Mark your calendar: The Eagles' schedule is out

Mark your calendar: The Eagles' schedule is out
April 17, 2012, 10:23 pm
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The NFL on Tuesday released its schedule, and the Eagles will open the 2012 season Sept. 9 at Cleveland.

The Eagles have six nationally televised games and five at night. The Eagles will play on Monday Night Football twice for the first time since 2008.

Their bye comes in Week 7, as it did last season. The only back-to-back road games the Eagles will play come in Weeks 13 and 14.

Here's a game-by-game glance:
Week 1, Sunday Sept. 9: Eagles at Browns, 1 p.m., FOX

Andy Reid is 3-0 all-time vs. the Browns, with wins in 2000 and 2004 in Cleveland and 2008 at the Linc. Overall, the Eagle are just 15-31-1 vs. the Browns, including a stretch from 1956 through 1979 in which they won only six of 28 meetings. Theyre 6-18-1 all-time in Cleveland, but theyve won three straight on the banks of Lake Erie since a 19-3 loss to Don Strock at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1988.

Week 2, Sunday Sept. 16: Ravens at Eagles, 1 p.m., CBS

Fourth all-time meeting between nearby I-95 rivals and the second between close friends Andy Reid and his long-time assistant, John Harbaugh. In the first, Reid benched Donovan McNabb for Kevin Kolb at halftime, and the Eagles lost 36-7 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. In the only meeting ever between these teams in Philly, in 2004, the Eagles won 15-10, with Terrell Owens catching eight passes for 101 yards.
Week 3, Sunday Sept. 23: Eagles at Cardinals, 4:05 p.m., FOX

The Eagles are 54-56-5 all-time against the Cards in a series that dates all the way back to 1935, when the Cards were based in Chicago. Andy Reid is 5-6 vs. the Cards, who have won the last two meetings -- 32-25 in the 2008 NFC Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and 21-17 behind backup quarterback John Skelton last November. Eagles last win was on Thanksgiving Day during the 2008 regular season at the Linc. Theyve lost their last two in Arizona (2005, 2008), where they havent won since a 21-7 game at Sun Devil Stadium in 2001.
Week 4, Sunday Sept. 30: Eagles at Giants, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Giants are 2-0 in Super Bowls since 2006, but theyre 1-6 vs. the Eagles at home. The Eagles have won five straight in East Rutherford and are 2-0 all-time at MetLife Stadium, with 38-31 and 17-10 wins the last two years, the 2010 win coming on DeSean Jacksons last-second punt return for a touchdown. Andy Reid is 9-6 all-time at the Meadowlands, including a wild-card loss in 2001 and a wild-card win in 2008. Eagles are 34-46-1 all-time against the Giants on the road.

Week 5, Sunday Oct. 7: Eagles at Steelers, 1 p.m., FOX

The intra-state rivals have met only seven times since 1980. Andy Reid is 2-1 all-time vs. the Steelers, with an overtime win in 2000 at Three Rivers Stadium, a 27-3 loss at Heinz Field during the 2004 Super Bowl season -- the Eagles only real regular-season loss that year -- and a 15-6 win at the Linc in 2008. The Eagles are 47-27-3 all-time vs. the Steelers and 22-19-1 in Pittsburgh. Going back to 1964, theyre 14-5 in 19 games vs. the Steelers.

Week 6, Sunday Oct. 14: Lions at Eagles, 1 p.m., FOX

Eagles seek their seventh straight win over the Lions in a series that dates back to 1933, when the Lions were called the Spartans and based in Portsmouth, N.H. The Eagles havent lost to Detroit since 1986 and have averaged 36 points in the six wins. Theyre 16-12-2 all-time sv. Detroit, 9-8 at home and 1-0 at the Linc. The Lions have won only three of 16 meetings since 1960.

Week 7, Oct. 21: Bye

Week 8, Sunday Oct. 28: Falcons at Eagles, 1 p.m., FOX

Eagles have won six straight home games over the Falcons, all by at least 13 points. Their last loss to the Falcons in Philadelphia came in 1988, when Chris Miller threw three touchdowns in a 27-24 Atlanta win at the Vet. The Falcons won 35-31 in week two last year after Michael Vick was forced out of the game against his former team in the third quarter with a concussion. Eagles are 17-12-1 vs. the Falcons all-time and 9-5-1 at home. Theyre 8-2 vs. the Falcons under Andy Reid, including playoff wins in 2002 and 2004.

Week 9, Monday Nov. 5: Eagles at Saints, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

This will be the Eagles fourth trip to the Louisiana Superdome in the last seven years, and they were 1-2 in the first three, including a 27-24 loss in the 2006 playoffs with Jeff Garcia at quarterback. The Eagles are 8-8 all-time in New Orleans and 16-11 vs. the Saints. Theyre 3-3 vs. the Saints under Andy Reid and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The last meeting was a 48-22 Saints win at the Linc in 2009, with Drew Brees throwing three touchdowns and Mike Bell rushing for 86 yards.

Week 10, Sunday Nov. 11: Cowboys at Eagles, 4:15 p.m., FOX

Eagles have lost four of their last seven home games against the Cowboys, although they did 34-7 last October as part of their first sweep of the Cowboys since 2006. Andy Reid is 9-4 all-time against the Cowboys in Philly and 17-10 overall against Dallas. The 17 wins are the most ever by any coach against the Cowboys. In all, the Eagles are 27-24 at home against the Cowboys, although from 1968 through 1986 they won only four of 18 meetings.
Week 11, Sunday Nov. 18: Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m., FOX

Eagles have had good success playing in Landover, going 10-5 all-time at FedEx Field, including a 10-2 mark in the last 12 meetings. The Eagles have won their last three at Washington by an average of 35-19. In a series that began in 1934, when the Redskins were based in Boston, the Eagles are 36-39-3 on the road against the Redskins. The first of 156 all-time meetings between the two long-time rivals was a 6-0 loss at Fenway Park.
Week 12, Monday Nov. 26: Panthers at Eagles, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

The Panthers make their first visit to Philadelphia in six years, with quarterback Cam Newton and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. The Eagles have won three straight over the Panthers since the nightmarish 14-3 loss in the 2003 NFC Championship. Most recent meeting was a 30-8 Eagles win in Charlotte in 2009, and the most recent matchup in Philly was a 27-24 Eagles win in 2006. Eagles are 5-2 all-time vs. the Panthers and 3-1 at home.
Week 13, Sunday Dec. 2: Eagles at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Eagles have won the last two in Dallas, including a 20-7 win last year in a game that began moments after the Eagles learned they had been eliminated from playoff contention. Theyre 2-2 all-time at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and 8-6 in North Texas under Andy Reid, including a playoff loss in 2009. From 1960 through 1985, the Eagles went 6-20 in Dallas. Since then, theyre 14-15 for an overall mark of 20-35.
Week 14, Sunday Dec. 9: Eagles at Buccaneers, 1 p.m., FOX

The Eagles make their first trip to Raymond James Stadium since losing 23-21 on Matt Bryants last-second 62-yard field goal in 2006. The Eagles beat the Bucs in 2009 at the Linc in their last meeting. The Eagles are 8-7 all-time vs. the Bucs and 2-3 in Tampa. Andy Reid is 5-4 vs. the Bucs, including one of the worst losses of his career -- 27-10 in the 2002 NFC Championship Game at the Vet.

Week 15, Thursday Dec. 13: Bengals at Eagles, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

This will be only the 11th all-time meeting between the Eagles and Bengals and the first in Philly since a 38-10 Bengals win on the final day of the 2004 season, when the Eagles had already clinched No. 1 seed and played mainly backups. Eagles are 3-7-1 all-time vs. the Bengals and 3-4 at home. Their last win was a 16-7 decision at the Vet in 2000 on Donovan McNabbs 39-yard TD pass to Charles Johnson and three David Akers field goals.
Week 16, Sunday Dec. 23: Redskins at Eagles, 1 p.m., FOX

The Eagles have struggled at home against the Redskins, losing in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Theyre just 5-4 all-time at the Linc against the Skins, including a 2-4 mark since 2006. But going back to 1991, the Eagles are 13-7 at home against Washington. Overall, theyre below .500 all-time at home against the Skins at 36-39-3. Last year, the Eagles beat the Skins 34-10 at the Linc on the final day of the season.

Week 17, Sunday Dec. 30: Eagles at Giants, 1 p.m., FOX

Giants are 2-0 in Super Bowls since 2006, but theyre 1-6 vs. the Eagles at home. The Eagles have won five straight in East Rutherford and are 2-0 all-time at MetLife Stadium, with 38-31 and 17-10 wins the last two years, the 2010 win coming on DeSean Jacksons last-second punt return for a touchdown. Andy Reid is 9-6 all-time at the Meadowlands, including a wild-card loss in 2001 and a wild-card win in 2008. Eagles are 34-46-1 all-time against the Giants on the road.

E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com.