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Redskins-Eagles to open MNF doubleheader

04/18 6:17 PM

The new-look Philadelphia Eagles will travel to face the NFC East rival Washington Redskins in the first game of ESPN's season-opening "Monday Night Football" doubleheader on Sept. 9.

The new-look Philadelphia Eagles will visit the NFC East rival Washington Redskins in the first game of ESPN's season-opening "Monday Night Football" doubleheader Sept. 9.

The San Diego Chargers will host the Houston Texans in the late game, the eighth consecutive season the MNF schedule kicks off with back-to-back games.

Last season's crop of standout rookie quarterbacks -- Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson -- makes a number of appearances in prime time this season.

Griffin's Redskins host Philadelphia in Week 1, as well as the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 25 (Week 12). Luck and the Indianapolis Colts go on the road to play the Chargers on Oct. 14 (Week 6).

Wilson's Seahawks face the St. Louis Rams on the road on Oct. 28 (Week 8) and host the New Orleans Saints in a rematch of the memorable 2011 wild-card game on Dec. 2 (Week 13).

The 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons in the MNF season finale on Dec. 23, in a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game.

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos make their sole MNF appearance on Sept. 23, when they host division rival Oakland. Dallas hosts Chicago on Dec. 9 in a late-season NFC battle that should feature two much-maligned quarterbacks in Tony Romo and Jay Cutler.

All 12 playoff teams from last season have at least one appearance on this season's slate. Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Kansas City and Tennessee will be the only teams not to appear in an MNF game in 2013.


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