OTAs are wrapping up, and with Training Camp still weeks away, the off-season will once again quiet down.
The Eagles are one of two teams (Bengals) that will not have a Mandatory Minicamp next week, as the rest of the league already has or will hold 3 mandatory days of camp.

With the 2022 Training Camp beginning on Monday, July 25th, it’s safe to assume this year will begin close to or on Monday, July 24th.

Following their franchise-best 14-3 season, the Eagles will face a much more difficult schedule. They jump from a .464% to a .566% Strength of Schedule. The Eagles went from playing the 31st-ranked schedule to playing the 1st. You can read more about the Eagles’ schedule here.


Let’s explore what we could expect the Eagles’ record to look like.

Specifically, Let’s start with NFC Opponents.


NFC Opponents

  • Week 2 vs. Minnesota Vikings
  • Week 3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Week 5 @ Los Angeles Rams
  • Week 13 vs San Francisco 49ers
  • Week 15 @ Seattle Seahawks
  • Week 17 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Week 2 vs. Minnesota Vikings

Last season, the Eagles held their home opener during Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.

This season, the Eagles hold their home opener during Week 2 against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday Night Football.

The Vikings are in a pickle entering 2023. Their Quarterback play is questionable, with Kirk Cousins’s 11-19 primetime record.

Despite an injured defense, they were missing Lewis Cine and Andrew Booth for most of the season. The Vikings made their way into the playoffs with a 13-4 record, a #2 seed with a -3 Point Differential.

Their playoff run ended shortly after a 31-24 Loss to the New York Giants. The team, the Eagles, had beaten 22-18 the week prior and handily beat them 38-7 in the Divisional round.

While the Vikings might have found a solution to losing Adam Thielen by drafting Jordan Addison in the first round. But the loss of Patrick Peterson, Eric Kendricks, Irv Smith, and the recently released Dalvin Cook.

Prediction

The Eagles will open the Linc with a Win. A successful Primetime showing for the team with huge aspirations, with extra days before their Week 3 game. (Eagles Win)


Week 3 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With Tom Brady finally retiring. (hopefully for good) This Tampa Bay team won’t be the same monster it’s been.

Baker Mayfield is now on his 4th team in 3 years. Sharing first-team reps with Kyle Trask, the Buccaneers might be in for an ugly season. (one that comes with Caleb Williams.) The Buccaneers might not be full sellers by week 3, but with a road win, the Eagles could make them consider.

Playing the Buccaneers again for the 1st time since the 2021 Wildcard Round, the Eagles should be rested, thanks to the Thursday Night game, for a statement game against a previous playoff team that may or may not return to the 2023 playoffs.

Prediction

This game will come down to a defensive performance, while the Eagles’ offense will be the difference maker and determine whether this game is a blowout or not. (Eagles Win)


Week 5 @ Los Angeles Rams

The Rams had the worst Super Bowl Hangover ever. From 12-5 Super Bowl Champions to 5-12. Only 1 win off the 4-13 Cardinals for 4th in the NFC West.

Winning a Super Bowl came with a cost for the Rams. Big contracts cost them a lot of players, losing Leonard Floyd, Bobby Wagner, Taylor Rapp – the list goes on.

Even Jaley Ramsey was traded from the Rams. For the cost of a 3rd round pick, the Dolphins received one of the best corners of the last few years but has not played to his $20 million annual salary.

With Matthew Stafford playing only 9 games of the 2022 season. The question of long-term health is at play for the 35-year-old Quarterback, having an elbow injury dating back to the 2021 season coming into play during the last off-season. Concern for Stafford started before the season even began.

Meanwhile, the Rams haven’t had a first-overall selection since Jared Goff in 2016. Finally, having a 1st round pick in a draft could answer some solutions for the future. The hope is that the Rams embrace some form of a tank, as the 49ers and Seahawks continue to proper upwards and dominate the NFC West.

Prediction

The beginning of a 3-game stretch with strong opponents (LAR, NYJ, MIA). The secondary will have to put on a show against Cooper Kupp. Ultimately, the Eagles will have 3 Wins against NFC Opponents. (Eagles Win)


Week 13 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Thankfully, the NFC Championship Game rematch is at the Linc and not Levi’s Stadium.

This game is circled on a lot of calendars. Right next to the Super Bowl rematch 2 weeks prior.

Tensions boiled during a game that saw ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ Brock Purdy get injured during the 1st Quarter. Surely had both Quarterbacks stayed healthy, the game would’ve had a different outcome, but injured quarterbacks have been a running theme with Kyle Shanahan’s 49ers. Depending on who the starter is, between Purdy, Lance, and Darnold by Week 13 could play a major factor in this rematch.

The 49ers made some good off-season moves, replacing free agents with competent replacements. With Jimmie Ward, Hassan Ridgeway, and Mike McGlinchey out and Javon Hargrave and Clelin Ferrill in. This roster should compete for a top seed in the NFC with an offense consisting of Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and Christian McCaffrey.

Prediction

This all comes down to what Quarterback is starting for the 49ers. If the Eagles are unable to stop a successful offense with Brock Purdy at the helm, it’s Game Over Philly. But if Sam Darnold or Trey Lance don’t look like their projected selves. It’s Game Over 49ers. (Eagles Lose)


Week 15 @ Seattle Seahawks

Geno Smith needs to put up another 4,200 Passing Yard season if the Seahawks want to look all like the team from last season.

With the addition of Jaxon Smith-Njigba, it just might happen. Trading Russell Wilson for a haul of picks and Noah Fant worked out tremendously for the Seahawks. Having 3 strong Wide Receivers and a highly-rated Tight End is a great recipe for success. The icing on the cake was an extra top 5 pick to draft Devon Witherspoon.

The Eagles haven’t played at Lumen Field(CenturyLink) since 2017. They haven’t beaten the Seahawks since 2008. So, that’s a fun agenda to watch out for.

Prediction

This will be one of many shootouts the Eagles will get into this season. Another defensive performance is a must if the Eagles plan on coming out of the Pacific Northwest with a win. (Eagles Lose)


Week 17 vs. Arizona Cardinals

This Cardinals team is not going to perform.

As Kyler Murray comes back from an ACL injury without his #1 Receiver in DeAndre Hopkins. The Cardinals’ offense won’t be the same.

Jonathan Gannon is another huge question mark on this team. The tampering has left a bad taste across the NFL, and the Cardinal’s only punishment was trading picks to the Eagles on Draft night.


A tampering that prevented the Eagles from maybe hiring Vic Fangio as their Defensive Coordinator.


There’s been very minimal talk about a Cardinals team that has only disappointed for the last few years. On a positive note, the Cardinals will have 5 picks in the first 3 rounds of the 2024 Draft.

So maybe they should look ahead and sell at the Week 8 Trade Deadline.

Prediction

Gannon will return to a very toxic Linc, and the reunion won’t be a happy one. The Eagles could be in a position by Week 17 to rest starters. If they’re unable to – this game should look like a blowout. (Eagles Win)


With 6 NFC Opponents (Non-NFC East). My prediction for where the Eagles will sit is 4-2 against these opponents.
Where would you have the Eagles’ record after these opponents?

Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo

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