Dreaming of the Eagles' home opener

On Monday, we noted the possibility that the Green Bay Packers or Minnesota Vikings could open the season in the NFL's annual kickoff game at the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.

Here's another Week 1 quirk to consider, courtesy of NFC East colleague Dan Graziano via Philly.com. The Philadelphia Eagles have hosted the eventual Super Bowl champion in their home opener in each of the past four years. Clearly, that means we can figure out the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII once we find out who the Eagles are hosting for their first home game in 2013.

Because the NFC North is scheduled to face the NFC East, we have two possibilities. The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions will both play at Lincoln Financial Field at some point during the season. If they open the Eagles' home slate, based on recent history, they obviously have a 100 percent chance of going on to win the Super Bowl.

So as a practical matter, I suggest the Packers and Vikings go ahead and take a bye on the 2013 season. If they're not playing at Philadelphia in the home opener, they ain't winning the Super Bowl. Carry on.