I won’t waste anyone’s time —
Sunday, Sept. 9, at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Sept. 16, vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Sept. 23, at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Sept. 30, vs. N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Oct. 7, at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 14, vs. Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 21, BYE
Sunday, Oct. 28, vs. Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Monday, Nov. 5, at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Nov. 11, vs. Dallas, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Nov. 18, at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Monday, Nov. 26, vs. Carolina, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Dec. 2, at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, Dec. 9, at Tampa, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Thursday, Dec. 13, vs. Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m. (NFN)
Sunday, Dec. 23, vs. Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Dec. 30, at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
*Schedule courtesy of Jeff McLane of Philly.com, aside from the bolded letters, that was all yours truly!
Here’s the good news — the Eagles will start the season off 1-0. The bad news — I’m not so sure beyond that. This season is one of the toughest schedules Philadelphia has had in recent memory, and according to the Sports Gods at ESPN it is the seventh toughest in the entire NFL. In grand total, the Eagles will be playing eight teams that had quality seasons, which means said team had a minimum of nine wins in 2011 — yikes.
Some intriguing teams that are sprinkled throughout the schedule that really caught my eye are the Carolina Panthers (Vick vs. Cam-Cam! Should be a great game), Pittsburgh Steelers (cross-state rivals, should be intense), Cincinnati Bengals (very talented up-start team, and could really challenge Philly), and lastly the Eagles Monday night game against the New Orleans Saints (NO and Drew Brees could be in total disrepair, or the team could be as solid as ever, a bunch of story-lines coming together). Also, don’t forget that along with the listed teams above, none of which will be easy wins, the Eagles still have to play every team in the NFC East twice as well. That includes the Washington Griffin III’s, Dallas Cowgirls, and the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants (I’ll at least show them some respect).
Despite tanking for the most part in prime-time last season, the NFL offices still are giving the Eagles props, slating three premiere games (two Monday Night Football and one Thursday Night Football) for the 2012 season. That’s a hat-tip to the Eagles, and generally the more featured games a team gets, the better the NFL expects them to be. Three games isn’t too shabby.
But overall, this is going to be a very tough year for the Eagles. As fans, we will find out really early what this team is made of. It will become crystal clear if this is a championship caliber team or not, as Philadelphia has essentially a warm-up game week one, and then past that there are no breaks. The only positive I can pull from having a schedule this difficult is that the team will be incredibly prepared for the playoffs, saying that the Eagles make it.
I’ll be releasing a full breakdown of each game and an overall record projection sometime later this week! Stay tuned!
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