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Top 5 Eagles Games on the 2024 NFL Schedule that I Can’t Wait to Watch

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A bye week in Week 5?

No Cowboys game on Sunday Night Football?

Starting the season in Brazil? On a Friday night?

Yep, the 2024 Eagles schedule is a bit of a weirdo.

Philadelphia remains one of the NFL’s marquee teams, despite their epic collapse at the end of last season and some question marks surrounding this year’s squad, but there is no shortage of interesting games on this year’s schedule, despite the loss of one home date due to their opening week jaunt overseas.

While this year’s schedule doesn’t have the juice last year’s did, with home games against the whiny 49ers, the hated Jonathan Gannon (I’m still not over that one), and a Super Bowl rematch against the Chiefs, there are still a number of fascinating match-ups Birds fans should enjoy.

Here are the five games I’m most looking forward to this season.

Week 1: Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers, Friday, September 6 in Brazil (8:15PM, Peacock)

I mean, yeah, let’s just get things started off with a bang. It sucks the game will only be streamed on Peacock (and no, NFL, I’m NOT buying Peacock just to watch one football game) but if you have Peacock, you should be in for a real treat.

When last the Eagles went up against Packers quarterback Jordan Love, he looked pretty dang good in relief of Aaron Rodgers during a Birds blowout win at the Linc in 2022. Last year, Love emerged as one of the league’s best young passers, with 32 TDs, just 11 INTs, 4,159 yards passing and a 96.1 passer rating. Over his final eight games, he went on a real heater, with an 18/1 TD/INT ratio with a 112.7 rating, averaging a 70.25% completion percentage and 268 yards passing per game.

He also upset the Cowboys in the wild card round by going 16-for-21 for 272 yards with 3 TDs and a 157.2 rating. I’m sure Cowboys fans wouldn’t want me plastering highlights of that destruction here in this blog post…

…whoops, how’d that get in there?

It will be an early test for a remade Eagles secondary right off the bat against one of chic picks to potentially represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Here’s hoping Jalen Hurts isn’t upstaged by the upstart Love in one of the league’s biggest match-ups of the early season.

Week 9: Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sunday, November 3 (8:20PM, NBC)

The Eagles have five prime-time match-ups, but only two of them make my list. Sorry, I just can’t get excited about playing the Kirk Cousins-led Falcons on Monday Night Football in Week 2, nor am I getting worked up about Washington on Thursday night in an Amazon Prime video game in Week 11. Their other Sunday Night Football match-up against the Rams in L.A. in Week 12 will be fun, but it doesn’t crack this list.

This will be the second time Doug Pederson has come back to Lincoln Financial Field as the head coach of the Jags. Back in Week 4 of ‘22, Pederson was 2-1 coming in against the 3-0 Eagles and nearly pulled off the upset, jumping out to a 14-0 first quarter lead. The Eagles, however, scored 20 unanswered points in the 2nd quarter and held off a late push by Trevor Lawrence to win 29-21.

Lawrence, Pederson and Jacksonville took a step back last year, missing the playoffs with a 9-8 record, but should still be in the mix of the AFC South. The Philly crowd should once again give their Super Bowl winning legend another warm ovation when he makes his return trip this November in prime time.

Week 10: Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, November 10 (4:25PM, Fox)

The Cowboys have had a shockingly quiet offseason. Jerry Jones is making baffling personnel decisions. Dak Prescott, a lame-duck QB who is coming off yet another choke job in the playoffs, could very well be set to walk in free agency. Their best defensive player wants so badly to play for the Eagles you can taste it. The vibes around the ‘Pokes are awful right now, but will that be the case by the time the Birds roll into Dallas in Week 10 for a Sunday afternoon late-window affair?

The Eagles’ struggles playing the Cowboys on the road are well established. They have not won in Dallas since 2017, and have been outscored there over the last six years by a combined score of 217-118 and an average score of 36-19.

Is this the year the Eagles break the losing streak?

(By the way, I LOVE the late afternoon Cowboys games window. It’s the best.)

Week 13: Eagles @ Baltimore Ravens – Sunday, December 1 (4:25PM, CBS)

The Eagles and Ravens have been two of the most successful teams in their respective conferences over the last 15 years. John Harbaugh continues to keep Baltimore at or near the top of the AFC pecking order year-in and year-out, and the Lamar Jackson-Jalen Hurts match-up should be an absolute screamer.

No nuance needed here. This is simply a match-up of two Super Bowl contenders who don’t often play each other in the regular season that should feature some dang fine football.

Week 17: Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys – Sunday, December 29 (4:25PM, Fox)

Every game against a divisional rival is important and worth getting up for. But the Giants and Commanders still don’t have the juice. It’s also highly possible by the time the penultimate game of the 2024 season rolls around, Dallas or the Eagles could be out of it, rendering this a meaningless affair. It’s why I don’t love having divisional games stacked in the last three weeks of the season. Sure, it can pay off big-time sometimes, but it can also take the teeth out of a rivalry game, too.

That said, I expect this game to mean something. Playing the Cowboys at the Linc, potentially with a division title on the line, should have the city in a frothy frenzy. It’s easy to forget last year’s epic tilt and how it ended because of the collapse, but we shouldn’t miss an opportunity to relive the good times while rubbing Cowboys’ fans’ noses in it at the same time.

This will also be in the late-Sunday window, although it’s possible the game could get flexed to prime time if these two teams are fighting for postseason positioning.

LET’S GOOOOOOOO!

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