A new NFL year is a little over a month away and with that comes the anticipation for the 2020 NFL schedule
The path for the Eagles to have success in 2020 will be a tough one with the Eagles facing a cast of talented opponents.

Along with the NFC East, the Eagles will play the NFC West and AFC North. As a gift for winning the division, the Eagles will play the two other 2019 first-place finishing NFC teams.

While it is way too early to speculate wins and losses, there are some early storylines that can be used to grade whether or not these opponents are good or bad for the Eagles.

Grading is based on an A+ to F scale, with A+ being extremely favorable and F being extremely unfavorable.

NFC East: B+

The divisional games might be the easiest for the Eagles in 2020 and that is saying something. Any game involving division rivals is always close, regardless of records. This was evident for the Eagles in 2019 with two-thirds of their games against divisional opponents being decided by ten points or less.With the addition of Mike McCarthy, the Cowboys once again look formidable, as long as they give Dak Prescott a long term deal. The Giants and Redskins also hired new coaches who look to move their respective teams in the right direction, however, it is hard to see either team making a huge turn around in 2020.No team has repeated as NFC East champions since the Eagles did in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. While there is no reason to say the Eagles cannot end that streak, the Eagles could very well continue the pattern if they do not play well against division opponents.

NFC West: D+

In 2019, the NFC West’s overall division record was 38-25 and all four teams pose a serious threat to the Eagles in 2020. The Eagles will visit the Cardinals and 49ers and host the Seahawks and Rams at the Linc.  The NFC West is the most talented division the Eagles will play in 2020. Unless the 49ers defense falls apart, guys such as Deforest Buckner, Nick Bosa, Kwon Alexander, and Richard Sherman will continue to cause havoc for opposing offenses. The Seahawks have a combination of Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll. Carroll and Wilson have yet to lose to the Eagles as they hold a 5-0 record against the birds.

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The Cardinals and Rams did miss out on the postseason in 2019, however, in Los Angeles Sean McVay has shown his ability to win games with his brilliant game planning and play calling. Kyler Murray had a solid start to his NFL career and looks to be another young quarterback that will have a breakout sophomore year.

AFC North: B-

The AFC North will be a mixed bag for the Eagles heading into 2020. The high powered Ravens, lead by 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson, will be among one of the teams to visit Lincoln Financial Field in 2020. This looks to be the hardest match for the Eagles among teams from the AFC North, with the only bright spot being the Philly faithful in attendance. The Eagles will also host the Bengals, meaning the city of Philadelphia will get to see the first overall pick in the 2020 draft suit up. Unless the Bengals can turn everything around, this looks to be the most favorable game for the Eagles.The Eagles will visit the Steelers and Browns, both who could be wildcards in 2020 in terms of winning. The Steelers defense was stout last season and playing at Heinz Field is difficult for any team. However, uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball could hinder the Steelers. 

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On paper, the Browns offense still looks loaded and the combination of Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Nick Chubb could give the Eagles secondary fits. The typical problem with the Browns is they still are looking for a head coach. Even after hiring Kevin Stefanski, the Eagles have an advantage along the lines of play calling on both sides of the football.

New Orleans Saints (home); Green Bay Packers (road): C

The Packers and Saints in the past have shown to cause problems for the Eagles. This looks to be no different in 2020. Both teams have elite wide receivers in Davante Adams and Michael Thomas. Both also have running backs in Aaron Jones and Alvin Kamara who can excel in the running and passing game.Currently, the tougher match-up for the birds looks to be with Green Bay. Playing at Lambeau Field is never easy and Aaron Rodgers is known to play exceptionally well against the Eagles, regardless of the outcome. The Saints still pose a threat as Sean Payton is an accomplished head coach, but the possibility of Saints quarterback Drew Brees retiring is where the edge goes slightly to Green Bay.

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