We now have a schedule for the preseason, but we probably shouldn’t expect to learn a whole lot when the games are played.
Is anyone else bothered by the Philadelphia Eagles‘ preseason schedule? Look at the bright side. We have an actual schedule which means we’re one step closer to the season. We now know the four opponents Philadelphia will face as the team prepares for year two of the Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson era. It just seems as though there won’t be any real measuring sticks for how this team has improved or what we can expect to see in the regular season.
Here’s a list of the Eagles’ 2017 preseason games:
1. In week one, Philly heads to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers.
3. The Miami Dolphins come to town a week later.
4. To close things out, another road trip is scheduled, and the team heads north to face the New York Jets.
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Do preseason games matter?
Preseason games in the NFL have been debated for quite some time. Some fans say it’s way too much money to pay for a game that doesn’t count. Others believe there should be less games on the slate. Still others argue about whether or not the players actually need four games to get ready for the regular season. Regardless of what your take is on any of this, here’s something that might get lost in all of this.
We won’t know where this team is once they’re done with this portion of the process.
Let’s look at the bright side.
Sure, it’ll be nice to see the Eagles’ offense against the Dolphins’ defense in week three. That will serve as the team’s “dress rehearsal”. The starters will play about three quarters of football in that one, but if you’re looking to see the Eagles’ defense try to solve the Aaron Rodgers riddle, you can hang it up. The starters will play a series or so before calling it a night.
While it may be kind of cool to see LeSean McCoy in game two, The Buffalo Bills just aren’t talented enough to serve as a true litmus test. It still The final game will feature reserves and a ton of guys who won’t make the team. Somewhere around the first or second quarter of the Jets game, we’ll all be reminded of something we’ve been trying to forget. This isn’t a deep team, and we should all hope that no one gets hurt.
Maybe we’re making too much of it, but if something is to be learned from this process, it’s hard to gauge what that will be.