Philadelphia Eagles 2018 schedule released with all 16 games

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Here’s a look the 2018 schedule for the Philadelphia Eagles following Thursday’s release.

The Philadelphia Eagles will be entering the 2018 NFL season as defending Super Bowl champions following an epic run a few months ago, and with Thursday’s release of the regular season schedule, excitement just hit a whole new level for Doug Pederson‘s team. Defending a Super Bowl title is never an easy task, but as last season showed, Eagles are capable of overcoming a difficult task standing in their way.

Think about how all hope seemed lost for Philadelphia last December when Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL, and nobody seemed to have any hope in Nick Foles. Even when seeing how Foles struggled a bit to close out the 2017 season, many expected the Eagles would see a quick exit in the playoffs.

Instead, Philadelphia put together what turned into an epic run thanks to big wins over the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs before defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. Speaking of the Falcons, it turns out the Eagles will be kicking off the new season against Matt Ryan and company on Sept. 6 in what should be a wild night of celebrating.

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Along with the game against Atlanta, here’s a look at the rest of the schedule for the Eagles in 2018:

  • Week 1: Atlanta Falcons (Thursday)
  • Week 2: @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Week 3: Indianapolis Colts
  • Week 4: @ Tennessee Titans
  • Week 5: Minnesota Vikings
  • Week 6: @ New York Giants (Thursday)
  • Week 7: Carolina Panthers
  • Week 8: @ Jacksonville Jaguars (London)
  • Week 9: Bye
  • Week 10: Dallas Cowboys (SNF)
  • Week 11: @ New Orleans Saints
  • Week 12: New York Giants
  • Week 13: Washington Redskins (MNF)
  • Week 14: @ Dallas Cowboys
  • Week 15: @ Los Angeles Rams (SNF)
  • Week 16: Houston Texans
  • Week 17: @ Washington Redskins

Based off early observations, one of the key factors that stands out the most is the back-to-back games on the road against the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams in December. While the Cowboys hope to get back to the level of being serious contenders in the NFC, the Rams have made a strong case for being a serious Super Bowl contender when looking at all of their offseason additions.

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Also, it’s kind of interesting how Philadelphia will play twice on Thursday night over the first six weeks of the regular season, but also it’s tough to complain since that first game against the Falcons is a result of winning the Super Bowl a few months ago. Not to mention, it will be nice to close out the regular season against the Washington Redskins for a change instead of the Dallas Cowboys like the last two years, which both ended up being meaningless games for Pederson’s squad.