2014 Predictions: Philadelphia Eagles

September, 2, 2014
ESPN.com Philadelphia Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan makes his game-by-game picks for the 2014 season.

Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley was in Philadelphia to interview for the Eagles' head coaching job when Chip Kelly was hired. Bradley may get the Jags to the promised land, but he's definitely on a more deliberate track than Kelly. Chad Henne? Prediction: Win

Week 2: at Indianapolis Colts

The first game dictated by the Eagles' first-place schedule is a tough one: on the road, in prime time, against Andrew Luck and the Colts. A win would be awfully impressive. Prediction: Loss

Week 3: Washington Redskins

If the Eagles are going to win the division again, they have to pile up the wins against NFC East opponents. That should start here with Jay Gruden's squad. Prediction: Win

Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers

The Niners are one of the teams the Eagles are trying to catch at the top of the NFC. It's important to give a respectable effort here, but a win might be asking for a bit too much. Prediction: Loss

Week 5: St. Louis Rams

Count this game as a fair barometer for where the Eagles stand. They should be ahead of the Rams, and here's their chance to prove it. Prediction: Win

Week 6: New York Giants

This one's in prime time and it should be. The Giants are in the best position to challenge the defending NFC East champions in 2014. Prediction: Win

Week 8: at Arizona Cardinals

A loss here wouldn't be too disappointing. It's a tough road matchup, after all. But if the Eagles are the team they believe they are, this has to be a win. Prediction: Win

Week 9: at Houston Texans

It's homecoming time for Eagles defenders DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin. The two former Texans will enjoy catching up with old friends, and then beating them. Prediction: Win

Week 10: Carolina Panthers

Former Eagles assistant Ron Rivera brings Cam Newton to Lincoln Financial Field. Turns out things are very different with Chip Kelly, not Andy Reid, on the opposite sideline. Prediction: Win

Week 11: at Green Bay Packers

The Eagles won at Lambeau last year, but Aaron Rodgers didn't play in that game. Rodgers makes a little bit of a difference. Prediction: Loss

Week 12: Tennessee Titans

The biggest risk here is that the Eagles overlook the Titans between games at Green Bay and Dallas. But that's unlikely. Prediction: Win

Week 13: at Dallas Cowboys

I don't think the Cowboys will be very good this season, but the Eagles will be traveling on a short week for this Thanksgiving Day game. It's a tough assignment. Prediction: Loss

Week 14: Seattle Seahawks

Circle this one on the calendar. The defending Super Bowl champs come East for a late-season game against the Eagles. Should be entertaining. Prediction: Loss

Week 15: Dallas Cowboys

Getting the Cowboys again fresh off the Thanksgiving game should stoke the Eagles' competitive fire. It's also the start of the homestretch against NFC East opponents. Prediction: Win

Week 16: at Washington Redskins

It is possible the Eagles could clinch the NFC East title with a win here. Either way, it's a game that should mean more to them than to Washington. Prediction: Win

Week 17: at New York Giants

Somehow, I see Mark Sanchez playing in the Meadowlands again as the Eagles rest their starters in preparation for the playoffs. If the Giants are alive, the result could be different. Prediction: Win 

Phil Sheridan

ESPN Philadelphia Eagles reporter



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