Eagles 2017 schedule: Game-by-game breakdown

Eagles 2017 schedule: Game-by-game breakdown

The Eagles' 2017 schedule is out. With that, let's dive into a full breakdown of each matchup, including a two-week West Coast trip and multiple primetime starts.

Week 1
Eagles at Redskins
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10
FedExField

The Eagles have lost their last three games in Washington going back to a 33-27 win in 2013 and will be trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak ever in Landover, Maryland, and first at Washington since 1981 through 1984 at RFK Stadium. Before the current three-game losing streak, the Eagles won 11 of their previous 14 games at Washington. The Eagles also opened in Washington in 1986 and 1987 (losses) as well as 1996 and 2013 (wins). The Redskins lead the overall series 86-74-6 and have won the last five meetings overall. A win would give the Redskins a six-game winning streak over the Eagles, which would be their longest since a six-game streak from 1981 through 1984 and match the longest since a seven-game streak from 1971 through 1974.

Week 2
Eagles at Chiefs
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17
Arrowhead Stadium

The Eagles travel to Kansas City for the first time in 12 years. The Chiefs are 23-9 at home since Andy Reid took over in 2013. Last time the Eagles played at Arrowhead, they came back from a 24-6 second-quarter deficit to win, 37-31. T.O. had 171 receiving yards in that game, and Todd France kicked three field goals with David Akers injured. The Eagles are 4-3 all-time vs. the Chiefs and 3-1 in K.C.

Week 3
Giants at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles look for their fourth straight home win over the Giants, something they haven't done since a five-game home winning streak from 1976 through 1980. The Eagles have won three straight at the Linc over their division rivals by an average of 17 points. Overall, the Eagles are 45-38-1 at home against the Giants and 9-6 at the Linc. Overall, the Eagles have won five of the last six meetings with the Giants, and they're 14-4 in the last 18 matchups.

Week 4
Eagles at Chargers
4:05 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1
StubHub Center

The Eagles make their first visit to Carson, California, to face the Chargers in their temporary home at the StubHub Center. The Eagles are 4-7 all-time vs. the Chargers and 1-5 on the road, with the only win coming in San Diego in 1974 when they picked off Dan Fouts four times, two of them by Bill Bergey. Their last visit was a 31-23 loss in 2009 despite a career-high 156 yards by Jason Avant.

Week 5
Cardinals at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8
Lincoln Financial Field

This will be the eighth meeting in the last 10 years for the former division rivals. The Eagles are 55-59-5 all-time vs. the Cards, 28-28-3 in Philadelphia and 2-2 at the Linc. The Cards have won five of the last six meetings, a run that started with the 2008 NFC championship game. The Eagles' only win since the 2008 regular season was a 24-21 decision at the Linc in 2013, when Nick Foles threw three touchdowns.

Week 6
Eagles at Panthers
8:25 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12
Bank of America Stadium

The Eagles travel to Charlotte for the second time in three years and the fifth time in franchise history. The Eagles are 6-4 overall against the Panthers and 2-2 on the road, including wins in 2003 and 2009 and losses in 1999 and 2015. In the Eagles' most recent win against the Panthers, in 2009, they intercepted Jake Delhomme and Matt Moore five times -- Sheldon Brown had two of them -- and scored a franchise-record 28 second-quarter points on the way to a 38-10 win.

Week 7
Redskins at Eagles
8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles try to avoid a third straight home loss to the Redskins, something they haven't suffered since a seven-game home losing streak to the 'Skins from 1968 through 1974. The Redskins lead the all-time series in Philadelphia 42-38-3, and the series at the Linc is tied at 7-7. The Eagles' last win over Washington at the Linc came in 2014 by a 37-34 score on three Foles touchdown passes and 154 receiving yards by Jeremy Maclin. 

Week 8
49ers at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29
Lincoln Financial Field

In the Two Teams Trying to Recover from Chip Kelly Bowl, the Eagles try to avoid a third straight loss to the 49ers, who won at the Linc in 2011 and at Levi's Stadium in 2014. Overall, the Eagles are 12-19-1 against the 49ers and just 4-10-1 at home. Their last win came in 2010 in San Francisco and their last home win was in 2009 at the Linc.

Week 9
Broncos at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles haven't lost at home to the Broncos since 1986, when John Elway topped Ron Jaworski, 33-7. The Eagles are 5-1 all-time at home vs. the Broncos, including three straight wins. The Broncos won the last meeting, 52-20, in Denver in 2013, and the Eagles won the last meeting in Philly, 30-27, back in 2009, with Donovan McNabb beating Kyle Orton.

Week 10
-- Bye --

Week 11
Eagles at Cowboys
8:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19
AT&T Stadium

The Eagles make their 61st trip to North Texas to face the Cowboys and take a 23-37 record into Arlington, Texas, although they're 5-4 at AT&T Stadium. The last two Eagles-Cowboys games in Dallas went to overtime, with the Eagles winning on the first possession of OT in 2015 and the Cowboys winning on the first possession of OT last year. They are the only overtime games the Eagles and Cowboys have ever played in Dallas.

Week 12
Bears at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles are 13-30-1 all-time vs. the Bears but 9-5 since 1994 after starting out by winning only four of the first 30 meetings. The Eagles are 7-13-1 in Philly against the Bears and 1-2 at the Linc. The Eagles beat the Bears, 29-14, last September during their 3-0 start. The last meeting in Philly was in 2013, when LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown both surpassed 100 rushing yards, Foles threw two TD passes and the Eagles won, 54-11 -- the fifth-most points in franchise history.

Week 13
Eagles at Seahawks
8:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3
CenturyLink Field

The Eagles play at CenturyLink Field for the second straight year and try to end a three-game overall losing streak to the Seahawks. The Eagles haven't beaten the Seahawks since a 26-7 win at Qwest Field (now CenturyLink) in 2008. They're 5-4 in Seattle but 1-5 in their last six overall meetings. Four of the last six seasons the Eagles beat the Seahawks, they went on to the NFC championship game (1980, 2001, 2002, 2008).

Week 14
Eagles at Rams
4:25 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10
L.A. Coliseum

The Eagles will face the Rams in Los Angeles for the first time since 1990, when they won, 27-21, as Randall Cunningham outdueled Jim Everett and Anthony Toney had the second and final 100-yard rushing game of his career. The Eagles are 20-19-1 all-time vs. the Rams and 5-11-1 on the road, although they've won the last two road meetings -- in St. Louis in 2005 and 2011. Overall, the Eagles have won four straight over the Rams and 12 of the last 17.

Week 15
Eagles at Giants
1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17
MetLife Stadium

The Eagles play at the Giants for the 85th consecutive year and try to improve on a 37-48-1 all-time record in New York and East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Eagles have won eight of the last 10 in East Rutherford, although they did lose, 28-23, last November. Since 2008, the Giants have won as many Super Bowls as home games against the Eagles (two).

Week 16
Raiders at Eagles
8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25
Lincoln Financial Field

The Raiders' Christmas night visit to Philly is their first since 2005, when McNabb threw TDs to Brian Westbrook and Owens. Westbrook finished with 140 receiving yards, the second most of his career. The Eagles are 6-6 all-time vs. the Raiders and 4-2 at home. Their last meeting was in 2013, when Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a game played in Oakland. The Eagles' only previous game on Christmas Day was a 23-7 win over the Cowboys in 2006, so this will be the first NFL Christmas Day game ever played in Philadelphia.

Week 17
Cowboys at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles ended a four-game home losing streak to the Cowboys on the final day of last season, beating a cast of Cowboys backups, 27-13, at the Linc. Overall, the Eagles and Cowboys are tied, 28-28, in games played in Philadelphia, although the Cowboys have an 8-6 edge at the Linc. The Eagles' last win over the Cowboys at home in a game that meant something came in 2011 by a 34-7 score on TD passes by Michael Vick to Brent Celek and Maclin. This will be the second straight year and sixth time in the last 10 years the Eagles will finish the regular season against the Cowboys.

Jason Kelce ignoring trade rumors as he tries to work on himself

Jason Kelce ignoring trade rumors as he tries to work on himself

Jason Kelce is aware of the rumors and reports that have surrounded his name this offseason. 

As much as he might try to avoid them, the Eagles' veteran center does not, presumably, live under a rock. So he's heard for months about the possibility of his long run with the Eagles coming to a close. 

After all, the Eagles have stockpiled an abundance of interior offensive linemen who can play center, and trading Kelce would save the team $3.8 million in cap space. 

So it all makes sense, but Kelce is trying to keep it out of his mind. 

"I think you'll drive yourself crazy if you're reading too much into what's going on," he said on Tuesday as the Eagles kicked off their voluntary OTAs. "My whole offseason has just kind of been really the only thing I can control is my game and the way I play and what I've been doing. So I've just really tried to hit the weight room, work on technique, work on things to try to get my game back to where it used to be."

How is he able to put it out of his mind? 

"Because worrying about it doesn't do any good," he answered.

While the Eagles have Isaac Seumalo and Stefen Wisniewski ready to play center if necessary, head coach Doug Pederson said on Tuesday that Kelce is still "the guy." 

Kelce, 29, was named to his second career Pro Bowl team last season, which might be a surprise to those who watched the Eagles throughout the year. Kelce wasn't as bad as some people think, but he also probably wasn't a Pro Bowl-caliber player. 

He got off to a very slow start in 2016 but did seem to get better as the season went on.  

"I feel at times last year, there were times I was dominant and games where I didn't really do a great job," he said. "You go back and watch film and try to make the corrections, try to make sure that moving forward I'm the same player I was in the past."

Kelce attributed many of his problems early last season to lousy technique. He's been trying extra hard to work on that part of his game as well as in the weight room. 

Often characterized as undersized, he said weighed 295 pounds on Tuesday morning. That's also his listed weight on the Eagles' website. 

All last season, Kelce said he played in the 290s, which was heavier than he had been in a long time. His goal this offseason is to make it up to 300 pounds by training camp, and then he hopes to keep the weight on. 

"I would certainly think so," he said. "As you get older, it gets a little bit easier to put on the weight and hold it on. I think everybody kind of finds that out."

Perhaps the biggest reason for the Eagles to keep Kelce around this season is the development of quarterback Carson Wentz in his second year. Kelce, as his center, might be integral to Wentz's growth. Although Kelce said he doesn't think of it like that when asked if that relationship gives him an advantage over others.  

Kelce has been with the Eagles since 2011 when he was a sixth-round pick out of Cincinnati. He's played and started 78 games in six seasons. 

He admitted last season he needed to play better or he knew he would become expendable (see story). So the rumors and reports this season likely aren't a shock to him. 

He's still not going to pay attention to them. 

"The reality is, we always have guys coming in, coming out," he said. "Now we happen to have a lot of really good depth at interior line. But like I said, it doesn't do me any good worrying about the what-ifs. All I can control is what I can control and that's how I go out and play, how I go out and prepare and how I try to get back to the player I've been in the past." 

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

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Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

Cortez Kennedy, one of the best defensive linemen of his generation and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee despite rarely finding himself in the spotlight as a player, has died. He was 48.

Police in Orlando, Florida, say the former Seattle Seahawks star was found dead Tuesday morning. Orlando Police Department public information officer Wanda Miglio said the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown but that there is nothing suspicious about his death. An investigation is being conducted.

"Cortez Kennedy has been a pillar of the Seahawks franchise since joining the team as a rookie in 1990," the Seahawks said in a statement. "Tez was the heart and soul of the Seahawks through the 1990s and endeared himself to 12s all across the Pacific Northwest as a player who played with a selfless and relentless approach to the game. ... We are proud to have been represented by such a special person."

A star who spent his entire 11-year NFL career in relative obscurity playing in Seattle, Kennedy became the second Seahawks player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He was an unmovable wall as a dominant defensive tackle, and a quiet, gentle soul away from the field never interested in finding himself in the spotlight.

"Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field," Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said. "He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans."

Kennedy was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1990 draft out of Miami and Seattle smartly never let him leave. He brought notoriety to an otherwise dreadful period in Seahawks history as an eight-time Pro Bowler and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1992.

"Really sad to lose a guy like Cortez Kennedy," Broncos' general manager John Elway tweeted Tuesday. Elway was chased around by Kennedy twice a year for much of the 1990s as competitors in the AFC West. "A great personality, a great player and I enjoyed competing against him."

Even though he last played for the Seahawks in 2000, he remained a significant part of the organization. He was a mainstay around the team during training camp and would occasionally roll through the locker room during the regular season grabbing a few minutes with anyone -- players, coaches, media -- up for a chat.

Kennedy was scheduled to be in Seattle on Thursday as part of an event for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.

"My heart hurts," current Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt tweeted. "We lost a truly great player but even better person."

Kennedy experienced only minimal team success in his career with the Seahawks. His 1992 season, when Kennedy was the league's defensive player of the year, was made even more remarkable by the fact that his 14 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and 92 tackles came for a team that went 2-14 and was among the worst ever offensively in a 16-game season.

What made Kennedy so difficult to stop was his low center of gravity, unexpected quickness and remarkable strength packaged in a 6-foot-1, 300-pound frame. If he was asked to hold the line on a running play, he would regularly eat up two or three potential blockers.

But he could also rush the passer up the middle, a rarity for an interior defensive lineman. While 1992 was his best individual season, Kennedy recorded at least six sacks in six of his 11 seasons.

"(One) of the most talented players I ever recruited or coached," tweeted Jimmy Johnson , one of Kennedy's coaches at Miami. "... A sad day."