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The 2013 Schedule Assessment for the Philadelphia Eagles

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COMMENTARY | The National Football League released the 2013 schedule for all 32 teams late Thursday evening.

The Philadelphia Eagles open the season Sept. 9 at 7:10 p.m. against the Washington Redskins, the premiere of the 2013 "Monday Night Football" season.

Robert Griffin III may not have fully recovered from his right-knee sprain during a Week 14 overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens and is sure to be the key storyline leading up to the game, but the Philadelphia Eagles have a new coach making his debut against RG III's Redskins. This game has the attention of the nation, while starting the career of Chip Kelly in the right or wrong direction. I believe the magnitude and bright lights of the nation and their peers watching makes the Eagles start the season on the right note, with a win.

The next game is six days later at Lincoln Financial Field against the San Diego Chargers, a team like the Eagles that had high hopes and aspirations last season but could not live up to expectations. A team similar to the Eagles that has a new head coach in Mike McCoy. The difference in this game will be decided by the decisions Phillip Rivers makes and does not make. I think the newly designed defense helps Philly go 2-0.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Andy Reid come to town in a NFL Network "Thursday Night Football" presentation in a highly emotional contest. Reid and the Chiefs have this circled, highlighted and emphasized on their schedule. The Eagles lose their first game of the season because Reid knows how to beat the team that is majorly the team he left last season. This matchup will be a must-watch for any Eagles fan, but it will be one of their toughest matchups all season long.

Looking at the schedule overall, the Eagles have a tough road ahead of them if they want to win 10 games this season. Over the course of Kelly's first season as a NFL coach, he will have some growing pains. Some ideas and thoughts will not work and he will need to adjust.

The idea of Philadelphia having a routine for an extended period of time is also a benefit to its schedule. Beginning in Week 5 against the Giants, the Eagles have Sunday games for the remainder of the season. Although NBC is able to pick up any Sunday afternoon game, Philadelphia will be able to develop a routine, whether home or away, to play on Sundays.

The first season under Chip Kelly is going to be a roller coaster ride for the Eagles, full of ups and downs, highs and lows. The Eagles will rely on rest and routine in order to perform well this season. Philadelphia is capable of a 10- or 11-win season, but I think they will have a successful 8-8 season in Chip Kelly's first year.

Matthew Gould follows the professional Philadelphia baseball (Phillies), basketball (Sixers) and football (Eagles) teams passionately, producing a blog for them called OneLibertyPlace. His Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Seton Hall University and his passion for sports fittingly blend together.

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