Philadelphia Eagles 2015 schedule preview: Weeks 1-9

With training camp just a few days away, everyone anxiously awaits one of the most fun and exciting parts of the season: roster construction. There will be 90 guys out there, but only just over half will actually make it on the final roster. Until then, I’m going to preview the regular season, going game by game and finishing with an overall record prediction. Here we go:

Week 1: Eagles at Falcons (Monday Night Football)

The beginning of the season is already greatly anticipated, but the fact that they get to be the main event of the week on Monday Night Football is just awesome. Atlanta finished 6-10 last year in which five of their wins came inside the division, which was also the worst division in the NFL. Injuries played a part in that, but their defense was atrocious. They appear to have improved in the offseason though, which should make this a good game, especially since Atlanta is home. Matt Ryan is dominant in his home stadium. Still, I think the Eagles edge one out here. Record: 1-0

Week 2: Eagles vs. Cowboys

As if the start of the season couldn’t get any more exciting, this should be a tremendous game. The tension that has been building for a rematch between these two teams is huge. This will most certainly be a battle as well. What will the Cowboys’ offense look like without DeMarco Murray leading the way? And instead, how will they be able to stop him? It’s a shame it isn’t in Dallas because I would’ve loved to see the reaction they gave Murray. I expect Murray to have a great game here on the way to another Eagles victory, albeit, another close one. Record 2-0

Week 3: Eagles at Jets

This is an interesting matchup for sure and the Eagles’ first of the season against an AFC team. They finished with just four wins last year, but improved their already good defense with additions such as Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Leonard Williams. They also added DeVier Posey and Brandon Marshall at wide receiver and signed a bunch of second-string running backs where one of them will ultimately have to be a number one. The Jets changed a lot this offseason, but will it be enough to at least move to .500? This seems like one of those games the Eagles struggle a lot to score and look terrible. The Jets are not better than the Eagles, but they’re certainly not a four-win team anymore. Still, I have a feeling something goes wrong here. Record: 2-1

Week 4: Eagles at Redskins

The Redskins are pretty much a disaster of a franchise. There is no way this team wins more than four or five games in 2015, they’re just too messed up to be fixed in a one-year span. They still haven’t figured out the quarterback position, and while they have a few talented players on both offense and defense, overall, they’re not a talented team. Don’t expect the Redskins to beat the Eagles this year. Record: 3-1

Week 5: Eagles vs. Saints

Speaking of teams who are disasters, the Saints are too, just financially. Their cap situation has forced them to make a lot of very difficult decisions, such as trading star tight end Jimmy Graham. They also were forced to release a lot of other talented players. They still have an okay roster, but they don’t have a real running back still and guys like Drew Brees and Marques Colston are only getting older. At home, this should be another easy one for Philly. Record: 4-1

Week 6: Eagles vs. Giants (Monday Night Football)

The Eagles blew out the Giants on Sunday Night Football, but wouldn’t it be even better to do it on Monday night? That probably won’t happen, as the Giants are expected to be a bit better than last year. Anyone who believes the Giants will finish above the Eagles in the division though is crazy. Their offensive line is a big question, and one of their few good defensive players is missing a finger. In fact, he hasn’t even signed a contract with them yet. Record: 5-1

Week 7: Eagles at Panthers (Sunday Night Football)

The Eagles get back-to-back night games here, both of which are against teams they faced in a night game last year. Philadelphia embarrassed the Panthers on Monday night last year behind in Mark Sanchez‘s first start of the season. Cam Newton has a fat new contract, but he really hasn’t gotten any better since his rookie year. They’ve got a good pair of young receivers in Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, but their running back situation is still a big question mark. This will be a battle of 2013’s two best inside linebackers in the game. In the end, I think the Eagles get yet another win. Record: 6-1

Week 8: Bye Week

Week 9: Eagles at Cowboys (Sunday Night Football)

Finally, Murray’s return to Dallas. Coming off of the bye week, it should give the Eagles ample time to prepare for them, but going into Dallas is always difficult. There’s no denying that Tony Romo and Dez Bryant make up one of the best QB-WR tandems in the entire league, and they should both tear it up in both games. Record: 6-2

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