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First look at the Eagles’ 2021 opponents

The teams that Philadelphia will play next season.

Kansas City Chiefs v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

With the Philadelphia Eagles officially clinching last place in the 2020 NFC East (thanks to New York beating Dallas in Week 17), we now know all of their 2021 regular season opponents. Based on the league’s formulaic schedule structure, here’s an overview of the teams they’ll play.

EAGLES 2021 OPPONENTS

HOME GAMES

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kansas City Chiefs

Los Angeles Chargers

San Francisco 49ers

Dallas Cowboys

Washington Football Team

New York Giants

AWAY GAMES

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Las Vegas Raiders

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Dallas Cowboys

Washington Football Team

New York Giants

LOCATION UNCLEAR

New York Jets


The specific dates and times won’t be revealed until the NFL officially reveals the 2021 schedule around mid-to-late April.

As previously mentioned, the Eagles’ schedule is determined by a formula. They play the three NFC East teams twice a season, so that makes up six games. They also play one NFC and one AFC division, which rotates each year. In 2021, that’s the NFC South and the AFC West, so that’s eight more games. The Eagles then play the two teams from each of the other two NFC divisions that finished in the same spot in their division as Philadelphia. That would be the 49ers in the NFC West and the Lions in the NFC North.

New in 2021, the NFL is expected to expand the season to 17 games. If/when that officially goes through, the Eagles’ extra opponent will reportedly be a team in the AFC East that finished in the same spot in their division. So, the New York Jets. Not exactly clear if that will be a home or road game, though.

The NFL is typically a year-to-year league; there’s so much that can change from now until next season. With that said, here are some early thoughts about the Eagles’ 2021 opponents.

  • Only five of the Eagles’ 17 games will be against teams that made the 2021 playoffs. And two of those five are against an NFC East winner that had a losing record.
  • Yet another game against the Saints. 2021 will be the Eagles’ fourth meeting against New Orleans since November 2018.
  • The Eagles will play their first game against Patrick Mahomes. Third meeting against Andy Reid since moving on from him in 2012. The Eagles are 0-2 against Reid thus far.
  • Having to face Justin Herbert in Year 2 could be a real challenge. Showed a lot of promise as a rookie.
  • Wonder who the 49ers will have at quarterback next year. Don’t think it’s going to be Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Might the Broncos make a run at Carson Wentz? Could see John Elway wanting to go after him.
  • The Eagles will play their first ever game in Las Vegas. It’ll also be their first game against Jon Gruden since Matt Bryant hit a game-winning 62-yard field goal for the Bucs back in 2006.
  • The Eagles’ undefeated all-time record against the Jets (11-0) will be on the line again.