Finally, the 2018 NFL season is here.
The Eagles will start their title defense against the Falcons, the team they beat in the divisional round in January, at Lincoln Financial Field.
Here’s everything you need to know:
- 6 p.m.: Quick Slants on NBCSP
- 7 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP (stream here!)
- 8:20 p.m.: Kickoff on NBC10 (stream here!) -- after weather delay, 9:05 p.m. start
- 12:00 a.m..: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP (stream here!)
The television broadcasters will be Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color) and Michele Tafoya (sideline).
Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the radio call on 94WIP.
Raise the banner
Before the game kicks off, the Eagles are going to raise their Super Bowl banner to the rafters. So if you’re going to the game, make sure you’re in your seat early. The team is trying to keep the ceremony a secret, which makes me think it has some cool stuff planned.
I thought Doug Pederson had the right answer when asked about the banner ceremony.
“Quite honestly, it's going to be a great night from that standpoint,” Pederson said. “The fans that are in attendance are going to be crazy and they're going to be excited. It's going to be great for the banner to be dropped in Lincoln Financial [Field]. It's going to be a great atmosphere.
“I think with this football team, though, they understand this is a different season, it’s a new team, new year. We're sitting here 0-0 with a great opportunity against a great opponent — a playoff, Super Bowl caliber team coming in here. Quite honestly, that's their focus.
“They have moved on. It seems like these events sort of keep popping up for us to sort of reflect, which are great, I love them, because we're all part of it. But here's still a bunch of guys on this roster that didn't go through that.
“I think the team mentally is in a really good spot, focused on, obviously, the game, focused on the opponent. This is going to be a great for our fans, for the Philadelphia Eagles organization, obviously. But at the end of the day, there's going to be a football game at the end of it, and we have to make sure we're ready. That's my job.”
Missing in action
The Eagles will be without Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins in this game. The good news is they’re getting back a bunch of players who either missed the end of last season or who were injured this summer. This will be the return of Jordan Hicks, Jason Peters and Darren Sproles.
Foles under center
Without Wentz, the Eagles are turning to reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who beat the Falcons about eight months ago at the Linc in the divisional round. That was a really close and low-scoring game. Foles started to get a rhythm in that game and then went on a run in the next two games to bring a championship to Philadelphia.
In his career, Foles has seemingly either been really good or pretty bad. Not much middle ground. I tried to figure out which guy will show up Thursday (see story).