There is a symmetry to the Eagles’ 2017 schedule. They start the season with two road games; they finish with two home games. There are three home games in a row; there are three road games in a row.
Whether this adds up to a winning record is anyone’s guess, and guessing is exactly what numerous fans and so-called experts will do now that the NFL released its schedules for the 2017 season.
The NFL season kicks off Thurs., Sept. 7 with the Super Bowl-champion Patriots hosting the Chiefs.
The Eagles start on Sun., Sept. 10 (1 p.m.) on the road against the Redskins. They will remain on the road to visit Andy Reid and the well-rested Chiefs on Sun., Sept. 17 (1 p.m.).
The Eagles finally get to play in the familiar confines of Lincoln Financial Field on Sun., Sept. 24 (1 p.m.) when they host the Giants. But they go back on the road the following Sunday (1 p.m.) against the Chargers. Four of the Eagles’ first six games are on the road, including Thurs., Oct. 12 (8:25 p.m.) at Carolina.
The Panthers game is the first of five prime time appearances for the Eagles. Their bye is during Week 10. The Eagles will once again end the season against the Cowboys, this time on Dec. 31 (1 p.m.) at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles hope that game has more meaning than it did at the conclusion of the 2016 regular-season schedule, when the Cowboys had already wrapped up the NFC East and a first-round bye while the Eagles were out of the playoffs.
Here is the Eagles’ 2017 schedule:
Sun., Sept. 10: at Redskins
Sun., Sept. 17: at Chiefs, 1 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 24: Giants, 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 1: at Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 8: Cardinals, 1 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 12: at Panthers, 8:25 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 23: Redskins, 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 29: 49ers, 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 5: Broncos, 1 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 19: at Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 26: Bears, 1 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 3: at Seahawks, 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 10: at Rams, 4:25 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 17: at Giants, 1 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 25: Raiders, 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 31: Cowboys, 1 p.m.