The dreaded doldrums of the NFL dead zone will be soon be over. In about a week, Eagles training camp starts. Shortly after that, preseason football will follow. And then in "only" about seven weeks the actual games kick off. So with nothing better to do than to look ahead to the upcoming Philadelphia Eagles season, I'm going to spend the next couple of days breaking down the team's 2014 schedule into four quarters. Here's a look at the entire 2014 Eagles schedule. Today we'll look at weeks 9-13. [Weeks 1-4] [Weeks 5-8] [Weeks 9-13]
Week 14 - Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 7, 4:25 PM)
I love this one already. The Eagles come off a big Thanksgiving game to face the reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in Philadelphia. The Eagles will have a little extra rest thanks to playing on Thursday. I'm not sure it will matter. This will be a great test of just how good the Eagles offense really is. The Seattle defense is going to be tough. I'm sure Richard Sherman will want to cover Riley Cooper the whole game.
Week 15 - Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 14, 8:30 PM)
Didn't the Eagles just play the Cowboys? Yes, they did. And this time it's in Philadelphia. If the Cowboys weren't already done by Thanksgiving, I'd think they're going to be dead in the water at this point. I expect this one to be less competitive than their first meeting.
Week 16 - @ Washington Redskins (Dec. 20, 4:30 PM)
Kind of a weird one because it's on a Saturday. This game has the making of a letdown. I predict DeSean Jackson will have been quiet at The Linc but he'll make some noise in this one. I think Washington could still be in the playoff hunt at this point but still behind the Eagles and Giants.
Week 17 - @ New York Giants (Dec. 28, 1:00 PM)
The last time the Eagles played the G-Men in a Week 17 finale, well, it didn't go so great. It was back in 2012 and it was Andy Reid's last game with the Eagles. This time around things should be different. I imagine the NFC East winner is determined by this game and I don't see why the Eagles can't take the crown for two straight years in a row.
Is 3-1 possible?
It'll be tough. I think 2-2 is more realistic here. Keeping on pace from the previous posts, I have the Eagles finishing around 10-6 again (give or take a game) and making the playoffs as the NFC East champions. Or a wild card spot at least.
What say you about this last stretch of games? What will the Eagles final record be?