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Eagles 2017 schedule: Game-by-game breakdown

Eagles 2017 schedule: Game-by-game breakdown

The Eagles' 2017 schedule is out. With that, let's dive into a full breakdown of each matchup, including a two-week West Coast trip and multiple primetime starts.

Week 1
Eagles at Redskins
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 10
FedExField

The Eagles have lost their last three games in Washington going back to a 33-27 win in 2013 and will be trying to avoid their first four-game losing streak ever in Landover, Maryland, and first at Washington since 1981 through 1984 at RFK Stadium. Before the current three-game losing streak, the Eagles won 11 of their previous 14 games at Washington. The Eagles also opened in Washington in 1986 and 1987 (losses) as well as 1996 and 2013 (wins). The Redskins lead the overall series 86-74-6 and have won the last five meetings overall. A win would give the Redskins a six-game winning streak over the Eagles, which would be their longest since a six-game streak from 1981 through 1984 and match the longest since a seven-game streak from 1971 through 1974.

Week 2
Eagles at Chiefs
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 17
Arrowhead Stadium

The Eagles travel to Kansas City for the first time in 12 years. The Chiefs are 23-9 at home since Andy Reid took over in 2013. Last time the Eagles played at Arrowhead, they came back from a 24-6 second-quarter deficit to win, 37-31. T.O. had 171 receiving yards in that game, and Todd France kicked three field goals with David Akers injured. The Eagles are 4-3 all-time vs. the Chiefs and 3-1 in K.C.

Week 3
Giants at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles look for their fourth straight home win over the Giants, something they haven't done since a five-game home winning streak from 1976 through 1980. The Eagles have won three straight at the Linc over their division rivals by an average of 17 points. Overall, the Eagles are 45-38-1 at home against the Giants and 9-6 at the Linc. Overall, the Eagles have won five of the last six meetings with the Giants, and they're 14-4 in the last 18 matchups.

Week 4
Eagles at Chargers
4:05 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1
StubHub Center

The Eagles make their first visit to Carson, California, to face the Chargers in their temporary home at the StubHub Center. The Eagles are 4-7 all-time vs. the Chargers and 1-5 on the road, with the only win coming in San Diego in 1974 when they picked off Dan Fouts four times, two of them by Bill Bergey. Their last visit was a 31-23 loss in 2009 despite a career-high 156 yards by Jason Avant.

Week 5
Cardinals at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8
Lincoln Financial Field

This will be the eighth meeting in the last 10 years for the former division rivals. The Eagles are 55-59-5 all-time vs. the Cards, 28-28-3 in Philadelphia and 2-2 at the Linc. The Cards have won five of the last six meetings, a run that started with the 2008 NFC championship game. The Eagles' only win since the 2008 regular season was a 24-21 decision at the Linc in 2013, when Nick Foles threw three touchdowns.

Week 6
Eagles at Panthers
8:25 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12
Bank of America Stadium

The Eagles travel to Charlotte for the second time in three years and the fifth time in franchise history. The Eagles are 6-4 overall against the Panthers and 2-2 on the road, including wins in 2003 and 2009 and losses in 1999 and 2015. In the Eagles' most recent win against the Panthers, in 2009, they intercepted Jake Delhomme and Matt Moore five times -- Sheldon Brown had two of them -- and scored a franchise-record 28 second-quarter points on the way to a 38-10 win.

Week 7
Redskins at Eagles
8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 23
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles try to avoid a third straight home loss to the Redskins, something they haven't suffered since a seven-game home losing streak to the 'Skins from 1968 through 1974. The Redskins lead the all-time series in Philadelphia 42-38-3, and the series at the Linc is tied at 7-7. The Eagles' last win over Washington at the Linc came in 2014 by a 37-34 score on three Foles touchdown passes and 154 receiving yards by Jeremy Maclin. 

Week 8
49ers at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29
Lincoln Financial Field

In the Two Teams Trying to Recover from Chip Kelly Bowl, the Eagles try to avoid a third straight loss to the 49ers, who won at the Linc in 2011 and at Levi's Stadium in 2014. Overall, the Eagles are 12-19-1 against the 49ers and just 4-10-1 at home. Their last win came in 2010 in San Francisco and their last home win was in 2009 at the Linc.

Week 9
Broncos at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles haven't lost at home to the Broncos since 1986, when John Elway topped Ron Jaworski, 33-7. The Eagles are 5-1 all-time at home vs. the Broncos, including three straight wins. The Broncos won the last meeting, 52-20, in Denver in 2013, and the Eagles won the last meeting in Philly, 30-27, back in 2009, with Donovan McNabb beating Kyle Orton.

Week 10
-- Bye --

Week 11
Eagles at Cowboys
8:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19
AT&T Stadium

The Eagles make their 61st trip to North Texas to face the Cowboys and take a 23-37 record into Arlington, Texas, although they're 5-4 at AT&T Stadium. The last two Eagles-Cowboys games in Dallas went to overtime, with the Eagles winning on the first possession of OT in 2015 and the Cowboys winning on the first possession of OT last year. They are the only overtime games the Eagles and Cowboys have ever played in Dallas.

Week 12
Bears at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles are 13-30-1 all-time vs. the Bears but 9-5 since 1994 after starting out by winning only four of the first 30 meetings. The Eagles are 7-13-1 in Philly against the Bears and 1-2 at the Linc. The Eagles beat the Bears, 29-14, last September during their 3-0 start. The last meeting in Philly was in 2013, when LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown both surpassed 100 rushing yards, Foles threw two TD passes and the Eagles won, 54-11 -- the fifth-most points in franchise history.

Week 13
Eagles at Seahawks
8:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3
CenturyLink Field

The Eagles play at CenturyLink Field for the second straight year and try to end a three-game overall losing streak to the Seahawks. The Eagles haven't beaten the Seahawks since a 26-7 win at Qwest Field (now CenturyLink) in 2008. They're 5-4 in Seattle but 1-5 in their last six overall meetings. Four of the last six seasons the Eagles beat the Seahawks, they went on to the NFC championship game (1980, 2001, 2002, 2008).

Week 14
Eagles at Rams
4:25 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10
L.A. Coliseum

The Eagles will face the Rams in Los Angeles for the first time since 1990, when they won, 27-21, as Randall Cunningham outdueled Jim Everett and Anthony Toney had the second and final 100-yard rushing game of his career. The Eagles are 20-19-1 all-time vs. the Rams and 5-11-1 on the road, although they've won the last two road meetings -- in St. Louis in 2005 and 2011. Overall, the Eagles have won four straight over the Rams and 12 of the last 17.

Week 15
Eagles at Giants
1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17
MetLife Stadium

The Eagles play at the Giants for the 85th consecutive year and try to improve on a 37-48-1 all-time record in New York and East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Eagles have won eight of the last 10 in East Rutherford, although they did lose, 28-23, last November. Since 2008, the Giants have won as many Super Bowls as home games against the Eagles (two).

Week 16
Raiders at Eagles
8:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 25
Lincoln Financial Field

The Raiders' Christmas night visit to Philly is their first since 2005, when McNabb threw TDs to Brian Westbrook and Owens. Westbrook finished with 140 receiving yards, the second most of his career. The Eagles are 6-6 all-time vs. the Raiders and 4-2 at home. Their last meeting was in 2013, when Foles tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a game played in Oakland. The Eagles' only previous game on Christmas Day was a 23-7 win over the Cowboys in 2006, so this will be the first NFL Christmas Day game ever played in Philadelphia.

Week 17
Cowboys at Eagles
1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 31
Lincoln Financial Field

The Eagles ended a four-game home losing streak to the Cowboys on the final day of last season, beating a cast of Cowboys backups, 27-13, at the Linc. Overall, the Eagles and Cowboys are tied, 28-28, in games played in Philadelphia, although the Cowboys have an 8-6 edge at the Linc. The Eagles' last win over the Cowboys at home in a game that meant something came in 2011 by a 34-7 score on TD passes by Michael Vick to Brent Celek and Maclin. This will be the second straight year and sixth time in the last 10 years the Eagles will finish the regular season against the Cowboys.

Derrick Gunn's NFL Week 7 Picks: Will Falcons avenge Super Bowl loss to Patriots?

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Derrick Gunn's NFL Week 7 Picks: Will Falcons avenge Super Bowl loss to Patriots?

Derrick Gunn makes his picks for Week 7 of the NFL season.

Redskins at Eagles (8:30 p.m. on ESPN)
Because they have the best record in the NFC, the Eagles have a huge target on their backs and everybody is gunning for them. On Monday night, the Washington Redskins are hoping to take them down a notch. The ‘Skins come limping to the Linc. Their star rookie defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is done for the year with a Lisfranc injury. Their starting cornerbacks Josh Norman (rib) and Bashaud Breeland (knee) both might miss this key divisional showdown.

Carson Wentz has the Eagles offense rolling, and the defense has been rock solid against the run. Kirk Cousins will go after a Birds secondary ranked 29th against the pass (273.5 yards per game). One of the key matchups to watch closely is how the Eagles will try to defend against ‘Skins running back Chris Thompson, who is Washington’s leading rusher. More importantly, he’s their leading receiver, averaging 18.9 yards per catch.

In Week One the Eagles sacked Kirk Cousins 4 times, but since then he’s only been sacked 4 times. The Birds broke the ‘Skins jinx in the season opener. I look for the home team to make it a season sweep.

Pick: Eagles 28, Redskins 24

Buccaneers at Bills (1 p.m. on FOX)
The good news for the Bucs is Jameis Winston is expected to play despite dealing with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder. The bad news for the Bucs is they’re playing against a Bills team coming off a bye and a Bills' defense that is No. 1 in the league in points allowed at 14.8 points per game. Tampa Bay is also winless on the road. That won’t change this week.

Pick: Buffalo

Panthers at Bears (1 p.m. on CBS)
The Panthers have had a long time to lick their wounds after their encounter with the Eagles. The Bears are riding high after a stunning road win at Baltimore. Until the Panthers learn how to run the ball effectively, better teams will make them one-dimensional. Chicago has a potent run game, averaging 136 yards, but has difficulty scoring, putting up just 17.5 points per game. The Panthers go into the Bears' den and claw out a win.

Pick: Carolina

Titans at Browns (1 p.m. on CBS)
Desperate men take desperate measures and Hue Jackson is desperate to change the misfortunes of his 0-6 Browns. Jackson is going back to rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer who has 3 touchdowns and 9 interceptions this year. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is still dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, but he fought through it last week and threw for 306 yards against the Colts. The combination of running backs Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray takes a lot of pressure off Mariota. Look for the Titans to ground and pound the Browns.

Pick: Tennessee

Saints at Packers (1 p.m. on FOX)
These are dark days for Packers fans with Aaron Rodgers on the shelf with a broken collarbone. Meanwhile, the Saints have been marching, winning three straight. New Orleans has averaged 35 points in its last three and Drew Brees hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 1. The Saints will be doing more Lambeau Leaps than the Packers will this Sunday.

Pick: New Orleans

Jaguars at Colts (1 p.m. on CBS)
At 3-3, the Jaguars are tied for first place in the AFC South with Houston and Tennessee. Indy is just one game off the lead at 2-4. Jags rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who is second in the league in rushing, is questionable with an ankle injury. These Jaguars are an odd bunch to figure out and their wins have come in Weeks 1, 3, and 5. Since this is an odd week, I guess you know who I’m picking here.

Pick: Jacksonville

Cardinals at Rams (1 p.m. on FOX)
Looks like all the Cards needed was to find a running back to cure their offensive problems. In his Arizona debut last Sunday, Adrian Peterson had 26 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns, along with a Cards win. The Rams have the league’s fourth-leading rusher in Todd Gurley. Both teams' offenses have the capability to light it up through the air, but if it comes down to the run game the Rams could be in trouble, as they allow 139.5 yards per game. With that said, I like the Rams at home in a close game.

Pick: Los Angeles

Jets at Dolphins (1 p.m. on FOX)
After falling behind 17-0 in Atlanta last week, the Dolphins mounted an impressive rally to pull off an upset win. The Jets have surprised many with limited offensive talent and have found a way to win three games. Division matches are usually difficult to pinpoint. The Jets are not the Falcons and since the Dolphins beat Atlanta on the road, they should handle New York at home.

Pick: Miami

Ravens at Vikings (1 p.m. on CBS)
Who are these Ravens? They look like contenders one week, then unravel against a team like Chicago the next week and look like pretenders. Minnesota’s defense is fast and rugged. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has a firm grip on the offense. The Vikings will win their third in a row.

Pick: Minnesota

Cowboys at 49ers (4:05 p.m. on FOX)
These Niners are an interesting bunch. They haven’t won a game, but they’re in most of them. The Niners have set an NFL record by losing five consecutive games by three points or less. The 'Boys are coming off a bye and look to regroup. Their defense has been hot or cold. In this case, their D can be lukewarm because the 'Boys have just enough offensive firepower to hold off the Niners.

Pick: Dallas

Seahawks at Giants (4:25 p.m. on CBS)
This should be one of those good old rock’em sock’em type matchups. The Seahawks' and Giants' defenses can both bring it. Big Blue shocked the world last week by manhandling the Broncos in Denver. Russell Wilson is one of the best in the game at extending plays with his feet. Eli Manning is a stationary target with very few weapons to work with. Yes, I remember they found a run game against the Broncos but the legion of boom and company will be ready for it.

Pick: Seattle

Bengals at Steelers (4:25 p.m. on CBS)
The Steelers put it all together last week to hand the Chiefs their first loss. Do you want defense? This game is about defense. The Bengals are ranked second and the Steelers are third best in the NFL. The Bengals are well-rested coming off a bye and will be waiting for Le’Veon Bell. The wide receivers in this AFC North showdown are exciting … Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, John Ross. The Bengals two-game win streak stops in Da Burgh.

Pick: Pittsburgh

Broncos at Chargers (4:25 p.m on CBS)
Remember how we were all snickering at the Chargers for inventing new ways to lose close games? Well, laugh no more. The Chargers have won their last two by a grand total of six points. Meanwhile, the Broncos have lost two of their last three. This game features premier pass rushers on both sides —Von Miller, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. The Chargers are 0-3 at home. This is a pick’em game. After closing my eyes and throwing at a dart board, I’m picking the Chargers. Don’t ask me why.

Pick: Los Angeles

Falcons at Patriots (8:30 p.m. Sunday on NBC)
A rematch of last season’s Super Bowl. It would be a small measure of revenge for the Falcons, but Atlanta is having problems finding the end zone. In each of their last two games, the Falcons have been held to just 17 points and lost both. Brady and company know how to score, but the Pats' defense has been inconsistent stopping the opposition from scoring. However, maybe that’s changing. In its last two games, New England held Tampa Bay to 14 points and the Jets to 17 points. Atlanta presents a much bigger test, but never bet against Bill Belichick at home.

Pick: Patriots

Zach Ertz making significant strides after offseason work with Carson Wentz

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Zach Ertz making significant strides after offseason work with Carson Wentz

The same Zach Ertz who's never had more than four touchdowns in a season now leads all NFL tight ends in touchdown catches. With four.

It's all part of the natural evolution between Ertz and Carson Wentz.

Ertz shares the NFL TD catch lead among tight ends with the Buccaneers' Cameron Brate and the Patriots' Rob Gronkowski.

And going back to last year, Ertz has six touchdown catches in his last seven games and eight in his last 13 games.

In his previous 40 games? He had five touchdown catches.

“I think it's just all the offseason work with Carson," Ertz said. "I think the coaches have a lot of confidence in me down there, and I think that stems from all the red-zone emphasis that we had all spring and summer.

"And then I’ve just made plays, the offensive line has held up, I think Carson is putting the ball in amazing spots, and I just go up and get the ball. I have the easy part."

Ertz had TD catches to give the Eagles' 14-0 leads against the Giants and Cards and then caught two last Thursday that turned a 10-3 deficit into an 18-10 lead as the Eagles beat the Panthers in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He's the first Eagles tight end with four TD catches through six games since Pete Pihos in 1955.

“The biggest thing is A) He puts in the work and B) He’s a really intelligent football player," Wentz said. "He knows coverages, recognizes things, knows when he’s hot (on a blitz).

"He’s really kind of in my head. He knows when I’m about to change his route, those types of things. With a guy like that, that knows how to create separation and play on time and be on the same page as me, that makes it tough to stop."

The touchdowns are most notable, but Ertz is off to the best start of his career in every category. His 34 catches and 405 yards are both second-most among all NFL tight ends to Travis Kelce's 37 and 423 (in seven games).

The Eagles, 5-1, face the 3-2 Redskins Monday night at the Linc. Ertz already has 54 career receptions against the Redskins — third-most ever by a tight end.

“It’s just Year 2 in this system," he said. "I’m a lot more comfortable in my role this year as opposed to last year. I was hurt, missed two games, and I was slowly integrated back into the game plan.

"I think this year I’m extremely confident in my role, I think they have the confidence in me to go out there and make plays when my number’s called, and it’s not going to be 10 targets every game. Last week it was two targets, 20 yards. It’s going to vary each and every week but I’m very happy with how they’re using me right now."

Ertz and Nelson Agholor are the first Eagles tandem with four touchdowns each through six games since Fred Barnett and Calvin Williams each had four back in 1992.

The red zone was a point of emphasis this offseason, and Wentz's numbers in the red zone are off the charts — 62 percent completion percentage, nine touchdowns, no interceptions and a 112.8 passer rating, fourth-highest in the NFL.

Ertz is third in the NFL with five red-zone first-down catches and fourth in the NFL with both six red-zone receptions and 49 yards.

“It’s timing," Wentz said. "It’s a timing thing and being on the same page.

"Red zone’s all about making plays. Playmakers making plays and playing on time down there is so crucial and that’s something we’ve really focused on. I think we’ve gotten better at all our spots on playing on time but he’s a guy that we feel creates mismatches and we take advantage of them."