2020 Eagles Schedule Preview

Despite the craziness going on in America, The NFL is set to unveil their schedule for the upcoming football season later this fall.  The NFL schedule is set to drop this evening at 8 PM on the NFL network. The schedule will be set up as if there’s ZERO delays for the season. The powers that be have a contingency plan should the season be delayed due to the Corona pandemic. A recent report circulated stating the 1st four weeks of the season will put the NFC vs. the AFC with inter-conference battles. Futhermore, the latest rumors have the Philadelphia Eagles facing the AFC North during the 1st four games of the year.

How is this thing put together?

How do they configure the schedule? Well, the schedule is broken down into different sections. Obviously, they’ll play 6 games within their division (2 times vs. each team). The next section is facing a division in the AFC. This year, the chosen one is the AFC North. Moving along, the next sequence is against a division within the NFC. The lucky contestants for 2020 are the NFC West. Finally, the final 2 games are chosen from one team in the remaining 2 divisions in the NFC. The Eagles would face the opponents finishing in the same ranking as they completed the regular season. Hopefully, you understood all of that info if you’re new to the game. Let’s breakdown the Eagles opponents off-season and see where each team stands as of today.

Divisional Opponents (6 Games)

Dallas Cowboys

2019 Record: (8-8)

Key Moves:

Mike McCarthy (HC), Amari Cooper, Dontari Poe, Gerald McCoy, Greg Zuerlein, Haha Clinton-Dix, Aldon Smith, Andy Dalton, CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs.

Key Losses:

Byron Jones, Randall Cobb, Maliek Collins, Christian Covington, Robert Quinn, Xavier Su’a-Filo.

Overview:

The Dallas Cowboys had an interesting off-season. They lost some key contributors, but retained Amari Cooper and franchised Dak Prescott. The recent signing of Andy Dalton will make things fun to watch in Dallas as Dak seeks a loaded contract.  Mike McCarthy brings in a new philosophy, and will be fascinating to see how things unravel leading into the 2020 season.

Washington Redskins

2019 Record: (3-13)

Key Moves:

Ron Rivera (HC), Thomas Davis, Jon Bostic, Brandon Scherff, Richard Rodgers, Peyton Barber, Kendall Fuller, Chase Young.

Key Losses:

Chris Thompson, Trent Williams.

Overview:

The Redskins look for a new beginning as Ron Rivera takes over the reigns as head coach in DC. The keys to the car are handed to Dwayne Haskins and hopes to quiet his naysayers. The Redskins drafted the foundation of their defense with defensive end Chase Young. The rebuild towards relevance starts now in Washington.

New York Giants

2019 Record: (4-12)

Key Moves:

Leonard Williams, James Bradberry, Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, Cameron Fleming, Andrew Thomas, Xavier McKinney

Key Losses:

Eli Manning, Alec Ogletree, Antoine Bethea.

Overview:

Following suit with the rest of the NFC East minus Philadelphia, The New York Giants welcome in new Head Coach Joe Judge from the Belichick coaching tree. The Giants made significant upgrades in the off-season rebuilding their defense. James Bradberry and Blake Martinez will hope to make the defense a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming season.

4 Games vs. NFC West (2 home / 2 Away)

Seattle Seahawks

2019 Record: (11-5)

Key Moves:

Greg Olsen, Quinton Dunbar, Bruce Irvin, Phillip Dorsett, Mike Iupati, David Moore, Jaran Reed, Jordyn Brooks.

Key Losses:

Jadaveon Clowney, George Fant, D.J. Fluker, Ezekiel Ansah, Quinton Jefferson.

Overview:

Pete Carroll enters the 2020 season with hopes of overtaking the NFC champions in the West. The Seahawks made minimal changes to their roster, but completed a trade for DB Quinton Dunbar. They added Greg Olsen adding stability to the Tight end position. One thing to observe over the next few weeks is the free agency drama of Jadaveon Clowney and where he’ll end up playing this season.

Los Angeles Rams

2019 Record: (9-7)

Key Moves:

Austin Blythe, Andrew Whitworth, Leonard Floyd, Michael Brockers, Cam Akers, Van Jefferson.

Key Losses:

Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Corey Littleton, Dante Fowler, Nicell Robey-Coleman, Clay Matthews, Greg Zuerlein.

Overview:

Sean McVay completed an overhaul of the Rams roster this off-season. The question isn’t who’s coming, but rather Who’s going. Todd Gurley, Gone. Brandin Cooks, Gone. Dante Fowler, Gone. Corey Littleton, Gone. Should be an interesting season in LA.

San Francisco 49ers

2019 Record: (13-3)

Key Moves:

Trent Williams, Travis Benjamin, Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw, Brandon Aiyuk.

Key Losses:

Emmanuel Sanders, Deforest Buckner, Matt Breida, Sheldon Day.

Overview:

The defending NFC champions are ready to defend their spot as the top dog in the conference. They traded Deforest Buckner, and replaced him with Javon Kinlaw. They let aging veteran Manny Sanders walk, and drafted Brandon Aiyuk. The Niners are poised to assume the reigns of the NFC.

Arizona Cardinals

2019 Record: (5-10-1)

Key Moves:

De’Vondre Campbell, Deandre Hopkins, Devon Kinnard, Jordan Phillips, Kenyon Drake, Isaiah Simmons.

Key Losses:

David Johnson, Rodney Gunter.

Overview:

Kliff Kingsbury has all the tools for his high powered offense, and is ready to unleash it. The addition of Deandre Hopkins should open up the offense for Kyler Murray. The additions on defense should improve them immensely. The Cardinals should improve upon their 5 win season in 2020.

4 Games vs. AFC North (2 Home/2 Away)

Baltimore Ravens

2019 Record: (14-2)

Key Moves:

Matthew Judon, Derek Wolfe, Jimmy Smith, D.J. Fluker, Calais Campbell, Jihad Ward, Justin Ellis, Patrick Queen, J.K. Dobbins.

Key Losses:

Tony Jefferson, Marshall Yanda, Hayden Hurst, Brandon Carr.

Overview:

Lamar Jackson is electric! He drives the offense. The addition of J.K. Dobbins in the backfield will only make them more elusive. The defense improved with Patrick Queen being drafted in the first round. The Ravens will be a tough team to beat on any given Sunday this season.

Cincinnati Bengals

2019 Record: (2-14)

Key Moves:

A.J. Green, Trae Waynes, Vonn Bell, D.J. Reader, Xavier Su’a-Filo, Mackensie Alexander, Joe Burrow, Tee Higgins.

Key Losses:

Andy Dalton, Tyler Eifert, Nick Vigil, Cordy Glenn, Andrew Billings, Darqueze Dennard.

Overview:

The Bengals drafted their Godsend in Joe Burrows at #1 overall. Burrows has arrived to turn the franchise around and ascend them back to the playoffs. It may take some time, but things appear to be swinging in the right direction to flip the Bengals luck into a winning franchise for years to come. Not this year Bengals fans, but the future is bright.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2019 Record: (8-8)

Key Moves:

Bud Dupree, Eric Ebron, Stefen Wisniewski, Derek Watt, Chase Claypool.

Key Losses:

Javon Hargrave, Roosevelt Nix, Mark Barron, Tyler Matakevich.

Overview:

Big Ben is back to assume the reigns of the offense. Despite the inconsistencies at QB last year, the Steelers finished 8-8. Under the new playoff rules, they would’ve made the playoffs last season. Ben should be able to keep the ship above water and compete in the AFC North.

Cleveland Browns

2019 Record: (6-10)

Key Moves:

Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Case Keenum, Karl Joseph, B.J. Goodson, Andrew Billings, Kevin Johnson, Adrian Clayborn, Jedrick Wills Jr, Grant Delpit.

Key Losses:

Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey, Damarious Randall, Greg Robinson.

Overview:

The Browns were a mess in every shape and form last year. Baker went through the sophomore slump, the coach lost control, and the team unraveled. New management is here to save the day! Cleveland had a solid draft, and added talent via free agency.

2 Games vs. 1st Place in NFC North, NFC South

Green Bay Packers

2019 Record: (13-3)

Key Moves:

Christian Kirksey, Rick Wagner, Devin Funchess, Jordan Love, A.J. Dillon.

Key Losses:

Jimmy Graham, Blake Martinez, Bryan Bulaga, Kyler Fackrell, B.J. Goodson, Geronimo Allison.

Overview:

Packers fans aren’t happy with free agency and the draft. The key was to give Aaron Rodgers some weapons to catapult this team to the next level. However, management had other plans. In a draft with wide receivers for days, the packers failed to draft one. It’ll be the Davante Adams show once again in Lambeau. The Packers have talent, but Aaron Rodgers will have to don his cape to elevate the team to elite status.

New Orleans Saints

2019 Record: (13-3)

Key Moves:

Drew Brees, Andrus Peat, Malcolm Jenkins, Emmanuel Sanders, D.J. Swearinger, Cesar Ruiz, Zach Baun.

Key Losses:

Teddy Bridgewater, Vonn Bell, A.J. Klein, Eli Apple, Zack Line, Ted Ginn, Jr.

Overview:

The Saints did the most important thing necessary in the off-season: Lock up Drew Brees for 2 more seasons. NBC will have to wait for his commentating duties. The Saints are in a prime spot to compete. However, the addition of Tom Brady to the Bucs makes for a complicated situation in the NFC South. The division will be exciting to say the least.

What will the schedule look like?

As I mentioned before, the first 4 weeks could be against the AFC North. Could that mean a prime time game vs. the electric Baltimore Ravens? The unveiling of the NFL schedule will be very interesting, and we’ll have to wait until this evening to see how the Eagles season could shape up for the upcoming year. Go Birds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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