With the NFL releasing the 2017 regular season schedule Thursday night, the Philadelphia Eagles now know what the road ahead looks like.
There are several parts of the schedule that stand out, including an intimidating December stretch. With five games in the final month of the season, the first three are on the road, one of which is a Sunday Night Football showdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Eagles got their wish and will stay out west for the following week, visiting the Los Angeles Rams before heading back to the East Coast for what should be a vital NFC East battle against the New York Giants.
After the trip to MetLife, Doug Pederson and Co. return home from this road trip for their final two games, starting with a Christmas Day clash against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football (save the Santa Claus jokes, please), and a week 17 matinee versus the Dallas Cowboys.
This will be the second consecutive year Philly finishes its regular season at home against the Cowboys, so here’s to hoping this year’s game has a bit more meaning to it.
Along with the two against the Raiders and Seahawks, the Eagles have a total of five primetime contests. A Thursday night affair in week six against the Carolina Panthers followed by a MNF showdown with the Washington Redskins kicks off a span of three night games in five weeks. After a desirable week 10 bye, Philly heads to Dallas a week later for its first of two SNF appearances.
Another key element of the Eagles’ schedule is the amount of time they will have to prepare for their week seven game against the Redskins. Because the Panthers game is on a Thursday, Philly will have 11 days to prepare for Kirk Cousins and Washington, which should be more than enough time for Pederson and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to come up with a solid game plan.
For now, the focus is on the upcoming NFL Draft, but fans will surely have their eyes on the Redskins, who host the Eagles in week one.
Prediction: f the Eagles start off 3-0, don’t start thinking playoffs. If they start 0-3, don’t start looking at mock drafts. 9-7.
Other schedule tidbits:
- The Eagles head to Kansas City in week two to take on Andy Reid in the Chiefs. Last time the two teams met, Reid made a triumphant return to the Linc, winning 20-16.
- Philly has a three-game home stand from weeks 7-9, facing the Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos before the bye week.
- Eagles face a quick turnaround from week five to six, heading to Carolina four days after a home game with the Arizona Cardinals.
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