Report: Vikings-Eagles will open the 2018 NFL season

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The NFL schedule hasn’t been released yet, but the first game has reportedly been decided.

The Vikings will visit Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in the annual Thursday night opener in the Super Bowl champion’s host stadium, according to longtime Philadelphia media member Howard Eskin.

Philadelphia’s slate of home opponents in 2018 is a good one, so the NFL really couldn’t have stepped wrong: In addition to the three NFC East opponents and the Vikings, the Eagles also play the Falcons, Panthers, Texans and Colts at home.

But the Vikings game is probably the marquee game on the Eagles’ home schedule, both because it’s an NFC Championship Game rematch and because the Vikings caught the biggest fish in free agency, Kirk Cousins.

After a season dominated by news of falling television ratings, the NFL undoubtedly wanted to put a big ratings draw in the opening Thursday night slot, and the league sees Vikings-Eagles as a big one.

56 responses to “Report: Vikings-Eagles will open the 2018 NFL season

  1. ducks4remi says:
    March 19, 2018 at 9:30 am
    So the Vikings are already 0-1!
    S-till
    K-eep
    O-n
    L-osing
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Eagles won’t win again, but keep your high until you are brought back down to reality.

  2. I look forward to the Vikings fan’s overconfident criticism of the Eagles in the run up to the game to be smacked back down once again.

  3. Does someone have it out for Minnesota? First they get throttled in the NFCCG. Then they watch the Eagles win the Super Bowl in their stadium. Now, they have to watch them put up a banner.

  4. I hope Wentz is ready for the start of the season but it would be crazy if Foles dropped 30+ on them again.

    I’m not sure that Cousins can play better than Keenum did last year but he will get a big opportunity to silence the critics right off the bat.

  5. This isn’t going to be the same Vikings game as last year. Eagles lost a lot of players and the Vikings beside having hired an Eagles coach that knows how to beat them. Plus Minnesota actually have a deep threat for QB. They will have Cook back which will open up the deep game.. So go right on ahead and feel like this is a cakewalk for you.
    In the NFCC Minnesota’s OC wasn’t mentally in the game. after their first drive which was scripted, Shurmer made no adjustments as he had been running around interviewing for HC job which should not be allowed while teams are prepping! Also Harrison Smith will have some help instead of a 40 yr old Corner..
    I’d be a little nervous if I were an Eagles fan!

  6. “the NFL really cound’t have stepped wrong”

    Your faith in the NFL is much higher than the average fan’s. While fans would have expected the Vikings or another playoff team (or dallas), I could have seen the NFL somehow picking the colts

  7. Eagles get to expose Cousins on the 1st day of the season! Boom! Prediction: Eagles 31 Vikings 14

  8. I hope we go in there and punch em right in the mouth.

    Good luck dealing with a pissed off Zimmer defense thats been watching that film all offseason of the nfc championship game.

    Either way, we’ll probably be back there in January.

  9. Only Viking fans could talk crap on a team that pulverized them by a score of 38-7. Is it so cold in Minnesota that you get brain freeze or are you guys the kings of delusion? Eagles = Super Bowl Champs!

  10. Seems everyone wants to play for the World Class Vikings and everyone wants to watch them. I’m sure they’ll be primetime often, including the February game. #DYNASTY

  11. The Vikings’ schedule next year is brutal and this just makes it worse. It’s one thing to try to beat the Eagles in Philly on a nondescript Sunday afternoon in the middle of the season, but Thursday night season opener against the defending champions is really tough. On the other hand, Zimmer and DeFilippo have the whole offseason to prepare for it so maybe we’ll get a surprise. I don’t think we’ll see a repeat of the last meeting, at any rate, so it should be a good game.

  12. Sometimes you step into a tar pit and can’t get out. I think that’s what happened last year in the NFCCG. I do not think for a minute that game accurately depicted that Viking team. I think the results of this next game will be different. It certainly won’t be a cakewalk blowout.

  13. Cousins had to overcome Washington Defense giving up 30 points a game vs winning teams. Vikings give up 18 points a game to winning teams. The Championship game was a once a season abberation. Vikings go on the road to open the season and win and set the tone for the entire season. Cousins, Cook, Thielen and Diggs on offense, Richarson, Joseph, Griffen, Barrs, Kendricks, Smith, Rhodes on defense. This season will be FUN. Anyone doubting the Vikings are clueless….

  14. I think you’re going to see a different Minnesota Vikings team. I agree the Vikings got out coached, but the difference will be a coach from the Eagles that will better help prepare them for this clash. There’s an upgrade a QB, RB and a DT that can wreak havoc in the pocket. There is something to be sd for a team with an extremely emotion win having to get up again the following week. That team last year in the championship game was not playing Viking football.

  15. This Viking fan wont be talking trash. Zimmer was out coached against the Saints and Eagles. He arguably has the deepest roster in the NFL. There isn’t any excuses, his team better be playing deep into 2019 or he may be on his way out.

  16. I’m an Eagles fan… as a matter of fact… I will be at this game (21 year season ticket holder). I just don’t see this game reflecting what happened in the NFCCG at all. That game was just one of those “got out of control” type of events. The Vikings were not nearly as bad as the results and the Eagles seemed to be hitting on all cylinders and taking advantage of every opportunity.

    Cousins has actually played very well against the Eagles throughout the years. Just saying…

    With that, the crowd will be electric and the Eagles are in their 3rd year of the Dougie P system…. and they are returning with the core of their team including 20 of 22 starters. Whether its Carson or Nicky Foles, I like their chances in this game.

  17. Eagles fan. Expect a close game. Minnesota has gotten better and the Eagles lost a few players. The momentum in NFC Championship game just snowballed.

  18. I don’t think this game will be a blowout, but I love the people talking about how the Eagles lost some guys. Who have we lost that can’t be replaced?
    And y’all act like we weren’t missing our starting MLB, starting LT, 3rd down back and best returner, and our staring QB who was playing at an MVP level. Not to mention you couldn’t block us up front last year and we just added Bennett and depth at DT with Ngata.

  19. allight59 says:
    March 19, 2018 at 10:35 am
    Cousins had to overcome Washington Defense giving up 30 points a game vs winning teams. Vikings give up 18 points a game to winning teams. The Championship game was a once a season abberation. Vikings go on the road to open the season and win and set the tone for the entire season. Cousins, Cook, Thielen and Diggs on offense, Richarson, Joseph, Griffen, Barrs, Kendricks, Smith, Rhodes on defense. This season will be FUN. Anyone doubting the Vikings are clueless….

    So you’re saying the Vikings choked when it mattered most?

    I agree.

  20. The Vikings actually have a history of beating teams the season following a defeat in a big playoff game, sometimes in the first game of the season.

    After losing to the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV, the Vikings opened the 1970 season by beating the Chiefs 27-10.

    After losing to the Cowboys in the 1977 NFC Championship, the Vikings won at Dallas 21-10 in the 1978 season.

    After losing to the Falcons in the 1998 NFC Championship, the Vikings opened the 1999 season by winning at Atlanta 17-14.

    After losing to the Giants in the 2000 NFC Championship, the Vikings beat the Giants 28-16 in the 2001 season.

    After losing to the Saints in the 2009 NFC Championship, the Viking opened the 2010 season by…losing 14-9 at New Orleans. I guess it all falls apart there.

  21. This is going to be a totally different game. Duh. Props to the Eagles and all their fans. We get it, you won the SB. The non-stop trolling is getting a little tiring though. Act like you have been there before. Let’s not pretend your the Patriots, the 70’s Steelers or the 49ers with Joe Cool. You have one SB victory, great so now you are on par with teams like Tampa Bay.

  22. The Eagles will win this game — might be different if it were in MN, but even then I’m not so sure. The Eagles were a deep and complete team all last year, and will be again in 2018. Cousins will still be working into the offense at that juncture of the season. Now excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall to try and forget that NFC Championship game — or maybe I’ll just go watch the last play of the Saints playoff game instead. . . . .

  23. This should be a good game…assuming the Vikings don’t quit like they did in the NFCC game.

  24. Viking fans beating their chests and talking tough after that beat down by the Eagles. All we hear is how the vikings improved totally dismissing the Eagles played without a number of starters including a qb who was having an MVP season prior to the injury.

  25. Let’s do it all over again:

    1) Vikings fans come into the game talking heaps of trash

    2) Eagles destroy Vikings

    3) Vikings fans redirect all of their energy / talking toward how “mean” eagles fans are.

  26. I am sure this game will be more competitive than the NFCCG. Cousins has had a history of good games against the Eagles. The Eagles pass rush will be elite this year, and the secondary should be improved. The weather will be nice. Its the night they raise the banner, so the fans will be rowdy. As an Eagles fan I hope the team matches the intensity of the fans. This time around the game should be a brawl.

  27. The similarities between the seahawks fan talking after their one and only SB and the eagles fan talking after their SB are eerily similar. I guess bandwagons are bandwagons.

  28. It doesn’t matter who plays quarterback for Minnesota, if the O-Line doesn’t do a better job of protecting him. Likewise, if the defense plays the way it did in the NFCG, it won’t matter if its Foles or Wentz.

    Philly is legit, and may even be better than they were last year. Hopefully, the Vikings will put forth a better effort and the Eagles will be distracted.

  29. Although I look forward to a rematch like Philly, wouldn’t an AFC game like NE and PIT, or either against JAX pull in a bigger crowd? I guess Jerry doesn’t want it.

  30. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on the Vikings…just because.

    I’m by NO stretch a Vikings fan .. and I’m certainly not a fan of anything that might make Eagles’ fans happy … BUT everything went the Eagles’ way and everything the Vikes touched, turned to crap.

    Vikes had a charmed season but, 13-3 doesn’t just happen. The Eagles earned everything they got as well. Still, the Vikes were humiliated and I’d bet on one motivated team coming out of the blocks. They have plenty of time to hopefully collapse after that.

  31. skcrooged says:
    March 19, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    Although I look forward to a rematch like Philly, wouldn’t an AFC game like NE and PIT, or either against JAX pull in a bigger crowd? I guess Jerry doesn’t want it.
    ———————————————————–

    Uh, every year the team that won the Super Bowl hosts the opening game. I know Pats fans were whining, but I don’t think they actually got the results of the game overturned.

  32. Ok Vikings fans, if you plan to attend the game, you know what you are getting in to. Don’t go making a federal case out of getting booed, cursed at, or having the SKOL chant mocked. It’s Philly, and you won’t be welcomed with open arms. If you can’t take it, maybe you are better off staying home and watching your purple pansies get curb-stomped on TV instead of in person.

  33. I mean in the end would this win really even anything out for the Vikings win? It won’t take back them getting destroyed and then watching the eagles win it in their house. The damage has been done… short of knocking the eagles out in the playoffs and then winning a Lombardi it won’t even anything out one bit… looking forward to the game but Viking fans talking crap in March is just silly.

  34. Hate Thursday night games and I hate even more having to start the season on Thursday night. Last year, Vikings had to start the season on a Monday night, and in 2015 they started the season in San Fran. 3 of 4 years they begin the season on a day other than the traditional Sunday opener. Great for national exposure, hateful for getting up at 4 a.m. the next day for work.

  35. marvin1958 says:

    March 19, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on the Vikings…just because.

    I’m by NO stretch a Vikings fan .. and I’m certainly not a fan of anything that might make Eagles’ fans happy … BUT everything went the Eagles’ way and everything the Vikes touched, turned to crap.

    Vikes had a charmed season but, 13-3 doesn’t just happen. The Eagles earned everything they got as well. Still, the Vikes were humiliated and I’d bet on one motivated team coming out of the blocks. They have plenty of time to hopefully collapse after that.

    ——-

    Did you forget that the Eagles were 13-2 and gave away their final game to rest starters?

    Did you forget that they get their starting MLB and starting LT back? And our second round pick Sidney Jones will be fully healthy? That’s 3 upgrades at starter, for a team that beat the Vikings by a lot.

    13-2 doesn’t just happen…you seem deluded into the fact that the Eagles were 9-7 or something. They will be much better this year, with players back, and Ajayi going through camp with us. The Eagles are going to be a tough team to beat in Philly.

  36. I love all the Vikings fans saying “the Vikings added players while the Eagles lost players.” Ummm, do you not realize the Eagles played that NFCCG without the eventual league MVP had he not gotten injured (Wentz), arguably their most important defensive player (Hicks), their best O lineman (Peters), their most dynamic offensive weapon (Sproles), their best special teams player (Maragos), oh and they added Michael Bennett to the defensive line…. good luck with that!

  37. allight59 says:
    “Seems everyone wants to play for the World Class Vikings and everyone wants to watch them. I’m sure they’ll be primetime often, including the February game. #DYNASTY”

    Thanks for the comedy buddy!! I literally just laughed out loud and spit cola on my monitor!! “DYNASTY!~ OMG that is so funny man! please win something, ANYTHING 1st before starting this dynasty garbage!!!

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