The Eagles have gone from being the hunters to the hunted.
It’s been a fantastic Philadelphia Eagles season to this point. Sure, there have been both ups and downs, but it doesn’t get any better than six wins in as many weeks. Week 7 brings us the saddest of the NFL campaign, one where the Birds aren’t playing, but they return one day before Halloween. The Pittsburgh Steelers are the opponent, and a young team must navigate the troubling waters that come with being the hunted.
Beware of the trap game. They seemingly have bitten the Birds annually since 2018, but we believe in this team’s focus. We don’t expect them to look past anyone, particularly those opponents that we expect them to win against.
Here are three games the Eagles shouldn’t overlook as they continue their playoff push.
Titans at Eagles, December 4th
The Eagles meet the Tennessee Titans in Week 13 as the two-tone blue are part of a difficult stretch. Much was expected of Tennessee Titans. They lead their division with a 3-2 record by way of following an 0-2 start with a three-game winning streak. In Week 6 they were on a bye.
Philly figures to be favored in this one. It’s also a home game, but the Birds have found misfortune when tackling the Titans. Whether they’ve been good or bad, Tennessee just finds ways to beat Philadelphia.
Here’s how bad it’s been. The last time the Eagles won in this series, the Titans were still in Houston and calling themselves the Oilers.
Here are two other games that you might want to circle on your calendars.
Packers versus Eagles, Sunday Night Football on November 27th
It seems strange that one of the NFL’s most historic franchises can be led on offense by the reigning two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers and be seen as a trap game for anyone. Welcome to pro football and its constant quest for parity. Nothing is promised from one year to the next.
The Green Bay Packers sandwiched a three-game winning streak between an opening-day loss to the Minnesota Vikings and a current two-game losing streak that has been discussed with some recent frequency. If things continue in the manner that they have, it’s going to be a long year for The Pack. In Week 6, they were manhandled at home by the upstart New York Jets.
As is the case with most of the Eagles’ tougher matchups, this game will be played in the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field. Again, with the knowledge that A-Rod and company can catch fire at any time, we struggle with calling this a trap game.
Then again, if things don’t turn soon for Matt LaFleur’s guys, they’ll be the underdogs, but Philly can’t blink. As long as The Pack employs Aaron Rodgers, this is one of those games that can turn ugly for what figures to be a favored Eagles team if they lose focus at any point of the contest.
Saints at Eagles, New Year’s Day
This seems to be turning into an annual routine of sorts. The New Orleans Saints keep finding their way onto the Eagles’ schedule, and Philadelphia, for the third year in a row, will be the home team.
As far as the all-time series goes, the Saints have been on the losing end for the past two seasons. This after winning home games in 2018 and 2019. The latter triumph was in a Divisional Weekend home game.
In total, these proud franchises have met 34 times. The Eagles hold the advantage, 19 wins versus 15 losses, and Philly will be a home favorite if both sides continue their current trends.
The Birds, as you know, are perfect through six games. The Saints have battled injuries en route to a 2-4 start after six weeks.
You know what they say though. On any given Sunday, any team can go down. We aren’t saying the Eagles will still be perfect on New Year’s Day, but we do believe they’re the better team. They just have to employ the one-game-at-a-time mantra.
This game is preceded by a road game on Christmas Eve versus the Dallas Cowboys. It’s followed by the season finale at home versus the New York Giants. This one’s a potential trap game in every sense of the word.