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 By Andrew Porter

Week 14 – Washington Redskins (6-5-1) @ Eagles (5-7) – Sunday, December 11th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles enter Sunday’s game on a three-game losing streak and just 2-7 since their Week 4 bye week.

Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has continued to struggle since his early season success, throwing three interceptions on 60 pass attempts in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Bengals.

First look for the Redskins: The Redskins are on a two-game skid of their own, losing by five points to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and by eight points to the Cardinals last week.

However, the Washington offense continues to click, scoring 23 or more points in five straight games. Their red zone struggles continue to hurt them.

First look for the game: Both teams are dealing with key injuries on offense. The Eagles were without Ryan Mathews and Jordan Matthews last week and the Redskins were without their top tight end Jordan Reed.

Kirk Cousins is third in the NFL with 3,811 passing yards and Washington is second in the NFL averaging 418.6 yards per game. The Eagles have been struggling defensively lately, having allowing 26 or more points in each of their last three games.

Washington beat the Eagles 27-20 in Week 6 in Washington.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Redskins -1 at Eagles

Sunday, December 11th – Redskins vs. Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field 

Week 13 – Eagles (5-6) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-7-1) – Sunday, December 4th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are struggling mightily, now losers of four of their last five games.

In Week 12, the Eagles lost 27-13 at home to the Packers, falling below .500 for the first time this season. Dealing with injuries to Ryan Mathews, Big V, Brandon Brooks (illness), plus Nelson Agholor as a healthy scratch and Jordan Matthews leaving the game with an ankle injury, the Eagles were depleted on offense.

Defensively, Aaron Rodgers carved up the Eagles at home for 313 yards and two touchdowns.

First look for the Bengals: The Eagles have lost two in a row, but the Bengals have lost three in a row.

And they’re also dealing with devastating injuries on offense, losing Giovani Bernard for the season with a torn ACL and star WR A.J. Green to a hamstring injury. Green is unlikely to play against the Eagles.

First look for the game: The Bengals are scoring 19.4 points per game, 27th in the NFL. The Eagles are allowing exactly 19.4 points per game, tied for fifth best in the NFL.

With Green likely out, the Bengals may have difficulty finding the end zone against the Eagles.

However, the Eagles have given up 26 and 27 points in their last two losses and are just 1-5 on the road this season.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles -2.5 at Bengals

Sunday, December 4th – Eagles vs. Bengals @ Paul Brown Stadium

 

Week 12 – Green Bay Packers (4-6) @ Eagles (5-5) – Monday, November 28th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles have lost three of their last four games and five of their last seven. They have not scored 24 points or more since Week 3 and they’re struggling offensively.

The story from last week was Nelson Agholor, who dropped his only target (other than a two-point conversion) and committed an illegal formation penalty negating a touchdown. Since being drafted as a first-round pick in 2015, Agholor has struggled. The Eagles have activated WR Paul Turner and Agholor’s role could be reduced going forward.

Carson Wentz has struggled of late, throwing two interceptions and four interceptions over the past three games (1-2).

Running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Darren Sproles (ribs) both suffered injuries on Sunday. Right-tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (MCL sprain) is reportedly expected to miss four games.

First look for the Packers: The Packers are also struggling, losers of four in a row.

The Packers have been outscored by 40 points over their past two games, losing 42-24 on Sunday Night Football to the Washington Redskins.

While QB Aaron Rodgers is still putting up gaudy numbers (2,761 yards, 25 TDs, 7 INTs), there have been plenty of reports from former players questioning his character, personality, and leadership ability.

The Packers have dealt with injuries at running back all season, losing Eddie Lacy and James Starts for extended time. While Lacy is out for the season, Starks returned last week.

First look for the game: Green Bay is allowing 265.6 passing yards per game, 23rd in the NFL.

The Eagles, on the flip side, are averaging just 222.1 passing yards per game, 25th in the NFL. The Packers are allowing over 27 points per game, sixth worst in the NFL.

The Eagles are 4-0 at home this season, while the Packers are 1-4 on the road.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles -3 vs. Packers

Monday, November 28th – Packers vs. Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field

 

Week 11 – Eagles (5-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1) Sunday, November 20th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles played one of their best games of the year on Sunday, getting a big 24-15 win over the Falcons.

The Eagles are now 4-0 at home, allowing just 9.5 points to opponents at the Linc.

Ryan Mathews totaled 139 yards on 21 touches and scored both of the Eagles’ touchdowns. Mathews received just nine carries combined in the previous two games, before getting 19 on Sunday. The Eagles are now 4-1 when Mathews receives 10 or more touches.

First look for the Seahawks: The Seahawks are coming off of a big 31-24 win against the now 7-2 Patriots.

Russell Wilson is back to playing elite football, as he was 25-37 for 348 yards and 3 TDs. Doug Baldwin caught all three touchdowns.

Rookie CJ Prosise took over Seattle’s primary running back duties, carrying 17 times for 66 yards and catching all seven of his targets for 87 yards.

First look for the game: The Eagles will have to contain Russell Wilson in Sunday in Seattle.

The Eagles have 25.0 sacks this season, which is tied for 6th in the NFL. However, the elusive Wilson has been sacked just 19.0 times, which is tied for 10th least in the NFL.

The Seahawks should have no problem with the Eagles lack of outside weapons with CB Richard Sherman. Expect a heavy dose of Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz in the passing game for Philadelphia.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles +6  vs. Seahawks

Sunday, November 20th – Eagles vs. Seahawks @ CenturyLink Field

 

Week 10 – Atlanta Falcons (6-3) @ Eagles (4-4) Sunday, November 13th

 

First look for the Eagles: All of the sudden, the Eagles have lost four games in five weeks. They have lost those four games by a total of 19 points, which enhances the frustration for Eagles fans.

Over those last five games, Wentz has thrown just four touchdowns to five interceptions.

The Eagles have gone away from RB Ryan Mathews, as 33-year-old Darren Sproles has received 80-plus percent of the snaps for two straight weeks.

After releasing WR Josh Huff following his arrest last week, undrafted rookie WR Bryce Treggs made his impact felt against the Giants stretching the defense for a big 58-yard catch. He finished with 2 catches for 69 yards on limited snaps.

Defensively, other than Nolan Carroll the Eagles secondary struggled against Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants. Carroll allowed just one catch and had an interception, but Leodis McKelvin allowed four catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

First look for the Falcons: While the Eagles enter this week as one of the league’s coldest teams, the Falcons come into Philly as one of the hottest. Winners of two straight and six of their last eight, the 6-3 Falcons are feeling good about themselves.

Falcons veteran QB Matt Ryan, from Exton, Pennsylvania (Penn Charter HS) is playing the best ball of his career. Ryan leads the NFL with 2,980 passing yards while completing 69.6 percent of his passes. He has 23 touchdowns to just four interceptions. The Falcons lead the NFL in points per game at 33.9 and are second in yards per game with 429.2.

WR Julio Jones is leading the NFL in receiving with 970 yards on 51 catches with five touchdowns.

On the flip side, the Falcons are giving up 381.1 yards per game and 28.8 points per game.

First look for the game: The Eagles are going to have to find a way to stop the Falcons’ passing attack with Ryan and Jones, complimented by talented running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, who is optimistic he will return from injury.

Atlanta is giving up 289 passing yards per game, second worst in the NFL, so Carson Wentz will look to get back on track at home.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles -1 vs. Falcons

Sunday, November 13th – Falcons vs. Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field

 

Week 9 – Eagles (4-3) @ (4-3) New York Giants Sunday, November 6th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles enter Week 9 coming off their most frustrating loss of the 2016 season, a 29-23 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles had plenty of chances to put the Cowboys away, but they couldn’t. Doug Pederson is taking the brunt of the criticism for the loss, largely for his decision to punt rather than attempt a 53-yard field goal midway through the 4th quarterback that would have given the Eagles a 10-point lead. In overtime, the Cowboys scored on their first possession to win the game.

Carson Wentz completed 32 of 43 passes, but for just 202 yards (4.7 yards per attempt). Collectively, the Eagles’ receivers dropped six balls. Darren Sproles received 80-percent of the snap share for the first time in his career, accumulating over 100 yards from scrimmage on 20 touches. Ryan Mathews played just eight snaps.

Defensively, the Eagles allowed 460 yards of offense to the Cowboys. Brandon Graham had 11 of the Eagles’ 23 pressures and Jordan Hicks came away with his second straight interception at Cowboys Stadium in as many games.

The Eagles are now 0-2 in divisional game.

First look for the Giants: The Giants are coming off of their bye week at 4-3 and tied with the Eagles in the NFC East.

While Eli Manning is putting together another solid season as he is 10th in the NFL averaging 283 passing yards per game, the Giants are struggling to run the ball. They’re averaging a league worst 70.3 rushing yards per game.

Starting running back Rashad Jennings has missed three games this season and expects to be back to full strength for Sunday. Top wideout Odell Beckham Jr. is the Giants’ most explosive weapon. He has 40 catches for 630 yards (6th most in the NFL).

First look for the game: The Eagles will look to stop the Giants aerial attack led by Beckham Jr.

The Giants are strong in the secondary with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, rookie Eli Apple, and Landon Collins. However, the Giants have struggled putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season, recording just 9.0 sacks in seven games.

On the flip side, they’ve allowed just 11.0 sacks this season, so Brandon Graham and the Eagles’ defense will need to get pressure on Manning.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles +3 at Giants

Sunday, November 6th – Eagles vs. Giants @ MetLife Stadium

 

Week 8 – Eagles (4-2) @ (5-1) Dallas Cowboys Sunday, October 30th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles stormed after Sam Bradford, en route to a 21-10 Week 7 win on Sunday.

The Eagles sacked Bradford six times, knocking him down 19 times. Brandon Graham led the charge with eight hurries, six QB hits, a sack, and a forced fumble. Jordan Hicks, Rodney McLeod, and Connor Barwin also had excellent games for the Birds.

Offensively, they struggled accumulating just 239 yards on 54 plays. Carson Wentz turned the ball three times finishing 16-28 for 138 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs. Ryan Mathews accumulated 83 of their offensive yards on just 15 touches, but fumbled late in the game for the second time in three weeks.

First look for the Cowboys: The Cowboys are coming off of their bye week as the hottest team in football, winners of five straight.

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has thrown for 1.486 yards, seven touchdowns, and no interceptions while rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott is leading the league in rushing with 703 yards (5.1 per carry) and five touchdowns.

Dallas is doing all of this without Dez Bryant for the majority of their games, who is expected to return on Sunday.

First look for the game: This game could have major playoff implications down the road, as the winner will take over first place in the NFC East.

With Tony Romo still recovering with a back injury, Prescott is expected to make his seventh straight start for the Cowboys. Star WR Dez Bryant is expected to be back from injury.

The Eagles will look to get pressure on Prescott against Dallas’ elite offensive line. The Cowboys have allowed just 9.0 sacks in five games, less than 2.0 per game tied for the least in the NFL. The Eagles are among the league leaders in sacks with 20.0 in six games.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles +4.5 at Cowboys

Sunday, October 30th – Eagles vs. Cowboys @ AT&T Stadium

 

Week 7 – Minnesota Vikings (5-0) @ Eagles (3-2) Sunday, October 23rd

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles have lost two games and their starting right tackle in two weeks, and are all of the sudden struggling.

The Eagles allowed 493 total yards and 230 rushing yards to the Redskins in an ugly 27-20 loss. A Wendell Smallwood kick return touchdown and a Malcolm Jenkins pick six made it look a little bit better than it actually was.

Filling in for Lane Johnson, who was suspended 10 games for violating the league’s PED policy, was fifth-round pick rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai (“Big V”). Big V struggled allowing two sacks, a hit, and two hurries in 29 dropbacks in his first career NFL action.

First look for the Vikings: The Vikings are the NFL’s only undefeated team.

Acquiring Sam Bradford from the Eagles about a week before the start of the season has paid off for Minnesota, as Bradford is completing 70.4-percent of his passes. He has thrown for 990 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions.

With Adrian Peterson out for the season, Jerick Mckinnon and Matt Asiata have filled in nicely. Young talented wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, along with veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph, have all played well this season.

Defensively, Minnesota has been really dominant, leading the NFL allowing just 12.6 points per game. They’re second in the NFL allowing just 287.6 yards per game and they lead the NFL with 3.8 sacks per game.

First look for the game: Bradford makes his return to Philly, as the Eagles return home for their first time since their 34-3 thrashing of the Steelers in Week 3.

The key to the game will be how the Eagles’ offensive line protects Carson Wentz against the ferocious Vikings’ pass rush. Minnesota leads the NFL in turnover ratio at +11 while the Eagles are third best at +6.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Vikings -2.5 at Eagles

Sunday, October 23rd – Vikings at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field

 

Week 6 – Eagles (3-1) @ Washington Redskins (2-3) Sunday, October 16th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles lost a devastating game in Detroit in Week 5, 24-23.

Leading 23-21 late in the game, Ryan Mathews fumbled on a 3rd-and-2 carry. The Lions went ahead with a field goal and on the Eagles’ first play during the ensuing drive, Carson Wentz threw his first career interception ending the game. Those two turnovers were the Eagles’ first and second giveaways of the season.

Wentz played his fourth straight solid game, completing 25-33 passes for 238 yards, 2 TD’s, and 1 INT.

Defensively, the Eagles struggled early allowing three straight passing touchdowns to start the game and 199 total yards in the first 30 minutes. However, in the second half, the Birds held the Lions to just 45 total yards and three points.

First look for the Redskins: The Redskins enter Week 6 as one of the hottest teams in football, on a three-game winning streak.

Washington beat Baltimore 16-10 on Sunday in a windy game. Washington still managed 310 yards of offense, with Kirk Cousins throwing for 260 of them. Pierre Garcon was their leading receiver catching five of seven targets for 56 yards and a touchdown.

The Redskins did allow 118 yards on 19 carries to the Ravens, but held them to 10 points.

First look for the game: Washington boasts one of the game’s most dangerous passing attacks with Cousins throwing to Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, and Jamison Crowder. Cousins is sixth in the NFL with 1,432 passing yards.

Defensively, Washington is just 28th in the NFL allowing 392 yards and almost 25 points per game.

The Eagles have the third best rushing defense in the NFL, allowing just 73.3 yards per game. They’re giving up just 194 yards per game in the air, sixth best in the NFL, but expect Washington to throw a lot on Sunday at home.

Despite the two turnovers on Sunday, the Eagles are still 4th in the NFL in turnover differential at +5. Washington is +1.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles -2.5 at Redskins

Sunday, October 16th – Eagles at Redskins @ FedEx Field 

 

Week 5 – Eagles (3-0) @ Detroit Lions (1-3) Sunday, October 9th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles enter Week 5 coming off their bye week, hoping to have a fully healthy roster.

Offensive lineman Lane Johnson will reportedly have his appeals hearing on Tuesday. Johnson hopes to avoid a potential 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy for the second time in his career.

Starting running back Ryan Mathews, who was very limited in the Eagles’ Week 3 win over the Steelers with an ankle injury, hopes to return fully healthy for Week 5. As does cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and tight end Zach Ertz (rib displacement).

First look for the Lions: The Lions are struggling. After opening the season with a last second win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Lions have lost three straight games to fall to 1-3.

Last Sunday, the Lions lost 17-14 to the Chicago Bears, recording just 263 yards of total offense and just 66 rushing yards. Matthew Stafford threw for just 213 yards, 0 TD’s, and 2 INT’s.

Stafford had some miscommunication with wide receiver Golden Tate resulting in one of his two interceptions. Tate, who has just 14 catches for 95 yards on the season, was subsequently benched.

The Lions lost second-year running back Ameer Abdullah in Week 3, who was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. On Sunday, rookie running back Dwayne Washington limped off with an ankle injury and did not return.

First look for the game: The Lions are 25th in the NFL allowing 386.3 points per game through four games this season and 20th in the NFL allowing 25.5 points per game. The Lions have also struggled getting takeaways this season, recording just one in four games accoutning for a -3 turnover differential.

For the Eagles, it’s the far opposite, as the Birds have allowed just 9.0 points per game on defense (1st in NFL) and 274.3 yards per game allowed (4th in NFL). The Eagles’ turnover differential is +6, tied for second best in the NFL.

Offensively, the Eagles will have to contain one of the league’s best QB-WR connections in Stafford to Marvin Jones. Stafford is 4th in the NFL with 1,198 passing yards while Jones has 482 receiving yards, just six yards off Julio Jones’ league-best mark.

When the Eagles have the ball, they’ll have to game plan against the Lions’ fourth-year cornerback Darius Slay, who has quickly become one of the top NFL shutdown corners in the NFL.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles -2.5 at Lions

Sunday, October 9th – Eagles at Lions @ Ford Field 

 

Week 4 – Eagles (3-0) BYE Sunday, October 2nd

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles enter the bye week as one of the NFL’s biggest surprises.

After a 34-3 beat down of the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at the Linc, the Eagles improved to 3-0. They are the only team in the NFL yet to commit a turnover and have an NFL best +65 point differential.

Rookie QB Carson Wentz — who was 23-31 for 301 yards, 2 TDs, and 0 INTs on Sunday — now has thrown an NFL record 102 pass attempts to start his career without an interception.

The Eagles have allowed just 9.0 points per game on defense (1st in NFL) and 274.3 yards per game allowed (4th in NFL). They have a turnover differential of +6 (2nd best in NFL) and 10 sacks (t-3rd most in NFL).

First look at the bye: The Eagles are expected to get Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Zach Ertz (rib displacement) back from injury after the bye week. Running back Ryan Mathews, who was held to limited snaps vs. the Steelers with an ankle injury, will look to return to full health after the bye week as well.

The Eagles will play at the 1-2 Detroit Lions in Week 5. The Lions play at the 0-3 Chicago Bears in Week 4.

 

Week 3 – Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) @ Eagles (2-0) Sunday, September 25th

 

First look for the Eagles: Carson Wentz is one of the NFL’s biggest stories.

After a 29-14 win over the Bears, Wentz became the first quarterback in NFL history to start and win his first two career games without a team turnover.

The Mat(t)hews brothers have lead the charge for the Eagles offense. Ryan Mathews has three rushing touchdowns in two games and J-Matt has 13 catches for 185 yards and 1 TD this season.

Zach Ertz’s status is uncertain. He missed the Eagles’ Week 2 game against the Bears with a rib displacement injury. Trey Burton filled in nicely with five catches for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Tackle Lane Johnson has reportedly scheduled his appeal on his potential 10-game suspension for October 4th, meaning Sunday vs. the Steelers could be his final game until Week 15.

First look for the Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger comes to town with an NFL high six touchdown passes and a 2-0 record.

His number option, Antonio Brown has caught two of his six TD passes. Brown has 12 catches for 165 yards on the season and his regarded by most as the game’s best wide receiver.

On the ground, DeAngelo Williams has filled in beautifully for the suspended Le’Veon Bell. D-Will has 237 yards on 58 carries and two touchdowns and also has 10 catches and a receiving score.

Sammie Coates, rookie WR Eli Rogers, and tight end Jesse James provide Big Ben with a slew of offensive weapons.

Defensively, the Steelers have allowed just 16 points in each of their two wins. Third-year linebacker Ryan Shazier leads the team with 17 tackles, and also has a forced fumble and interception. The Steelers have just one sack on the season.

First look for the game: The Steelers entered the season with Super Bowl expectations. The Eagles entered with a rookie quarterback. Now, both teams are 2-0.

Eagles cornerback Leodis McKelvin missed Monday night’s game against the Bears with a hamstring injury, thrusting rookie corner Jalen Mills into a starting role. Mills played well against Alshon Jeffery and will have to do the same against Antonio Brown.

The Steelers have the second best run defense in the NFL, allowing just 3.4 yards per attempt and just 101 total rushing yards in two games. However, against the pass, they have allowed 348 yards per game, which is second worst in the NFL.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Steelers -5.5 at Eagles

Sunday, September 25th – Steelers at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field

 

Week 2 – Eagles (1-0) @ Chicago Bears (0-1) Monday, September 19th

 

First look for the Eagles: Carson Wentz was brilliant in his NFL debut completing 22 of 37 for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers in a 29-10 win over the Browns.

Jordan Matthews was Wentz’s go-to guy catching seven of 14 targets for 114 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Mathews rushed 22 times for 77 yards and a touchdown, a modest performance as the Eagles’ offensive line was average at best.

Lane Johnson, who is reportedly expected to be suspended 10 games for violating the PED policy, started the game at right-tackle for the Eagles.

The Browns ran just 50 plays totaling 288 yards. Safety Rodney McLeod came away with four tackles, one for a loss, and an interception in his Eagles debut. The Eagles’ corners gave up two big plays and Leodis McKelvin left early with a hamstring injury.

The Eagles could also be without Zach Ertz, who has a rib displacement injury.

First look for the Bears: The Bears got off to a solid start against a stringy Texans defense, but eventually lost 23-14 in their season opener.

Jay Cutler completed 16 of just 29 passes for 216 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. Alshon Jeffery came away with 105 of those yards on just four catches and Jeremy Langford rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Bears allowed 344 yards to the Texans and just 215 in the air. However, the Texans ran for 129 yards on 35 carries behind Lamar Miller’s 106 yard rushing performance.

LB Jerrell Freeman had a game-high 17 tackles and 1 for a loss. LB Danny Trevathan had 11 tackles, 1 for a loss, and a sack. Veteran corner Tracy Porter came away with an interception, the Bears’ only takeaway.

First look for the game: While skeptics will scoff at Wentz’s debut against the lowly Browns, heading to Soldier Field on Monday Night Football is a true test.

The game’s key matchup will be between the Bears’ tandem of 6-3 receivers in Alshon Jeffery and rookie Kevin White vs. the Eagles’ suspect corners Nolan Carroll, Leodis McKelvin (if healthy), or Jalen Mills.

The Eagles’ defensive front will look to pressure Jay Cutler and force him into turnovers, something he has been prone to do throughout his career.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles +3 vs. Bears

Monday, September 19th @ 8:30 p.m. – Eagles at Bears @ Soldier Field

 

Week 1 – Cleveland Browns @ Eagles (Sunday, September 11th)

 

First look for the Eagles: When you trade your starting quarterback eight days before the season starts, you command a lot of national attention.

On Saturday, the Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings and two days later named rookie QB Carson Wentz as their Week 1 starting quarterback. The Eagles will likely help Wentz in his NFL debut by relying on the rushing attack led by Ryan Mathews and Jim Schwartz’s defense anchored by Fletcher Cox.

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who missed the preseason with a knee injury, is expected to start on Sunday.

Head coach Doug Pederson makes his NFL head coaching debut.

First look for the Browns: The Browns also enter 2016 with a new head coach, in Hue Jackson, and a new quarterback in Robert Griffin III who comes over from Washington.

RGIII will have a slew of weapons to play with: early-down back Isaiah Crowell, passing-down back Duke Johnson, rookie receiver Corey Coleman, tight end Gary Barnidge, and speedster Terrell Pryor.

Defensively, the Browns are expected to struggle. This offseason, they lost Pro Bowl safety Tashaun Gipson, among other key starters, to free-agency.

First look for the game: The Browns finished 2015 as the third worst defense against the run. The Eagles finished dead last against the run.

The key to the game will be which quarterback will make the least amount of mistakes. This preseason, the Eagles’ defense led the NFL with nine interceptions and was seventh in the NFL with 11 sacks.

With new coaches and new quarterbacks, expect both teams to rely on the ground attack and pressure the opposing QB’s.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles -4 vs. Browns

Sunday, September 11th @ 1:00 p.m. – Browns at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field

 

 

Preseason Week 4 – New York Jets @ Eagles (Thursday, September 1st)

 

First look for the Eagles: It’s not often you get to see many starters, if any, during the final preaseason game.

However, LB Mychal Kendricks and WR Dorial Green-Beckahm are expected to play on Thursday.

WR Paul Turner is vying for to be the Eagles’ fifth receiver and make the 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent.

First look for the Jets: The Jets are expected to give plenty of reps to second-round pick QB Christian Hackenberg out of Penn State.

Wide receiver Robby Anderson, out of Temple, will look to continue his impressive play as he tries to make the Jets’ 53-man roster as an undrafted player.

Thursday, September 1st at 7:00 p.m. – Jets at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field

Preseason Week 3 – Eagles @ Indianapolis Colts (Saturday, August 27th)

 

First look for the Eagles: Preseason game number three is always the closest to a regular season game, as the starters typically see an extended amount of playing time. The Eagles’ defense will get a true test, against Andrew Luck and the high powered Colts offense.

That Eagles’ defense has fared well in two preseason games, forcing nine takeaways and recording seven interceptions.

Offensively, with Carson Wentz still sore with a rib injury, Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel will take the bulk of the snaps at QB. Rookie running back Wendell Smallwood says he will be a full go at practice this week and hopes to makes his NFL debut on Saturday night.

Also, Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham should see more work with his new team.

First look for the Colts: Luck, who sat out of the team’s first preseason game, went 8-8 with 71 yards in a 19-18 loss against the Baltimore Ravens last week.

Second-year receiver Phillip Dorsett led the team in receiving with 37 yards on three catches against the Ravens. Dorsett, along with T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Dwayne Allen, and Frank Gore provide Luck with a slew of dangerous offensive weapons.

First look for the game: The Colts possess one of the league’s top offenses, providing a true test for Jim Schwartz and the exciting new Eagles’ defense.

Defensively, the Colts ranked 24th in the NFL against the pass last year. Sam Bradford, who threw for just 115 yards on 14 completions against the Steleers, and the Eagles’ wide receivers hope to get going against the Colts.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles +3 at Colts

Saturday, Auguat 27th at 7:00 p.m. – Eagles at Colts @ Lucas Oil Stadium

 

Preseason Week 2 – Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Thursday, August 18th)

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles enter Week 2 of the preseason coming off a 17-9 win over the Bucs. However, in their preseason opener last week, Sam Bradford and the starting offense only played three snaps thanks to a recovered fumble on the opening kickoff and a short touchdown drive.

Eagles rookie running back Wendell Smallwood is hoping to make his NFL debut.

Defensively, the Eagles’ front recorded three sacks against the Bucs. The leader of that unit, Fletcher Cox, was in midseason form recording a sack, strip, and fumble recovery on the same play.

However, as expected, the Eagles’ wide receivers and cornerbacks struggled and look to improve this week against the Steelers.

Rookie QB Carson Wentz suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs and will miss Thursday’s game. Mychal Kendricks, Mike Martin, Jordan Matthews, Jalen Mills, and Hunter Sharp have all be ruled out for the Birds.

New Eagles wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will also not play.

First look for the Steelers: The Steelers opened their preseason slate with a 30-17 loss to the Detroit Lions last week. Their big three of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown did not play in last week’s game. They are not expected to play again on Thursday.

Fitzgerald Toussaint and Daryl Richardson will continue to battle for the team’s No. 3 running back position.

Defensively, the Steelers are planning on playing their starters.

“We’re in a different stage of development collectively defensively than we are offensively,” said Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

First look for the game: The teams enter 2016 with different perspectives and expectations.

The Steelers enter the season with Super Bowl expectations, boasting arguably the NFL’s most talented offensive. The Eagles, however, are built to win with their aggressive defensive style under new coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles +3.5 at Steelers

Thursday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. – Eagles at Steelers @ Heinz Field 

 

Preseason Week 1 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Eagles (Thursday, August 11th)

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles embark a new season under first-year head coach Doug Pederson and a cloudy, three-pronged quarterback situation.

All eyes will be on the quarterbacks as Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, and rookie QB Carson Wentz are all expected to play with Wentz starting and playing the bulk of the second half.

Defensively, we will get a glimpse of the Eagles’ new 4-3 system under aggressive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

Offensive guard Brandon Brooks, safety Rodney McLeod, cornerback Leodis McKelvin, and cornerback Jalen Mills are four notable players expected to make their Eagles debuts.

Inactive for the Eagles: Jason Peters, Malcolm Jenkins, Jordan Matthews, Mychal Kendricks, Malcolm Smith, Wendell Smallwood

First look for the Bucs: The Bucs also enter the season under a first-year coach, in Dirk Koetter.

Koetter, who was the team’s offensive coordinator, helped mold No. 1 overall pick QB Jameis Winston to a 4,000 yard rookie season. On November 22nd, Winston tied an NFL rookie record throwing for 5 touchdowns against the Eagles in a win at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Bucs boasts a ton of first-string offensive weapons other than Winston with receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims.

Defensively, many are excited for the debut of the Bucs’ 11th overall pick cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, who has been taking some first-string snaps during practice.

First look for the game: Both teams will be displaying new styles, systems, and coaching techniques on Thursday night.

While the starters are expected to play for both teams, it shouldn’t be for too long. In preseason game No. 1, the key is to stay healthy.

Early line (via VegasInsider.com): Eagles -3 vs. Bucs

Thursday, August 11th 7:00 p.m. – Bucs at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field

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