Eagles schedule features three straight home games against 2018 playoff teams
It’s too early to add up the wins and losses, though you just know about every Eagles fan across the region and beyond will do that now that the NFL released the regular-season schedule for all 32 teams on Wednesday night.
As for me, I will save my wins and losses prediction until after the NFL Draft.
Some things that jump out at me about this year’s slate:
- The Eagles will close the season with four straight NFC East games, with two at home (Monday night, Dec. 9 against the Giants and Dec. 22 versus the Cowboys) and two on the road – at Washington on Dec. 15 and at the Giants on Dec. 29 in the regular-season finale.
It is the first time since 1988 that the Eagles have ended the regular season with four straight divisional games. They went 3-1 in those games, with two wins over the Phoenix Cardinals and a win over the Cowboys. The lone loss in that string was 20-19 to the Redskins.
That final stretch helped the Eagles finish with a 10-6 record and win the NFC East.
- A three-game road trip from Oct. 13 through Oct. 27 will be a big test, with the first game coming against the Vikings, in the Eagles return to the stadium where they won Super Bowl LII in Feb. 2018, the Dallas Cowboys, in a Sunday night matchup, and the Buffalo Bills. The Eagles-Cowboys have played in primetime every season dating back to 2007 and three of the Eagles’ last four games in Dallas have needed overtime to decide.
- The Eagles will follow up that three-game road stretch with three straight home games with a bye sandwiched in there. They are rough-and-tumble games, too, against all playoff teams from 2018, beginning with the Chicago Bears on Nov. 3. The bye comes the next week – Week 10. The Birds come out of the bye to play the New England Patriots at 4:25 p.m. on Nov. 17 and the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 24 in a Sunday nighter.
The three-game home-stand means the Eagles won’t have to travel at all in the whole month of November.
- The Eagles’ Thursday night game is at the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 26. They will head to Lambeau Field after hosting the Detroit Lions four days earlier.
- There are five primetime games for the Eagles.
- After opening the season at home against the Washington Redskins on Sept. 8, the Birds will head to Atlanta to play the Falcons in a Sunday night matchup. It is the fifth straight year the two teams will play, including the 2017 Divisional Round playoff game. Last year, the Eagles hosted the Falcons in the season opener and scored an 18-12 win.
2019 EAGLES SCHEDULE
Aug. 8: vs. Tennessee Titans, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 15: at Jacksonville Jaguars, 7 p.m.
Aug. 22: vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 29: at New York Jets, 7 p.m.
Sept. 8: vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
Sept. 15: at Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m.
Sept. 22: vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m.
Sept. 26: (Thursday) at Green Bay Packers, 8:20
Oct. 6: vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Oct. 13: at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
Oct. 20: at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m.
Oct. 27: at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Nov. 3: vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.
Nov. 10: BYE
Nov. 17: vs. New England Patriots, 4:25 p.m.
Nov. 24: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m.
Dec. 1: at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Dec. 9: (Monday) vs. New York Giants, 8:15 p.m.
Dec. 15: at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
Dec. 22: vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25
Dec. 29: at New York Giants, 1 p.m.