That’s right.

Sunday night following the Rams victory in Super Bowl 56 officially marked the beginning of the off-season. The Philadelphia Eagles are already rumored to be involved in trade discussions with Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Who has already stated he wants to finish his career in Seattle. Meanwhile, GM Howie Roseman was reported keeping an eye on Quarterback Malik Willis at the Senior Bowl, after both himself and Head Coach Nick Sirianni voiced that they plan to stick with Jalen Hurts heading in to his 3rd year on the Eagles.

The rumors and reports have already begun and the Super Bowl was less than five days ago. What I want to talk about is the 2022 season and what Eagles fans should be expecting come the new season. We’ve seen what Jalen Hurts can do with a 17 game schedule, an easy schedule or not. We know we should be expecting a middling performance.

The list below is the 17 opponents the Eagles will face in the 2022 Season:

  • Washington Commanders (x2)
  • Dallas Cowboys (x2)
  • New York Giants (x2)
  • Chicago Bears
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Houston Texans
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • New Orleans Saints

This week I’m going to discuss the six games the Philadelphia Eagles will play against their three divisional opponents within the NFC East.

 

Washington Commanders x2

Last Played: 2021 Season, 2-0 Record (W27-17 & W20-16)

Both of the games against the ‘former’ Washington Football Team were close matchups. One was against a team recovering from Covid that was delayed to a Tuesday Night game. The Eagles amassed over 500 yards on offence and came back from an ugly first quarter that saw them down 10-0. The 2nd matchup saw another 10-0 lead for the Football Team, but this lead held on as the Eagles battled to come back 7-16 at the end of the opening half. After a 2nd half shutout from the Defence, the Eagles were able to secure themselves a wildcard spot in the 2021 postseason.

After “Winning” the division in 2020 with a 7-9 record, the Football Team surely wanted to sweep the Eagles in back to back seasons. The Football Team was unable to hold a lead due to inconsistent QB play, as well as a long list of injuries and Covid positives that saw players missing games. If the newly named ‘Commanders’ are able to restore their defence to the form we saw in the 2020 season, then they’re only a competent offence and quarterback upgrade away from competing with the Eagles & Cowboys for another NFC East title.

Depending on the off-season moves made, I could see a potential split between this division opponent. with the Eagles having a lengthy list of picks in this years draft(10). I could see the Eagles making successful additions in the off-season to still be able to trump the Commanders in their debut season.

Prediction:

1-1 Series. One matchup being a close game that could be decided from a last second field goal or a game winning drive. And the other being a strong performance from the Eagles Defence that shut down Taylor Heinicke, if he’s still the starting Quarterback come this September.

 

 

New York Giants x2

Last Played: 2021 Season, 1-1 Record (W34-10 & L7-13)

The Giants made some successful coaching moves this year. Replacing OC Jason Garrett with Chiefs QB Coach & Passing Game Coordinator Mike Kafka and removing Joe Judge with Bills OC Brian Daboll might be the smartest move they’ve made in awhile. It’s just a shame that GM Joe Schoen committed to building this team around QB Daniel Jones.

This was a cap pressure team that could only dress 51 players for their week 18 game. Hard to build a team around Daniel Jones when he’ll be coming into a contract year, you’re projected to be $11 Million over the cap; which isn’t terrible. But you’re also looking to pay Star RB Saquon Barkley this coming off-season, something that may come costly if the Giants wish to keep the 25 year old RB on the team.  The Giants rebuild won’t be done just because they have two picks in the top 10. They could be looking at a division that has 3 teams competing for playoff spots next year.

Prediction:

2-0 Sweep. The Eagles suffered the trap game loss this year that might’ve changed playoff matchups. But with the upgrades in Free Agency & three 1st round draft picks should see the Eagles roll through a Giants team that might have trouble competing at all.

 

Dallas Cowboys x2

Last Played: 2021 Season, 0-2 Record (L21-41 & L26-51)

The 2021 games against the cowboys don’t quite reflect the Eagles of this season. In the week 3 matchup, the Eagles ran the ball a total of 12 times, with only 3 going to Running Backs in the entire game. 12 rushing attempts for 64 yards looks shameful compared to the numbers the Eagles were able to run up against other teams. 236 Yards against the Lions on the ground and 185 against the Jets without Jalen Hurts set the Eagles up for success against the Cowboys in week 18.

However, the 2nd matchup meaningless to the Philadelphia Eagles. This game was the Eagles Practice Squad & 3 full quarters of Cowboys starters. The Cowboys came out to play in a game that determined very little playoff implications as both these teams had already clinched a spot and the Eagles were considered a lock with the 7th seed. This was the Cowboys Super Bowl, and Gardner Minshew was still able to throw for 186 yards while Kenneth Gainwell & Jason Huntley combined for 129 yards.

 

Prediction:

1-1 Split. With 10 draft picks and cap space to make some major moves. Philadelphia should be creating a team that is able to compete with the Dallas Cowboys. This Cowboys team continues to hand out large contracts and won’t able to keep this payroll together forever.

 

Next week we’ll dive into the other 6 NFC Teams the Philadelphia Eagles will play against.

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