With Eagles training camp set to begin in less than two weeks, let's look ahead to the upcoming season. I'm going to spend the next couple of days breaking down Philadelphia's 2016 schedule into four quarters. As a reminder, click here for the entire 2016 Eagles schedule. We previewed Philadelphia's first quarter on Monday and second quarter on Tuesday. Now let's look at the next four.
Week 10 - Atlanta Falcons (Nov. 13, 1:00 PM)
The 2015 Falcons were the opposite of the 2015 Lions. Atlanta got off to a hot 6-1 start before finishing the season at 8-8 and missing the playoffs. The Falcons did have an impressive win near the end of the season; they ruined the Carolina Panthers' chance at a perfect record.
Eagles fans won't soon forget how Matt Ryan and Julio Jones torched Byron Maxwell in Week 1 last year. Maxwell is gone, but it's not like the Eagles replaced him with stud corners. Dealing with Jones will be a tough task once again. The Falcons upgraded on the aging Roddy White by replacing him with Mohamed Sanu, who is a nice No. 2 option.
The defensive-minded Dan Quinn will be looking for improvement from Atlanta's defense. The Falcons used a first round pick on pass rusher Vic Beasley last year and another on safety Keanu Neal in 2016.
Atlanta can rarely be trusted to win on the road, so I feel somewhat confident taking the Eagles to win here.
Week 11 - at Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 20, 4:25 PM)
Arguably the toughest game on Philadelphia's schedule. The Seahawks are one of the best teams in the NFC and it's very hard to beat them on their home field. Russell Wilson has the ability to neutralize the pass rush with his mobility. The Seahawks no longer have Marshawn Lynch, which hurts their running game, but Thomas Rawls showed promise as a rookie in 2015.
Seattle's defense against Philadelphia's offense is a huge mismatch. Points are going to be hard to by for the Eagles in this one. Feels like a loss.
Week 12 - Green Bay Packers (Nov. 28, 8:30 PM)
After facing Seattle, things don't get easier. The Eagles travel home to Philly to play the Packers on Monday Night Football. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has experience going up against Aaron Rodgers from their time together in the NFC North. Schwartz is going to need to scheme up something special in order to stop one of the best football players in the universe.
The Packers aren't an incredibly impressive team outside of Rodgers. If not for a Hail Mary win against Detroit, Green Bay would have ended the season 3-6 in their final nine games. The Eagles might be able to score on this Packers team, but it will be hard to stop them from scoring. I'll say the Pack take this one.
Week 13 - at Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 4, 1:00 PM ET)
As if going to face the Bengals in Cincinnati wasn't challenging enough, the Eagles have to do it on short rest. Andy Dalton isn't thought of as one of the scarier quarterbacks to face but he was pretty good last year. Cincy lost offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, so we'll see if that has an impact on their offense. The Bengals' defense is talented, too. I can't predict an Eagles win here.
(A brief aside: How is Marvin Lewis still head coach? The Bengals have had regular season success, yes, but they're 0-6 in the playoffs since 2003. How many more first round exits can he survive?)
Is 2-2 possible?
It's going to be very tough for the Birds to get two wins out of this stretch. 0-4 isn't out of the question. The feeling here is that the Eagles go 1-3 in this stretch. If that's the case, I have them around 4-8 or 5-7 at this point. That's not obviously not great, but they still might be alive in a weak division. Keep in mind Philadelphia hosts all three division opponents at home over the final four weeks of the schedule.
Tomorrow I'll preview the fourth and final quarter of the Eagles' schedule. For now, what say you about these four games? Where will the Eagles stand after the third quarter?