Eagles 2020 schedule: Predicting every game, week-by-week odds, matchups, projections

The Philadelphia Eagles enter the 2020 season with high expectations, created from the excellent culture in place by head coach Doug Pederson and franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. While Wentz has yet to win a playoff game, he guided the Eagles to the postseason by leading the team to a strong December run of his own -- as the Eagles won their final four games en route to the NFC East title. 

Philadelphia has qualified for the playoffs three consecutive years, the first time the franchise has accomplished the feat since the 2008 to 2010 seasons. The Eagles haven't reached the postseason in four consecutive years since Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb guided the team to the playoffs from 2000 to 2004, the longest streak in franchise history. 

With the playoffs expanding to 14 teams (seven in each conference), the Eagles are expected to reach the postseason for the fourth consecutive season. Whether the Eagles are Super Bowl contenders in the NFC remains to be seen, even though Pederson revamped the offense in favor of Wentz. The Eagles have added speed across the board on both sides of the ball, giving the team a different look heading into the season -- adding intrigue to a franchise two years removed from their first Super Bowl title. 

The Eagles' 2020 schedule has been released and we're giving a week-by-week prediction for all 16 games. Courtesy of William Hill Sports Book, we'll provide over/under win totals for every opponent along with lines for Week 1 and Week 2. In case you're wondering, the Eagles over/under is 9.5 -- so let's see if they surpass that threshold. 

Week 1 at Redskins

Line: Eagles -6.5
Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Prediction: Another season the Eagles get the Redskins in the season opener, the third time in four years. Just like the Super Bowl championship season in 2017, the Eagles will travel to Washington for this one. Expect Wentz to have a monster game with his new offense, throwing for three touchdowns against a pass defense that allowed 35 of them last season. The Redskins added Ronald Darby to that secondary, who the Eagles know really well. Expect the Eagles to pick on Darby throughout the afternoon, taking away that fearsome Redskins pass rush that now has Chase Young. Eagles 34-17

Projected record: 1-0 

Week 2 vs. Rams

Line: Eagles -4
Opponent win total: O/U 8.5

Prediction: This is the toughest game for the Eagles in the first three games of the season, but Philadelphia will be fired up for the home opener -- a matchup between the top two picks in the 2016 NFL Draft (Jared Goff vs. Wentz). The Rams were surprisingly good on the East Coast last year, going 3-1 even though all their wins were against teams that finished with a losing record. The Eagles are a bit better than those teams and should be able to stop a rushing attack with a young Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson. Los Angeles will throw for a lot of yards, but Philadelphia will control the clock. This is a Miles Sanders and Boston Scott type of game. Eagles 27-24

Projected record: 2-0

Week 3 vs. Bengals

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Prediction: The Eagles will get their first look at Joe Burrow and this revamped Bengals offense, as Jim Schwartz will be ready to tee off on this rookie quarterback. Cincinnati had one of the worst pass-blocking offensive lines last season and didn't improve the unit when the team moved on from Cordy Glenn. The Bengals had the league's worst run defense last year, so expect another huge game from Sanders as Philadelphia puts this team away early. Eagles 31-16

Projected record: 3-0

Week 4 at 49ers (SNF)

Opponent win total: O/U 10.5

Prediction: Philadelphia has its toughest test in the early portion of the year, traveling west to face the defending NFC champions. The Eagles have the defensive line to slow down the 49ers zone-run scheme early, but can they hold steady for all four quarters? The 49ers elite pass defense can give Wentz fits -- and are expected to throughout the night. If the Eagles can steal a game here, that will pay huge dividends toward the NFC East title -- but the 49ers are the better team. This will be a game the Eagles receivers struggle. 49ers 24-17

Projected record: 3-1

Week 5 at Steelers

Opponent win total: O/U 9.0

Prediction: The schedule makers didn't do the Eagles any favors here, heading to Pittsburgh the week after a tough road contest against San Francisco. The Eagles haven't beaten the Steelers in Pittsburgh since 2000, so they could be due to ice that streak. This game will come down to how Philadelphia does against a Pittsburgh defense that finished first in takeaways and first in rush touchdowns allowed. If the Eagles don't turn the football over, they have a shot. This is a big play offense, meaning Wentz will take some risks in this one. The Keystone State battle is a toss up, but the Steelers get the edge at home. Steelers 23-20

Projected record: 3-2

Week 6 vs. Ravens

Opponent win total: O/U 11.5

Prediction: Philadelphia's toughest test of the season comes against reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and a Ravens offense that rushed for 3,296 yards in 2019, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Fortunately for the Eagles, they'll have their practice round against an elite run offense with San Francisco two weeks prior. This will be huge as Philadelphia's goal will be to keep Jackson in the pocket and force him to beat the Eagles with his arm. The Ravens have an elite defense, but this is the game Wentz and DeSean Jackson will them to victory with a pair of touchdowns. Eagles 24-20

Projected record: 4-2

Week 7 vs. Giants (TNF)

Opponent win total: O/U 6.5

Prediction: A short turnaround for the Eagles as they face the Giants in Philadelphia on Thursday, the first "Thursday Night Football" game the Eagles have at home since 2016. The Giants have given the Eagles fits over the past year, even though Philadelphia has a seven-game win streak against its NFC East rivals. This won't be a letdown by the Eagles, as Wentz has another big game -- this time to Jalen Reagor, who introduces himself to the NFL on a national stage. Zach Ertz has a 10-catch game. Eagles 34-17

Projected record: 5-2

Week 8 vs. Cowboys (SNF)

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: The battle for first place in the NFC East comes down to to this Week 8 showdown, a game Philadelphia has to win since the Eagles are at home. Dallas is still getting the feel of its new offense under Mike McCarthy, even though CeeDee Lamb is starting to hit his stride. The Cowboys defense is subpar, which is where Sanders and Scott take over the game and keep the Cowboys offense off the field. Wentz just has to manage the game in this one, but he'll have a few big third down throws to make sure the Eagles get a huge win and take command of the division. Remember Philadelphia is on 10 days rest entering this one. Eagles 27-17

Projected record: 6-2

Week 9: BYE

Week 10 at Giants

Opponent win total: O/U 6.5

Prediction: The Eagles play the Giants for the second time in four weeks, the second consecutive season Philadelphia plays New York in such a short stretch. The Giants are going to beat the Eagles at some point and will be a better team than the one in 2019, but this appears to be another game Sanders takes control on the ground. The Eagles come out of the bye with a big win over their division rivals and stay unbeaten in the NFC East. Eagles 27-17

Projected record: 7-2

Week 11 at Browns

Opponent win total: O/U 8.5

Prediction: This feels like a game Philadelphia should win, but the Eagles are due for a letdown at some point. Wentz made his first NFL start against the Browns in 2016, but this Cleveland team is a lot better than the one that took the field four years ago. Philadelphia's defensive line should have little issues getting to Baker Mayfield, but the good Baker will show up for this one and make a few spectacular plays. The Eagles secondary will have a relapse against Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, allowing the Cowboys back in the NFC East race. Browns 31-24

Projected record: 7-3

Week 12 vs. Seahawks (MNF)

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: No matter how the Eagles play against the Seahawks, they just can't beat Seattle -- especially since Russell Wilson took over as the team's franchise quarterback. Philadelphia is 0-5 against Wilson, the last loss coming in the NFC Wild-Card round last season. Wentz will be looking for revenge in this playoff rematch, but the Eagles will (once again) regret not drafting D.K. Metcalf. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside could play well in this contest, but Metcalf is set to have another big game -- even with Darius Slay in this secondary. Seahawks 20-17

Projected record: 7-4

Week 13 at Packers

Opponent win total: O/U 9.0

Prediction: The schedule makers did the Eagles no favors here either, playing Green Bay in Lambeau Field in December on six days rest. This game will be a little tougher than that September upset, even if the Packers won't be as good as they were the previous year. Philadelphia has a better secondary this time around and the Packers don't have many options at wide receiver outside of Davante Adams. This game feels like a toss up too, but Rodgers and the Packers get the edge because they are at home. Doesn't matter as Sanders and Scott lead the Eagles to an upset at Lambeau against a poor Packers run defense. Eagles 24-23 

Projected record: 8-4

Week 14 vs. Saints

Opponent win total: O/U 10.5

Prediction: This is the Eagles toughest test of the season as they will see if they can compete for home-field advantage in the NFC. There isn't a better measuring stick than Drew Brees and the Saints, who have won 37 games over the past three seasons. New Orleans has had Philadelphia's number since Brees took over as the franchise quarterback in 2006, winning seven-of-nine meetings. Brees will expose the Eagles glaring weakness at linebacker with the short throws, methodically moving the chains as New Orleans keeps Philadelphia's offense off the field. Wentz will play well, but it won't be enough. Saints 30-27

Projected record: 8-5

Week 15 at Cardinals

Opponent win total: O/U 7.0

Prediction: This is a trap game for the Eagles, but retaining first place in the NFC East will be paramount. Games like this one are why the Eagles traded for Slay, to shut down elite receivers like DeAndre Hopkins. Slay will get the better of Hopkins and the Eagles defense will contain a red hot Kyler Murray. Wentz will have a monster game against the Cardinals defense, giving the Eagles a huge victory in the desert. Eagles 31-24 

Projected record: 9-5

Week 16 at Cowboys

Opponent win total: O/U 9.5

Prediction: The NFC East title is on the line as the Eagles will try to win in Dallas for the first time in three years. Like the Week 16 matchup last year, Philadelphia will be heavy underdogs in this one -- as Dallas' offense is one of the best in the NFL at this point in the season. The passing game for the Cowboys won't beat the Eagles, but Ezekiel Elliott will get his vengeance after failing to perform in Week 16 last year. Elliott's big day gives Dallas first place in the division as Philadelphia is heartbroken over failing to repeat as NFC East champions. Cowboys 27-24 

Projected record: 9-6

Week 17 vs. Redskins

Opponent win total: O/U 5.5

Prediction: The Redskins have nothing to play for and the Eagles just need a win to lock up their playoff seed. A 10-win season should be good enough to be in contention for the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoffs (and enough to surpass the 9.5 over/under projection), which gives the Eagles all the incentive to throttle the Redskins in this game. Philadelphia will make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year in a blowout win over Washington, who will have a bad first year under Ron Rivera. The Eagles will be a tough out come the playoffs. Eagles 34-14

Projected record: 10-6

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