Eagles open season against Falcons on Sept

Paola Ditto
Aprile 20, 2018

It's often said that the Cowboys' drawing power works against them during the stretch run of the season.

The Eagles then get some of their softer opponents as they play at Tampa Bay and host the Indianapolis Colts. The Thursday night game gives them a mini bye, as they get the weekend to heal. There is a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff for that game. What's even more wonderful than that? Miami has only two ostensible cold-weather games but they're doozies: November 11 at Green Bay, Dec. 30 at Buffalo ... Yes, the Cowboys have to close out the season on December 30 in NY, which promises to be a frigid affair. It was increased to 18 games in 2010. Double-ouch ... The Panthers and Saints play their two games December 17 and 30 ... Jacksonville has won their last three contests across the pond.

The AFC West teams have the most favorable schedules as a group, and that includes the surging Chargers, who stand out as the new best team in the division. Last year's New Orleans-Minnesota NFC Divisional Playoff became known as the "Minnesota Miracle" after Vikings WR Stefon Diggs' 61-yard catch-and-run as time expired marked the first postseason game in National Football League history to end with a winning touchdown on the final play of the fourth quarter. Therefore, we know who the Philadelphia Eagles will officially kick off the season against.

They won't be hosting the Minnesota Vikings, like many thought. The Bills return to Monday Night Football after a 10-year drought, and at home, against their most hated AFC East rival, no less: the New England Patriots on October 29.

The team previous played four preseason games overseas against the New Orleans Saints in 1978 (Mexico City), Cleveland Browns in 1989 (London), Buffalo Bills in 1991 (London), and New Orleans again in 1993 (Tokyo). If the Cowboys don't want this season to go south, they need to handle business against the South. Their units will be tested on both sides of the ball with quality quarterbacks and deep defensive rosters.

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