A seemingly tougher schedule awaits the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014.
The Eagles will be facing four division winners and five teams that have won at least ten games, including the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks. On the bright side, the Eagles will also face three teams that managed to win four games or less in 2013.
Here’s a closer look at the teams the Eagles will be playing next season.
Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a mediocre 8-8 season where they failed to make the playoffs once again. Expect the Dallas Cowboys to continue their path to mediocracy with Jerry Jones not willing to fire coach Jason Garrett or replace quarterback Tony Romo (who is currently 33). Unless the Cowboys make major moves this offseason, the Eagles should have no trouble defeating them.
New York Giants (7-9)
The New York Giants finished the season 7-9 after an abysmal 0-6 start to the season. Did I mention that Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles threw 27 touchdowns in 2013? Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions.
Washington Redskins (3-13)
The Redskins struggled all season and managed to win only three games. Quarterback Robert Griffin III was hobbled for most of the year and then benched for the last three games. It should be interesting to see if new head coach Jay Gruden can turn things around.
Green Bay Packers (8-7-1)
Only managed to go 8-7-1, but still won the NFC north. Did you know the Packers went 2-4-1 without Rodgers last season? This team only goes as far as Rodgers takes them.
Carolina Panthers (12-4)
The Panthers finished the season with a 12-4 record, winning five more games than the previous season and won the NFC South. The Eagles’ game against the Panthers will be Cam Newton’s first game against Chip Kelly since Newton led Auburn to a win over Kelly and Oregon in the BCS championship game.
Seattle Seahawks (13-3)
The Seattle Seahawks finished the season 13-3 and are reigning Super Bowl Champions. Do the Eagles have what it takes to stop the Legion of Doom?
San Francisco 49ers (12-4)
The 49ers finished the season 12-4, but were not able to make it back to the Super Bowl. With running back Frank Gore turning 31, it should be interesting to see how much Gore has left in his tank.
Arizona Cardinals (10-6)
The Arizona Cardinals went 10-6 in their first season under coach Bruce Arians, narrowly missing the playoffs. In 2013, the Eagles were able to hold on to victory, defeating the Cardinals 24-21. Will the Eagles be able to defeat the Cardinals again in 2014?
St. Louis Rams (7-9)
The Rams went 7-9 last season. Rookies Zac Stacy and Tavon Austin lead the offensive attack for the Rams last season. With two-first round drafts picks, look for the Rams to add more young talent to their team. The Rams’ biggest problem might be the quality of their division. The other three teams in the NFC West (Seattle, San Fran Francisco and Arizona) each had at least 10 wins in 2013.
Indianapolis Colts (11-5)
The Colts won the NFC South with an 11-5 record. The Colts then pulled one of the all-time miracles by erasing a 38-10, third-quarter deficit to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs, 45-44. Hopefully, Luck can be on the Eagles’ side when they play the Colts.
Tennessee Titans (7-9)
Numerous injuries contributed to a disappointing 7-9 season and the firing of head coach Mike Munchak. The Titans spent more than $100 million last offseason on free agents as owner Bud Adams wanted yo see one more playoff run. Adams died on Oct. 21, so he didn’t miss anything.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12)
An 0-8 start led to a 4-12 season. This is the Jaguars’ third consecutive season with 10 or more losses. What will the Jaguars do with the No. 3 pick?
Houston Texans (2-14)
The Texans had a disappointing season, managing to only win two games. But, they do have the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.