We previously looked at the Eagles’ NFC Opponents; you can read more detail on them here

With the toughest strength of schedule comes some of the AFC’s best opponents., including a division with all 4 teams vying for a playoff position.

And a Super Bowl 57 rematch.


AFC Opponents

  • Week 1 @ New England Patriots
  • Week 6 @ New York Jets
  • Week 7 vs. Miami Dolphins
  • Week 11 @ Kansas City Chiefs
  • Week 12 vs. Buffalo Bills

Week 1 @ New England Patriots

The team that is probably going to finish 4th in the AFC East is the Patriots.

A 10-7 season in 2021 saw Mac Jones in the Pro Bowl and a threat to the Bills, who won the division with an 11-6 record.

Now, with the Dolphins and Jets opening a window for playoff contention. The Patriots finished the 2022 season with an 8-9 record, barely finishing 3rd between a 2nd-place Dolphins team that finished 9-8 without Tua for a lengthy amount of time and a 7-10 Jets team that has now added Aaron Rodgers to the fold.

The important part of this game is that the Patriots announced they would be honoring Tom Brady during this game—the same Tom Brady who has lost and beaten the Eagles in a Super Bowl. Starting the season off with an important game for the Patriots could mean trouble for the Eagles, but to start the season off on the right track, the Eagles will have to play spoiler to one of the biggest names in football for the last 20 years.

Prediction

The Eagles will start their season off with a road win against the Patriots and will enter a short week before they open the Linc against the Vikings (Eagles Win)


Week 6 @ New York Jets

Of all the AFC East teams, the New York Jets put in the most work this off-season. Not only did the Jets acquire 4x MVP Aaron Rodgers in a blockbuster trade. They added former Packers in Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Adrian Amos. Some familiar faces for Rodgers out east.

On top of the former Packers, the Jets also added Mecole Hardman to the offense. With Garrett Wilson already being in New York, the new Rodgers-led offense could be problematic when Breece Hall is cleared from his injury.

There’s a lot at stake for the Eagles in this game. They get to help shut down a Jets team in Week 6. A team that’s building hype and momentum similar to the 2022 Broncos. It would be comical if the 2023 Jets met a similar fate.

However, there’s also the Eagles’ all-time record against the Jets, which dates back to 1973. The Eagles are 12-0 in these games. Losing to the Jets now, with aspirations to topple the Bills for the AFC East, will be a huge statement win for the Eagles.

Prediction

The Eagles will march into MetLife for their first of two games in New Jersey. They’ll continue the streak and move on to 13-0 against the Jets all time. (Eagles Win)


Week 7 vs. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins’ 2022 season didn’t go the way they planned. The multiple injuries for Tua could become a long-term issue for the Dolphins.

But that doesn’t stop the team they’ve been assembling for years. They added a bunch of names this off-season, including David Long, Mike White, Jalen Ramsey, Braxton Berrios, and Robbie Anderson, to name a few, with rumors circling that the Dolphins might end up with the recently released Dalvin Cook. The Dolphins are seriously joining the conversation for a top seed in the AFC.

It’s currently being speculated that the Eagles-Dolphins game could be the first time we’ll see the new Kelly Green Alternates in use. The Lions-Buccaneers game the week prior will be when the Buccaneers creamsicle jerseys see the field, so following the trend and putting on a show during SNF the next week would be the right move.

Prediction

This game could be a potential Super Bowl matchup. Having it during prime time is an even better scenario. Unfortunately, the Eagles will lose this game as the Dolphins’ roster might be one of few in the NFL that is as balanced and deep as the Eagles. (Eagles Lose)


Week 11 vs. Kansas Chiefs

The rematch we’ll have waited 11 weeks for.

Coming off of the Bye Week before playing the Super Bowl champions is best case scenario for the NFL schedule—the downside of all this. The Chiefs will ALSO be coming off of a Week 10 Bye.

This is the first game in what is arguably the worst part of the Eagles’ schedule—playing 3 Super Contending teams, bookended with both games against the Dallas Cowboys.

Marching into Arrowhead and coming out with a win against the Chiefs is already a tall order. An emotional Super Bowl 57 rematch and potential Super Bowl 58 participants could be the start of an important win streak for the Eagles. Or it could see a losing streak that causes the Eagles to fall in the standings and risk losing the NFC East.

Prediction

Beating Patrick Mahomes is no easy task, and since the Chiefs will have home-field advantage and come off the Bye Week as well, things are looking to point at a Chiefs victory. (Eagles Lose)


Week 12 vs. Buffalo Bills

The last time these 2 teams played each other. Stefon Diggs was still a Viking. And the Eagles still thought Carson Wentz was the answer.

Lots have changed since 2019, but that won’t stop Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs from being in top player conversations, including MVP, OPOY, and Super Bowl rankings.

But the Bills might have some questions if they don’t have a successful season. Back-to-back divisional losses aren’t necessarily a problem to have as a franchise. But constantly losing to the Bengals and Chiefs in the playoffs isn’t always a great outcome. The two teams to beat in the AFC have toppled the Bills in the playoffs 3 years in a row. Something’s got to give, no?

Luckily, being the host and coming off of a difficult game against the Chiefs should have the Eagles ready to play against the Bills. Wins are necessary during the Week 9-14 stretch that could ultimately decide the NFC East.

The similarity in these teams will be a deciding factor and could come down to a last-minute comeback drive, but who will surrender it?

Prediction

Questionable play from Josh Allen’s 2022 season will resurface this year, and if he’s not careful, it could cost the Bills another chance at making a Super Bowl appearance. The Eagles’ defense will prove too deep for the Bills, and the Eagles will go 3-1 against the AFC East. (Eagles Win)


With a 3-2 record against AFC opponents and 4-2 against NFC opponents. The Eagles will sit at a 7-4 record with 6 games against their division opponents.
What will their final record be?

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