2014 Philadelphia Eagles Opponents and Schedule Highlights
by Aaron Smith - 4/1/2014
For the majority of the 2013 season, it appeared no one wanted to win the NFC East. Eventually, the Philadelphia Eagles broke out of the pack and won the division with a 10-6 record. The Eagles have made some interesting moves in the offseason. Releasing DeSean Jackson was definitely the most notable thus far.
How will Chip Kelly's team look in his second year at the helm? All things considered, I think fans would have to say the first year was a success. The Eagles were beaten in their first playoff game 26-24 at home against the New Orleans Saints. Obviously, the team would like to progress further into the postseason, but for a first year under a new system the Eagles were quite successful. The Eagles were 4-5 at home last year and 6-2 on the road.
Let's take a look at who the Eagles 2014 opponents and schedule highlights. The Eagles definitely have a difficult schedule this year, especially in their road games. The NFL will release schedule dates later in April, but we do know who the Eagles will have to play as far as opponents. We'll start with the team's eight road games and finish with their eight home games.
2014 Philadelphia Eagles Opponents: Road Schedule
At Dallas: The Eagles will take on the Cowboys at "Jerry's World" in what is always a hotly-contested game. They finished the regular season with a 24-22 win at Dallas to clinch the NFC East last year. The "over" was 6-2 in the Eagles eight road games last year.
At New York Giants: New York was a disappointing 7-9 last season. The Giants are always dangerous, though, as they have shown with their two Super Bowl wins in the past six years. You have to think there is going to be a bit of a bounce back in New York,, so this is a dangerous game. The Eagles won 36-21 at New York last year.
At Washington: Philadelphia beat the Redskins to open the 2013 season. Washington has a new coach, and there are a lot of questions about what that team will look like in 2014. Philadelphia is probably hoping to play at Washington early again this season. The Redskins are just 6-14 against the spread in September home games since 2001.
At Arizona: The Cardinals surprised a lot of people by going 10-6 last year. Arizona's defense is quickly becoming one of the best in the business.
At Green Bay: The Packers may have only gone 8-7-1 last year, but that was solely because Aaron Rodgers missed so much time last season. With a healthy Rodgers, this Packers team is a definite Super Bowl contender. Philadelphia won at Green Bay last November as they took advantage of the Packers missing their star.
At Houston: Houston went 2-14 last year, but the Texans are clearly a team that is capable of a massive turnaround this season. This is no easy game for the Eagles. Houston was expected to be a playoff team last year, and if they improve their chemistry over the offseason they'll be a tough team to beat in 2014.
At Indianapolis: Here is another division winner from last year. The Colts are going to be tough to beat as long as Andrew Luck is under center. The Colts are 13-4 ATS in Andrew Luck's 17 home games as the team's starting quarterback.
At San Francisco: It doesn't get any easier as the Eagles travel to San Francisco to take on a 49ers team that fell just short of a Super Bowl appearance again last year. Philadelphia should hope this game isn't played in prime time. The 49ers are 36-17 ATS in their last 53 night games where they were favored.
2014 Philadelphia Eagles Opponents: Home Schedule
Dallas: The Eagles didn't have any luck when they hosted the Cowboys last year. Philadelphia lost 17-3 in what was arguably their ugliest game of the season. Matt Barkley threw three interceptions in that game, and Nick Foles completed just 11 out of 29 passes.
New York Giants: The Giants also beat the Eagles in Philadelphia last year. New York grinded out an ugly 15-7 win. Philadelphia put up just 200 yards of total offense in that game. The Eagles fumbled the ball five times (lost one) and threw two interceptions.
Washington: One of the Eagles rare impressive home games last year was their 24-16 win over Washington. They dominated the majority of the game before Washington made a bit of a late push. Philadelphia will likely be favored in this game, and they've been a bad home favorite of late. They are just 9-18-1 ATS in their last 28 as a home favorite.
Carolina: Here's another division winner on the Eagles 2014 schedule. Carolina's stingy defense was dominating in 2013. The Panthers look set up for another strong run in 2014. Can the Eagles find a way to move the ball against this strong front seven? Maybe the Eagles will be fortunate enough to get the Panthers after a bye week, where they are just 2-11 ATS in the last 13 years.
Jacksonville: Here's a rare "easy game" for the Eagles on their 2014 schedule. The Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the NFL all of last year, and they are unlikely to make a huge jump this season. Still, the Eagles are 9-25 ATS in their last 34 home games, so there are no sure bets for this Eagles team at home.
Seattle: Drawing the defending Super Bowl Champion is never any fun. Seattle's rise under Pete Carroll has been very impressive, and it would be stunning to see them not be an elite team again this season. After struggling on the road in previous years, Seattle was 6-2 ATS on the road last year.
St. Louis: The Rams were just 2-6 ATS in their eight road games last year. St. Louis doesn't have the talent that the Eagles have, but they are a scrappy team that can't be overlooked.
Tennessee: The Philadelphia Eagles have never beaten the Tennessee Titans. They beat the Houston Oilers before the franchise moved to Tennessee, but the Eagles have lost all four times they've squared off against the Titans. Tennessee was 5-2-1 ATS in their eight road games last year.
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