Philadelphia Eagles 2015 schedule preview: Weeks 10-16

Yesterday I made predictions for each game in the first half of the season, giving them a 6-2 record with losses to the Cowboys in Dallas and to the Jets. With a relatively easy schedule, the Eagles should have no problem rolling to a hot start. Here are my predictions for the second half of the year:

Week 10: Eagles vs. Dolphins

The Dolphins have been stuck in mediocrity for what seems like an eternity, but they appear to quietly be moving up in the ranks. If Lamar Miller can ever finally have a good season, they’re in a great situation. Their wide receiver is still very questionable despite finally dumping Mike Wallace. They drafted DeVanteĀ Parker, a solid move for the position, but the rest of their receivers (Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry) aren’t anything special. Landry is probably the best of them, but still young. Their defense is their strong suit right now and should make this a good game. Still, the Dolphins have a long way to go. Record: 7-2

Week 11: Eagles vs. Buccaneers

The Buccaneers were the worst team in the league last year for a reason. Their quarterback situation was a disaster, Doug Martin had a bust of a season and their defense left a lot to be desired. The Eagles beat them last year, and even with Jameis Winston at quarterback this time, it should be the same result. The Bucs have a little while before they’re good again. Record: 8-2

Week 12: Eagles at Lions (Thanksgiving)

The Eagles have never lost on Thanksgiving in NFL history, so their odds for this game are good. The Lions managed to finish last year with a better record than the Eagles, but I felt they were a little overrated. This should be another good game, but after last year’s shellacking of the Cowboys on Turkey Day, I just can’t pick against the birds here. Record: 9-2

Week 13: Eagles at Patriots

Going into Foxborough to face the defending Super Bowl champions is tough no matter what. Assuming Tom Brady serves his suspension in the beginning of the season, he will be back for this game and slinging as usual. New England had a lot of success plugging in random running backs last year, but they lost Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, and LeGarrette Blount apparently failed his conditioning test, so that’s going to be a problem. After not drafting an RB this year, it’ll be interesting to see what they do. Still, this will be a tough one for Philly. Record: 9-3

Week 14: Eagles vs. Bills

I absolutely can’t wait to see Lincoln Financial Field explode in boos when LeSean McCoy touches the field again, which I fully expect to happen. The Bills have a tremendous defense and should make this a really low scoring game, but neither Matt Cassel nor E.J. Manuel is a good enough quarterback to finally lead this team to a playoff game. McCoy should be pretty good, but there’s no way he’s going to have a great season behind the Bills’ O-line, especially when they’re probably going to be forced to pass a lot when they’re losing. And to anyone who tries to bring up the fact that they have Percy Harvin as a reason why they might have a good year…please, just stop. Record: 10-3

Week 15: Eagles vs. Cardinals

The Cardinals made the playoffs last year at 11-5 and just edged the Eagles in the regular season after they blew the lead in the final minutes, giving up a long touchdown pass. This team is nothing without Carson Palmer, as was seen last postseason, but he’s getting older and is now coming off a torn ACL like Sam Bradford. They still haven’t figured out their running back situation either. But, as long as Larry Fitzgerald remains on this team, it makes it difficult for the Eagles to come out with a win. Record: 10-4

Week 16: Eagles vs. Redskins (Saturday Night Football)

The Eagles should once again be in a position where they could clinch a playoff spot if they win this game. And once again, it’s on Saturday night against the Redskins. They really haven’t gotten any better, and barring a boatload of injuries on the Eagles, this should have a different outcome. Plus, it’s the Eagles’ final home game of the regular season, what could go wrong? Record: 11-4

Week 17: Eagles at Giants

Honestly, this is probably the worst way to end the season for the Eagles. As they always appear to do, they will make it interesting and struggle at the end of the season. The Giants, who will likely be eliminated from the playoffs at this point, will want to do whatever they can to hurt their division rivals, much like the Redskins did with the Eagles last year. And for this, I think the Eagles will have to fight hard for this one, and ultimately fall. Record:11-5

So is this team really just one win better than it was last year, even with an easier schedule? Well, based on this prediction, but I could easily see them winning one more or one fewer depending on injuries and most importantly, Bradford. If Bradford can have a great year, this could change a lot of predictions. I think this will be good enough to get them into the playoffs, but probably as a wild card. I still think the Cowboys win the division at a game above the Eagles. But I think this could be the year Chip Kelly finally wins a playoff game.

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