3 huge games highlight toughest stretch of the Eagles regular season

DeVonta Smith #6, Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
DeVonta Smith #6, Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /

A late-season stretch will test the Eagles’ mettle before things end with a bang.

We were uncertain of what we’d get from last year’s version of the Philadelphia Eagles as they entered a new era of football, one without Doug Pederson and one under the direction of their new head coach, Nick Sirianni. We wound up with a playoff team.

What was truly intriguing about that bunch was this. Had they made a real effort to beat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 18 rather than rest their starters, they could have capped a ten-win season.

No one’s questioning the decision. It was the right one. We just want you to understand how much better this team was than people predicted.

Might a second consecutive trip to the postseason be in the cards? It’s an achievable goal if the Birds do what they did during their last march through the 18-week, 17-game grind better known as the NFL season (with the exception of what we saw from them in their first clash with the New York Giants at MetLife Field). Philly needs only beat the teams they’re supposed to beat and try to find a way to steal a W or two in the games where they won’t be favored.

They have a shot to rack up some wins early with a favorable schedule, and depending on what they do during what might be the toughest three-game stretch of the campaign, they could set themselves up nicely to close the show. Let’s take a moment to fast forward to a few days before Thanksgiving.