New Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly will begin his NFL coaching career by bringing his new football team into FedEx Field to face the Washington Redskins in the first game of a Monday Night Football doubleheader. This will mark the first time the Skins have opened the Monday night season since 2006.
Kelly has his work cut out for himself in his coaching debut against his NFC East foe, as Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan has a 15-4 record in season openers as a head coach. His record in season openers is only one win shy of tying Tom Landry for season opener wins at 16 since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Shanahan is 3-0 in season openers as the head man in Washington.
This will be the second time in the Shanahan era that the Redskins have opened the season on prime time and the first since a 13-7 home win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in 2010.
The Monday Night opener on Sept 9th, which is scheduled to get underway at 7:10 PM Eastern on ESPN is the first of five Prime-Time games for the Washington Redskins during the 2013 season.
The Redskins travel to Texas and take on The Dallas Cowboys in a Sunday night matchup Oct 13th on NBC, and play another Sunday night in Minnesota against the Vikings on Nov 7th. They get the San Francisco 49er in another home Monday Night game on ESPN scheduled for Nov 25th. They take on the New York Giants the following Sunday on NBC in New York.
The Redskins face the Cowboys in Week 6 following a bye week in Week 5. Since bye weeks were instituted in 1990, the Redskins are 12-12 in games following bye weeks. Shanahan is currently 11-6 in games following bye weeks.
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