The Eagles will play the Dallas Cowboys twice in a span of four weeks this year.
Week 1 Sept. 9 Philadelphia Eagles @ Cleveland Browns 1:00 on FOX
Week 2 Sept. 16 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Baltimore Ravens 1:00 on CBS
Week 3 Sept. 23 Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona Cardinals 4:05 on FOX
Week 4 Sept. 30 Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants 8:20 on NBC
Week 5 Oct. 7 Philadelphia Eagles @ Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 on FOX
Week 6 Oct. 14 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions 1:00 on FOX
Week 7 BYE
Week 8 Oct. 28 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons 1:00 on FOX
Week 9 Nov. 5 Philadelphia Eagles @ New Orleans Saints 8:30 on ESPN
Week 10 Nov. 11 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys 4:15 on FOX
Week 11 Nov. 18 Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins 1:00 on FOX
Week 12 Nov. 26 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Carolina Panthers 8:30 on ESPN
Week 13 Dec. 2 Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys 8:20 on NBC
Week 14 Dec. 9 Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 on FOX
Week 15 Dec. 13 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cincinnati Bengals 8:20 on NFLN
Week 16 Dec. 23 Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins 1:00 on FOX
Week 17 Dec. 30 Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants 1:00 on FOX
It might be as favorable a schedule can be when you play the defending Super Bowl champions twice. Ignoring win/loss records from last year and without trying to project how good their opponents will be (because that is useless right now) this looks to be an easy road for the Eagles to travel. Speaking of travel, the Eagles do not travel to the West coast and their worst road trip is to Arizona in week 3. They only have back-to-back games on the road once and that is when they go to Dallas and then Tampa Bay in weeks 13 and 14.
The Eagles have six prime-time games, including a Thursday night game on NFL Network in week 15 against Cincinnati. This could be advantageous as they would then have a longer break before they play their final two games of the season which happen to be against division opponents. The final game against the Giants could potentially be for a playoff spot. A week 7 bye also helps the Eagles cause, as does playing Detroit and Atlanta at Lincoln Financial Field because both opponents play well at home in a dome.
The only problem for the Eagles is that they had similar advantages last year in terms of light travel and prime-time games (being the Dream Team and all) and yet still failed to deliver a playoff appearance. It’s hard to argue that having Arizona as one of your road games is a benefit when last year the Eagles could not even beat them at home. Let’s hope that when the 2012 season begins the Eagles wake up and stop dreaming.
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