4 takeaways from Philadelphia Eagles’ regular-season schedule release
It’s that time of year. The NFL released its regular-season schedule Thursday night, sending fans across into frenzy as they scroll through and try to figure out how their favorite team can rack up the most possible victories.
We’re not going to try and make projections regarding the Eagles’ season just yet, but there are a few takeaways to extract from the schedule release.
First off, here’s a look at what Philly faces in 2017 (we have more details at this link):
Week 1: @ Redskins
Week 2: @Chiefs
Week 3: vs. Giants
Week 4: @Chargers
Week 5: vs. Cardinals
Week 6: @Panthers (Thursday night)
Week 7: vs. Redskins (Monday night)
Week 8: vs. 49ers
Week 9: vs. Broncos
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: @ Cowboys (Sunday night)
Week 12: vs. Bears
Week 13: @ Seahawks (Sunday night)
Week 14: @ Rams
Week 15: @ Giants
Week 16: vs. Raiders (Monday night)
Week 17: vs. Cowboys
There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s dive in:
1) The NFL wants to show off the Eagles — they have 5 primetime games
The Eagles play on Monday night twice, Sunday night twice and Thursday night once. It’s clear the presence of 24-year-old quarterback Carson Wentz has infused more marketability into the Birds, and the NFL seems to be betting that fans will want to tune in to watch Wentz play in 2017.
2) The Birds will probably stay out West in December
The Eagles, according to reports, asked the NFL to schedule two of their three West Coast games back-to-back so they could stay on that side of the country for a week and eliminate one of their lengthy flights. Philly got its wish. But will the Birds benefit from a week on the road? The team might not be as comfortable in hotels, and the Eagles wouldn’t have access to their practice facility, but some coaches prefer out-of-town trips — it helps them keep closer tabs on players.
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3) Speaking of that road trip …. three straight road games late might be crucial
Weeks 13 through 15 on the NFL calendar often help separate playoff contenders from the teams destined to head home at the end of the regular season. And the Eagles will play road games each of those weeks. Philly finished 1-7 away from Lincoln Financial Field last season, so it seems reasonable that its three games at the Seahawks, Rams and Giants could play a hefty role in defining the season. The Birds also face an early test by playing four of their first six games on the road.
4) A better bye week
The Eagles’ Week 4 bye last season served as a turning point. Philadelphia opened the season with a 3-0 record but lost their first two games after the week off and sputtered to 7-9 finish. This season, the Week 10 bye seems a bit more favorable: It comes right before a daunting stretch of four road games in five weeks, and it’s late enough in the season that the team could likely use the breather.
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