Well guys, it’s here.
After days of piling up and information falling into our open beaks like hungry birds, the NFL has finally released its full schedule for 2022.
This is what the eagles have in front of them.
If this schedule sounds good to you, it’s because it’s one of the easiest dates in the league. The Eagles opponents had a cumulative win percentage of .464 last season, 30 out of 32 teams in the NFL.
Sometimes, playing in NFC East isn’t all bad. But frankly, this isn’t the most attractive schedule in the world, mainly because the off-conference schedule has them playing South Asians (Titans, Jaguars, Colts, Texas) and a poor Steelers team in transition.
Here are the five matches I’m looking forward to seeing this year.
Week 3 – Sunday 25 September @ Washington Commanders (1:00 PM ET)
We’re all eager to see Carson Wentz take on his old team and the schedulers decided to put him off early by putting him in week three. Which is wise, given Wentz’s injury history and uneven play. Of course, that won’t hold a candle on his potential return to Philadelphia later in the season, but leaders could also be a factor in the NFC East this season as well.
That is, if Wentz played well, admittedly he would be pretty big.
Week 6 – Sunday 16 October vs. Cowboys in Dallas (8:20 p.m. ET) Sunday Night Football
I mean come. Cowboys vs. vultures in Lincoln’s prime-time financial field? Yep, that’s a no-brainer between the two favorites to win the NFC East, and this happens just before farewell week, which means one of two things:
- For two weeks the Eagles will sail on the wings of a great victory over a hated opponent.
- Eagles fans will have to endure the frustration of losing to a hated opponent for an extra week.
Comes with the territory.
In all, the Eagles have five primetime games this year, two on Monday Night Football (week 2 at home versus the Vikings and the next game below), two on Sunday night (this is the first and fourth game on this list), and a Thursday night game, on the road. against the Houston Texans.
Last year, they only had two prime-time games at the start of the season, which shows the league believes the Eagles will be a playoff contender in 2022.
Week 10 – Monday, November 14th vs Leaders Washington (8:30 PM ET) Monday Night Football
This is the one. Everyone is spinning about this game on the calendar – Carson Wentz’s possible return to Philadelphia.
The Eagles will get their first crack at Wentz in Week 3 in DC, and that will undoubtedly be a huge match, but it won’t come close to the drama of Wentz retreating to Philly before a crowd that would. Boos from jeeps always live.
The only question is… Will Wentz still be the midfielder at the start of mid-November?
Week 12 – Sunday, November 27 vs. Green Bay Packers (8:20 p.m. ET) Sunday Night Football
I’m very curious how Aaron Rodgers and Packers will look without Davante Adams this year, and there’s a real chance Green Bay will take it a step back. However, he’s only played in Philadelphia twice in his career, 2010 and 16, both winning, so this may be the last time Eagles fans get a chance to see him in person.
The Packers are expected to be a top NFC contender, so this should be a great late-season measuring tool for the birds.
Week 16 – Saturday December 24 @ Dallas Cowboys (4:25pm ET)
Fortunately, the NFL schedule makers decided not to put the Eagles vs. Cowboys second in the last week or two to the last of the season, realizing that this rivalry works best, you know, when all the good guys are playing.
These come at the end of three road games in a row, and you’d usually think that was a bad thing. Interestingly, this has not been the case in recent years.
The Packers, Chiefs, Dolphins, and Eagles all have three consecutive road games in 2022. Since 2018, teams that have three consecutive road games are 22-11 in those games. https://t.co/MrPA8CItNf
– ProFootballTalk (ProFootballTalk) May 13, 2022
Once again, this could be a game that determines the winner of the NFC East, which is played on Christmas Eve. Who knows, maybe Birds fans will find a moniker under the Christmas tree this season.