The Eagles will face FOUR teams this season that are coming off their BYE week:
- The Steelers have their BYE on Week 4. They face the Eagles Week 5.
- The Lions have their BYE on Week 5. They face the Eagles Week 6.
- The Falcons have their BYE on Week 7. They face the Eagles Week 8.
- The Redskins have their BYE on Week 10. They face the Eagles Week 11.
And if all of that wasn’t bad enough, the Giants have a Thursday night game Week 3, and then face the Eagles Week 4, which will give the Giants 3 extra days of rest/preparation.
Then, later in the season, the Eagles face the Cowboys the week after Thanksgiving. As we all know, the Cowboys play on Thanksgiving every year, which gives them 3 extra days of rest for their next opponent. But guess what? The Eagles happen to play on MONDAY during Thanksgiving week, which gives the Cowboys FOUR extra days of rest/prep.
Now, on the Falcons game, I should note that the Eagles will also be coming of their BYE, which minimizes the disadvantage. That is until, of course, you factor in that the Eagles lose the advantage of facing a team coming off one week of rest… you know… like the rest of the league gets to do.
On a lesser note, the Eagles have two Monday games, which means that they’ll have one less day of rest/preparation for their next opponent, which happens to be the Cowboys both times. That brings the tally to a staggering 7 games (almost half of their schedule) in which the Eagles will have at least 1 less day of rest/preparation than their opponent.
That’s just a complete and total failure by the NFL.
The full NFC East schedules after the jump…