The unveiling is complete, and we all know how the Eagles season will be presented in 2020. The schedule displays some exciting matchups, and yet some challenging stretches of games. The Philadelphia Eagles will be featured in 4 primetime games this season. The primetime games involving the Birds will include 2 on Sunday Night Football (@49ers, vs. Cowboys), 1 on Thursday Night Football (vs. Giants), and 1 on Monday Night Football (vs. Seahawks).
The schedule also presents some flex-scheduling opportunities later in the season. The games that stand out are in week 13 and 14 at Green Bay and home vs New Orleans, respectively. One of those games could be flexed to Sunday night. There’s a few challenging stretches in this schedule. One tough stretch is between week 4-6. The opponents are at San Francisco, at Pittsburgh, and home vs. Ravens. The second difficult stretch in the schedule is featured from weeks 12-16. The opponents are home vs. Seattle, at Green Bay, home vs. Saints, at Arizona, and at Dallas. Once again, the Dallas / Philly game in week 16 could determine the NFC East champion. Let’s breakdown the schedule and see how the Eagles will shape up against the competition this season.
Opponent: At Washington Redskins
The Eagles open the season in DC. The last time this happened was in 2017. We all know what happened at the conclusion of that season…Super Bowl Champs! Although last season’s matchups with the Redskins were heart wrenching, on the edge of your seat nail biters, the Eagles have actually owned Washington winning 6 straight matchups dating back to 2017. Once again, the Eagles SHOULD win this game against the rebuilding Redskins. Chase Young could reek havoc in the Eagles backfield, but Carson should be able to escape the pressure and secure the Eagles first victory of 2020.
Prediction: Eagles 31-20 (1-0)
Opponent: Vs. Los Angeles Rams
The Eagles welcome the Rams to the Linc for the Home opener. Dating back to 2005, the Eagles are riding a 6 game winning streak vs. the Rams. The last two meetings in LA have been thrillers. Nobody will forget the game in 2017 which cost Carson Wentz his season with a torn ACL. The Rams went through an overhaul in the off-season losing Todd Gurley, Dante Fowler, Brandin Cooks, and Corey Littleton among others. The Eagles should win their home opener in front of the Philly Faithful.
Prediction: Eagles 27-23 (2-0)
Opponent: Vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrows enters the Linc with the Bengals making his Philly debut. The Eagles history vs. Cincinnati is one we’d like to forget in recent memory. Philly hasn’t earned a victory over the Bengals since 2000. Since then, the Eagles have been blown out on multiple occasions, and also incudes the infamous game in which D-Mac didn’t realize games could end in a tie. While the Bengals should be an improved team with Burrows under center, they’ll be overmatched in this duel. I expect the Eagles to end the drought, and finally secure a victory over the Bengals.
Prediction: Eagles 28-13 (3-0)
Week 4 (Sunday Night Football)
Opponent: At San Francisco 49ers
The Eagles travel across the country for a battle against the reigning NFC champions on Sunday night football. The Eagles won their last meeting with San Francisco back in 2017 in Philly. The Niners are a completely different team these days. The leaders of the NFC didn’t lose much from their squad last year. The key pieces lost were replaced in the draft with the additions of Javon Kinlaw and Brandon Aiyuk. This will be a tough one for the Birds. While they keep it competitive, I see Philly taking their first loss of the season in the bay and under the big lights.
Prediction: Niners 31-24 (3-1)
Opponent: At Pittsburgh Steelers
The Birds travel to Western Pennsylvania to face their intra-state rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Every 4 years, the Eagles face their fellow Pennsylvanians. The 2016 matchup in Philly turned into a blowout. A notable play from that game is rookie Carson Wentz making an excellent scramble out of the pocket and tossing a beautiful pass to Darren Sproles on a wheel route for a 75 yard TD. This matchup should be more competitive. The Steelers finished 8-8 last year without Big Ben leading the offense. They have a good defense, and I see this game as a true battle in a low scoring affair.
Prediction: Eagles 17-14 (4-1)
Opponent: Vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Lamar Jackson experience touches down in Philly for Week 6. The Ravens bring their electric offense to the Linc along with their solid defense. The Ravens will be a tough matchup on paper for any NFL opponent. The last 2 meetings finished with 1 point victories for each team. The 2016 matchup featured a 4th quarter Eagles comeback with Carson Wentz scoring a late TD with 4 seconds left to pull within a point. However, Big Balls Doug decided to go for the win, and the pass attempt was unsuccessful for the 2 point conversion. This game should be a battle, but eventually see the Ravens pulling away with the victory.
Prediction: Ravens 34-24 (4-2)
Week 7 (Thursday Night Football)
Opponent: Vs. New York Giants
The G-men travel down the turnpike for the Thursday night matchup between the NFC East rivals. The Eagles have DOMINATED the giants over the last few years riding a 7 game win streak dating back to 2016. While the games may not be for the weakened heart, the Eagles have managed to pull out the victory (See: Last season matchups). The Giants are in the midst of a rebuild with new head coach Joe Judge. These games are always close, but feel the Giants aren’t there yet to pull out a close win. Eagles take it.
Prediction: Eagles 23-16 (5-2)
Week 8 (Sunday Night Football)
Opponent: Vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys ride into Philly for a matchup under the national spotlight. While the cowboys lost a few key pieces to their defense, they had a solid draft this year. The Cowboys and Eagles will battle blow for blow until the end of the season for the NFC East crown. Unfortunately for the Eagles, I see the first jab made by Dallas in this heated rivalry. Cowboys take game 1 in Philly.
Prediction: Cowboys 30-23 (5-3)
Opponent: At New York Giants
These 2 NFC East teams battle again for the second time in 3 weeks. The Eagles are coming off the bye week. Two weeks to prepare for the G men? No problem here. I’ll warn you: It’ll be a knockdown, drag out war, but the Eagles will raise their hand in victory once again against the Giants in a close one.
Prediction: Eagles 17-13 (6-3)
Opponent: At Cleveland Browns
The Browns look to improve after a disastrous 2019 season. They added Austin Hooper to their explosive offense. The one question remains: Which Baker Mayfield is going to show up in 2020? The Eagles have owned the Browns in this century, and I don’t see anything changing. Whether the Eagles face good Baker or bad Baker, it doesn’t matter. The Eagles should control this one.
Prediction: Eagles 24-9 (7-3)
Week 12 (Monday Night Football)
Opponent: Vs. Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson comes back to town for the first time after stealing a victory in the playoffs last season. Both teams match up very well with each other. This should make for an exciting game on National television. The Eagles are winless against Seattle since 2008. Quite simply, Russell Wilson has OWNED the Philadelphia Eagles. I envision a quick start by the Eagles using the adrenaline from the crowd to jump out to an early lead. However, in epic Russell Wilson form, he sneaks the Seahawks back in the game, and steals a win in the final moments.
Prediction: Seahawks 26-24 (7-4)
Opponent: At Green Bay Packers
The Eagles travel to Lambeau in back to back seasons for a December matchup with the Packers. The Eagles squeaked out a 34-27 victory last year. This matchup could have huge playoff implications for both teams. The Eagles will battle tough, but fall short in a loss to the Packers.
Prediction: Packers 20-16 (7-5)
Opponent: Vs. New Orleans Saints
Sean Payton brings the Saints to the Linc in week 14 for this marquee game involving 2 potential playoff teams. People will mention Drew Brees Home/away splits in terms of production. I’m not buying it. He came into the Linc in 2014-15 season and won a playoff game. Food for thought: Never take a future Hall of Fame QB lightly. With that being said, I see Carson Wentz coming into his own as a natural leader, marching the Saints out of town with a loss after a game winning drive.
Prediction: Eagles 34-31 (8-5)
Opponent: At Arizona Cardinals
The Eagles head west in attempt to derail Kliff Kingsbury’s high powered offense. The Eagles are coming into Glendale, AZ after an emotional, hard fought victory over the Saints. With the Cowboys on their sights the following week, the Eagles fall victim to the “Trap game”, and lose an ugly one in Arizona.
Prediction: Cardinals 38-17 (8-6)
Opponent: At Dallas Cowboys
The Eagles fly into Arlington for a must win against their hated rival, The Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles look to have their backs against the wall after an ugly loss the week prior against the Cardinals. The Eagles fight off a fast start by Dallas, storm back, and secure back to back division titles for the first time since they owned the NFC East from 2000-04.
Prediction: Eagles 27-17 (9-6)
Opponent: Vs. Washington Redskins
The Eagles come back to Philly as NFC East Champions. The starters get some much deserved rest, and the fans witness the 1st career start for rookie Jalen Hurts. The Eagles reserves represent well earning a close victory in South Philly.
Prediction: Eagles 20-13 (10-6)
There you have it, folks! My Eagles schedule predictions for the 2020 NFL season. As with a lot of predictions out there, I’ll probably be wrong on half of it. One thing I hope we can all agree on is that the Eagles will somehow prevail and become NFC East Champions once again! Go Birds!