We knew who the opponents have been going to be. We knew the place we have been going to play them. What we didn’t know was when.
And now, the ultimate piece of the Philadelphia Eagles 2021 schedule has been revealed to the plenty, and their pleasure is made full in it.
The Eagles’ 17-game, 18-week season lies above, a final place schedule that also options the reigning world champions, one among their former head coaches headed to the Corridor of Fame, their three division rivals, and… the Jets.
Clearly, a few of these video games are going to be higher than others and, with that in thoughts, listed here are the 5 video games I’m most trying ahead to this 12 months.
Week 2 – Sunday, Sept. 19 vs. San Francisco 49ers (1:00pm ET)
I do know, I do know, you’re all excited to see Nate Sudfeld return to Lincoln Monetary Area, too. It’s a straightforward recreation to select for that motive, certain, however there’s extra to this match-up than simply reminiscing with final 12 months’s Week 17 starter.
San Francisco is a enjoyable offensive staff to look at. Jimmy Garoppolo ain’t nice, and it’ll be too early within the season for Trey Lance to get any run, however between tight finish George Kittle, large receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, and operating again Raheem Mostert, Kyle Shanahan may have his ponies able to run. The protection, led by Nick Bosa, also needs to be robust as soon as once more, and the 49ers ought to be a Tremendous Bowl contender, if their beginning QB isn’t subpar.
The Eagles gained’t win this recreation, however there can be heaps to see.
Week 3 – Monday, Sept. 27 at Dallas Cowboys (8:15pm ET, ESPN)
Keep in mind final 12 months when the NFL’s schedule makers and TV executives believed the Eagles could be postseason contenders and scheduled them 4 instances in prime time? The same mistake was to not be made once more.
In 2021, the Eagles play simply twice in prime time, the primary of which is their Week 3 Monday Night time tilt towards the Cowboys in Dallas. Dak Prescott ought to be again and Birds followers will get their first take a look at Dallas’ potent offense with their star QB on the helm.
Hey, you knew one of many Dallas video games could be on this record.
Week 4 – Sunday, Oct. 3 vs. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (1:00pm ET)
I really like the early Sunday video games. It simply feels proper to play soccer at one o’clock on a Sunday afternoon, with a Wawa hoagie nonetheless recent in your gullet and a cooler of Yeunglings sitting by your EZBoy recliner. This 12 months, 11 out of their 17 video games are scheduled to start out at 1pm. Noice.
On at the present time, former head coach Andy Reid returns to his previous stomping grounds, which is sufficient of a storyline to make certain, however he brings alongside one of the best QB within the enterprise, Patrick Mahomes, and his high-flying offense alongside as properly.
Kansas Metropolis is both going to be hungry coming off their Tremendous Bowl loss to the Buccaneers final 12 months, or they’re at a crossroads the place issues begin to go downhill a bit for them. Their offensive line has taken a small hit, however there’s nonetheless expertise everywhere, and Mahomes shouldn’t have any bother carving up Philly’s protection. Reid will get one other win right here, Eagles followers will boo him, and by 4pm, we’ll be prepared to look at the nationwide recreation unfettered.
Week 6 – Thursday, Oct. 14 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8:20pm ET, NFL Community)
There’s nothing like taking part in the defending world champions, with the best QB to ever play the sport, on a brief week on nationwide tv!
Tom Brady has overwhelmed the Eagles since his Tremendous Bowl 52 loss, a 17-10 victory in November of 2019 when he was nonetheless with the New England Patriots. Whereas Brady is now a Buc and a member of the reigning world champions, you may guess he nonetheless has a sore spot in his coronary heart from the crushing defeat he suffered by the hands of the Birds. Simply in case you forgot…
This might be the final time we see Tom Brady in Philadelphia. Or, he may play one other 20 years. Both manner, when the GOAT involves city, it’s must-watch stuff.
Week 12 – Sunday, Nov. 28 at New York Giants (1:00pm ET)
So… the New York Giants maintain grudges.
OK, we’ll circle it, too.
The Eagles tank job towards Washington price the Giants a playoff berth final 12 months, after which the Eagles traded with the Dallas Cowboys to land the No. 10 choose on this previous April’s draft and stole DeVonta Smith out from underneath Joe Choose’s G-Males.
Keep in mind, previous to New York’s 27-17 win over the Eagles final November, the Birds had gained eight straight agains them and 13 of the earlier 14. Has the tide turned?
The Giants definitely need a little bit payback for the Eagles giving freely a postseason spot they didn’t need to Washington, so wouldn’t or not it’s enjoyable to beat them on their house turf and get about, oh I don’t know, a millionty Daniel Jones turnovers? Could possibly be enjoyable.
Total, this isn’t a crazy-hard schedule, and I don’t know how the NFC East goes to shake out. So, let’s name it 6-11.