Falcons kick off 2018 season against Philadelphia on 11Alive

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The Eagles begin defense of their Super Bowl title September 6, when they entertain the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles will travel to London, England to square off against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, October 28 at Wembley Stadium, marking the first time in franchise history that the Eagles will play a regular-season game overseas.

Earlier Thursday, the National Football League announced the dates for its three previously announced London games, with the Seahawks-Raiders at 1 p.m. ET Oct. 14, the Titans-Chargers at 9:30 a.m. ET Oct. 21, and the Eagles-Jaguars at 9:30 a.m. ET Oct. 28. The other match at Wembley will be the previous week with the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Tennessee Titans. English Premier League soccer club Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium is the site of the first game of the 2018 London Series schedule in Week 6 on Sunday, Oct. 14, as the Oakland Raiders host the Seattle Seahawks (1 p.m., FOX). Week 1 matchups on CBS include the Houston Texans at the New England Patriots (1 p.m.) and the Los Angeles Chargers hosting the Kansas City Chiefs (4:05 p.m.).

Anyone who has a three-game road trip, but especially the Saints.

Down time in the NFL is a myth as there's always something going on and two of the biggest offseason events are once again happening almost back-to-back this April between the league releasing the full regular-season schedule and the draft finally kicking off down at AT&T Stadium.

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This was probably the regular season game of the year in 2017.

In a new twist, flex scheduling will be used for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16. The Saints, Rams and Ravens will have those three-game journeys, but the Ravens and Rams also have three-game homestands. Yes, the December 9 game against Philadelphia will be tough, but at least it's at home. To close out the month, Atlanta will entertain Cincinnati on September 30th. In weeks 5-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for "Sunday Night Football" on NBC.

Bryan Broaddus: Two seasons ago, the Cowboys didn't lose a game to a team from the NFC and AFC North on their way to a 13-win season - a feat at the time I believed was almost impossible. Bills fans better savour that playoff appearance in January. Much of the staff McDaniels assembled wound up staying with Indy, so those guys will either be out for revenge or thankful to the guy that got them jobs but then decided not to coach alongside them. If New England drops a notch this year, its schedule might contribute.

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