The Philadelphia Eagles are going to be kicking off the 2018 NFL season with a primetime home game, but do we know the opponent yet?
Each year, the Super Bowl champion plays host to an opponent the Thursday night before the Sunday slate of Week 1. Last season, the New England Patriots kicked off the campaign against the Kansas City Chiefs, losing 42-27.
This time around, the Philadelphia Eagles will be raising their banner come Sept. 5. However, the NFL has not announced the schedule (or the release of the schedule) yet, so we are still uncertain as to who will be the opponent. All that said, Howard Eskin, a long-time radio host in the City of Brotherly Love, has reported that the Eagles will be getting a visit form the Minnesota Vikings that night.
While we can’t confirm that as being factual, the Vikings would make plenty of sense. The NFL likes to keep divisional games to later in the year, so the Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t make a ton of sense. One could point to ratings, but it’s the opening game of the year, so ratings are coming regardless.
If Minnesota and one of the other NFC East rivals aren’t the opponent, the other choices include the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans. There is no chance that the Texans or Colt are in the mix. Carolina is mildly intriguing with Cam Newton, but that’s not as sexy as Minnesota. The Falcons, like the Vikings, are a playoff rematch, so that wouldn’t be a horrible choice by the league.