PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — One of the most anticipated Eagles' seasons in years was issued a road map Tuesday night, when the NFL announced the 2015 Birds schedule. The Eagles, the biggest pre-season NFL enigma, will be getting six nationally televised games, and for the second-straight year will play on Thanksgiving Day.
The Eagles could start the year 5-0, considering the first five opponents (Atlanta, Dallas, New York Jets, Washington, New Orleans) had a cumalative record of 33-47. Only Dallas made the playoffs of the first five teams the Eagles play in 2015.
The toughest stretch the Birds may have comes in a four-game stretch over five weeks, between Oct. 19 and Nov. 15. In that span, the Eagles will host the Giants on Monday night, travel to Carolina, have their bye week, travel to Dallas and and close that stretch hosting Miami.
The Eagles will appear in prime-time three-straight games and will have three consecutive home games (Weeks 14-16) in December for the first time in franchise history.
Following the team's home opener, the Eagles will hit the road for back-to-back weeks as they take on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium (Sunday, September 27) – the first regular-season meeting between the two teams at the stadium – and Washington (Sunday, October 4).
The Eagles will be featured on NBC's Sunday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte (Sunday, October 25), and following the team's bye week, Philadelphia will return to Sunday Night Football at Dallas (Sunday, November 8).
For the seventh time in franchise history, and the second time in as many years, the Eagles will play Thanksgiving Day in Detroit in a nationally-televised showdown (Thursday, November 26). The following week, the Eagles will travel to Foxborough, MA, to battle the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots (Sunday, December 6).
The Eagles will begin the final quarter of the regular season with a three-game home stand from Weeks 14-16, squaring off against Buffalo (Sunday, December 13), Arizona (Sunday, December 20) and Washington (Saturday, December 26) before closing out the regular season against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in Week 17 (Sunday, January 3).
Single-game tickets for all 10 Eagles home games will go on sale on Wednesday, May 13 at 10 am. Fans can purchase tickets at that time by visiting www.philadelphiaeagles.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Prices range from $75 - $130 and there is a four-ticket limit per household.
Prime-time Players: Philadelphia has five prime-time games on its 2015 schedule, including two on Monday Night Football (Week 1 at Atlanta & Week 6 vs. New York Giants), two on Sunday Night Football (Week 7 at Carolina & Week 9 at Dallas) and one on NFL Network (Week 16 vs. Washington) … Opening Day: The Eagles will kick off its regular season slate on ESPN's Monday Night Football for the second time in three seasons as they face the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Birds have won each of their last four regular-season openers and six of their last seven … Monday Night Matchups: The Eagles will open their road schedule on Monday Night Football for the third straight season and have won the previous two . . . Thanksgiving Tradition: The Eagles will travel to Detroit for a Thanksgiving Day showdown in Week 12, the team's second consecutive Thanksgiving Day game and the seventh in franchise history. Philadelphia is 6-0 all-time on Thanksgiving Day … Super Matchup: Philadelphia has squared off against the defending Super Bowl Champions in two of the last three seasons and will do so again in 2015 when they visit the New England Patriots in Week 13 . . . Same Place, New Face: While the Eagles have faced the Jets at MetLife Stadium during the preseason, Week 3 will mark the first regular-season meeting between the two teams at the MetLife. The Eagles are 9-0 all-time against the Jets in the regular season. The only other team the Eagles have not lost to in the regular season is the Houston Texans (4-0) . . . Infrequent Fliers: After travelling 17,530 miles to and from away games during the 2014 regular season, the Eagles will have a much shorter distance to travel in 2015, accumulating just 6,820 miles to opponents' stadiums, per travelmath.com. Philadelphia will only leave the Eastern Time Zone once during the 2015 season with a trip to Dallas (Week 9).
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