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Ranking Eagles' opponents by their 2020 schedule releases

Ranking Eagles' opponents by their 2020 schedule releases

NFL teams across the league have really elevated their game when it comes to releasing season schedules. Some made risks that paid off, others utilized their time to put a spotlight on the incredible front line workers … and let’s just say those who didn't fall under either category probably would’ve been better off releasing a simple graphic. 

We took a look at all of the opposing teams the Eagles will face in 2020 and just how they announced they were playing them. Let’s just say, things were all over the place. 

So, here they are — ranked from the absolute worst to the very best, by team.  

13. Week 13, Green Bay Packers

You’re telling me the city of cheeseheads didn’t know to put cheese … on a Philly cheesesteak? This has to be a troll job, it’s the only logical scenario. This looks like a frozen dinner you would buy in Wisconsin in an attempt to replicate the delicacy of this staple dish. 

12. Week 11, Cleveland Browns 

There’s not much to go off of, just this graphic. Zero points for creativity, but it’s still better than that sorry excuse for a cheesesteak. Yes, I’m still fed up about it. 

11. Week 2, Los Angeles Rams 

The Rams did some revamping to their look during the offseason, so expectations should have been a little higher with this one. Considering these videos are supposed to hype up fans for the season … it definitely fell short. 

10. Week 5, Pittsburgh Steelers 

If you close your eyes and listen to the the in-game highlights, it may put a smile on your face — who doesn’t love the sweet sounds of football? Though, it’s nothing special visually. 

9. Week 4, San Francisco 49ers

If you’ve never seen the show “West World,” chances are, you were extremely confused by their schedule release video. If it wasn’t for the extremely obvious Liberty Bell, we’d be lost. I can guarantee every single person scrolled through the comments to see the written schedule somewhere. 

8. Weeks 1 and 17, Washington Redskins

When jotting down the initial notes to this ranking, the first and only thing I wrote for the Redskins was, “Eh.” Upon further review, it still remains eh. At least the Eagles will be starting and ending their season with dubs. 

7. Week 15, Arizona Cardinals 

After announcing their schedule via graphic — they decided to do a complete thread breaking down each week with a gif. For Philadelphia, they went with, “It’s Always Sunny.” … original. 

6. Weeks 7 and 10, New York Giants 

The Giants did a fun job incorporating fans and celebrities into their reveal, but it turned into a roast both times the Eagles were mentioned. From saying they enjoy seeing the sad faces of Eagles fans, to calling MetLife Stadium a no fly zone, it’s safe to say the rivalry is strong as ever. That’s okay, considering they haven’t beaten us since 2016. Talk the talk. 

5. Weeks 8 and 16, Dallas Cowboys 

Count this as the one and only time you’ll see Dallas in a top-five rankings — and this is solely due to the fact they used this release as an opportunity to thank the front line and essential workers. 


4. Week 14, New Orleans Saints 

New Orleans is one of the more difficult cities to go in and play — we know first hand with that, but they truly put things into perspective with this video leading up to their release. Everything going on right now is much bigger than a game, and it’s up to every one of us to do our part to flatten the curve, social distance and share their appreciation for healthcare workers. 

3. Week 12, Seattle Seahawks

While this wasn’t considered their official release, it was easily some of the best content of the night. Gifting some of the fearless heroes of the front line season tickets for the 2020 season was a wonderful way to share their thanks. Since the Eagles would be off to Seattle for this Monday Night Football matchup — they’d get to watch the most exciting team in the league. That’s a win-win. 

2. Week 6, Baltimore Ravens 

This is definitely one of the more fun posts across the entire league, tying in some of the most classic television game shows. The Eagles were given the classic Jeopardy! … a game show that Philadelphia sports have made many appearances on in the past. 

1. Week 3, Cincinnati Bengals 

The Bengals created such a fun concept video featured around their newest addition and first overall draft pick, Joe Burrow. One of the most iconic shots in sports over this past year, was of him celebrating with a cigar after Louisiana State won a National Championship title. It's also great that they were able to make a little fun of last year's video, which was not well-received ... at all. 

(All images are credited to the teams' social media accounts.)

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NFL Schedule: Breaking down which NFC East team has the easiest 2020 path

NFL Schedule: Breaking down which NFC East team has the easiest 2020 path

With the full 2020 NFL regular season slate finally out, it's time to pick apart every single nuance for the next four months. Sports, right?

The Eagles will be looking to repeat as NFC East champs, which is much easier said than done according to recent history. It takes a mix of winning your own games and hoping division rivals run into stiff competition.

Let's take a look at which teams in the division have tough paths, and which might have an easier time.

Eagles: Kind of tough

- There's definitely potential here for the Birds to start 3-0 out of the gate. Washington is young and not good, Doug Pederson has owned Sean McVay, and the Bengals are also young and not good.

- Immediately after that stretch, of course, the Eagles run into a hard three-game stretch with the 49ers, Steelers, and Ravens. We could very well be looking at 3-3 if things don't go well.

- Not dealing with a three-game road trip is nice.

- The late stretch against Seattle, Green Bay, New Orleans, Arizona, and Dallas will make or break their season.

Dallas Cowboys: Not bad

- Four of the Cowboys' first six games are at home, including a three-game stretch with very winnable games against the Browns, Giants, and Cardinals. They could build early-season momentum with that run.

- Dallas's short week leads into a Thursday night road game against an extremely good Ravens team, which is almost certainly a loss.

- Not dealing with a three-game road trip is nice.

- The Cowboys' hardest three-game stretch is probably the Eagles, Steelers, and Vikings, but it gets broken up by a bye week.

Washington: A little good, a little bad

- Starting at home is always a positive, especially when you have an exciting young player like Chase Young. FedEx Field should be buzzing.

- Six of Washington's first 10 games are at home, which is helpful for a first-year coach like Ron Rivera to build continuity.

- Washington's short week leads into a Thursday night road game vs. a division opponent, which... is not ideal.

- The toughest part: a three-game stretch on the road against the Cowboys, Steelers, and 49ers - three teams expected to make a playoff push - late in the season. That's brutal.

New York Giants: Not bad

- Starting at home is always a positive, especially for a first-year coach like Joe Judge, who wants to set the tone.

- The Giants' bye week precedes one of their only road trips, a two-game stint against the beatable Bengals, and then the Seahawks. That's favorable.

- Four of the Giants' last five games could be pretty tough, with the Seahawks, Cardinals, Ravens, and Cowboys all lined up.

I'm going to call the Eagles' schedule the hardest, and the Cowboys' the most favorable, in the NFC East, which isn't exactly what Birds fans want to hear. 

But that'll make winning the division all the more satisfying.

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NFL Rumors: Ron Rivera considering bringing Cam Newton to the NFC East

NFL Rumors: Ron Rivera considering bringing Cam Newton to the NFC East

Between the Eagles' Jalen Hurts pick, the Cowboys' dragging contract talks with Dak Prescott, and the two young first-round picks in Daniel Jones and Dwayne Haskins, the NFC East is already a hotbed of quarterback intrigue.

Now, what if you added Cam Newton to that mix?

According to first-year Washington head coach Ron Rivera, it's not out of the question.

Rivera, who of course coached Newton to an MVP and a Super Bowl appearance during their shared time in Carolina, appeared on NFL Network's Good Morning Football this week to talk about his upcoming first season in Washington.

While the discussion started with No. 2 overall pick Chase Young, it quickly migrated to talking about quarterbacks, and Nate Burleson asked Rivera, point blank, if he was thinking about bringing Newton into a quarterback room which already has Haskins, Kyle Allen, and a giant question mark in Alex Smith.

Rivera was pretty darn honest:

You know, the thing about Cam is, it's the situation. We're in a situation where we've got two really young quarterbacks. One that's been with us, been in the system, understands how we want things done. And the other's a guy that was taken last year in the first round, and shows some promise. You go back and break Dwayne down, you see a lot of positive things. 

I think with Cam - and I have thought about it, it's something that's run through my mind - and it's about the situation and circumstances. I'm not sure if I would do it, I'm not sure if I wouldn't do it. It just depends, again, on circumstances.

Adding Newton to the NFC East QB pool would be fascinating, especially because you have to imagine he'd beat out Haskins and Allen in any legitimate quarterback competition.

Newton, who turns 31 this month, played in just two games during his injury-plagued 2019, but his 2018 campaign was pretty solid. He set a career mark in completion percentage (67.9), threw 24 touchdowns to 13 interceptions, and averaged 7.2 yards per attempt, and also ran for 488 yards and four touchdowns. 

All this, while playing on a middling Panthers team. Writing him off completely would probably be unwise.

Does Newton suddenly make Washington a sneaky team to watch in the NFC East, and the conference at large?

Eh. The weapons around him wouldn't be awful - Terry McLaurin had a good rookie year, Jeremy Sprinkle showed promise in 2019, and Adrian Peterson refuses to age - but they're not exactly world-beaters. 

Washington would, however, be a far more interesting team, and if their defense could gel around Young the way the Chargers and 49ers defenses did around their respective Bosa brothers in the past couple years, Washington might be fighting for the second Wild Card in the final weeks of the season.

Which is a scenario the Eagles would like to avoid.

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