A Look at the Eagles' Second Half Schedule

by Marc Narducci | Nov 11, 2020
A Look at the Eagles' Second Half Schedule
The Eagles had a well-needed bye week and return to action on Sunday when they travel to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants. 
At 3-4-1, the Eagles lead the NFC East by 1.5 games. Here is a look at the second half of the season, which on paper is more difficult than the first half. 
Nov. 15 at NY Giants (2-7), 1 p.m. The Eagles were fortunate to escape with a 22-21 win over the Giants on Oct. 22. In that game the Eagles had to overcome a 21-10 deficit in the fourth quarter. The Giants, have been in all but one game and will have some momentum after Sunday’s 23-20 win at Washington. The key with the Giants is turnovers, but quarterback Daniel Jones continues to develop.  
Nov. 22 at Cleveland (5-3), 1 p.m. The Browns are vastly improved and should seriously contend for a playoff spot. When quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn’t have to throw as much and the Browns can rely on their efficient ground game, they are difficult to defend. That said, this is a toss-up game. Cleveland has had some inconsistency in the secondary so look for the Eagles to pass the ball a lot. 
Nov. 30 vs. Seattle (6-2), 8:15 p.m. This Monday night game is a rematch of last season’s playoff matchup when the Seahawks came to Philadelphia and won, 17-9. Seattle has a prolific offense, but as shown by Sunday’s 44-34 loss at Buffalo, they have one of the NFL’s worst defenses. Quarterback Russell Wilson is an MVP candidate, but he hasn’t played as well recently and has been prone to thrown interceptions. Seattle will likely be favored, but the Seahawks have lost two of their last three.  
Dec. 6 at Green Bay (6-2), 4:25 p.m. The Eagles went to Green Way and won last season. The Packers have not played the most difficult schedule. They have just one victory over a team with a winning record (New Orleans). Still, this is a Super Bowl contender, with Aaron Rodgers, who has thrown 24 touchdown passes and just two interceptions and has a 117.5 passer rating. 
Dec. 13 vs. New Orleans (6-2), 4:25 p.m. The Saints have quietly won five consecutive games and blasted Tampa Bay, 38-3 on Sunday night. Those who say quarterback Drew Brees is too old, might want to reassess that statement. This should also be an emotional game for former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who signed with the Saints as a free agent in the offseason. The Eagles clearly miss his leadership and production. 
Dec. 20 at Arizona Cardinals (5-3), 4:25 p.m. Quarterback Kyler Murray is an electric talent and the best running quarterback in the NFL. The Cardinals have a poor defense, evidenced by Sunday’s 34-31 home loss at Miami. Haddon Heights graduate Haason Reddick, is having a big season at linebacker for the Cardinals. 
 Dec. 27 at Dallas Cowboys (2-7), 4:25 p.m. This is usually a highly anticipated game, but the Cowboys have hit the skids. In their defense, they have played better recently, including Sunday’s 24-19 loss to undefeated Pittsburgh. The week before the Cowboys lost an ugly 23-9 decision to the Eagles, who weren’t able to put Dallas way until the fourth quarter. Dallas has been showing some fight, but one has to wonder if the Cowboys will be out of contention by the time they face the Eagles. 
Jan. 3 vs. Washington Football Team (2-6). Washington opened the season with a 27-17 win over the Eagles. In that game the Eagles jumped out to a 17-0 lead and then self-destructed. Washington has quarterback problems. In Sunday’s 23-20 home loss to the NY Giants, starter Kyle Allen was injured and replaced by veteran Alex Smith, who threw three interceptions. Dwayne Haskins, who started against the Eagles, might get a chance to regain his spot if Smith doesn’t pick things up.
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