The Philadelphia Eagles are projected to have the seventh-easiest schedule once the 2019 regular season kicks off.
Cue the prognosticator in all of us. It’s a great time to be a football fan. The NFL Combine is set to begin in days. Then, it’s all about player rankings, mock drafts and then, we’ll start putting together depth charts. Sure, all of us we’ll all be wrong about what we predicted, but that won’t stop any Philadelphia Eagles fan, or any fan of any other NFL team for that matter, from trying to predict wins and losses on Philly’s 2019 regular season schedule.
For most of you, this next part isn’t news, so bear with us. For everyone else, this is a brief rundown of how this works. The National Football League is comprised of 32 teams in two conferences (the AFC and NFC). Both the AFC and NFC have 16 teams. Each conference has four divisions (north, south, east and west), and each division has four teams.
Every season each team plays two games against their three division rivals, once on the road and once at home.
Eight more games are scheduled and they’e comprised of four games that are played against another division in that team’s same conference, whether that be the AFC or NFC. Four games are also played against the four teams of a division in the opposite conference.
For the other two games, each team plays one team from a division they aren’t scheduled to meet. Who that team will be is determined by where the teams finished the year prior.
To put it simply, the Eagles finished second in the NFC East in 2018. For that reason, they play the teams in the NFC West, the NFC South, and the NFC North who finished in second place in their division. They’ll also face the remaining members of the NFC North and each team that plays in the AFC East.
This is what that looks like. As always, Philly’s got the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants on the road and at home. Add that to home dates against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets.
Correct us if we’re wrong, but none of that says ‘easy’. We’d hate to see what a more difficult schedule looks like.