The NFL finally released its 2021 schedule last night. The roster of opponents has been known for some time, which means we knew who and where the Eagles lay in 2021, we just didn’t know when. In addition to the NFC East opponents that the Eagles will face twice, the Eagles will also face the NFC South, AFC West, 49ers, Lions and NY Jets. This year, the NFL has set up a 17th game (the Jets) which will be determined on a rotation between divisions.
According to the NFL Network, this is how Game 17 will be chosen: “An interconference match based on the previous year’s standings on a rotating four-year cycle (one game). These matches pit a first-place team from one division against a first-place team from an opposing conference division that the team is not supposed to play this season. The second, third and fourth place teams in each division face off in the same way every year. The home conference for this game will rotate each season. ”
Considering the Eagles already play against AFC West and drew the AFC East NY Jets as their 17th game, I would expect the Eagles to face someone from AFC North in 2022.
The Eagles should have one of the easiest if not the easiest programs in the NFL. For a rebuilding team that is music to their ears. Starting with their division, the NFC East is by no means a juggernaut. While you can argue that every team has improved, neither Dallas, NY, or Washington are complete teams. At worst I could see the Eagles losing 4 games in the division.
As we said earlier, the Eagles play both NFC South and AFC West. In the coming weeks, we’ll dive deeper into the clashes, but on the surface you can’t help but realize the level of QB play our defense will face. In the NFC South, you have to face Sam Darnold and the Panthers, Matt Ryan and the Falcons, Jameis Winston and the Saints, and oh, Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champions.
AFC West offers an equally difficult challenge. They will face Derek Carr, Drew Lock / Teddy Bridgewater, Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes.
Philadelphia Eagles 2021 schedule:
|9-12||1 p.m.||Atlanta Falcons||A way|
|9-19||1 p.m.||San Fran 49ers||Home|
|9-27||8:30 p.m.||Dallas Cowboys||A way|
|10-3||1 p.m.||Kansas City Chiefs||Home|
|10-10||1 p.m.||Carolina Panthers||A way|
|10-14||8:20 p.m.||Tampa Bay Bucs||Home|
|10-24||4:25 p.m.||Las Vegas Adventurers||A way|
|10-31||1 p.m.||Detroit Lions||A way|
|11-7||1 p.m.||LA Chargers||Home|
|11-14||4:25 p.m.||Denver Broncos||A way|
|11-21||1 p.m.||Saints of New Orleans||Home|
|11-28||1 p.m.||New York Giants||A way|
|12-5||1 p.m.||New York Jets||A way|
|12-12||GOODBYE THE WEEK|
|12/18/19||To be determined||Washington football team||Home|
|12-26||1 p.m.||New York Giants||Home|
|1-2||1 p.m.||Washington football team||A way|
|1-9||1 p.m.||Dallas Cowboys||Home|
The Nick Sirianni era kicks off in Atlanta on September 12 against the Falcons. It will be the battle of the head coaches for the first time as the Atlanta coup also marks the start of the Arthur Smith era. Highly touted rookies Kyle Pitts and Devonta Smith will also make their debuts against each other. Matt Ryan, who went to William Penn Charter in Pennsylvania, is 4-4 for life against the Eagles with 17 TD and 12 INT.
The most difficult stretch appears to be Weeks 2-6 as the Eagles will face a tough QB game. During that streak, the Eagles will face Jimmy Garoppolo, Dak Prescott, Patrick Mahomes, Sam Darnold and Tom Brady. In addition to the difficult QBs, they will face the first clashes which also include talented players. At the same time, the Eagles will play Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, George Kittle, Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Tyreek Hill, Christian McCaffery, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown. The Eagles high school has plenty of questions ahead and the first 6 weeks of games are likely to result in more questions than answers.
One positive point to remember, according to John Clark, the Eagles will not have to board a plane for the last 8 weeks of the season. The ease of movement on the stretch could bode well for the rebuilding team if they found their grove late in the season.