The Eagles and their fast-paced offense under new coach Chip Kelly will be tested early as they’ll open the 2013 season with three games in 10 days. That will begin with a Monday night game on ESPN against the Washington Redskins, who are hoping (along with ESPN) to have injured quarterback Robert Griffin III back by then after he tore his ACL in a playoff game against Seattle last January. The three-game stretch will conclude on a Thursday night in perhaps the most-anticipated home game of the season, when the Eagles will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the return of former coach Andy Reid, who was fired after 14 seasons. It should be an intriguing matchup because both teams should be much improved from last season. It will certainly be emotional for Reid and Eagles fans. Reid led the Eagles to the playoffs in nine of his 14 seasons. That included five NFC Championship games (winning one) and a Super Bowl appearance, which the Eagles lost in 2005. Reid is taking over a Chiefs team that went 2-14 last season. But they have since traded for quarterback Alex Smith and will have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft next Thursday. The Eagles, meanwhile, are coming off a 4-12 season. They have added eight free agents and traded for three more players. They’ll have the No. 4 pick in the draft. The Eagles’ home opener is Sept. 15 against the San Diego Chargers. The two early games are the only ones that feature the Eagles in a prime time setting. It will mark the first time that the Eagles won’t be scheduled for a prime time game on network TV since 2000, although that could change if one of their games from Weeks 11-17 are flexed into prime time.
Eagles facing early tests in 2013 schedule
Courier-Post | Apr 19