The 2016 NFL schedule is officially here and we have all the details. Here's how the schedule shapes up for the Philadelphia Eagles:
Week 1 - Cleveland Browns (Sept. 11, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 2 - @ Chicago Bears (Sept. 19, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) *Monday Night Football*
Week 3 - Pittsburgh Steelers (Sept. 25, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)
Week 4 - BYE
Week 5 - @ Detroit Lions (Oct. 9, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - @ Washington Redskins (Oct. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 7 - Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - @ Dallas Cowboys (Oct. 30, 8:30 PM ET, NBC) *Sunday Night Football*
Week 9 - @ New York Giants (Nov. 6, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 10 - Atlanta Falcons (Nov. 13, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 11 - @ Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 20, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)
Week 12 - Green Bay Packers (Nov. 28, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) *Monday Night Football*
Week 13 - @ Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 4, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 14 - Washington Redskins (Dec. 11, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 16 - New York Giants (Dec. 22, 8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN) *Thursday Night Football*
Week 17 - Dallas Cowboys (Jan. 1, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Primetime games: 4
Strength of schedule: .469 (7th easiest)
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The NFL schedule follows a set pattern each year so we already have an idea of who the Eagles will play in future seasons. Six of the Eagles' sixteen opponents will always be their NFC East rivals: the Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins. The Eagles will also play the entirety of one of the NFC Divisions. The NFC North is in rotation for 2016, which means the Eagles will play against the Packers, Vikings, Bears, and Lions.
The remaining two games come against NFC teams that finish in the same spot in the divisional standings as the Eagles. Since the Eagles finished second in their division in 2015, they will play the NFC South runner-up Falcons and NFC West runner-up Seahawks.
If the formulaic schedule doesn't change, this is what the Eagles' future opponents will look like:
2017: NFC West, AFC West, NFC North and South divisional finish, NFC East
2018: NFC South, AFC South, NFC North and West divisional finish, NFC East
2019: NFC North, AFC East, NFC South and West divisional finish, NFC East
Eagles Preseason Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2 - at Pittsburgh Steelers - Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7:00 PM ET
Week 3 - at Indianapolis Colts
Week 4 - vs. New York Jets
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