Thursday, April 24, 2014

Birds vs. Dallas on Turkey Day

Eagles fans have a reason for 'thanks' this morning.

The NFL schedule is out, rolled out in prime time last night by a league that is fully confident that they rule the sports roost.

So while Cole Hamels is pitching well in his debut, but not well enough to get the win against the Dodgers, and the Flyers are plotting their strategy while waiting for the marathon playoff series to renew Friday night vs. the Rangers, all talk today will focus on the Birds.

Here's a tip. They are prime time players.

The Eagles will play four times in prime time, and have six national TV games on the schedule.

Two of them stand out.

Yes, for all of you who want to circle the date on your calendars, DeSean Jackson will make his return to Lincoln Financial Field with the Redskins in Week 3 on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m.

But maybe the most interesting game is on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, when the Birds will provide the dessert after fans devour their holiday bird with the Cowboys' traditional Turkey Day game at 4:30 p.m.

Bob Grotz has all the details here.

It's OK to start plotting out your W's and L's now.

Me? I automatically spit out the same thing every year.

10-6.

That won't be as easy for Chip Kelly as it was in Year One. This is a much tougher schedule. And you can make the argument that without Jackson this is not as talented a squad.

But September is still a long way off.

That won't stop anyone from talking about it all day.

Here's the full schedule:

REGULAR SEASON

• Sunday, September 7, Jacksonville, 1 p.m., CBS

• Monday, September 15, at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m., ESPN*

• Sunday, September 21, Washington, 1 p.m., FOX

• Sunday, September 28, at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m., FOX

• Sunday, October 5, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m.+, FOX

• Sunday, October 12, New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.+, NBC*

• BYE

• Sunday, October 26, at Arizona, 4:05 p.m.+, FOX

• Sunday, November 2, at Houston, 1 p.m.+, FOX

• Monday, November 10, Carolina, 8:30 p.m.+, ESPN*

• Sunday, November 16, at Green Bay, 1 p.m.+, FOX

• Sunday, November 23, Tennessee, 1 p.m.+, CBS

• Thursday, November 27, at Dallas, 4:30 p.m., NBC*

• Sunday, December 7, Seattle, 4:25 p.m.+, FOX

• Sunday, December 14, Dallas, 8:30 p.m.+, NBC*

• Saturday, December 20, at Washington, TBD, NFLN or CBS*

• Sunday, December 28, at New York Giants, 1 p.m.+, FOX

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