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Pre-Training Camp predictions for Eagles

Eliot Shorr-Parks
July 22, 2019 - 1:59 pm

With training camps opening up around the league this week, here is an updated look at how the Eagles’ schedule looks and how their 2019 season might play out. 

Washington (home): The Washington Redskins are almost certainly going to be a mess. Head coach Jay Gruden is very overrated and their quarterback situation is one of the worst in the league. The only way they surprise people is if Dwayne Haskins proves to be a quality quarterback, but even if he is, it is hard to see that happening in Week 1 on the road. This should be a blowout win for the Eagles. 

Prediction: Win 

Atlanta (Away): The Falcons changed offensive coordinators this offseason, which is good news for their fans and quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan is still an elite quarterback, and now that Steve Sarkisian isn’t holding him back, the Falcons should be improved. Their defense is better than they are given credit for, and assuming they are healthy, will be a tough test for the Eagles’ offense. Playing the Falcons in primetime in Atlanta is much tougher than playing them in Philadelphia, the location of the last three matchup between these teams. Of all the games on the Eagles' schedule, this one is the toughest to predict. 

Prediction: Loss 

Detroit (Home): The Lions aren’t going anywhere as long as Matt Patricia is their head coach. There isn’t much to like about this Lions team. This should be an easy win for the Eagles. 

Prediction: Win 

Packers (Away): The Eagles are better than the Packers. They have a better defense, a better offense and a better head coach. If Carson Wentz is playing well, the difference at quarterback isn’t as big as many would think. The issue? Going to Green Bay on a short week for a primetime game is a very tough spot. There is also the reality that Carson Wentz struggled on the road last season, going 2-3 away from Lincoln Financial Field. 

Prediction: Loss 

Jets (Home): This could be a tough game is quarterback Sam Darnold takes the step forward many expect him to this season, something that seems likely considering how great Darnold was at the end of last season. The good news for the Eagles is that the Jets skill position players aren’t great outside of Le’Veon Bell, and the Eagles’ defense should be able to keep the Jets’ offense in check. The Jets defense has some talent on it but if the Eagles’ offense is as good as they should be, they should be able to score enough points to win the game. The Eagles have a huge coaching advantage in this one with Doug Pederson vs. Adams Gase. 

Prediction: Win 

Minnesota (Away): The Eagles have owned the Vikings lately and part of the reason is the advantage they have at head coach. Pederson is a smart, offensive mind that is willing to take risks and be aggressive. Mike Zimmer is an old-school coach that believes in running the ball. Running the ball doesn’t win in the NFL and that should be clear in the matchup of these two teams. 

Prediction: Win 

Dallas (Away): There might not be two teams in the same division that are closer than the Eagles and Cowboys. The Eagles might have a slightly better roster, but the Cowboys have owned them as of late, winning three of the last four with the Eagles not even holding a lead in any of the three losses. This is a winnable game for the Eagles, but until Wentz shows he can win a big, playoff-style game on the road, it is hard to pick him to win in this spot. 

Prediction: Loss 

Buffalo (Away): This is the third-straight road game for the Eagles, a very tough spot for any team. Going to Buffalo makes this one even tougher, as the Bills were 2-6 on the road last season but 4-4 at home. Quarterbacks usually take a big leap in their second year, and mobile quarterbacks — like Josh Allen — gave the Eagles’ defense issues last season. This feels like a schedule loss. 

Prediction: Loss

Chicago (Home): The Bears were overrated last year and that remains the case heading into 2019. The Eagles have no excuse to lose a game in their own stadium with playoff implications to Mitchell Trubisky. If the Eagles lose this game that is a bad sign for where they stand in the big picture of NFC teams. 

Prediction: Win

New England (Home): Getting this game in Philadelphia is obviously a bonus for the Eagles. The schedule makers didn’t do the Eagles any favors, however, by giving the Patriots their Bye Week prior to this game as well, meaning the Eagles won’t have the advantage of rest over the defending Super Bowl champions. 

Prediction: Loss

Seattle (Home): The Seahawks are one of the more interesting teams in the league. They have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Russell Wilson, yet they are one of the most run-heavy teams in the NFL, and one of the least aggressive teams on offense as well. The Eagles’ run defense should be able to slow-down the Seahawks rushing attack. 

Prediction: Win

Miami (Away): The Dolphins are rebuilding this year and will be one of the worst teams in the league. Considering the Eagles will be fighting for a division title and maybe even home-field advantage in the playoffs, this is a game they have to win. 

Prediction: Win

Giants (Home):  Like the Dolphins, the Giants will be one of the worst teams in the league. It is possible the Eagles get rookie Daniel Jones in this game. Whoever is under center, however, this should be a win for the Eagles. 

Prediction: Win

Washington (Away): The end of the Eagles’ schedule is perfect for making a run at either the division title or a top seed in the NFC. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Eagles were favored in their final six games to end the year. They will be favored against Washington and it is a game they should win. 

Prediction: Win 

Dallas (Home): This game could have the NFC East division title on the line and getting it in Philadelphia is a huge advantage for the Eagles. This is going to be a huge game for Wentz. He can’t have Dak Prescott come into Philadelphia and potentially clinch the NFC East. It could end up being the biggest game of Wentz’s career. The Eagles better hope he gets the job done. 

Prediction: Win 

Giants (Away): If the Eagles need to win this game, they will. If they don’t, it could be quarterback Nate Sudfeld’s first career start. 

Prediction: Win

Total: 11-5

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