NFL Week 1: Eagles Look For Fresh Start In Regular Season Opener

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Eagles will officially turn over the new page and begin what they hope is a new era of football this weekend when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in their Week 1 matchup.

The 1 p.m. kickoff will see the head coaching debut of new Eagles coach Nick Sirianni, the 39-year-old former offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts who was hired to replace the outgoing Super Bowl champion Doug Pederson.

It will also include second year quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has officially been given the starting role following the departure of Carson Wentz via trade back in February.

The Birds face an uphill battle, coming off a last place showing in the NFC East in 2020. The 2021 season is widely seen as a rebuilding year for a young team. The good news is that the division, much like last year, doesn’t appear to be particularly strong. Washington took home the title in 2020 with only 7 wins; the Eagles could conceivably, once again, still find themselves in the playoff hunt even if they don’t have a winning record.

Projections from around the league do not like the Eagles’ chances, however. The Birds are favored to finish in last place, and to go about 7-10 under the new 17-game schedule, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. They’re projected to be one of the five or so worst teams in the game, putting them in line for a potentially very high draft pick next summer.

The Cowboys, with a projected 9-8 record, are seen as the NFC East favorites.

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The Eagles-Falcons clash is one of 16 games scheduled for Week 1 of the 2021 National Football League season, its 102nd. The season begins Thursday, when the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL kickoff game on NBC.

Two other prime-time games will be highlighted during opening weekend. On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Rams host the Chicago Bears in a game to be aired on NBC. The Las Vegas Raiders host the Baltimore Ravens Monday night in a game to be televised on ESPN.

Thirteen NFL games are on tap Sunday, with nine beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and four scheduled for the late window, which starts at 4 p.m. Eastern Time.

In the CBS “Game of the Week,” the 2020 Super Bowl champions and 2021 runner-up Kansas City Chiefs host the Cleveland Browns. The game airs at 4 p.m. Sunday.

See which games will be on early and late Sunday in your area with the weekly TV map via 506 Sports, which says a map of which games will be shown in which markets will be available Wednesday.

For the first time in NFL history, all teams will play 17 regular season games, as opposed to the 16-game schedule in place from 1978 to 2020.

Here’s the full Week 1 NFL schedule (All times Eastern):

Thursday

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texas, 1 p.m.
Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team, 1 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m.
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. (Game in Jacksonville, Florida)
Denver Broncos at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m.
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m.

Monday

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 p.m

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