Despite the NFL lockout looming, and the CBA talks still at a standstill, the NFL has released the pre-season schedule for all 32 teams. Whether this is taken as progress or just flat out arrogance from the owners, this at least on paper now. The Eagles pre-season is going to be riddled with difficult opponents, and Andy Reid is going to have his hands full with the opponents the Eagles are slated to play.
Here’s the Philadelphia Eagles 2011 Pre-Season Schedule:
Week One: Baltimore Ravens @ Philadelphia Eagles (Eagles Television Network)
Week Two: Philadelphia Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Nationally Televised, Fox Sports, 8 P.M.)
Week Three: Cleveland Browns @ Philadelphia Eagles (Eagles Television Network)
Week Four: Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Jets (Eagles Television Network)
Even though this is only pre-season it is something that Eagles fans can be excited about. Making things even better is that one of the games is going to be nationally televised, so no matter the situation it is available. Out of all of the games, the toughest matchup should be against the AFC Champions, in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. Reid has always been a hard-sell in pre-season games and I would be surprised to see the Eagles play their back-ups for any more than a quarter.
Although- None of these games will be played until the new CBA is signed. Don’t jump the gun yet and buy tickets to the home opener. There is still the remote possibility that the NFL will lockout, and it’s unknown about ticket refunds.
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