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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Eagles schedule analysis


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Breakdown: Following their appearance in last season's NFC title game, the Philadelphia Eagles will appear on national television at least six times. The Eagles are scheduled to play three Sunday night games on NBC and once on ESPN's "Monday Night Football." In three of those prime-time games, the Eagles will be facing NFC East rivals.

The MNF appearance will be Oct. 26 in Washington. After opening with a road game in Carolina, the Eagles will be at the Linc for three straight weeks -- aganst the Saints, Chiefs and Bucs. Brian Dawkins' homecoming will take place Dec. 27th, when the Broncos visit Philly for the first time since 1995. Here's the entire schedule.

Complaint department: Andy Reid won't like that early bye on Oct. 4. The Eagles will be coming off three consecutive home games. Most teams prefer to have their bye week closer to midseason. On Oct. 26, the Eagles will begin a brutal three-week stretch against division opponents. They'll begin with the Redskins and then be home against the Giants and Cowboys. Beginning on Nov. 15, the Eagles will be on the road for four of five games. During that stretch, they'll play at San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta and the New York Giants. A home game against the Redskins sandwiched between the road trips won't offer much of a respite. Honestly, this is the toughest stretch I've seen in the NFC East, but I still have to break down the Redskins' schedule.

Knee-jerk prediction: Just like with the Cowboys, I see a 10-6 record. But I could be talked into an 11-5. You have to love that three-game homestand early in the season, but the stretch of four of five weeks on the road is a killer.

Philadelphia Eagles regular-season schedule (All times Eastern)

Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 13 at Panthers 1:00 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 20 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 1:00 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 27 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 1:00 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 4 BYE
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 11 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 1:00 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 18 at Oakland Raiders 4:05 p.m.
Week 7: Monday, Oct. 26 at Washington Redskins 8:30 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Nov. 1 NEW YORK GIANTS 4:15 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 8 DALLAS COWBOYS 8:20 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 15 at San Diego Chargers 4:15 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 22 at Chicago Bears 8:20 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 29 WASHINGTON REDSKINS 1:00 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 6 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 13 at Giants 8:20 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 20 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 27 DENVER BRONCOS 1:00 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 3 at Dallas Cowboys 1:00 p.m.