Eagles 2014 Schedule: A Lot to Be Thankful For

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Nov 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin (22) makes an interception of a Washington Redskins pass during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles 2014 schedule has been officially released, and there are plenty of games that show particular interesting headlines before a snap is ever played.  While the Eagles’ opponents have been determined immediately following the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, there is a cult following for when the schedule gets released for fans everywhere to analyze the schedule, plan the game(s) in which one will be attending, and to immediately predict and prognosticate the future record of his or her beloved team.  The Eagles’ 2014 schedule has prime time games galore (four), five nationally televised games, and several other games in which flex scheduling could push the Eagles onto television sets across the country.  For myself, perhaps the biggest and most telling aspect of the Eagles 2014 schedule is that extensive travel seems cushioned and the Eagles only face one team that will be coming off a bye-week (St. Louis Rams).

For many fans, the most anticipated aspect of the Eagles 2014 schedule was the return of former wide receiver DeSean Jackson to Philadelphia.  Call it luck, but we won’t have to wait long for DeSean’s return to the Linc as the Washington Redskins will face Philadelphia Week Three.  While it still remains unclear as to just how well, or not, he will be received, the most intriguing part of the two games that the Eagles play against the Redskins is that the Eagles will be on a short week both times.  Additionally, each prior game will be against a 2013 playoff team (Indianapolis and Seattle).  While the Redskins certainly remain an enigma under new head coach Jay Gruden, the Eagles had little difficulty beating their divisional rivals a season ago in both match-ups.  Given the Eagles’ struggles early in the season in 2013, it’s a breath of fresh air knowing that six of the Eagles first eight matchups will be against teams that did not make the playoffs a season ago.

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