2013 NFC East schedule: Andy Reid returns to Philadelphia

Jay Drowns

The 2013 NFL schedule has many twists and turns, including a return home for a coach who splits opinions.

Teams already know their opponents for the 2013 NFL season, leading to the speculation and conjecture that sports fans are drawn to like a moth to light.

While the games haven't been given specific dates yet, there are still some things that stand out for the teams in the NFC East.

First off, the division plays against the AFC West and NFC North. Because the Washington Redskins and New York Giants were the top two finishers in the division this year, they will have the same home and road schedule in 2013. Same goes for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles.

Now, on to the good stuff.

First off, any game involving the Denver Broncos will be fun since it's possibly the last time Peyton Manning faces an NFC East team. The game between Washington and Denver will be a great quarterback matchup, assuming Robert Griffin III is back. It's also in the Mile High City, where Mike Shanahan won two Super Bowls.

Another game to look for is the Philadelphia Eagles hosting Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs. In a game that features two talented teams trying to rebound, all the storylines will focus on Reid's return to Philadelphia, a land where he coached the Eagles for 13 years.

As always in Philly, it will be very interesting to see if Reid is booed or cheered. It will probably have a lot to do with how well the Eagles are playing at that point.

The Dallas Cowboys travel to face Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints in what promises to be a shootout. Tony Romo and Drew Brees could easily combined for 750 passing yards while the Cowboys try to beat Payton, an ex-assistant coach who was passed over for Wade Phillips and eventually Jason Garrett.

Plus, every Cowboys game is fun, because this could happen.

The New York Giants will host the Green Bay Packers for the third consecutive year, something always highly anticipated. Aaron Rodgers will be looking for revenge, while Eli Manning just wants to keep his streak against Green Bay going.

Big Blue also visits the Chicago Bears, a classic study in contrasts.

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