Eagles have 3 straight road games thanks to Phillies

Andrew Porter
April 18, 2019 - 8:50 am

The Eagles will play three straight away games this season from October 13th to October 27th. They're the only team in the NFL with three consecutive road trips in 2019, and there's a reason why. 

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Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Speaking on The Peter King Podcast, King said, "A few other points I found interesting. The Eagles have that three game road trip in October for one reason, Bryce Harper and the rise of the Phillies. The NFL and the MLB do not like to have home games in the same neighborhood on the same day. What this mean is that if the NFL either sees a baseball game scheduled in the same city or thinks there's a very good chance there can be a game in the city on that day, they call this a stadium block and they do not schedule a game."

The NFL's senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations Howard Katz told King, "We usually ignore the Phillies when it comes to stadium blocks, but I don't think we can this year."

King tagged Angelo Cataldi on Twitter with this news, saying Cataldi was the first one he thought of when hearing this. King then joined the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday. 

"I wanted you to be the first to know," King told Cataldi. 

"Let's just say this, the NFL has taken a calculated risk," he continued. "And the calculated risk that they took this year, or one of them, is that, 'Hey listen, why look for problems with the Philadelphia Eagles' schedule.' It would be relatively easy for a playoff game to start at 8:15 or 8:30 in Philadelphia and to have a one o'clock (Eagles) game, so to basically have the human beings cleared out by 5:30 or 6:00 out of the area. But I just think it's something that they don't want to deal with. And look, I think everybody feels there's a good chance the Phillies are going to be playing baseball in October."

As for the three straight road games, King doesn't believe it will hurt the Eagles' success. 

"I don't think it's that big of a disadvantage, especially because none of the trips of four or five hours."