As the NFL Draft approaches, the Philadelphia Eagles can finally see their schedule for the 2012 season.
Following an 8-8 disappointment in which key players—Michael Vick, Nnamdi Asomugha, DeSean Jackson, and others—struggled mightily, the Eagles are trying to use a good offseason and draft to propel themselves to the top of the NFC.
Unfortunately, the schedule poses a difficult task for them. Out the NFL’s twelve playoff teams from 2011, the Eagles will have to play seven of them, and three of them won their respective divisions. The divisions the Eagles play this year are the NFC South and the AFC North, two of the strongest divisions in the NFL.
Here is the full schedule:
- 9/9: Eagles at Browns (1 PM – FOX)
- 9/16: Eagles vs Ravens (1 PM – FOX)
- 9/23: Eagles at Cardinals (4:05 PM – FOX)
- 9/30: Eagles vs Giants (8:20 PM – NBC)
- 10/7: Eagles at Steelers (1 PM – FOX)
- 10/14: Eagles vs Lions (1 PM – FOX)
- 10/28: Eagles vs Falcons (1 PM – FOX)
- 11/5: Eagles at Saints (8:30 PM – ESPN)
- 11/11: Eagles vs Cowboys (4:15 PM FOX)
- 11/18: Eagles at Redskins (1 PM – FOX)
- 11/26: Eagles vs Panthers (8:30 PM – ESPN)
- 12/2: Eagles at Cowboys (8:20 PM – NBC)
- 12/9: Eagles at Bucs (1 PM – FOX)
- 12/13: Eagles vs Bengals (8:20 PM – NFL)
- 12/23: Eagles vs Redskins (1 PM – FOX)
- 12/30: Eagles at Giants (1 PM – FOX)
As you can see, games against the Giants, Saints, Panthers, Bengals, and Cowboys will all be featured on national, prime-time television.
This schedule is tough, but it is also a chance for the Birds to show the NFL who’s on top. If they can’t win the big games, they don’t deserve a play-off spot anyway.