The full NFL regular season schedule is being released to the public on Thursday, May 11. Before the full release, the league always reveals a select few games, more specifically, the international games and some holiday matchups.
The Philadelphia Eagles already know when two of their home games will be taking place, and they are both big ones:
Week 13 – San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, December 3 at 4:25 PM
The NFC Championship rematch could be the most anticipated matchup on the Eagles’ slate this year. A rivalry appears to be forming between these two teams, just as it did with the Vikings after the Eagles destroyed them in the 2017 NFC title game. 49ers players are still to this day whining about how they were supposedly dealt a lousy hand a few months ago and how the Eagles were bailed out. They are also considered neck and neck with the Eagles as favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year for some ridiculous reason.
I am very glad this matchup is later in the season as opposed to earlier. Brock Purdy might not be ready for the start of the season, so a December matchup should mean he will be healthy for this game. The 49ers are apparently certain that they would have gone to the Super Bowl if not for Purdy’s injury, so perhaps (hopefully) they will shut up if they are once again defeated with a healthy quarterback.
Add in that this will be Javon Hargrave’s return to Philadelphia, and there is much to be excited about for (I assume) America’s Game of the Week.
Week 16 – New York Giants – Monday, December 25 at 4:30 PM
Speaking of teams the Eagles destroyed in the playoffs last year, Philadelphia will host the Giants for the second game of a Christmas Day triple-header. The Eagles have mostly had the Giants’ number for several years now, but New York was an overall pleasant surprise last season and could potentially be even better this year in a very bad NFC. Daniel Jones will have a full offseason working with Brian Daboll.
The offense added Darren Waller via trade and Jalin Hyatt in the draft to try to open up what was an often methodical but conservative passing attack last year. An upset here would still probably surprise me, but I like this Christmas selection as a late-season division game that will likely be important for both teams.
BONUS: Does Donna Kelce have sources?
Jason Kelce’s mom posted on Facebook that the Eagles will play the Chiefs in Kansas City in Week 2:
NFL SCHEDULE RUMOR
Eagles @ Chiefs – Week 2
Donna Kelce posted a Facebook comment on May 5th stating, “Chiefs plays Eagles week 2 in Arrowhead” pic.twitter.com/IPwBbFfXRU
— NFL Schedule Update (@NerdingOnNFL) May 9, 2023
Donna Kelce is, of course, the mother of both Jason and Travis, who play for the Eagles and Chiefs, respectively, so it is reasonable to believe that maybe she was given an inside scoop on this.
I am not sure what incentive she would have to make something like this up. Either way, it would make sense for the league to want the Super Bowl rematch early in the year to ensure that both teams are healthy for it. Regardless of when it happens, I would fully anticipate this game being on Sunday Night Football.
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