The (tentative?) 2020 NFL schedule is here! Here’s how the 16-game regular season shapes up for your Philadelphia Eagles.
Week 1 - at Washington Redskins (Sept. 13, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 2 - vs. Los Angeles Rams (Sept. 20, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Cincinnati Bengals (Sept. 27, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 4 - at San Francisco 49ers (Oct. 4, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 5 - at Pittsburgh Steelers (Oct. 11, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - vs. Baltimore Ravens (Oct. 18, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 7 - vs. New York Giants (Oct. 22, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) Thursday Night Football
Week 8 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 1, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 9 - BYE
Week 10 - at New York Giants (Nov. 15, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 11 - at Cleveland Browns (Nov. 22, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. Seattle Seahawks (Nov. 30, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 13 - at Green Bay Packers (Dec. 6, 4:25 PM ET, CBS)
Week 14 - vs. New Orleans Saints (Dec. 13, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Arizona Cardinals (Dec. 20, 4:05 PM ET, FOX)
Week 16 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 27, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 17 - vs. Washington Redskins (Jan. 3, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
2021 NFL Playoffs Schedule
Wild Card Round - Jan. 9 - Jan. 11
Divisional Round - Jan. 16 and Jan. 17
Conference Championships - Jan. 23 and Jan. 24
Super Bowl - Feb. 7
(Pro Bowl - Jan. 31)
Primetime Eagles games: 4
Strength of schedule: 19th easiest based on forecasted 2020 season win totals
Flexible scheduling: NFL flex scheduling can occur from Week 5 through Week 17. The league can flex no more than two games into Sunday Night Football between Week 5 and Week 10.
Coronavirus pandemic considerations: No one knows for sure what football is going to look like this year. Will the games even take place at all? Will there be cancellations or postponements? Will teams play in empty stadiums? So much uncertainty.
Formulaic scheduling: 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 West is in rotation for 2020, which means the Eagles will play against the Seahawks, 49ers, Rams, and Cardinals. Another four games come against an AFC Division. This year, the Eagles will face the AFC North: Ravens, Steelers, Browns, and Bengals. 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 first in their division in 2020, they will play the Packers from the NFC North and the Saints from the NFC South.
17th game coming soon: The new CBA allows the league to add a 17th game as soon as the 2021 season. The latest it will be incorporated is 2023. It remains to be seen how that 17th game fits into the formula. Until then, this is what the Eagles’ future opponents look like:
2021: NFC South, AFC West, NFC North and West divisional finish, NFC East
2022: NFC North, AFC South, NFC South and West divisional finish, NFC East
2023: NFC West, AFC East, NFC North and South divisional finish, NFC East
Eagles 2020 Preseason Schedule
Week 1 - at Indianapolis Colts (TBD)
Week 2 - at Miami Dolphins (TBD)
Week 3 - vs. New England Patriots (TBD)
Week 4 - vs. New York Jets (TBD)
Stay tuned to BGN for more coverage on the Eagles’ schedule.