The release of the Philadelphia Eagles 2022 schedule Thursday simply heightened excitement for the upcoming season following Philly’s incredible offseason.
Recent weeks featured a big-time trade for a big-time player, star wide receiver A.J. Brown, a former Tennessee Titans receiver who should pair perfectly with 2021 first-round pick DeVonta Smith to give the Eagles the best complementary wide receiver duo in the NFL.
Brown and Smith will join third-year quarterback Jalen Hurts and running back Miles Sanders, who is entering a contract year. Those weapons will be able to make plays because the Eagles have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, led by the second greatest draft pick in Eagles’ history, center Jason Kelce.
Hurts will have a lot of pressure on him, but the Eagles defense will need to take a step forward as well in 2022. The Eagles did everything they could this offseason by signing Haason Reddick and then trading up in the 2022 NFL Draft to select Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis. The Eagles also added Davis’ teammate at Georgia, linebacker Nakobe Dean.
The Eagles have a favorable schedule, and they have a team that could make a deep run in the playoffs. Philly will be back to must-see TV, and the NFL agreed by awarding the Eagles with a league-leading five primetime games this year. With that in mind, here are the top five Eagles games to watch in 2022:
Week 2 (8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19): Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
What could be better than a home opener on “Monday Night Football”? Considering this is only at No. 5 on the list, you can see how fun this season will be for the Eagles. Philly should roll into Week 2 1-0 after beating up on the Lions in Week 1. The Vikings are not a great football team, but they have some talent and always put up a fight.
Outside of the fact that this is the home opener, and on “Monday Night Football,” wide receiver Justin Jefferson will be playing in Philly. For some, that was a wish they had before the 2020 NFL Draft, but the Eagles decided to go with Jalen Reagor one pick ahead of Jefferson. Reagor is now one of the most hated athletes in Philly history, and Jefferson is an All-Pro. It will sting even more watching him take on the Eagles, but it will be fun to watch Jefferson and cornerback Darius Slay battle.
Week 12 (8:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27): Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles
After winning back-to-back NFL MVPs, quarterback Aaron Rodgers will look to make it three in a row. The Packers were one of the best teams in the NFL last year, and even after they traded wide receiver Devante Adams, Green Bay will still be solid in 2022. The Eagles will get a true test to see how good they are; if they can beat Rodgers and the Packers on “Sunday Night Football,” they will show they are one of the best teams in the NFC.
Week 4 (1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2): Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles
It is a shame how things ended for Doug Pederson in Philadelphia. Pederson is the only head coach in Eagles history to win a Super Bowl, and Pederson’s 2017 season will never be forgotten. Sadly, all good things come to an end, and Pederson’s run in Philly ended abruptly. After taking a year off in 2021, Pederson replaced Urban Meyer as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This actual game may not be competitive, but when Pederson officially returns to Lincoln Financial Field — a stadium with a statue of Pederson — you will not want to miss it!
Week 6 (8:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16): Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
“Sunday Night Football” against the Dallas Cowboys in Philadelphia. That is a game you do not want to miss, even if you aren’t an Eagles or Cowboys fan. Philly and Dallas’ games are always competitive and fun, and they always have that special element because of their rivalry. The Cowboys are coming off of their 2021 NFC East title, and the Eagles have not won the NFC East since 2019.
The same team has not won the NFC East back-to-back since the Eagles won four in a row from 2001 to ‘04. The Cowboys will try, but the Eagles will be a threat to stop them. This game is early in the year, but will be one of the biggest of the Eagles’ season.
Week 10 (8:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14): Washington Commanders at Philadelphia Eagles
Carson Wentz returns to Philadelphia in Week 10, and this will be the No. 1 game to watch for the Eagles this season. It won’t be only Eagles fans tuning in — the NFL put the game on “Monday Night Football” because it understands just how big of a game it will be. Wentz had a magical year in 2017 and likely would have been the NFL MVP had he not torn his ACL midway through the season. The Eagles still locked up the No. 1 seed with Wentz’s help, then Nick Foles won the Super Bowl, and the rest was history.
Wentz was asked about the game during the NFL Network’s schedule release show Thursday: “I know that’ll be a big game,” he said. A lot of emotions. I’m sure fans will eat that one up, and it’ll be fun — make for a good storyline. But at the end of the day, it’s going to be just another ballgame. It’s going to be a huge divisional game for us when that one comes. So I’m excited for it, but at the same time, I’m trying not to get too excited for that one, because, again, it’s just football. Can’t press. Can’t do too much.”
Well, Wentz, the Philly fans will think it’s more than just another ballgame and Wentz may think so to after hearing the boo-birds, which may set a record for the loudest ever.
Lastly, Former Nazareth High School and Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson will make his return to Pennsylvania. Dotson was selected No. 16 overall by the Commanders, and you will not want to miss him playing against the Eagles.
The Morning Call’s Jeremy Klump can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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