The Philadelphia Eagles are set to embark on the 2020 season after undergoing a drastic youth movement in order to build the team around franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. Philadelphia moved on from longtime veterans Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Peters and brought in All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay and Javon Hargrave in a retooling of its defense. Philadelphia did surround Wentz with young "burners" at wide receiver, using a first-round pick on Jalen Reagor and Day 3 picks on John Hightower and Quez Watkins. Add in the return of DeSean Jackson and Miles Sanders heading to his sophomore season -- the Eagles have arguably one of the fastest offenses in the NFL.
The Eagles are looking to reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, the first time the franchise would accomplish that since the Andy Reid days (2000 to 2004). Below, we'll take a week-by-week look at the 2020 schedule and highlight all the prime-time games in a season where Philadelphia will be one of the marquee teams in the NFL. We'll also take a first look at the strength of schedule, the Eagles' toughest stretch of games, and more.
Here's a breakdown of the Eagles' 2020 schedule:
- Week 1: Sept. 13: at Redskins, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 2: Sept. 20: Rams, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 3: Sept. 27: vs. Bengals, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 4: Oct. 4: at 49ers (Sunday Night Football), 8:20 p.m., NBC
- Week 5: Oct. 11: at Steelers, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 6: Oct. 18: vs. Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
- Week 7: Oct. 22: vs. Giants (Thursday Night Football), 8:20 p.m., Fox/NFL Network/Amazon Prime
- Week 8: Nov. 1: vs. Cowboys (Sunday Night Football), 8:20 p.m., NBC
- Week 9: Nov. 8: BYE WEEK
- Week 10: Nov. 15: at Giants, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 11: Nov. 22: at Browns, 1 p.m., Fox
- Week 12: Nov. 30: vs. Seahawks (Monday Night Football), 8:15 p.m., ESPN
- Week 13: Dec. 6: at Packers, 4:25 p.m., CBS
- Week 14: Dec. 13: vs. Saints, 4:25 p.m., Fox
- Week 15: Dec. 20: at Cardinals, 4:05 p.m., Fox
- Week 16: Dec. 27: at Cowboys, 4:25 p.m., Fox
- Week 17: Jan. 4: vs. Redskins, 1 p.m., Fox
The Eagles will host the Los Angeles Rams in their home opener in Week 2. It's the first time since 2008 Philadelphia will play the Rams in its home opener. Philadelphia plays Week 1 on the road for the first time since 2017.
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The Eagles have four prime-time games on the slate, three of which will be played at Lincoln Financial Field. The marquee game is the Week 8 showdown against the Dallas Cowboys on "Sunday Night Football" as Philadelphia gets a 10-day layoff thanks to hosting the New York Giants on "Thursday Night Football" in Week 7.
Philadelphia travels to San Francisco for "Sunday Night Football" in Week 4 and hosts Seattle for "Monday Night Football" in Week 12. The Eagles are scheduled to play at least four regular-season prime-time games for the 14th consecutive season. Since 2007, the Eagles have played in 61 combined regular-season prime-time games, which is tied for the third-most by any NFL team in that span.
Hard to find a team that has a tougher stretch of games than the Eagles in Weeks 12 to 16. Philadelphia hosts Seattle on "Monday Night Football" then travels to Lambeau Field to face the Packers on a short week (in December). The Eagles host the Saints the next week before back-to-back road games against the Cardinals and Cowboys -- not exactly automatic wins on the road.
Philadelphia plays three straight playoff teams before facing a much improved Arizona and Dallas team to close out this brutal stretch, which should determine the NFC East. Going 3-2 with a win over Dallas is an excellent scenario.
Strength of schedule
Earlier this offseason, John Breech broke down the 2020 strength of schedule for all 32 NFL teams based on combined opponent winning percentage in 2019. After finishing in first place in the NFC East, the Eagles will face the eighth-easiest strength of schedule in 2020. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule, check out Breech's breakdown here.
However, when basing strength of schedule on the over/under win totals for each team's opponents during the 2020 season at William Hill, the Eagles go from facing the eighth-easiest schedule in the league to facing the 12th-toughest. For a complete look at every team's strength of schedule using this methodology, check out Jared Dubin's full breakdown here.