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2009 Eagles Schedule

By: Nick Popyack

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       At 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 14, the NFL schedule was released. If you’re a student of the game, you already knew which teams the Eagles were playing, but now we all know when and where.

       The first two weeks are against two NFC South opponents, first the Panthers in North Carolina, then hosting the Saints week 2. These two teams were both offensive juggernauts in 2008, but had very different styles. The Panthers preferred running the ball down opponents’ throats, while the Saints were lead by Drew Brees and his 5,000 yard season. It’ll be a good way to see where the Eagles lie on defense, both on the ground and through the air.

       The next team the Eagles face is the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that won only two games in ’08. While they should not be ignored, one has to think the Eagles will dominate the game offensively and defensively at home week 3.

       Following their early week 4 bye, the Eagles host the Buccaneers in their third straight home game. Eagles fans should be glad to hear this game is in Philadelphia, for the last time Donovan McNabb played in Florida, he ended up throwing three interceptions, as well as throwing up his lunch.

       The Eagles then pack their bags and head to Oakland for a showdown with the Raiders in their first road game since week 1. Though the Raiders have only won 11 games in the past three years, they won their last two [the last one, against the Bucs, helped the Eagles get into the playoffs] in ’08 for a strong finish.

       The next three weeks look to be tough: The Eagles play the Redskins, Giants, and Cowboys in that order. They kick this off with their only Monday Night game of the year in Washington, followed by two home games against New York and Dallas [also nationally televised]. As we’ve seen in the offseason signings around the NFC East, defense will be the theme of these matchups.

       The second half of the season starts week 10 in San Diego against the Chargers. An explosive team on offense, they had a little trouble last year with injuries, but look to be one of the most dangerous teams with the combination of Phillip Rivers, Antonio Gates, and LaDanian Tomlinson.

       Week 11 features the third night game for the Eagles and a team that they haven’t beaten since 2004: the Bears. With their newly acquired quarterback Jay Cutler, they’re sure to be more of a force on offense and cannot be overlooked, as the game is in Chicago.

       The Redskins are next on the agenda in first of only three home games for the Eagles in the second half of the season. While they had the worst record in the NFC East, it’s the only divisional foe the Eagles didn’t beat last year, and the signing of Albert Haynesworth won’t make beating them any easier.

       Weeks 13 and 14 have two similarities: they’re on the road and they’re against teams that had mainly rushing offenses in 2008. Week 13 is against the Falcons and week 14 is against the Giants. These games will likely be tiring for the Eagles, but with the fourth overall rushing defense in ’08, are not unlikely to be won. The final game against the Giants is also the last prime time game the Eagles will have in 2009.

       The next opponent for the green and white is against San Francisco. Though the Eagles will be playing at home, the 49ers finished strong last season and look to be headed in the right direction under their new coach Mike Singletary.

       This next game is one I’m not looking forward to: A home game against the Broncos. It’ll be the first time Brian Dawkins will be playing in Philadelphia since he helped hold the Cowboys to 6 points in the season finale last year. A true Eagles fan, I know I’m going to be torn at whether or not to cheer when Weapon X makes a big play. Otherwise, the Broncos don’t look to be too much of a threat with Kyle Orton under center.

       The final game of the season looks to be an epic one: On the road against the Cowboys. Eagles Fans can only hope for something similar to the 44-6 final score they saw a year earlier. I’m sure they’ll also be heading to the playoffs, just like the year prior.

       Here’s a recap:

Week 1: at Carolina Panthers
Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints
Week 3: vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Week 4: Bye Week
Week 5: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 6: at Oakland Raiders
Week 7: at Washington Redskins [ESPN]
Week 8: vs. New York Giants
Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys [NBC]
Week 10: at San Diego Chargers
Week 11: at Chicago Bears [NBC]
Week 12: vs. Washington Redskins
Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons
Week 14: at New York Giants [NBC]
Week 15: vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 16: vs. Denver Broncos
Week 17: at Dallas Cowboys

       -Pope

5 comments:

  1. awesome overview of the season. keep writing pope!

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  2. watch out for the chiefs, new weapons on offense, if they can get a good defensive pick and another o-lineman they can put something together

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  4. super glorious blog, ending the season against the cowgirls again will be interesting to say the least

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  5. There's not one game on this schedule that I would say looks like an easy win for the Eagles this year. There's also not one game that looks like a certain loss. Look forward to some interesting football this fall. Here's hoping they overcome their habits of stumbling out of the gate and losing to lackluster teams (e.g., Washington and Chicago). If so, this team has some promise.

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