In keeping with recent tradition the Super Bowl winners kickoff the following campaign as host of the NFL’s annual Thursday Night season opening event. The 2018 National Football League world champion Eagles’ home slate is nothing short of intriguing. Philadelphia opponents starting in September will include clashes with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings. Odds to Win Super Bowl LIII: Eagles at 4-to-1.
Which of the eight aforementioned franchises will be Philadelphia’s season opening opponent has yet to be announced. But looking ahead at the possible matchups is a great place to begin the offseason. Putting head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz up against Redskins new signal-caller Alex Smith would draw national interest. Pederson and Smith worked together in Kansas City when the now-Eagles head coach was the offensive coordinator under Andy Reid.
A meet on the opening Thursday night NFL Network event against the Falcons would provide a playoff rematch. In addition a Wentz vs Panthers QB Cam Newton or Texans QB Deshaun Watson would create summer storylines. A possible matchup versus Wentz and the return of QB Andrew Luck would also offer national interest.
The possibility of a divisional matchup against the Dallas Cowboys would likely be filled with drama. Owner Jerry Jones would certainly receive his fair share of face time from the league before the 2018-19 opener.
With the recent coverage of the dip in television ratings for the company that owns Sunday’s, the National Football League, expect the league to do their best to make the Eagles’ opposition on the Thursday night opener one that will be nothing short of what projects as the top viewing draw to reverse the past year’s supposed drop in the interest of the product.
How about a rematch of the NFC Championship title versus the Vikings?
Or an affair against first-year head coach Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants?
While the SuperBook of Las Vegas doesn’t offer up futures for the NFL team schedules that will be announced in the coming months but if I was a betting man I would wager on the league pushing a matchup of the NFC East to TNF prime time.
Oh yeah…I am a betting man.
Expect to see the Eagles open their season against the Cowboys, Giants or Redskins on the first Thursday night of the 2018-19 regular season.
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Odds to Win Super Bowl LIII: Eagles TNF opponent?