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The Falcons will play the Super Bowl champion Eagles in the 2018 regular season

Will Atlanta draw the opener, though?

Divisional Round - Atlanta Falcons v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons get the distinct “pleasure” of playing the Eagles in Philadelphia next season, as we’ve outlined before. That’s because they’ll be getting a whirlwind tour of the NFC East, which features two lousy teams (Giants and Washington), one should-be-improved team (Cowboys), and the defending Super Bowl champs.

That game looms as one of Atlanta’s toughest tests of 2018, if not the toughest. It should tell us a lot about how much this team has improved, particularly on offense, and a win would put us all in high spirits.

The only problem? We don’t know when it’s going to be just yet, because we’re months away from the 2018 schedule being released. The Falcons could very well be Philadelphia’s home opener after they fought them tooth and nail in the Divisional Round and the Vikings got destroyed in the Conference Championship, and that certainly would force Atlanta to hit the ground running.

Right now, it’s difficult to gauge just how good the NFC will be again in 2018, but I think you can count on the Eagles and Falcons being two of the top teams again. That makes this matchup a critical one and likely a fun one, regardless of when it’s actually scheduled. I’m looking forward to it already.