Philadelphia Eagles: Initial 2013 Schedule Thoughts and Nuggets

Bill RiccetteCorrespondent IApril 18, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 17: Chip Kelly talks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles during a news conference at the team's NovaCare Complex on January 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The former Oregon coach surprised many after he initially turned down NFL clubs saying he would remain at Oregon. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Either the Eagles wasted no time getting their schedule released, or someone had an accident.

In any event, the 2013 regular-season schedule for the Eagles, as well as the emails to some of the Eagles staff, somehow got leaked onto Twitter. Therefore, anyone who checked it out got an early look at where and when the Eagles will be playing.

The Eagles will open with a divisional showdown at the Redskins on Monday, September 9. Will Robert Griffin III be available? At least now Griffin has one extra day before his team gets going.

That is the first of just two primetime games for the Eagles. The other comes on a Thursday night in Week 3 when Andy Reid returns to Philadelphia as the Chiefs visit the Eagles. This also means the Eagles will play their first three games in a span of 11 days.

The good news here is that the Eagles will have no travel between their Week 2 home game vs. the Chargers and the Thursday game, plus they get a mini bye before traveling to Denver in Week 4.

However, the Denver game starts a three-game road trip which also includes the Giants and the Buccaneers. It does balance out with three straight home games against the Redskins Week 11, the Cardinals Week 13 and the Lions Week 14, with their bye sandwiched in there (a very late bye, at that, in Week 12).

The trip to Lambeau to visit the Packers comes Week 10.

Other than Weeks 1, 3 and 4, the only other game not starting at 1 pm is Week 9 at Oakland.

Certainly not an easy schedule, but we figured it wouldn't be just by looking at the opponents. Now, we have filled in the when "part" of the schedule.

So now that the schedule is set, tell me, Eagles fans, how many games will Chip Kelly win in his first season as head coach?