Eagles' 2019 NFL schedule includes 5 primetime games

Eagles' 2019 NFL schedule includes 5 primetime games

No, the Eagles aren’t playing on Thanksgiving this year. 

That was the hot rumor leading into the official schedule release day, but instead, the Eagles will face the Vikings in Minnesota on Oct. 13 in Week 6. 

That will be the Eagles’ first time back to U.S. Bank Stadium since winning Super Bowl LII to cap the 2017 season (see traveler's guide for road schedule). They will face their Super Bowl LII opponent, the Patriots, in Week 11. 

The full Eagles 2019 schedule includes five primetime games, tied with a bunch of teams for the most in the NFL. The Eagles’ schedule last season and in 2017 also included five primetime games. 

Here are their 2019 games in prime time: 

• Sept. 15 at Falcons (Sunday night)
• Sept. 26 at Packers (Thursday night)
• Oct. 20 at Cowboys (Sunday night)
• Nov. 24 vs. Seahawks (Sunday night)
• Dec. 9 vs. Giants (Monday night) 

Primetime games are nothing new for the Eagles. They have had more than just about any team in the league in recent years. 

The Eagles get a Week 10 bye week, which is pretty close to the middle of the season and gives the Eagles an extra week to prepare for the Patriots. The Eagles are home the week before their only Thursday night game in Green Bay. 

In October, the Eagles have three straight road games against the Vikings, Cowboys and Bills followed by three straight home games. That road trip starts a tough stretch in which they will play four out of six games against 2018 playoff teams in seven weeks. 

The Eagles will open their 2019 schedule against Washington at home on Sept. 8. That’s a 1 p.m. game against one of their division foes. That’s a very winnable game — they’ve beaten Washington in each of the last four matchups — to start off the 2019 season on the right foot. 

From there, the Eagles will travel to Atlanta for their first primetime game of the 2019 season. It’ll also be their first trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

The Eagles will play the Giants twice in the last four weeks of the season and will finish the 2019 regular season in North Jersey for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Their last four games are division games. 

Here’s the full schedule: 

Week 1 — vs. WAS on Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. 
*Week 2 — at ATL on Sept. 15 at 8:20 p.m.
Week 3 — vs. DET on Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. 
$Week 4 — at GB on Sept. 26 at 8:20 p.m.
Week 5 — vs. NYJ on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.
Week 6 — at MIN on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.
*Week 7 — at DAL on Oct. 20 at 8:20 p.m.
Week 8 — at BUF on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.
Week 9 — vs. CHI on Nov. 3 at 1 p.m.
Week 10 — BYE 
Week 11 — vs. NE on Nov. 17 at 4:25 p.m.
*Week 12 — vs. SEA on Nov. 24 at 8:20 p.m.
Week 13 — at MIA on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
#Week 14 — vs. NYG on Dec. 9 at 8:15 p.m.
Week 15 — at WAS on Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.
Week 16 — vs. DAL on Dec. 22 at 4:25 p.m. 
Week 17 — at NYG on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.

* Sunday Night Football on NBC 
# Monday Night Football
$ Thursday Night Football 

And the preseason schedule: 

Week 1 — vs. TEN on Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Week 2 — at JAX on Aug. 15 at 7 p.m.
Week 3 — vs. BAL on Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Week 4 — at NYJ on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

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No excuses, but Eagles’ injuries sure did pile up fast against Falcons

No excuses, but Eagles’ injuries sure did pile up fast against Falcons

ATLANTA — The Eagles had so many injuries on Sunday night that the guy in charge of raising the blue medical tent on the sideline pulled out his shoulder. 

OK, that didn’t happen. But you’d understand if it did. 

It was almost hard to keep track of all the casualties that were piling up during the Eagles’ 24-20 loss to the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. They began during pregame warmups and never really stopped. Heck, most players had trouble keeping up. 

I think you figure it out as you go,” Jason Kelce said. “Especially when you’re not seeing guys in the huddle over and over again. Games like this are going to happen. You have to try to overcome. The fact is, the last few years, we’ve handled injuries really, really well around here. It’s the way this game goes. Whoever’s in the huddle is in the huddle and you try to put guys in the best situation as possible and execute.

That was a common theme from the Eagles’ locker room after the heartbreaking loss: No excuses, but …  this was pretty excessive. 

Still, even with all the injuries, the Eagles should have won the game. They gave up a touchdown on fourth down. They missed multiple chances on the ensuing drive. And that was well after they got off to another abysmal start. The Eagles know they lost because of more than a few injured players. 

“Yeah, it was awesome that we hung in there, but we still lost the game,” Kelce said, “still gotta make improvements and continue to get better.”

The list of injured players will make for an intriguing few days looking at the roster, but on Sunday night it was just about adjusting on the fly. That wasn’t easy. 

“I mean, you always have a plan for maybe one guy (getting injured),” head coach Doug Pederson said. “Obviously, if one guy goes down you can maybe shift some things, but when two top receivers and a top tight end go down, it’s difficult. Now, you’re really having to put guys in positions where they haven’t gotten those reps during the week.”

At one point, the Eagles were down to two healthy receivers: Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and one healthy tight end: Zach Ertz. 

Here’s a list of all the injured players who did not return on Sunday night, including Dallas Goedert, who hurt his calf during warmups: 

Tim Jernigan (foot) 
DeSean Jackson (groin)
Alshon Jeffery (calf) 
Dallas Goedert (calf)
Corey Clement (shoulder)

And here’s the list of players who were checked for concussions but were allowed to return: 

Carson Wentz
Nelson Agholor
Sidney Jones
Jason Kelce

After the game, Clement had his shoulder in a sling and Jernigan left the locker room with a walking boot on his left foot. Jernigan’s injury could be a hard one to take at a position where the Eagles were supposed to have depth and now suddenly don’t. 

But from a schematic standpoint, losing three and then, at one point, four skill players made things really difficult. The Eagles were down to their bottom two receivers playing every snap.  

“It’s tough, but by no means are we going to make excuses,” Wentz said. “We always talk about having the next man up but some of the stuff tonight you just can’t make up. I have never seen guy after guy go down like that so early in the ball game, but the guys stepped up. The guys were resilient. We came up a little short today, but I am proud of the way the guys fought.”

The Eagles did fight, but they didn’t win. Instead of talking about how they overcame a laundry list of injuries, we’re talking about how they came up short. No moral victories here and they know it. 

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Bad Carson Wentz then Good Carson Wentz doesn't cut it for Eagles

Bad Carson Wentz then Good Carson Wentz doesn't cut it for Eagles

ATLANTA — More inconsistency. Another slow start. An incredible rally. An agonizing measurement. A disappointing loss.

What a strange day for Carson Wentz.

Wentz had one of the most unusual games we’ve seen Sunday night in the Eagles' 24-20 loss to the Falcons, just a horrible first half and what appeared to be a rib injury followed by a riveting second half that ended with a a remarkable comeback and a crushing finish.

First half: 6-for-16, 47 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs, 6.2 passer rating.
Second half: 18-for-26, 177 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 101.0 passer rating.

Wentz nearly rallied the Eagles to an improbable win despite playing the entire game without Dallas Goedert and virtually the entire game without Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson.

But in the end, same old story.

No consistency.

Another slow start followed by a big finish. Against the Redskins, you can get away with it. Against the Falcons, you can’t.

Wish I had an answer,” Wentz said. “It’s something we’re all looking at. By no means making excuses but we were trying to figure out who we had out there and get guys in the right position. I think the coaches did a good job of that, we just have to execute better. We’ll take a hard look at it. I know we say that all the time. But that’s what we’ll do.

What a strange night.

Wentz took a vicious shot in the ribs from linebacker Deion Jones while throwing a late first-quarter interception, and he sure seemed to be struggling with his delivery the rest of the half.

He said he's fine. Just a little sore. No problem.

“It’s football,” he said. “I got hit a few times. That’s just how the game goes. I’ll be a little sore tomorrow but it’s nothing serious.”

Wentz also left the game for six snaps just before halftime to undergo a concussion test —  Josh McCown converted a couple first downs in his absence — but he quickly came back.

Wentz said he didn’t undergo any treatment at halftime, but something clicked.

He looked more fluid, and the Eagles looked like a different team.

Maybe it just took a while for Wentz to click without three of his top weapons. But he just looked like a different person in the second half.

“It’s tough,” Wentz said. “You game plan all week and you have have all these personnel packages and then they all go out the window on game day. But coaches do a great job and so do the guys; Mack (Hollins) and JJ (Arcega-Whiteside), guys were ready to step up.”

Nelson Agholor had over 100 yards but dropped a touchdown that might have won the game. Ertz was 8-for-72 but came up a few inches short inside the 10-yard-line on 4th down in the final seconds. Hollins helped out with 5-for-50 — all in the second half.

As for Wentz, his rushing TD with 3:13 left gave the Eagles their first lead of the game at 20-17 and should have been the game-winner.

He spiked the ball so hard he almost fell down.

Then Julio Jones ran 54 yards, Agholor dropped a sure touchdown, Ertz came up inches short and the Eagles’ slow starts and inconsistency cost them a win.

It’s frustrating, it’s frustrating,” Wentz said. “Slow start as an offense, we battled back, we did our thing late, we scored, they scored, we got right down there and came up six inches short. It’s frustrating. I’m really proud of the guys, I’m encouraged with the way the guys fought and bounced back from some adversity. But that doesn’t win you ballgames and we just have to learn from it.

This team should be beyond patting themselves on the back for fighting adversity and showing resilience.

They need to find a way to play 60 minutes, and so does their quarterback.

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