Philadelphia Eagles fans shouldn’t be fooled by NFL’s easiest schedule

Jalen Hurts #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

As fans and supporters of the Philadelphia Eagles, the questions about what the 2021 version of this team might look like have led to some pretty interesting conversations. Is this a rebuilding year that they refuse to acknowledge? Are they destined for repeat seasons in the NFC East’s cellar? Should we all just gear up for 2022 and begin talking about those three potential first-round selections?

It’s amazing that Carson Wentz is still gone and Birds fans still need him to win to achieve their own goals. His success with the Indianapolis Colts is key to Philly getting that third first-rounder they so desperately crave.

Here we all sit, and at the time of this story being published, we’re a little over 24 hours from the release of the 2021 NFL schedule. We’ve long known who the Birds will play. We just need dates and times, but here’s something Philly fans might find interesting.

Philadelphia Eagles fans shouldn’t give up on 2021 yet.

Recently, John Breech of CBS Sports released a strength-of-schedule ranking, naming the Pittsburgh Steelers as the squad with the toughest march through 2021’s campaign, but here’s what’s interesting. The Philadelphia Eagles are seen as having the easiest schedule.

Their opponents had a combined record of 117-155, but look a little more closely at this one guys and gals. Don’t let the experts fool you.

Don’t drink the tea if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

As you’ve probably learned by watching this team play a season ago, there are no easy outs in the NFL. If you remember, that 2019 game versus the Detroit Lions and 2020’s tilt versus the Cincinnati Bengals were supposed to be easy wins.

There’s also this to consider. Philly played in the NFL’s worst division a season ago. The records of the Dallas Cowboys (6-10), Washington Football Team (7-9), and New York Giants (6-10) contribute to that 117-155 overall mark, as does the game versus Cincy (4-11-1).

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Philly gets their usual six games versus Dallas, the G-Men, and Washington in 2021, but they also get a game versus the San Francisco 49ers (6-10 in 2020) and a game versus the aforementioned Lions (5-11 in 2020).

You’ve been watching enough football to know that on any given Sunday, any team can lose, but after watching the Eagles in 2020, it’s fair to ask. How confident are you about those Lions, Niners, and Cowboys games? Fingers are crossed, but this might be a long season.