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Pros and cons of the Eagles’ 2020 schedule

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More good or bad?

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Now that the Eagles’ 2020 schedule is out (click here), let’s take a closer looks at the pros and cons.

PROS

  • The Eagles don’t play any teams coming off their bye weeks. That’s nice.
  • The Eagles open their schedule against Washington for the second year in a row. I’ll repeat what I said at this time last year: “I like kicking off the season against an NFC East rival. A Week 1 division win has the potential to set a nice tone for the season, just as it did for the Eagles in 2017.” I’ll also add that a shortened offseason could especially hurt Washington since they have a new head coach and a second-year quarterback.
  • The Los Angeles Rams have to travel to the East Coast to play in Philly at 10:00 AM PT. Typically a disadvantage for West Coast teams.
  • Joe Burrow won’t have a full offseason like he normally would. Better for the Eagles to get an inexperienced rookie quarterback like that earlier in the year.
  • There’s real potential to get off to a fast 3-0 start.
  • The Eagles don’t have to play a Thursday night game on the road. The short week can be especially tough on the traveling team.
  • The Eagles have extra time to prepare for their Week 8 Dallas Cowboys game at home right after hosting the New York Giants on Thurday Night Football.
  • The bye week is in the exact middle of the season.
  • The New Orleans Saints are playing their third straight road game in Philly. They’re also going to have to play out in the cold instead of the confines of their dome.

CONS

  • The coronavirus pandemic exists and it’s unclear if the schedule will be impacted.
  • The Eagles don’t play any teams coming off Monday Night Football short weeks.
  • It could be nice to have a bye against a tougher opponent than the Giants, though division games are obviously most important and can be trickier than expected.
  • The Eagles will be facing three future Hall of Fame quarterbacks in three straight weeks: Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees.
  • The Seahawks are coming off extra rest from Week 11 Thursday Night Football before playing the Eagles.
  • The Eagles are coming off a Monday Night Football short week before traveling to Green Bay.
  • The Eagles could be playing a must-win game in Dallas in Week 16.

OVERALL

There’s more good than bad, which is good. There are some real tough stretches (Week 4 through Week 6 and Week 12 through Week 14) but that’s part of the nature of playing a first place schedule after winning the NFC East last year.

What say you?

Poll

How do you feel about the Eagles’ schedule?

This poll is closed

  • 60%
    It’s good
    (2500 votes)
  • 33%
    Meh
    (1368 votes)
  • 5%
    It’s bad
    (242 votes)
4110 votes total Vote Now