3 things to know about the Philadelphia Eagles 2024 NFL schedule

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The schedule for the 2024 NFL season has yet to been released, but it's coming. In the meantime, we already know a good deal about Philadelphia's slate, including opponents and where the games will be played (including an International contest). All that we're missing is the dates, and we'll have those soon, too.

While we wait, here are three key things to know about Philadelphia's schedule for the upcoming 2024 campaign.

Brazil, here we come

The Eagles will open up the 2024 campaign by being the designated home team in the first-ever game in São Paulo, Brazil. The game will take place on Friday, Sept. 6, 2024, and the Eagles will square off against the Green Bay Packers in the contest. It will be the first time the NFL has played a game on Friday night of Week 1 since 1970.

"The Eagles organization is honored to have been selected to play in the first-ever National Football League game in South America," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "With the global growth of our sport being a top priority to our league, we embrace the opportunity to grow our fanbase around the world and bring Eagles football to the 38 million sports fans in Brazil.

Getting to play a game in Brazil is an awesome opportunity for the Eagles. However, since they're technically the home team for the game, that means there will be one less game held at Lincoln Financial Field next season, which is an understandable disappointment for many fans in Philly.

A tough AFC divisional draw

Every year, the Eagles play one AFC division in its entirety. This year, that division is the AFC North, which is a tough draw for Philadelphia. Last season, all four teams in the AFC North finished the season with a winning record, and three of the teams -- the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers -- made the playoffs.

The only team in the division that didn't qualify for postseason play was the Cincinnati Bengals, who were without quarterback Joe Burrow for the final stretch of the season and still finished with a 9-8 record.

All of the teams in the AFC North project to be in the playoff picture again in 2024. Burrow should be healthy, the Steelers improved at quarterback by adding Russell Wilson and Justin Fields, Baltimore added Derrick Henry to an already-dynamic ground game, and Deshaun Watson should be available for more games for Cleveland. None of those games will be easy for the Eagles.

An "easier" schedule than last season

There's no such thing as "easy" in the NFL, but on paper, Philadelphia's schedule is softer than it was last year when they entered the '23 campaign with the toughest schedule in the league based on opponent win percentage. In 2024, the Eagles have the 21st-toughest schedule in terms of OWP. Their '24 opponents had a combined overall record of 142-147 last season.

Now, a softer schedule on paper doesn't mean much if the Eagles don't take care of business. After all, this is an Eagles team that lost to the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants last season. Regardless of opponent, it will be on the Eagles to go on there and perform