5 Takeaways From 2018 Eagles Schedule
It’s time to take a closer look at the 2018 schedule for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The 2018 Eagles schedule was released on Thursday night, featuring five primetime games, plus the London game on the slate.
Here are 5 takeaways from the 2018 Eagles Schedule:
-Toughest Stretch: While the late stretch that features three straight NFC East foes is tough, the Eagles will be tested early on. From Weeks 4-11, the Eagles will play @Tennessee, Vikings, @Giants, Panthers, @Jacksonville (in London), Cowboys, and @Saints. With five road games and 2 home contests against five playoff teams during that stretch, it won’t be easy for the Eagles.
The birds will alternate home-and-roads games through Week 12, when they finally will play two in a row at the Link - hosting the Giants and Redskins in back-to-back weeks in Philly.
-NFC East Division: This isn’t the same division that we all grew up watching in the 80's and 90's that produced Super Bowl Champions. But facing three straight NFC East foes in late November, into early December is no easy task, but luckily two of those three are at home. The Eagles actually will just have one NFC east game in the first nine weeks of the season (Week 6 vs. Giants). They finish the season in Washington against the Redskins in Week 17.
-Playoff Re-Matches The Eagles will host both the Falcons and the Vikings, facing Atlanta on opening night on Thursday Night Football in Week 1 and will host Minnesota in Week 5 on Oct 7. The Eagles had to go through both Atlanta and Minnesota in route to beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
-Primetime Games: How does the national TV audience view the Super Bowl Champs? The birds will be featured in five primetime games, including two Thursday night games, three Sunday night games and just one appearance on Monday Night Football. The Eagles will also be featured in the London game at 9:30 a.m. in Week 8. They have eight of their 16 games kicking off at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday’s. They will play in two games at 4:25 p.m. in Week 5 and Week 14.
-Reunions: The Eagles will host their former offensive coordinator, Frank Reich's Indianapolis Colts, in Week 3. Reich was the team’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons. The team will also see a pair of former defensive lineman when they face Vinny Curry and Beau Allen's new team in Tampa Bay in Week 2. Former slot corner back Patrick Robinson landed with the Saints, the Eagles will be in New Orleans in Week 11.