Are you ready for some football? No? You’re not alone. Why anyone would care about next season’s regular schedule five months before it starts is beyond me, but I digress.
Last night, the NFL released the 2012 schedule to a “national audience” of 13 people (my estimate), a schedule that will see the Philadelphia Eagles open Week 1 on Sunday, September 9 with a 1 pm road contest against the Cleveland Browns.
For those die-hard NFL fans out there who just can’t wait until September, even though the Philadelphia Flyers are in the playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers are marching toward the playoffs and the Philadelphia Phillies have already opened their regular season, you can check out the Eagles full schedule here.
Some of the highlights of Philly’s schedule include:
• The Eagles start with a bit of a rough stretch. After the opener against the lowly Browns, six of their next seven games are against teams that made the playoffs in 2011.
• The Eagles will play at least five games on primetime TV – two on Monday Night Football (Week 9 at the New Orleans Saints, and Week 12 vs. the Carolina Panthers), two on Sunday Night Football (Week 4 vs. the New York Giants, and Week 13 at the Dallas Cowboys), and one on Thursday Night Football (Week 15 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals).
• The season will start with two out-of-conference games and one out-of-division game before the first NFC East game against the Giants in Week 4.
• The Eagles will have their Bye Week in Week 7.
• The Eagles never play more than two games in a row on the road or at home.
• The Eagles close the season in Week 17 at the New York Giants.