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Week 11 – Eagles (8-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (5-4) Sunday, November 19th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles will enter Sunday night’s game in Dallas well rested and ready to go.

On a seven-game winning streak, the Eagles hope to get cornerback Ronald Darby back. Darby dislocated his ankle back in Week 1.

Also, newly acquired RB Jay Ajayi should his a bigger workload this week, after time to prepare and learn the playbook.

First look for the Cowboys: The Cowboys are coming off of their worst performance of the season, a 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons without Ezekiel Elliott who served the first game of his suspension.

Left-tackle Tyron Smith missed the game with a groin injury and Falcons pass rusher Adrian Clayborn took advantage, setting a Falcons record with 6.0 sacks. Dallas allowed 8.0 total. Dak Prescott fumbled twice in the loss, throwing for just 176 yards.

Alfred Morris led the Cowboys in carries with 11, rushing for 53 yards. Rod Smith had three carries for 14 yards.

First look for the game: This is a big one, with huge NFC East implications, per usual when these two teams get together. An Eagles win would all but secure an NFC East division title, as Philly would hold a 4.0 game lead over Dallas with six to play. A Cowboys win would get them back in the hunt for a division title.

Sunday, November 19th – Eagles @ Cowboys at AT&T Stadium

Spread: Eagles -3 (VegasInsider.com)

 

Week 10 – Eagles (8-1) BYE Sunday, November 12th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles head into the bye as the NFL’s hottest team, on a league-high seven game winning streak and with a league-best record of 8-1.

Carson Wentz is the odds-on favorite for MVP. He has thrown an NFL best 23 touchdowns and just five interceptions through nine games. Doug Pederson is one of the leading candidates for NFL coach of the year.

Defensively, the Eagles are receiving contributions from everyone. Nigel Bradham leads the team with 50 total tackles, Brandon Graham leads the team with 5.0 sacks, and Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson are tied with three interceptions a piece.

After the bye week, the Eagles hope to get TE Zach Ertz (who missed the Week 9 game) and CB Ronald Darby (who has been out since injuring himself in Week 1) back.

The Eagles will face the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday Night Football on November 19th.

 

Week 9 – Denver Broncos (3-4) @ Eagles (7-1) Sunday, November 5th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are the NFL’s hottest team and they’re coming off a 33-10 win over the winless 49ers.

Defensively, the Eagles dominated the game, allowing just 94 rushing yards — solidifying the league’s best run defense. The Eagles got two interceptions off 49ers rookie QB C.J. Beathard and recorded 4.0 sacks.

Alshon Jeffery, although he had just two catches on eight targets, caught a 53-yard touchdown. Zach Ertz found the end zone once again, for his career-high 6th TD.

First look for the Broncos: The Broncos lost their third straight on Monday night, a 29-19 loss at the Chiefs.

QB Trevor Siemian struggled on the road once again, completing just 19 of 36 passes for 198 yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions. CJ Anderson led the backfield with 15 carries, but Devontae Booker (6) and Jamaal Charles (8) also saw a shares of the runs.

Defensively, the Broncos held Kareem Hunt to 46 yards on 22 carries and Tyreke Hill to 38 yards on two catches. Travis Kelce burned them, however, for 7/133/1.

First look for the game: The Eagles will be big favorites at home, as the Broncos are 0-3 on the road this season with a struggling QB.

DEN WR Emmanuel Sanders has missed the team’s previous two games, while the Eagles hope to get CB Ronald Darby back from a dislocated ankle.

Sunday, November 5th – Broncos @ Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

Spread: Eagles -7.5 (VegasInsider.com)

 

Week 8 – San Francisco 49ers (0-7) @ Eagles (6-1) Sunday, October 29th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are flying high, as the NFL’s hottest team at 6-1.

On Monday Night Football, they handled the Redskins 34-24, winning their 5th straight game and second straight over the Skins.

Carson Wentz dominated again, throwing for 268 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Zach Ertz, Mack Hollins, Nelson Agholor, and Corey Clement caught the touchdowns.

Defensively, Malcolm Jenkins led the way with 10.0 tackles and a sack. Rookie Derek Barnett had his best game with 2.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss.

First look for the 49ers: If the Eagles are the NFL’s hottest team, the 49ers are the coldest. They’re 0-7, coming off of a 40-10 loss to the Cowboys.

Rookie QB C.J. Beathard got his second straight start for San Fran last week, and played decent, completing 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards, while rushing for 30 yards and a score. He did fumble twice, however.

Running back Carlos Hyde and wide receiver Pierre Garcon anchor the offensive skill players for the 49ers.

First look for the game: San Fran is allowing 393.1 yards per game, 5th worst in the NFL., and giving up 26.6 points per game, 3rd worst in the NFL.

Unfortunately, the Eagles will be without Jason Peters and Jordan Hicks. Hicks reportedly suffered a torn achilles and will miss the remainder of the season, while Peters reportedly has an MCL injury.

Sunday, October 29th – 49ers @ Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

Spread: Eagles -10.5 (VegasInsider.com)

 

Week 7 – Washington Redskins (3-2) @ Eagles (5-1) Monday, October 23rd

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 28-23 road victory over the 4-1 Panthers.

Carson Wentz was excellent in the biggest spot of his career, completing 16 of 30 passes for 222 yards, 3 TDs, and no interceptions in the win. Nelson Agholor caught his career-best fourth touchdown of the season, while Zach Ertz caught his third and fourth of the season.

Defensively, the Eagles dominated upfront. Fletcher Cox returned from a calf injury and forced an interception. Nigel Bradham had his best game as an Eagle recording 10 total tackles. Mychal Kendricks had 17 tackles of his own.

First look for the Redskins: The Redskins nearly blew a 17-point lead and squeaked out a 26-24 home win over the winless 49ers.

Kirk Cousins continues another successful season. He’s 6th in the NFL averaging 267 passing yards per game to go along with 9 TDs and only 2 interceptions. Chris Thompson continues to be the Redskins most dynamic playmaker, as he ran for 33 yards and caught four balls for 105 yards on Sunday vs. the 49ers.

Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pyror continue to underwhelm, as the two have caught just one combined touchdown this season.

Defensively, the Redskins are banged up in the secondary. Josh Norman did not play vs. the 49ers and CB Bashaud Breeland suffered a hamstring injury.

First look for the game: Washington is 18th in the NFL allowing 228 passing yards per game, and could be without two of their top corners in Norman and Breeland. The Eagles are 9th in the NFL averaging over 250 passing yards per game.

The Redskins, who lost 30-17 to Philadelphia in Week 1 at home, have allowed just 8.0 sacks to their opponents through five games.

The Eagles hope to get RB Wendell Smallwood back from injury.

Monday, October 23rd – Redskins @ Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

Spread: Eagles -4.5 (VegasInsider.com)

 

Week 6 – Eagles (4-1) @ Carolina Panthers (4-1) Thursday, October 12th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles have won three straight to improve to 4-1 and are one of the hottest teams in the NFL.

Carson Wentz threw for 4 touchdowns for the first time in his career, as the Eagles stomped the Cards 34-7 last week at the Linc. Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor both caught long touchdowns, the offensive line played another strong game, as did the defense. For the third straight week, CB Patrick Robinson was the Eagles’ highest graded defensive player, per Pro Football Focus. 

Tackle Lane Johnson suffered a head injury and is in the concussion protocol. He seems unlikely to play on Thursday night.

Fletcher Cox has missed the last two games with a calf injury and his status for Thursday is uncertain.

First look for the Panthers: The Panthers are also 4-1 and they also have a quarterback playing extremely well.

Cam Newton threw for 355 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions in a 27-24 win over the Lions last week. Newton has thrown for six touchdowns and just one interception in his last games. With Greg Olsen out, the Panthers are getting contributions from Devin Funchess and Ed Dickson on offense, while Kelvin Benjamin and Christian McCaffrey continue to produce as well.

Defensively, Luke Kuechly leads the Panthers with 42 total tackles.

First look for the game: Carolina is third in the NFL, allowing just 274 yards per game. They have 17.0 sacks in five games, tied for third best in the NFL as well.

The Eagles are among the top offensive teams in league in almost every category, but other than at Kansas City, this will be their toughest test of the season on a short week.

Thursday, October 12th 8:30 p.m. – Eagles @ Panthers at Bank of America Stadium

Spread: Panthers -3.5 (VegasInsider.com)

 

Week 5 – Arizona Cardinals (2-2) @ Eagles (3-1) Sunday, October 8th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off of their most impressive win on Sunday, a 26-24 road win at the Chargers. Well technically it was a road game, but it sounded like a home game for the Birds.

The Eagles’ offensive line dominated the game, as the Birds rushed for 214 yards and allowed just 1.0 sack. LeGarrette Blount accounted for 136 of those rushing yards, which included a 68-yard run — the franchises longest since 2006.

Zach Ertz continued to produce, racking up 81 more receiving yards and Alshon Jeffery caught his second TD as an Eagle. Wentz finished 17-31 for 242 yards, 1 TD, and 0 turnovers in the win.

Defensively, the Eagles played well. Rookie CB Rasul Douglas struggled a bit, allowing a long touchdown to Tyrell Williams.

First look for the Cardinals: The Cards escaped Week 4 with an 18-15 overtime win over the winless 49ers.

Larry Fitzgerald continues to impress at 34 years old, catching the game winner in OT. Carson Palmer threw 51 times, completing 33 of them for 357 yards. Palmer was sacked 6.0 times and threw one interception.

Tyrann Mathieu leads the Cardinals defense. He had 12 tackles, 1.0 sack. and 2.0 tackles for loss on Sunday.

First look for the game: With star running back David Johnson on injured reserve, the Cardinals have become one dimensional. They are second in the NFL, averaging 292.3 passing yards per game.

That’s not good for the Eagles, who are giving up the third most passing yards in the NFL through the air, 285 yards per game. In seven career games against the Eagles, Fitzgerald has 41 catches for 693 yards and 8 touchdowns, averaging 99.0 yards per game.

However, the Eagles are big favorites, as their defensive line should be able to get to Palmer early and often. The Cards lead the NFL in sacks allowed with 17.0 through three games.

The Eagles hope to get star defensive lineman Fletcher Cox back from injury. Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden injured himself in Week 4 and will not play against the Eagles.

Sunday, October 8th 1:05 p.m. – Cardinals @ Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

Spread: Eagles -6.5 (VegasInsider.com)

 

Week 4 – Eagles (2-1) @ Los Angeles Chargers (0-3) Sunday, October 1st

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles enter Week 4 off an emotional, walk-off 27-24 win over the divisional rival New York Giants. Rookie K Jake Elliott drilled a franchise long 61-yard field goal to win the game, just his second with the team since replacing the injured Caleb Sturgis.

Carson Wentz and the passing attack struggled against the Giants, as Wentz threw for just 176 yards and 1 touchdown. However, the Eagles flipped the script from their previous game, rushing for 193 yards on 39 carries.

Veteran RB Darren Sproles broke his wrist and tore his ACL on the same play, effectively ending his season and putting his career in jeopardy.

First look for the Chargers: The Chargers have played solid football thus far, but do not have a win to show for it.

The Chargers have lost their three games by a combined 19 points and their first two by a combined five. Last week against the Chiefs, QB Philip Rivers struggled throwing three interceptions to no touchdowns. Chargers RB Melvin Gordon injured his knee in the game, but seems to be OK.

First look for the game: The Chargers look for their first win of the season on Sunday in their third straight home game.

The Eagles corners — without injured starter Ronald Darby — will have their hands full against Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, and Tyrell Williams. The Chargers have been good in the trenches as well, racking up 11.0 sacks and allowing just 4.0. And RB Melvin Gordon, assuming he’s healthy, is one of the toughest all-around backs in the league.

The Birds hope to get safety Rodney McLeod back on Sunday, who says he thinks he’ll play. Fletcher Cox and Jordan Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Giants with injuries, but both hope to play on Sunday.

Sunday, October 1st 4:05 p.m. – Eagles at Chargers @ StubHub Center

Spread: Chargers -1 (VegasInsider.com)

 

Week 3 – New York Giants (0-2) @ Eagles (1-1) Sunday, September 24th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are coming off a tough loss in Kansas City against a solid Chiefs team.

The frustration from the fans, however, comes from Doug Pederson’s decision to call 56 passes to just 13 runs. LeGarrette Blount received just one carry, which was negated by a penalty. Carson Wentz had a decent game completing just 25 of 46 passes for 333 yards, 2 TD’s, and 1 INT.

Defensively, the Eagles d-line led the charge again. Fletcher Cox recorded another sack, as did Mychal Kendricks, and the Eagles had 4.0 as a team.

Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins both left the game early on Sunday with hamstring injuries. Rookie CB Rasul Douglas stepped in and played very well, allowing just 22 total yards.

First look for the Giants: The Giants are struggling.

The G-Men are 28th in the NFL in yards per game (251.5) and 30th in points per game (6.5). In two games, they’ve scored just one touchdown and tallied just 97 total rushing yards between Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, and Paul Perkins.

Odell Beckham Jr. made his debut on Monday night in a loss against the Lions, catching four of five targets for 36 yards.

Defensively, the Giants have played well, led by Landon Collins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins (missed Week 2’s game), and Damon Harrison.

First look for the game: The Eagles have gotten the better of Eli Manning of late, winning 10 of the last 14 matchups.

The game will be won in the trenches, as both offensive lines have struggled early in the season allowing 8.0 sacks a piece. The Eagles defensive line, however, is t-3rd in the NFL with 8.0 sacks while the Giants have just 4.0 sacks on the season.

Sunday, September 24th 1:00 p.m. – Giants at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field 

Spread: Eagles -5 (VegasInsider.com)

Week 2 – Eagles (1-0) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) Sunday, September 17th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles opened their season with a big 30-17 win over the Redskins, a team they hadn’t beaten since 2014.

Carson Wentz was terrific, completing 26 of 39 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns, but he did have two turnovers. Nelson Agholor led the Eagles receivers with six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. The ground attack was suspect, as the Birds ran the ball just 24 times for 58 yards.

Defensively, the Eagles’ d-line dominated the game. Brandon Graham led the way with 2.0 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss, while Fletcher Cox had a sack, 2.0 QB hits, a forced fumble, and the game sealing fumble recovery touchdown.

The Eagles lost cornerback Ronald Darby for 4-6 weeks with a dislocated ankle. Kicker Caleb Sturgis will also miss several weeks with a quad strain. And LT Jason Peters missed some time with a groin injury but should be OK.

First look for the Chiefs: The Chiefs had the best Week 1 performance of any team, going into New England and beating the defending champs 42-27.

Alex Smith completed 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards, 4 TD’s, and no turnovers. Rookie RB Kareem Hunt had a historical debut, tallying 246 yards of total offense.

Justin Houston had 2.0 of the Chiefs’ 3.0 sacks, as they held Tom Brady to under 300 yards passing. However, the Chiefs lost safety Eric Berry for the season with a torn Achilles.

First look for the game: Eagles coach Doug Pederson will face his mentor and former Eagles head coach Andy Reid for the first time. Pederson played under Reid while a QB in the NFL and also coached under him in Philadelphia and Kansas City.

With Darby out, the Eagles will turn to Patrick Robinson and Jalen Mills to stop the Chiefs’ dynamic perimeter threat Tyreek Hill. Travis Kelce, the brother of Eagles center Jason Kelce, will be a handful over the middle of the field for the Eagles’ linebackers and safeties.

Former Eagles defensive lineman Bennie Logan is also on the Chiefs. Logan recorded five tackles (0.5 TFL) in Week 1.

Sunday, September 17th 1:00 p.m. – Eagles at Chiefs @ Arrowhead Stadium

Spread: Chiefs -4.5 (VegasInsider.com)

Week 1 – Eagles (0-0) @ Washington Redskins (0-0) Sunday, September 10th

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles open their season with high expectations for a second-year coach/QB tandem in Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson.

Wentz will have more offensive weapons on offensive with veteran WRs in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith and running back LeGarrette Blount. The Eagles’ o-line is expected to be one of the NFL’s top units with Lane Johnson back. Johnson missed 10-game last season due to a PED suspension.

Defensively, the Eagles added 23-year-old CB Ronald Darby to boost their secondary. Their defensive line is expected to be improved as well, with the additions of Tim Jernigan, Chris Long, and rookie Derek Barnett.

First look for the Redskins: 29-year-old QB Kirk Cousins enters his sixth season and third as a starter with the Redskins, despite his messy contract situation.

Cousins was third in the NFL last season throwing for 4,917 yards and while they Redskins lost two of his top weapons in Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, they added Terrelle Pryor. Also, first-round rookie WR Josh Doctson returns after missing most of his rookie season due to injury.

Defensively, the Redskins are led by Ryan Kerrigan up front and Josh Norman in the secondary.

First look for the game: The Redskins have beaten the Eagles in five straight regular season games, dating back to 2014. Cousins is 4-1 against Philly averaging 315.8 passing yards per game with 12 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

Darby will have a challenge in his first game as an Eagle, likely matching up against new Redskins wideout the 6’4″ Pryor.

Sunday, September 10th 1:00 p.m. – Eagles at Redskins @ FedEx Field

Spread: Eagles -1 (VegasInsider.com)

 

Preseason Week 4 – Eagles (2-1) @ New York Jets (1-2) Thursday, August 31st

 

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles are not expected to play any of their starters, like most NFL teams, for the final preseason game against the Jets.

The backup quarterback spot is beginning to become a point of contention, as Nick Foles has not taken a preseason snap this summer due to a shoulder injury. Third-string QB Matt McGloin has struggled at times.

The RB position battle is another interesting, as it seems as though rookies Donnel Pumphrey and New Jersey’s own Corey Clement are battling it out for the fourth RB spot on the roster.

First look for the Jets: The Jets have a messy situation at quarterback. Two young signal callers in former Penn Stater Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty both have struggled and neither have been able to grab a hold of the starting role. So, the Jets have recently named veteran journeyman Josh McCown their Week 1 starter.

The Jets lost their top receiver Quincy Enunwa with a season-ending injury, opening up the No. 1 WR role for Temple product Robby Anderson. At running back, the Jets feature the versatile Bilal Powell and veteran Matt Forte.

Their 3-4 defense is anchored by another Temple product, DE Muhammad Wilkerson and their third-year head coach Todd Bowles played for Temple and spent time with the Eagles.

First look for the game: Neither team is expected to give many snaps to any first-team players in this one.

Two former PSU quarterbacks, in Hackenberg and McGloin, are expected to get some playing time.

Thursday, August 31st 7:00 p.m. – Eagles at Jets @ MetLife Stadium

 

Preseason Week 3 – Miami Dolphins (1-1) @ Eagles (1-1) – Thursday, August 24th

First look for the Eagles: The Eagles enter their third preseason games with questions surrounding the running back position. Veteran RB LeGarrette Blount has been rumored to be a cut candidate, while second year running back Wendell Smallwood looks to seize a potential opportunity.

Carson Wentz and the Eagles starters are expected to see a large chunk of playing time on Thursday against the Dolphins.

Eagles LB Jordan Hicks suffered a mild groin strain on Monday and could sit out Thursday’s game.

First look for the Dolphins: The Dolphins enter their third preseason game hoping to get their new quarterback, Jay Cutler, more familiar with the offense.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who used to be Cutler’s offensive coordinator in Chicago, acquired Cutler when Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending injury. Cutler was 3-6 for 24 yards in his preseason debut with Miami last week.

The Dolphins offense features RB Jay Ajayi, WR DeVante Parker, WR Kenny Stills, and WR Jarvis Landry.

First look for the game: These two teams are holding joint practices leading up to Thursday’s game.

Former Eagles Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso are now with the Dolphins, as is Alshon Jeffery’s old quarterback in Cutler.

Thursday, August 24th 7:00 p.m. – Dolphins at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field 

 

Preseason Week 2 – Buffalo Bills (0-1) @ Eagles (0-1) – Thursday, August 17th

 

First look for the Eagles: Carson Wentz threw four passes in the first preseason game and complete all four for 56 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown to rookie WR Mack Hollins.

Matt McGloin took the majority of snaps. He completed 28 of 42 passes for 205 yards and one interception. Bryce Treggs caught seven of eight targets for 91 yards to lead the Eagles.

Defensively, Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox were their dominant selves in limited snaps. Eagles rookie defensive end Derek Barnett had a strong game, recording two sacks. Rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas was also solid in his debut.

The Eagles will likely look to see a little more action from their starters on Thursday at home against the Bills, before next week’s dress rehearsal against the Dolphins.

First look for the Bills: Tyrod Taylor threw his first three passes to WR Sammy Watkins, who was traded later in the week.

Taylor finished the first preseason game 5-8 for 46 yards. LeSean McCoy did not play, while second-year RB Jonathan Williams rushed for 39 yards on just four carries.

First look for the game: The Bills and Eagles made a blockbuster traded last Friday, as Jordan Matthews landed in Buffalo and second-year corner Ronald Darby comes to Philly. The Bills also traded Watkins to the L.A. Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines.

Former Eagles running back McCoy publicly questioned the deals, hinting that he believes Watkins is better than Matthews.

Matthews, as fate would have it, fractured his sternum on Sunday during his first practice with the Bills and will miss Thursday’s game against his old team.

Thursday, August 17th 7:00 p.m. – Bills at Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field 

Preseason Week 1 – Eagles (0-0) @ Green Bay Packers (0-0) – Thursday, August 10th

 

First look for the Eagles: Thursday night is expected to be our first look at second-year Carson Wentz and the Eagles in game action. Wentz, the Eagles No. 2 overall pick last year, has taken on a leadership role and has been tremendous in practice rejuvenating the fanbase.

Eagles free-agent additions like Chance Warmack, LeGarrette Blount, Torrey Smith are expected to make their Eagles debut. Rookie like Derek Barnett, Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson, and Rasul Douglas will make their NFL debuts.

However, the starters likely won’t play a ton — if at all. New Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is expected to sit out, after missing some practice time with a shoulder injury.

First look for the Packers: Packers star 33-year-old QB Aaron Rodgers — considered the best in the league by some — is unsurprisingly unlikely to play in Thursday’s preseason opener. Backup QB Brett Hundley is expected to start for the Pack.

First look for the game: This will be the 16th time the Packers and Eagles have met during the preseason. The most memorable meeting with the 2015 third preseason game where Sam Bradford went 1o-for-10. The Eagles lead the preseason series, 9-6.

 

Thursday, August 10th 8:00 p.m. – Eagles at Packers @ Lambeau Field

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