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Reid jokingly acted surprised about the Chiefs’ Week 3 trip to the City of Brotherly Love _ and, at times, venom for the coach of the Eagles, which Reid was for 14 seasons. Reid and the rest of the Chiefs knew about it long ago, and they got the Thursday night spotlight.

“We’re playing Philly?” said Reid, hired by Kansas City days after being fired in Philly. “Nah, it’ll be an exciting atmosphere. It always is at Lincoln Financial Field there. But right now, I’m a Chief, so we’re going to get ourselves ready to play, whenever and wherever we have to play this season.”

Other high-profile games:

_The Sunday night season opener is the Giants at the Cowboys, and the Monday night doubleheader has Philadelphia at Washington _ with or without Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III, who is rehabilitating a major knee injury _ then Houston at San Diego.

“I will say this: Here comes the challenge again,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “We didn’t play as well last year on the road as we had in previous years and so that’s a great challenge for our team.”

_Thanksgiving Day has Detroit hosting Green Bay _ once an every-year occurrence _ and Dallas at home for Oakland.

“It’s an incredible tradition, playing on Thanksgiving Day,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s a blessing for everyone involved. We’re fortunate enough to still be home in time to share in the importance of the day.”

The holiday night game features one of football’s most intense rivalries: Pittsburgh at Baltimore.

_Rematches of 2012 championship games come on Sunday night, Dec. 22, with New England at Baltimore, and the next night, with NFC winner San Francisco at Atlanta in the final Monday nighter of the season.

_Buffalo’s annual home game in Toronto will be against the Falcons on Dec. 1.

_London will host two previously announced matches: Minnesota hosting Pittsburgh on Sept. 29, and Jacksonville hosting San Francisco on Oct. 27.

_2012 MVP Adrian Peterson and the Vikings open at Detroit. Other notable games on the first weekend have Green Bay at San Francisco and Atlanta at New Orleans.

_As has become standard for the NFL, all 16 finales are intradivision matchups.


AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton, National Writer Nancy Armour and Sports Writer Dave Skretta contributed to this story.