A Look at the Eagles Schedule by Quarters and the QB’s They’ll Face
The NFL released the schedule for all 32 teams on Thursday and now that we have the Eagles schedule to look over, let's dig a little deeper.
Quarter 1: Winnable Games at the Beginning
NFL coaches like to break down the 16-game season into four quarters, and the first quarter of the season for Philly has some winnable games
- Week 1 - at Washington
- Week 2 - vs LA Rams
- Week 3 - vs Bengals
- Week 4 - at San Francisco
Three of the four opponents missed the playoffs last season, though the Rams are just two seasons removed from representing the NFC in the Super Bowl, and are considered dangerous. Every team wants to start the season strong, and the Eagles have a chance to get off to a good start with a winnable road game, and two home games before heading to play the 49ers, who are again considered one of the favorites in the NFC and should be a tall task playing out west on Sunday Night Football.
Quarter 2: Home Sweet Home
Since 2017 the Eagles are 17-7 at home, so to open the second quarter of the season, the Eagles play three of four games at Lincoln Financial Field.
- Week 5 - at Pittsburgh
- Week 6 - vs Baltimore
- Week 7 - vs New York
- Week 8 - vs Dallas
The birds will play three straight home games in the month of October, including a Thursday Night tilt against NFC East New York, followed by another NFC East rivalry game with Dallas on Sunday Night Football. Playing back-to-back division games is always tough, but two AFC East foes will be very tough, with a cross-state trip to Pittsburgh, and the defending league MVP coming to Philly.
Quarter 3: Three for the road
The Eagles are just 14-10 since 2017 on the road, and will have three of four games on the road to open the month of November, following their bye in Week 9.
- Week 10 - at New York Giants
- Week 11 - at Cleveland
- Week 12 - vs Seattle
- Week 13 - at Green Bay
While the Eagles get three of four at home in October, later in the season they pay the price with three game in four weeks on the road.
There isn't a lot of space between their rematch with the Giants who the team faces in Week 7 and 10. Cleveland should be improved this season, after failing to meet high expectations in 2019, but is certainly a winnable road game. Week 12 starts a brutal stretch of games, starting with Seattle, a team that they have struggled with. The Seahawks defeated the Eagles twice last season, both in Philly, including their Wild Card matchup in January. The defending NFC North champion Packers' will host the Eagles for the second straight season at Lambeau Field.
Quarter 4: Finish Strong
Week 9 seems like the perfect time for the bye week, but the final two months of the season are very difficult.
- Week 14 - vs Saints
- Week 15 - at Cardinals
- Week 16 - at Dallas
- Week 17 - vs Washington
The Eagles will host Drew Brees, presumably for the final time, and the Saints in the month of December. A trip out west to face an improved Cardinals team, that added DeAndre Hopkins to go long with Kyler Murray. They then head to Dallas for what could be a battle for the NFC East and close out the season the way they started it, with Washington coming to Philly.
Eagles face some tough QB's in 2020
Look who should some of the quarterbacks who the Eagles defense will face in 2020:
- Week 3: Joe Burrow - The Eagles will get an early look at the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
- Week 5: Ben Roethlisburger - Big Ben is back in 2020 as he winds down this Hall of Fame career.
- Week 6: LaMar Jackson - The current league MVP will be in Philly to face the Eagles defense.
- Week 7 and 16: Dak Prescott - The Eagles have had their issues with Prescott in past meetings.
- Week 11: Baker Mayfield - The 2018 No. 1 overall pick had a down year last year, but a promising rookie season, and has plenty of weapons.
- Week 12: Russell Wilson - Wilson has been excellent, including against the Eagles.
- Week 13: Aaron Rodgers - Rodgers might be getting older, but he is still one of the most dangerous QB's in the league.
- Week 14: Drew Brees - It might be the final season for the sure to be Hall of Famer, but he showed no signs of slowing down in 2019.
- Week 15: Kyler Murry - The 2019 No. 1 overall pick has an extra weapon now with the addition of DeAndre Hopkins.
That's the current league MVP, four likely Hall of Famers, and the past three No. 1 overall picks. Jim Schwartz's defense better come prepared in 2020.