas City versus Andy Reid and the Chiefs.
The home opener is Week 3 at the Linc when the New York Giants visit.
The west coast is prominent on the 2017 sked and that starts with a cross-country flight in Week 4 to take on the newly-minted Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Oct. 1, the organization's first game in the market since visiting the L.A. Rams in Anaheim back in 1990.
Philadelphia returns home in Week 5, where they will play host to the Larry Fitzgerald and Arizona Cardinals before a short week and its first prime-time matchup against the Panthers on Oct. 12.
The home-and-home series with the Redskins ends early as Washington visits in Week 7 for Monday Night Football, the first of a three-game homestead.
The midway point comes against the rebuilding San Francisco 49ers in Week 8 and the home stay ends a week later against Denver.
A much-needed bye arrives in Week 10 before game action picks up again in Dallas as the Eagles visit the reigning NFC East champion Cowboys on Sunday Night Football (Nov. 19), the third consecutive year the two teams have played on a Sunday night at AT&T Stadium.
Chicago visits Philadelphia in Week 12, the Sunday after Thanksgiving followed by a tortuous three-game road stretch, starting with back-to-backs out west in Seattle and against the Rams. The tough road stretch then ends at MetLife Stadium against the Giants.
The Eagles will close the regular season with two home games, first on Christmas Day against Oakland and finally a Week 17 matchup against the Cowboys.
The full schedule is below:
-The Eagles open the 2017 schedule with back-to-back road contests for just the 10th time in franchise history and for the first time since 2011. In December, the Eagles will play three straight road games for the first time since 2013 and for just the third time since 2006. In 2013, Philadelphia finished their three-game road stretch with a 2-1 record and in 2006 they swept all three divisional opponents to go 3-0.
- A national audience will be treated to yet another Eagles-Cowboys matchup in Week 11 on Sunday Night Football. With the exception of a nationally-televised 2014 Thanksgiving afternoon contest, the division rivals have squared off in prime time every season dating back to 2007.
-The Eagles last played a game in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in 1990 when they faced the L.A. Rams in Anaheim, California, and will return to the Los Angeles area in Week 4 to take on the Chargers. In Week 14, the Eagles will face the Rams in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, marking the first time that they have played a game at the Coliseum since they defeated the Los Angeles Raiders there in 1986. The last time that the Eagles and Rams squared off in the Coliseum was Sept. 25, 1977.
-Although the Arizona Cardinals left the NFC East in 2001, the Eagles will take on the Cardinals for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
-The Eagles will host the Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 9 and currently own a 5-1 home record against Denver. Philadelphia won the lone matchup between the two teams at Lincoln Financial Field in 2009. The Eagles have not lost to the Broncos in Philadelphia since 1986.
-The Eagles and Raiders have never squared off in prime time and will do so for the first time when Philadelphia hosts Oakland on Monday Night Football in Week 16. The Eagles currently own a 4-2 advantage over the Raiders at home and are 1-0 against them at Lincoln Financial Field.
-Philadelphia will travel to Kansas City in Week 2 -- where they are 3-1 against the Chiefs -- for the first time since 2005. The Eagles have won three out of their last four games against the Chiefs, including two in a row at Arrowhead Stadium.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen