It’s officially NFL Schedule Release Day!
Part of me wishes we just got the schedules without all the prime time flare, but we do live in 2022 after all.
The Philadelphia Eagles already know who their opponents for 2022 will be.
There are a handful of interesting matchups that will surely draw fans’ attention. First, the Eagles will face their former franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz. Not once, but twice, as he is now the starter down in Washington. One of those matchups is bound to get the prime time treatment.
Secondly, our old friend Doug Pederson will travel back to Philly for a matchup between his new team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Eagles. Pederson is the only head coach in Eagles history to win a Super Bowl, and while his departure was unceremonious, he’ll more than likely get an ovation from the Philly crowd prior to kickoff. Once the game actually begins, all bets are off.
A handful of the Eagles matchups have already been confirmed. The Eagles themselves revealed their home opener earlier this week. They’ll take on the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night in Week 2. Kirk Cousins always seems to be at his best against Philly, and with Justin Jefferson coming to Philadelphia for the first time, it should be an interesting matchup to say the least.
Earlier on Thursday, we got confirmation of two more matchups. Per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles will open their season at Detroit and they’ll have a Christmas Eve matchup with the Dallas Cowboys in Jerry World. Week 1 will kickoff at 1 p.m. EST for the Birds and their Christmas Eve contest (which will be played on Saturday) will kickoff at 4:15 p.m. EST.
Along with the confirmed matchups, there have been several leaks throughout the week. Most of them have turned out to be false, but there’s one that may hold some validity. Avid Philly sports Twitter account Let’s Go to the Phones released what they believe is the official Eagles 2022 schedule.
They add in a reply Tweet that, “But this from a solid source.” The same Twitter account was the first to break the news of Fletcher Cox’s release earlier this offseason, so they do hold some credibility. We’ll find out if this is the schedule for sure by 8 p.m. tonight.
After the 2021 season, one of the common discussions was that the Eagles just beat up on terrible teams at the end of the season in order to reach the postseason. We heard a lot of, “it won’t be that easy next year!” Well, based on the Eagles 2022 opponents’ winning percentage, it might actually be easier. The Eagles have second-easiest strength of schedule based on opponents winning percentage from 2021, .464. The Cowboys and Commanders are tied for the easiest strength of schedule at .462.
In fact, each of the four teams in the NFC East have the four easiest strengths of schedule. New York is 29th with an opponents winning percentage of .465, followed by the Eagles (.464), and then the Cowboys and Commanders (.462)
We’ll be sure to go through the schedule game-by-game when it’s official. I see 17-0 and a Super Bowl title in 2022, but that’s just me.
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