The Philadelphia Eagles (9-7 SU, 7-9 ATS) won nine games to beat out Dallas by one victory to win the NFC East in 2019. Still the Birds had some glaring issues to address this offseason after finishing in the middle third of the league in every significant offensive category last season while struggling mightily at times to stop the pass defensively.
Now, as they get set for the upcoming 2019 NFL regular season, let’s find out how Philadelphia will make out in every game on their 2020 docket and what their NFL odds are. The good news for the Eagles and their rabid betting backers is the fact that Philly has just the 25th toughest schedule (.486) in the league this coming campaign.
NFL Philadelphia Eagles Calendar Analysis
The NFC East plays non-division games against the NFC West and AFC North in 2020 and that means the Birds will face the NFC champion 49ers, along with two other NFC West teams that recorded winning records last season (Seattle, LA Rams) while also taking on a Baltimore Ravens team that won a league-high 14 games a year ago and Pittsburgh Steelers team that will have Ben Roethlisberger back on the field after he missed the entire 2019 campaign.
Sept. 13: at Washington
The Philadelphia Eagles open with a hard-fought road win against Washington, but I suspect it won’t be easy with the new-look Skins now led by no-nonsense former Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. Whatever transpires, it’s going to be a thrill watching Chase Young get after Carson Wentz. Win.
Sept. 20: vs. LA. Rams
I didn’t like the Rams’ perplexing offseason very much and I don’t have a lot of confidence in Jared Goff after seeing his ‘deer in the headlights’ performance against New England in Super Bowl 53. Philly wins because the Rams are soft with a capital ‘S’. Win.
Sept. 27: vs. Cincinnati
I really like No. 1 overall draft pick Joe Burrow. However…I think there’s as much chance that Cincinnati ruins Burrow as it is he becomes a Pro Bowl signal-caller that transform their franchise’s longstanding misfortunes. Win.
Oct. 4: at San Francisco
San Francisco’s stingy defense completely shuts down Philly’s rushing attack and the Birds get further proof that Jalen Reagor is good, but clearly, not great. Loss.
Oct. 11: at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is going to be revitalized by the return of Ben Roethlisberger in 2020 and the Steelers are going to be locked in and focused for this Week 5 all-Pennsylvania matchup. Philly loses a nail-biter. Loss.
Oct. 18: vs. Baltimore
Even at home, Philadelphia just isn’t as good on either side of the ball as Baltimore. Baltimore keeps Carson Wentz in check while Lamar Jackson does what he does. Loss.
Oct. 22: vs. NY Giants
While I’m not impressed with Philadelphia’s offseason moves in free agency or the recently completed NFL draft, the Birds are still far better than the perpetually rebuilding New York Giants, who will be suiting up for a relative unknown in 2020. Philly gets the blowout win to snap a three-game skid. Win.
Nov. 1: vs. Dallas
While I like what the Dallas Cowboys pulled off in free agency and the NFL draft and I believe they are the pick to win the NFC East in 2020, I’m also expecting a regular season split between these two hated rivals with each winning at home. Win.
Nov. 8: BYE
Nov. 15: at NY Giants
After a much-needed bye, the Birds get right back to work to get the narrow road win to complete their regular season sweep! Win.
Nov. 22: at Cleveland
The Browns should be better than they were a year ago, but Philly has the edge at quarterback and head coach and that should be enough to get the hard-fought road win in this one. Win.
Nov. 30: vs. Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks absolutely own the Philadelphia Eagles ever since they named Russell Wilson their starting quarterback in 2012. Seattle has won six straight and five straight with Wilson under center. Seattle also recorded a pair of identical 17-9 wins last season, including one that knocked the Birds out of the postseason in the wild card round. Loss.
Dec. 6: at Green Bay
While I’m expecting the Packers to take a step back from their stellar 13-win season in 2019, it’s still super tough to beat Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field in December. Loss.
Dec. 13: vs. New Orleans
Despite being on the road in this Week 14 matchup, I’m expecting Drew Brees to be the best player on the field while leading New Orleans to the narrow road win. Loss.
Dec. 20: at Arizona
I’m expecting Kyler Murray and the Cardinals to put up a real fight in this one, but the Eagles come out on top because of experience – and desperation. Win.
Dec. 27: at Dallas
Dallas has won four of the last five meetings and the Boys will be locked in to get the win and regular season split while boosting their hopes of winning the NFC East. Loss.
Jan. 3: vs. Washington
I’m expecting Washington to put up a great effort in this Week 17 finale, but Philadelphia will somehow manage to eke out the narrow home win to increase their chances of reaching the playoffs. Win.
Overall Analysis and Prediction
While I have Philadelphia repeating their 9-7 mark from a year ago, I genuinely don’t believe Philadelphia will be as good as they were last season and their nine wins won’t be good enough to win the NFC East. Yes, it’s possible the Birds could reach the double-digit win mark in 2020, but I think it’s just as possible they could go 8-8.
Two three-game losing streaks against San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Baltimore in weeks 4, 5 and 6 coupled with another three-game skid against Seattle, Green Bay and New Orleans in weeks 12, 13 and 14 will doom Philadelphia in 2020.
2020 Prediction: 9-7