Aug 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) gets up after being knocked down during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Panthers 14-9. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Schedules, not much has changed since the last team to be NFL franchised joined the ranks in 2002. Since then the formula for setting opponents has been like this (courtesy of NFLCommunications.com):
This year we have the reluctance of playing the NFC East and the AFC South along with the other two teams which placed second in their respective divisions which are the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals. First, let’s take a look at the NFC East (bullet point #3) and what we’ll have to go up against.
The NFC East is one of the most decorated divisions in the NFL. Between the four teams: Eagles, Cowboys, Giants and Redskins, 20 Superbowl appearances, 12 Superbowl victories, and each starting quarterback is a pro-bowler. The rivalry between teams in this division is deep and strong each team has won the NFC East crown in the last four years. No team has won the division in back to back seasons since the Eagles did from 2001-2004, since then it’s been passed back and forth.
The Eagles will be our first opponent of the four teams on September 15th and we’ve been playing hot potato with one another having lost three players to ACL tears each, their toughest loss Jeremy Maclin and ours being Melvin Ingram. The Eagles have been preaching speed much like the Chargers have this off-season. WR Riley Cooper’s recent public racial rant didn’t make the situation any easier. Nevertheless, DeSean Jackson is a speedster and we’ll need Derek Cox all over him if we want to stay in this game. Chip Kelly, the Eagles new head coach knows how to score points and can revitalize the career of Michael Vick. The offensive line was no better than our own giving up 48 sacks, this stat will change with the return of Jason Peters and the newly drafted Lane Johnson.