Philadelphia Eagles' schedule for the 2014 NFL season could leave them with two scenarios: a serious run to the Super Bowl, or missing out on the playoffs.
In the next campaign the Eagles are set to face five teams that appeared in the 2013 postseason. They have to face three of the postseason opponents (Packers, Colts, and 49ers) away from Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles also have to travel to Arizona who won 10 games the previous season and feature one of the toughest defenses in the league.
Philly is also set to host the Carolina Panthers who won 12 games and also the defending Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks, and their terrorizing defense.
The only reason their schedule is calculated to be lenient is because their division was so atrocious last season. The combined records of the NFC East teams in 2013 were 18-30, disregarding the Eagles.
Anyone would be a fool to expect the Eagles to just sweep the NFC East effortlessly. Every division game presents a challenge, regardless of the records because of the familiarity division opponents have with each other.
For all Eagles fans who are worried about their team’s future for next season, just calm down and realize what kind of opportunity a schedule like this presents.
If the Eagles manage to make the playoffs, they are going to be built to make a deep postseason run because they would have learned to play playoff football in the regular season.
Last season, the Eagles played against four playoff teams, including the Packers without Aaron Rodgers, so they weren’t thoroughly prepared for the postseason. Philly resembled a team new to the playoffs last season when they hosted the Saints, managing to score only a touchdown in the first half with their prolific offense.
It is going to be crucial that the Eagles win the games they are supposed to win. With a tough schedule a team cannot allow games against teams they should easily beat to get away.
Eagles also have to be aware that in order to make the postseason for the second consecutive season, they will need to play great football every Sunday. If they lose too many of those games against playoff caliber teams then Philly will find themselves as underachievers and miss the playoffs.
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