Reports: NFL to kick off 2018 season with Eagles-Falcons

League to announce full schedule on Thursday night

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The Philadelphia Eagles will kick off the 2018 NFL regular season by hosting the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, Sept. 6, according to multiple media reports.

The opening game of the Eagles' defense of their Super Bowl title was first reported by Philly.com on Thursday and confirmed later in the day by ESPN.

Philadelphia, which beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII, started their playoff run with a 15-10 victory over Atlanta in the NFC divisional round.

The NFL will release its full regular season schedule at 8 p.m. ET Thursday on NFL Network.

The Falcons-Eagles season opener is one of a few NFL games that have become known ahead of the official announcement.

The New York Post reported that the first Monday Night Football game of the season will see the New York Jets hosting the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10. ESPN, citing NFL sources, later confirmed that game as well.

Earlier Thursday, the NFL announced the dates for its three previously announced London games, with the Seahawks-Raiders at 1 p.m. ET Oct. 14, the Titans-Chargers at 9:30 a.m. ET Oct. 21, and the Eagles-Jaguars at 9:30 a.m. ET Oct. 28.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Rams announced they will play a Monday Night Football matchup in Mexico City against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 19.

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