Eagles a have shot at a hot start

The first eight games of the 2014 season could be a sign of where the Philadelphia Eagles are heading.

It’s a rather soft part of their schedule, and if they can pile up wins in these weeks, the playoffs could be a very realistic possibility for the second straight season.

Only two of the Eagles’ first eight opponents made the postseason last year -- the Indianapolis Colts (Week 2) and the San Francisco 49ers (Week 4).

Both of those games are on the road, and neither one will be easy.

The combined record from last season of the Eagles’ opponents from Weeks 5 through 9 is 26-38.

The Eagles host the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 5 and then welcome the New York Giants one week later on Oct. 12. Following a bye, the Eagles travel West to meet the Arizona Cardinals. Then on Nov. 2, they play at Houston and new coach Bill O’Brien. The Texans finished 2-14 and lost their final 14 games.

This is clearly a very winnable stretch for the most part before the schedule begins to get much more difficult.