The Philadelphia Eagles 2016 schedule has been released and along with the usual suspects in includes four games in prime-time.
Ah yes, the release of a new Philadelphia Eagles schedule.
Nothing says spring like the combination of the Phillies bats in action down at Citizens Bank Park and the annual tradition of the Birds letting the world when we will get to watch them humiliate the Dallas Cowboys.
This season the Eagles will play the Cowboys first in Week 8 in a prime-time matchup at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday Night Football. Then they will close out the season in Dallas on New Year’s Day in a one o’clock game that could easily get flexed to Sunday night if the NFC East title race is close.
In fact, the Eagles play three NFC opponents in the last four weeks of the season: the Redskins in Week 14, the Giants in Week 16 and Dallas in Week 17. If the NFC East follows recent history and the winner of the division comes down to the final weeks of the season, the Birds should be in a good position to win it all.
You know, if they are even in the conversation.
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The Eagles open the season against the Browns and Bears, two teams that could give a remade Eagles roster two wins to start the season. However, the middle of the schedule will be grueling for Doug Pederson and his team as they go on the road for four of their next five games after a Week 4 bye.
All told, the Eagles have four prime-time games, two appearances on Monday Night Football, the game against Dallas on Sunday Night Football and a Thursday Night game against the Giants. That’s down from last season, but that shouldn’t be surprising given how last season unfolded.
No Thanksgiving game this year, but after last season’s debacle in Detroit, that’s not the worst thing in the world.
The Eagles go into 2016 with the seventh weakest strength of schedule based on last year’s results. If Pederson was serious about wanting to return to the postseason and getting a win, the Eagles will need all the help they can get.
The 2016 Philadelphia Eagles season begins on September 11 against the Cleveland Browns at home.