As I begin this article, three days out of the 2019 National Football League draft, the Philadelphia Eagles are making their arrival back into the relevant spotlight for sports talk. Sure, one can argue that it is always relevant to talk about the Eagles, after all, it is debatable that football is the most popular sport in the United States. What I specifically mean is that with the NFL Draft approaching, we start to see 2019 really take shape. The football off season usually has a lot of eyes on it all the way back to tracking players who will be leaving your favorite team to the free agents who will be signing with your favorite team. The NFL Draft is where you take the first steps in investing in the future of the team. With the release of the 2019 schedule for the Eagles, we can look at the immediate future and let our minds run wild as the water cooler discussions begin regarding the wins and losses record and opportunities of a playoff appearance or championship run.
Before I take my own deep dive into the Philadelphia Eagles 2019 schedule, there was controversy blowing up regarding the three back-to-back-to-back road games that the Eagles have on their schedule this season. This is because the only team to have three back-to-back-to-back road games this year, not including the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers “home” games in London, is the Eagles who travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings, then to Dallas to play the Cowboys, and then finish in Buffalo against the Bills. At whom the finger pointing gets directed?
Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies. The National Football League tends to “ignore the Phillies when it comes to stadium blocks,” says Howard Katz. This in in the expectation that the Phillies will be playing meaningful baseball in October, which is a high possibility. I can only hope that is the case because I support the Phillies in my fandom, so playoff baseball means there is a shot for a World Series appearance and championship! My thoughts regarding how this impacts the Eagles is that it shouldn’t. Sure, they are the only team in the league with three back-to-back-to-back road games. However, if you are a good team and you are able to play tough football, it shouldn’t depend on the city. Champions are measured on how they overcome adversity. Now, let’s take a look at the 2019 Eagles schedule and my predictions:
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