Philadelphia Eagles schedule: 3 Opposing defenses worth mentioning

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Pay very close attention to Week 5 if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Following one of the Philadelphia Eagles’ toughest tests of the season, a Week 4 home game versus the defending AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs, and before their homestand versus the team that won it all last season (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) sits a road date in Charlotte, North Carolina versus another NFC team that’s trying to find its way, the Carolina Panthers.

Sure, they aren’t divisional rivals, so the Panthers don’t know Philly as well as the New York Giants, the Washington Football Team, or the Dallas Cowboys, three teams that could have made this list, but they are scrappy, young, and full of talent.

They’re stacked with guys like Shaq Thompson and Hassan Reddick who don’t need to be introduced to anyone. Most NFL fans are also familiar with rookie Jaycee Horn and a guy many Birds fans think the Eagles should have taken over Jalen Hurts in the 2020 NFL Draft, safety Jeremy Chinn.

He was elected to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. He was also a finalist for the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

As a matter of fact, the more you think about this one, it feels like a game where the Birds defense could wind up being outplayed by that of the Panthers squad. Don’t be surprised if this one is a little tense late. Don’t be shocked if Carolina’s D makes one more play than Philly’s D is able to.