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2013 NFL Schedule: Redskins and Eagles to open up Monday Night Football


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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) greets Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after the Redskins beat the Eagles 31-6 at FedEx Field. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) greets Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after the Redskins beat the Eagles 31-6 at FedEx Field. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

According to Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker’s radio show, 4th and Pain, his Washington squad will be taking on their NFC East archrival Philadelphia Eagles in the first Monday Night Football game of the season.

The story was first reported by SB Nation, who saw Carriker’s tweet before it got deleted. Why would he have deleted the tweet in the first place?

Well, probably because the official 2013 NFL Schedule is not set to be released until Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern.

If Carriker’s report is true, fans in both football-mad towns can start getting their engines revved. The game would feature not only the first prime time, Monday night game of the year, but more individual story lines than one can shake a stick at.

The old-school, two-time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan will be pitting his Xs and Os against the ultra-new-school, former Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly.

The Eagles will be hoping to rebound from two disastrous seasons, while the ‘Skins will be hoping to build off their playoff appearance of a season ago.

Finally, without going into too many details, who is going to be quarterbacking … for both teams?

Kelly has the choice between the aging, but still hyper-talented Mike Vick, second-year pocket passer Nick Foles, or former Duck Dennis Dixon.

Shanahan will be praying to have Robert Griffin III back by his team’s nationally televised showdown.

The nation has been waiting a long time for some more football. With each passing day, the 2013 season moves closer and closer to actually kicking off.

And RGIII moves closer and closer to a full recovery — and that could be bad news for Philly.

Stay tuned.

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