A game-by-game look at the Eagles' remaining schedule, and if it'll be good enough to win NFC East
The Eagles didn't get off to the start that many expected, mainly because of injuries to several key offensive players along with Carson Wentz's struggles at quarterback.
But they are expected to get healthier during the week off, with the possible returns of running back Miles Sanders and right tackle Lane Johnson. Wide receiver Jalen Reagor and tight end Dallas Goedert returned last Sunday against Dallas.
And players such as wide receiver Travis Fulgham have emerged in place of veterans like DeSean Jackson, who played in just four games before going on injured reserve, and Alshon Jeffery, who has yet to play.
It's likely that the Eagles (3-4-1) will have to go 5-3 in their remaining eight games to win the NFC East.
In one sense, the schedule is favorable in that the combined record of the three remaining NFC East opponents is 5-18. On the other hand, the combined record of the five remaining non-division foes is 26-11.
Here, then, is a look at how the remaining schedule might shake out for the Eagles:
Week 10: at N.Y. Giants (1-7)
Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m.
The Eagles have won eight straight against the Giants after their 22-21 win on Oct. 22. But this was the narrowest one yet as the Eagles had to rally from an 11-point deficit with 6 minutes remaining. This should be another tough game after the Giants blew another 11-point lead against the Buccaneers on Monday night.
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But a week off and the likely return of a few more injured players like Sanders and Johnson should help make it nine straight.
Week 11: at Cleveland (5-3)
Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m.
The Browns might be the toughest team to figure in the NFL. On offense, they're struggling without running back Nick Chubb and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Yet they're still second in the NFL in rushing, averaging 150 yards per game. On defense, Myles Garrett is second in the NFL with 9.0 sacks.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been erratic as well. The Eagles should be able to take advantage.
Week 12: vs. Seattle (6-1)
Monday, Nov. 30, 8:15 p.m.
This is the third time in two seasons that the Seahawks are coming to Lincoln Financial Field to play the Eagles. Seattle won the first two by the same 17-9 score, the second coming in the first round of the playoffs.
The cruelest part is that D.K. Metcalf, taken seven spots after the Eagles drafted J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, has become one of the top five receivers in the NFL. He averages a league-best 18.9 yards per catch. Arcega-Whiteside barely plays. It'll be interesting to see how Darius Slay does on Metcalf. Plus, Russell Wilson is a top MVP candidate.
Week 13: at Green Bay (5-2)
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4:25 p.m.
This is a brutal matchup for the Eagles, having to travel to Green Bay on a short week. Then again, the Eagles did that last season and won – and that was with shorter rest on a Thursday night, and in front of a packed Lambeau Field crowd.
But it won't happen again. Aaron Rodgers is too good, with 20 TD passes against just 2 INTs this season.
Week 14: vs. New Orleans (5-2)
Sunday, Dec. 13, 4:25 p.m.
Despite the record, the Saints only have a point differential of plus-9, and their offense isn't nearly as prolific as it has been. It's understandable even though Drew Brees, at 41 years old, is completing 73.1% of his passes. But top receiver Michael Thomas has only played in one game this season. He should be back soon.
Still, the Saints' defense, led by former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, isn't very good.
Week 15: at Arizona (5-2)
Sunday, Dec. 20, 4:05 p.m.
The Cardinals have become one of the most exciting teams to watch behind second-year QB Kyler Murray, who has passed for 1,847 yards and rushed for 437 yards. Fun fact: He was Jalen Hurts' predecessor at Oklahoma. Plus, the Cardinals have DeAndre Hopkins, who leads the NFL in both receptions (57) and yards (704), and a star at safety in Budda Baker.
Week 16: at Dallas (2-6)
Sunday, Dec. 27, 4:25 p.m.
Don't expect Ben DiNucci to be at quarterback this time as Andy Dalton should be back by then. But the Cowboys are currently in a funk that will likely have them out of the running for the NFC East title by this point. The Eagles should be better than they were in the first matchup this past Sunday.
Week 17: vs. Washington
Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m.
Believe it or not, this will be the game that decides the NFC East, and who would have thought that when the season started? Washington beat the Eagles in the first matchup, scoring 27 straight points after the Eagles took a 17-0 lead. Remember, the Eagles didn't have Sanders, Johnson, and starting defensive linemen Derek Barnett and Javon Hargrave. Fulgham was on the practice squad.
Washington has since changed quarterbacks, benching Dwayne Haskins in favor of Kyle Allen.
The Eagles will get a first-round home game for winning the NFC East. But it'll be against the best of the three wildcard teams, which makes it very likely that it could be the NFC West's second-place team. The Eagles won't win that game. But it will be a valuable learning experience for the young players, and something to build on for 2021.
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