Why is this the case? It turns out it has something to do with their neighbors across the street at Citizens Bank Park: the Philadelphia Phillies.
EAGLES-PHILS1@AngeloCataldi alert!— Peter King (@peter_king) April 18, 2019
From The Peter King Podcast dropping in the morning on NFL sked:
The only 3-game road trip this year (not counting Oak and TB having “home” games in London) is Eagles Oct. 13, 20, 27—at Min, at Dal, at Buf.
Why? Bryce Harper and the Phils.
EAGLES-PHILS2— Peter King (@peter_king) April 18, 2019
Schedule czar Howard Katz told me: “We usually ignore the Phillies when it comes to stadium blocks. But I don’t think we can this year.”
(Stadium blocks occur when NFL avoids scheduling a home NFL game in a city when league thinks MLB team will be playing same day.)
EAGLES-PHILS3— Peter King (@peter_king) April 18, 2019
How about the Bryce Harper signing influencing the NFL schedule?
In simpler terms, the NFL limited the amount of Eagles home games in October because they think the Phillies are going to be making a playoff run. The NFL is trying to avoid a messy scheduling conflict.
On one hand, it’s exciting to think there’s an expectation the Phils are going to be really good. They’re certainly off to a nice start by sitting atop the NL East with an 11-6 record.
On the other hand, the Eagles having three straight road games does put them at a disadvantage. History indicates it’s very challenging for teams to win that third straight road game.
Here’s hoping the Phillies make good use of the sacrifice (hey, look, baseball pun!). It’d be disappointing if the Eagles were put at a disadvantage for naught.
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