Falcons Will Open NFL Season With Thursday Night Game Against the Eagles

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They won't be hosting the Minnesota Vikings, like many thought.

We already know the Philadelphia Eagles will be traveling to London in October to face the Jacksonville Jaguars in Wembley Stadium.

Also, no team plays a road game following a road Monday night match. - Eagles vs. Jaguars (London): Jaguars are used to playing across the pond.

The Eagles then get some of their softer opponents as they play at Tampa Bay and host the Indianapolis Colts. The Birds also will play Thursday Night football in Week 6 in NY against the Giants on October 11. Flexible scheduling remains in effect for Weeks 11-17, and up to two times for Weeks 5-10. The team's only Monday Night Football game will be against the Washington Redskins in week 13.

As usual, no Sunday night game has been scheduled for the last day of the season, December 30. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. The Eagles now own a 6-1 record against the Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field. The Sept. 16 contest also marks the fourth Cowboys' home opener in the past six years on "SNF".

After finding out in January the Eagles are headed to London, the National Football League on Thursday morning confirmed the time and dates for its three regular-season games overseas this season.

Last season, the Eagles swept the Giants, winning in miracle fashion 27-24 in Week 3 thanks to a Jake Elliott field goal as time expired.

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August 9 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 7 p.m.

August 23 at Cleveland Browns, 8 p.m. Yes, the Cowboys have to close out the season on December 30 in NY, which promises to be a frigid affair. But the Falcons did win the last meeting 24-20 back on September 20, 2015, at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

September 16 at Tampa Bay Bucs, 1 p.m.

Raiders at Broncos, Sept. 16, 4:25 p.m. - Jon Gruden will just be getting his feet wet in the coaching ranks (again) and will get to take on the rival Broncos.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, at L.A. Rams, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. - Eagles at Saints: Former Eagles cornerback Patrick Robinson returns an interception for a touchdown.

Sunday, November 25 vs.

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