The NFL season is just a couple of weeks away. The Philadelphia Eagles have decisions to make on the final roster cuts over the next few weeks as they prepare for opening day.
With expectations raised after an excellent offseason and solid 2021 year, the Eagles go into the 2022 season expected to greatly improve their win total.
With one of the easiest schedules in football, it also helps that the start of their schedule is far more forgiving than last year’s. The franchise has also gotten some luck on the injury side as well.
The Commanders being without their best defensive piece is a massive blow. Washington added Carson Wentz to a talented roster that was looking to take the next step and now will be without their best player for a considerable time, against a considerable schedule.
It also has a major impact on the Eagles. Philadelphia plays Washington in week three of the 2022 season in the nation’s capital. The team swept Washington in 2022 thanks to Young’s late-season injury. Not having to see the former second overall pick until November will be a huge sigh of relief.
Eagles Schedule Lucks out on Paper
On Paper, Philly’s 2022 schedule is very manageable. Their toughest part of the schedule sees the Eagles host the Titans and Packers while going on the road to Indianapolis weeks prior. Yet the team has lucked out specifically in the earlier portion of their season.
DeAndre Hopkins suspension for PED usage means that he is out for the Eagles and Cardinals matchup. Remember, Hopkins caught nine catches for 169 yards and a touchdown. While Marquise Brown would be a helpful addiion, it’s not anywhere close to what Hopkins could do to the Eagles.
There’s also the fact that the Eagles play Dallas without Michael Gallup to start the season. While the receiver recovers from an ACL injury, the Eagles defense is far more prepared to handle the Cowboys offense this season. The trade of Amari Cooper specifically diminishes what the Cowboys can do offensively and without Michael Gallup, all coverage eyes will beon Dalton Shultz and Ceedee Lamb.
Gallup, Hopkins and now Young are all out for games against the Eagles.
Putting it eloquently, the Eagles lucked out with a very fortunate start to their schedule. A strong showing would give the team a needed confidence boost as they try to improve upon last year’s nine win season.
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