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Eagles will host Vikings in 2018 NFL Kickoff Game, report says

The rematch is on.

NFL: NFC Championship-Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL likely won’t announce the official 2018 NFL regular season schedule until April but we already know the Philadelphia Eagles will play in the annual kickoff game since they are the defending Super Bowl champions.

According to Howard Eskin, the Eagles’ opponent in that game on Thursday, September 6 will be none other than the Minnesota Vikings. That’s right, it’s a rematch of the 2018 NFC Championship Game, which the Eagles won by a final score of 38 to 7.

This matchup is the obvious choice for the NFL. The Vikings have created a lot of offseason buzz by signing Kirk Cousins (and Sheldon Richardson) in free agency. They figure to be the biggest threat to the Eagles in the NFC.

Minnesota will be plenty motivated to win this game after getting stomped in the NFCCG and then having to watch the Eagles win a Super Bowl in the Vikings’ home stadium. Now the Vikes and their fans will also have to watch the Eagles raise that Super Bowl banner at Lincoln Financial Field before kickoff that night.

While we know Cousins will be starting for the Vikings (barring injury), it remains to be seen who will be under center for the Eagles that night. Early indications point to Carson Wentz being ready for Week 1 but we’ll see. If Wentz can’t play, it could be Nick Foles who gets the start against the team he demolished earlier this year.

If that’s the case, we’re going to get a lot more “FOLES” chants in the form of mocking the “SKOL” chant, just like we saw in January at the Linc.

I’m sure we’ll also get a bunch of whiny Vikings fans complaining about how Philly fans are “classless” when Minnesota loses to the Eagles again.

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