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Philadelphia Eagles Schedule 2016: Game-by-game record predictions

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The 2016 NFL schedule is here so it's time to make some way too early predictions about how the Philadelphia Eagles will do this season.

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The Philadelphia Eagles 2016 schedule is HERE! There's still a lot of time before the season actually begins in September but it's never too early for some ridiculous game-by-game record predictions! Except ... it totally is way too early for that since the 2016 NFL Draft isn't even for another two weeks. It's a bit hard to do a projection since the Eagles have a new coaching staff and we don't have a clue if Doug Pederson can actually coach but that's not going to stop me from doing predictions anyway. Here we go!

Week 1 - Cleveland Browns (Sept. 11, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Win: The Eagles will start their season off strong. Philadelphia's defense will feast on Robert Griffin III, who is prone to taking a lot of sacks.

1-0

Week 2 - @ Chicago Bears (Sept. 19, 1:00 PM ET, ESPN) *Monday Night Football*

Loss: It used to feel like the Bears were in the NFC East considering how often the Eagles played them every year from 2007 through 2013 except 2012. Now after a two year break, the two teams will meet again. This is the first time in six years the Eagles will play on that awful surface at Soldier Field. I really can't get over how bad it is. It's so terrible that I'll predict it will cost the Eagles a win.

1-1

Week 3 - Pittsburgh Steelers (Sept. 25, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Loss: The Steelers had an absolutely lethal offense last season despite missing some of their key players at times. Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell will cause problems for this Eagles defense. The Eagles' perfect 8-0 record against the Steelers in Philly will come to an end here.

1-2

Week 4 - BYE

Not a big fan of such an early bye week.

Week 5 - @ Detroit Lions (Oct. 9, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Win: The Lions made sure to ruin the Eagles' Thanksgiving last season by kicking the stuffing out of the Birds. The good news for Philadelphia is that Calvin Johnson, who retired, is no longer around to torch Eric Rowe. Detroit got hot down the stretch to overcome an awful start last year but I still don't think Jim Caldwell is very inspiring. Plus I think Jim Schwartz is going to be really eager to win this one against his former team. Coming off the bye week is an extra bonus.

2-2

Week 6 - @ Washington Redskins (Oct. 16, 1:00 PM ET,  FOX)

Loss: Philly hasn't look good playing in Washington since the first game of the Chip Kelly era. Now, Washington is hardly some juggernaut. Yeah, they won the division in 2015, but they didn't beat a single team with a winning record all year. Still, I'll give them the edge here in a close one.

2-3

Week 7 - Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Win: The Vikings will lose this game on a missed field goal, just like how they lost to the Seahawks in the playoffs. Heartbreak all over again. The Birds have won eight out of their last 10 games against the Vikes in Philly.

3-3

Week 8 - @ Dallas Cowboys (Oct. 30, 8:30 PM ET, NBC) *Sunday Night Football*

Win: The Eagles are 6-1 in regular season games at AT&T Stadium since it opened in 2009. The Birds are always up for games they play in Dallas Arlington. Philadelphia's most satisfying performance during the miserable 2015 season was their overtime win where Sam Bradford connected with Jordan Matthews for a walkoff touchdown.

4-3

Week 9 - @ New York Giants (Nov. 6, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Win: The Birds have won 13 of their last 16 games against the G-Men. They’re 8-1 in road games during that span. Tom Coughlin is gone, so maybe that helps the Giants, but they replaced him with someone who used to work under him in Bob McAdoo. Advantage: Eagles.

5-3

Week 10 - Atlanta Falcons (Nov. 13, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Win: After getting off to a hot start last year, Atlanta totally folded in the second half of the season. I especially don't trust the Falcons playing on the road. I'll give this one to the Birds in midnight green.

6-3

Week 11 - @ Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 20, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)

Loss: One of the toughest places to play in today's NFL. That Seahawks defense is so good and so is Russell Wilson. If the Eagles had lost their meaningless Week 17 game last season, they would have had the chance to play the Rams in London. Instead they're stuck with a likely loss in this game against Seattle. Dumb.

6-4

Week 12 - Green Bay Packers (Nov. 28, 8:30 PM ET, ESPN) *Monday Night Football*

Loss: Aaron Rodgers is better than Sam Bradford. How's that for some analysis.

6-5

Week 13 - @ Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 4, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Loss: If only this game were in the first round of the playoffs, it'd be a lock for the Eagles to win. (That'd also be impossible since the Bengals play in a difference conference, but shut up.) It amazes me how Marvin Lewis can keep his job after going 0-7 in the playoffs. But he's good in the regular season so that's why he stays. The Eagles will have a tough time in Cincy.

6-6

Week 14 - Washington Redskins (Dec. 11, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Win: There's no way the Eagles will allow themselves to get swept by Washington two seasons in a row. Philly has a score to settle after Washington won the NFC East at The Linc last year. This is a win.

7-6

Week 15 - @ Baltimore Ravens (Dec. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Loss: The Ravens were better in 2015 than their bad record made it seem. They ranked 17th in DVOA and "only" ninth worst in point differential. They had a tough schedule with multiple trips out west in a short amount of time. Joe Flacco getting hurt only made matters worse. Baltimore will rebound this season. Sam Bradford won't get his much-desired revenge against Terrell Suggs for that dirty hit in the preseason last year.

7-7

Week 16 - New York Giants (Dec. 22, 8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN) *Thursday Night Football*

Win: As I already pointed out, the Eagles own the Giants. Philadelphia owns both New York teams, really. The Eagles are 10-0 against the Jets. Until something changes, I'll keep picking the Eagles to win these games.

8-7

Week 17 - Dallas Cowboys (Jan. 1, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

Loss: The Birds own the Cowboys when they're playing on the road but for some reason they haven't had the same kind of home success. The Eagles haven't won a home game against the Cowboys since 2012. They're 1-5 in their last six home games against the Cowboys. A soul-crushing loss for Philadelphia at home in the season finale.

8-8

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Final Record: 8-8

The Eagles have the makings of a mediocre team. Pederson is a complete unknown at head coach, for better or worse. Jim Schwartz should have the defense in good shape, which will help the Birds win some games. Starting quarterback Sam Bradford is average at best. 8-8 might actually be good enough to win the NFC East in what's considered in a weak division, but I don't see the Eagles going deep into the playoffs.