Breaking down the Philadelphia Eagles 2021 schedule

NFL: DEC 13 Saints at Eagles
PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 13: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) passes to tight end Dallas Goedert (88) against New Orleans Saints on December 13, 2020 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)

It’s finally here! The Philadelphia Eagles now have their roadmap for the 2021-2022 season and fans will know when to start booking those trips across the country. The schedule for Nick Sirianni’s maiden season as a Head Coach is here.

Week 1: @ Atlanta Falcons
Week 2: San Francisco 49ers
Week 3: @ Dallas Cowboys
Week 4: Kansas City Chiefs

Oddly, things start out pretty comfortably for the Eagles. Prior to the last time the two clashed in a season opener, the Eagles actually won three consecutive meetings, including that iconic playoff victory. The Falcons are a team who will very much be an all-or-nothing franchise this season, wobbling on the line between a rebuild and a strong playoff push. If the Eagles can start out the right way, they may have enough firepower to get past.

The Niners are going to be an interesting team because of the QB situation, but facing a rookie at home is always a good way to start the year and there’s a strong chance the team advance to a 2-0 record before things get tough.

Facing that Cowboys offense won’t be easy and the game is then followed by a clash with the Kansas City Chiefs of all teams just one week later. Jonathan Gannon’s first real test as defensive coordinator will be keeping his units head above water.

Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers
Week 6: Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 7: @ Las Vegas Raiders
Week 8: @ Detroit Lions

Sam Darnold and the Panthers will host another explosive offense that will really test the linebackers in coverage before the reigning Super Bowl champs travel to Philadelphia. Surely not another game where Tom Brady ends up being unseated by a performance for the ages?

Back-to-back road games will be tricky as we approach their halfway stage, but the Lions are in a very different spot to the Raiders. There’s a good chance that Las Vegas are red-hot by this point, but Jared Goff’s Lions team could be ripe for picking apart.

Week 9: Los Angeles Chargers
Week 10: @ Denver Broncos
Week 11: New Orleans Saints
Week 12: @ New York giants

2020 rookie of the year Justin Herbert means business and playing at mile-high is no easy task, although the QB situation may make life a little easier.

The Saints always seem to be a bogey team. Jalen Hurts was able to cook up something special last season, breaking the recent curse, but will he be able to do it against an actual quarterback in Jameis Winston? It’s going to be another defensive stress test to say the least.

Closing out the third quarter of the season is a clash with the Giants. The Eagles won’t have had a bye-week at this point and a road trip at this stage could be tricky. Let’s just hope Daniel Jones doesn’t trip up with such a big opportunity…

Week 13: @ New York Jets
Week 14: BYE
Week 15: Washington Football Team
Week 16: New York Giants
Week 17: @ Washington Football Team
Week 18: Vs Dallas Cowboys

A winnable game against the Jets right before a much-needed BYE is one thing, but to come right before four divisional games? That’s going one of two ways.

Those final four games of the season could well decide the playoff fate of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021. So long as they can salvage at least 3-4 wins from the opening 13 games, there’s a good chance that they’d be able to sneak into a newly implemented wildcard spot, or challenge for the division with a strong close of Sirianni can work through teething problems.

With the schedule now revealed, all eyes turn to rookie minicamp which will be hosted down at the NovaCare Complex this weekend. Stay tuned for coverage!

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