2013 Schedule

Posted: April 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 22 Comments »

Per a leak on Twitter:

9-9-13 … at Washington – MNF
9-15-13 … San Diego – 1pm
9-19-13 … Kansas City – TNF
9-29-13 … at Denver – 425pm
10-6-13 … at NY Giants – 1pm
10-13-13 … at Tampa – 1pm
10-20-13 … Dallas – 1pm
10-27-13 … NY Giants – 1pm
11-3-13 … at Oakland – 405pm
11-10-13 … at Green Bay – 1pm
11-17-13 … Washington – 1pm
11-24-13 … bye week
12-1-13 … Arizona – 1pm
12-8-13 … Detroit – 1pm
12-15-13 … at Minnesota – 1pm
12-22-13 … Chicago – 1pm
12-29-13 … at Dallas – 1pm

I’m not a big one for analyzing the schedule. The most interesting thing, pointed out by Les Bowen on Twitter, is that the Eagles don’t have a night game after the first couple of weeks. Clearly that could change with the flex scheduling, but I’m guessing watching the Eagles play poorly in prime time down the stretch in 2012 scared off the networks.

The Eagles go to Oakland, where they’ve never won a game.

The Andy Reid Bowl is a Thursday Night game. Odd.

Playing Larry Fitzgerald and Megatron in back-to-back weeks late in the season should be fun.

3 consecutive road games isn’t easy, but since one is just up the road in NY, that takes some of the sting out of it.

I see 14-2, assuming Chip Kelly wants to rest the starters for the playoffs.

This isn’t official yet, but the leak on Twitter looks legit.

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I’ve got a long form post I’ll be putting up later.  I know some people love to talk about the schedule…so have at it.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.parker.1044 Jamie Parker

    At least we get Andy at the Linc, where he’s had trouble winning.

    I remember we cried about 3 straight road games against divisional foes back in ’06, then we won all 3.

    • TommyLawlor

      Yep. What looked so daunting proved to be not a big deal.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462635892 Thorin McGee

        And last year we cried about facing all those opponents coming off byes and long weeks and we turned that around and … well they killed us.

  • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

    Baseless, but I am going to read into it anyway:

    That soft December schedule shows the Eagles ain’t getting no respect from the NFL (not that they deserve it).

    • Ark87

      Respect does need to be earned, that said, people watch the Eagles. Even if they don’t respect the team, they should respect the ratings a passionate fan base brings.

      Edit: also, Eagles have a very widespread fan-base. So we turn up on national broadcasts very well.

      • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

        I mean the way the (expected) quality of opponents is distributed down the stretch, rather than the time of day. A lot of those feel like they will get the Level C regional broadcast team treatment (What up, Kenny Albert?).

        • Ark87

          hahaha, I see what you’re saying. Chicago should be solid at least though. Then again they have a new regime too, so who knows.

          • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

            Yeah, the Bears game does seem like it has the best chance to get flexed. Don’t have much hope for the other December games.

      • Tumtum

        RG3 back a full month or so faster than AP did it? That would be pretty shocking. The way they kept trotting him out in the play-off loss, I wouldn’t be shocked.

        • Miami_Adam

          Yea, that’s going to be reverse of a ‘QB of the future’ game (just hoping we don’t take Geno at 4)

  • Ark87

    Interesting, NFC East gets to cross the AFCW early and the NFC North late. It’s about as good as you can hope for on a new regime. Start the season against weaker teams that also have new regimes, and face the hardest stretch when we are finally rounding into shape.

    I’m pretty confident we can nab at least 5 wins this season unless the defense is a complete disaster.

    • Miami_Adam

      haha, you got me w that one

  • Fred

    7-9 calling it now!

  • Tumtum

    Things usually never work out the way you would expect them to. Lets pretend for a second they do.

    I like having the easier opponents early. Get a good feeling going early then over acheive late. That being said I can’t help but remember the Redskins first year with Jim Zorn. They started 6-2, and then the wheels came off. That 6-2 was a great 8 weeks for those sad, sad, sad and oh so pathetic Redskins fans though. Did I mention Redskins fans suck?

  • Eric Dein

    Things I like: Opening against the Redskins when RG3′s health is iffy (although when isn’t it). Also like have limited games not on Sunday- we have a short week after Monday night to open (so do the Chargers). Then our mandatory Thursday night is week 3 which is nice and early when we are fresh and gives us extra time to rest for the grueling road trip and extra time to prepare for Peyton. Think those are huge breaks.

    Of course as an out of towner, the bad news of less national games is fewer readily available on TV which means I may have to hit up Eagles sports bar in Baltimore more frequently. Damn.

  • Cliff

    I like ending the season with Dallas. No matter how our season goes, stomping their asses would be ending on a high note.

  • GvilleEagleFan

    I’m just excited that the Tampa game is away, I’m moving there this fall. Seeing Foles engineer that drive with half the crowd on their way out assuming the Bucs won was priceless, did not expect them to be coming back to Tampa this season. So excited to see the Chip Kelly Experience in person

  • Iskar36

    Some schedule observations:

    1. Starting the season off on Monday night is going to suck. Not because it hurts the team in anyway, but every one of us is going to be excited to get the season started, and on the first Sunday of the season…. we’re going to have to wait one more day.

    2. While we will have a shortened week leading into week 2 (due to having a Monday night game), the Chargers also have a shortened week (they have the 10:20 game on Monday in Week 1), so we don’t have a disadvantage there.

    3. While we end up having to play 3 games in 11 days to start the season, at least it will be early in the season, likely when the team is not worn down from a full season. On top of that, the team we play is going to play 3 games in 12 days, so not a major difference. Finally, that game is at home, and while it will be a big game since it is AR, we will be going up against the team who had the worst record in the NFL last season plus a team with a new head coach, so we shouldn’t be at any significant disadvantage going into that game from a scheduling standpoint.

    4. While we have travel to Denver the following, week, we have a long week due to the Thursday night game while they have a shortened one due to a Monday night game the week before. We will have a total of 4 extra days of rest/practice leading up to that game.

    5. That 3 game road trip is probably the toughest part of our schedule, but as Tommy pointed out, the middle game is close by (at Giants) so travel shouldn’t be a major factor.

    6. Tampa Bay will be coming off their bye week when we play them. They are the only team we play coming off a bye the week before all season.

    7. The second game against the Giants, they will be coming off a short week since they play on Monday night the week before.

    8. Traveling to Oakland and then to Green Bay is not ideal, but Green Bay will be coming off a Monday night game when we play them.

    9. Against the Redskins, they will have an extended week because they have the Thursday night game the week before.

    10. We have a 3 game home stand which also includes our bye week, so we won’t travel for awhile late in the season

    11. Also, the bye week comes late which if we do manage to end up in playoff contention, is valuable in terms of resting up and getting ready for the last stretch of the regular season.

    12. Obviously, against the Cardinals we will be coming off our bye week. And this year, that actually is an advantage because the Cardinals play the week before (unlike last year where the team we played also had a bye).

    13. Lions will be coming off an extended week since they play on Thanksgiving the week before.

    14. As has been the case the last several years, we play a division team the last week of the season which if things are close in the standings can always be helpful.

    Overall, definitely a fair schedule for the eagles in terms of logistics and having an advantage/disadvantage in terms of relative time to prepare against an opponent.

    • Miami_Adam

      Good comment. Last year’s schedule was pretty rough.

      Everyone plays a division opponent in week 17. Goodell’s answer to teams resting starters.

  • GvilleEagleFan

    Tommy has a scouting video of Arthur Brown up over at eaglesblog.net, but bc it’s the game against Oregon I ended up just watching Kenyon Barner gash KSU for eight or nine yards seemingly every carry thinking to myself, “Shady is going to literally break ankles in this offense.” We might lose some close games, but barring major injury I would bet heavy that we end up top 3 in yards, top 5 in points.

    The stuff Mariota was pulling off in the backfield made me think of Vick, but so did his overthrows in the end zone. Not necessarily a compliment to Vick that a 1st year college QB looks better at times than Vick did last year. Maybe that’s reason to hope that Chip can simplify the game for him and maximize whatever athleticism he has left.

  • Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran

    Can anyone tell me the last season we DIDN’T play Chicago?
    I’m REALLY tired of seeing those guys seemingly EVERY year – and have been since the infamous Fog Bowl loss back in the days of early Randall and Buddy Ryan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.verhoog Matthew Verhoog

    Yeah, Christmas present, get to go to MN to watch the eagles (only a 6 hour drive from Manitoba Canada, we call that next door).