We know which teams the Eagles will play and where. On Wednesday, we will find out when.
For the first time, the NFL will play 17 regular-season games (and three preseason). In the Eagles’ case, they’ll play nine on the road. Here’s a look at their opponents:
Home (8) — Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Washington, Kansas City, L.A. Chargers, New Orleans, San Francisco, Tampa Bay.
Road (9) — Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Washington, Atlanta, Carolina, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, N.Y. Jets.
Where: At Atlanta.
Last year: 4-12, a disaster. Started 0-5, ended 0-5.
History lesson: Mercedes-Benz Stadium is where Jalen Hurts was at his lowest in college (benched at halftime of the 2017 national championship game) and among his highest (coming off the bench to lead Alabama to the SEC championship the following year).
Biggest problem: Finding enough footballs for Matt Ryan to distribute among receivers Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and now rookie tight end/beast Kyle Pitts.
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Where: At Carolina.
Last year: 5-11, but not bad as transition years go.
History lesson: The Eagles last played at Carolina four years ago when Carson Wentz outdueled Cam Newton. Might as well have been 40 years ago.
Biggest problem: Acclimating a new quarterback (Sam Darnold) and 11 draft picks, including Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard, who coach Matt Rhule half-kiddingly suggested was selected by Mrs. Rhule.
Where: At Dallas and at Lincoln Financial Field.
Last year: Went 6-10 and had to use four starting quarterbacks. Dak Prescott (ankle) is healthy again, and happy after getting a contract that guarantees $126 million.
History lesson: The Eagles are 30-30 all-time at home against the Cowboys; 24-40 at Dallas.
Biggest problem: Finding a helmet big enough to fit third-round pick Nahshon Wright, the cornerback from Oregon State who described himself as “a more athletic Richard Sherman.”
Where: At Denver.
Last year: Went 5-11. Hired George Paton from the Vikings as general manager to replace John Elway, who bounced upstairs and is now president of football ops.
History lesson: The Eagles’ last visit to Denver was in 2013 when Peyton Manning carved them up with four touchdown passes in a 52-20 dismantling. It was the most points the Birds had given up in nearly 40 years.
Biggest problem: Quarterback, but that would be solved in an instant if the Broncos were able to pry unhappy Aaron Rodgers out of Green Bay. If Paton pulls that trade off, it would not be good for the Eagles, who are 1-5 all-time against Mr. Discount Double-Check.
Where: At Detroit.
Last year: Stumbled to a 5-11 record, and cleaned house.
History lesson: If it’s scheduled for the holiday, it would be the third time the Eagles play in Detroit on Thanksgiving. The Lions lost in 1968, won in 2015.
Biggest problem: It was time to move on from Matthew Stafford. Detroit picked up Jared Goff, a third-round pick, and two first-rounders (2022, 2023) to help rebuild. It would help if Aaron Rodgers was moved out of the division.
Where: At the Linc.
Last year: Went 14-2, but were thumped in the Super Bowl.
History lesson: The Eagles are 0-2 against Andy Reid (2013, 2017).
Biggest problem: It’s a good one to have. They rebuilt and upgraded the offensive line, now they just have to get it to jell.
Where: At Las Vegas.
Last year: 8-8. Dropped five of seven after a promising 6-3 start.
History lesson: Late Eagles owner Leonard Tose, who legendarily paid for more than 700 people to attend Super Bowl XV in New Orleans, would have loved this trip.
Biggest problem: The Raiders have been to the playoffs once in 18 years, and haven’t won a postseason game since their Super Bowl run in 2002. L.A. has improved each of the three seasons since Jon Gruden returned as head coach, but a playoff berth is next.
Where: At the Linc.
Last year: Went 7-9, a two-game improvement.
History lesson: Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen spent nine of the last 10 years as an assistant coach for the Chargers. This will be their first visit to Philadelphia since 2013, Chip Kelly’s first home game.
Biggest problem: It’s a minor one, but quarterback Justin Herbert, the offensive rookie of the year, will have a new OC. The Chargers replaced Steichen with Joe Lombardi, the Saints’ QB coach the last five years.
Where: At the Meadowlands and at the Linc.
Last year: Did well to go 6-10 after starting 0-5. Would have made the playoffs if the Eagles beat Washington in Week 17.
History lesson: The home/road splits in this series are remarkable. The Eagles are 49-38-1 at home, 40-49-1 on the road.
Biggest problem: Finding enough matches to light all the candles needed as they pray that Saquon Barkley returns from his ACL tear healthy. Barkley, three seasons in to his five-year rookie contract, also has a lot at stake.
Where: At the Meadowlands.
Last year: Went 2-14, their worst record in nearly a quarter century, which is really saying something for this franchise.
History lesson: The Eagles have never lost to the Jets (11-0). Robert Saleh will be the 11th coach the Jets have had in what will be 12 games against the Eagles. That’s hilarious.
Biggest problem: The Jets’ 10-year playoff drought is the longest in the league. Their new high-energy coach, Saleh, came in with the mantra “All Gas, No Brake.” Hopefully, he meant “no brake” and not “no breaks.”
Where: At the Linc.
Last year: Went 12-4 to win the NFC South before losing to Tampa Bay in the division round.
History lesson: This will be Malcolm Jenkins’ 13th NFL season. He spent six with the Eagles and now seven with the Saints. Just food for thought if the Hall of Fame ever comes calling.
Biggest problem: Figuring out the starting quarterback in the wake of Drew Brees’ retirement: Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston? Oddly, the Saints drafted Ian Book from Notre Dame and Brees will be NBC’s analyst for Irish games in the fall.
Where: At the Linc.
Last year: Went 6-10 and were ravaged by injuries.
History lesson: Taproom trivia. The 49ers quarterback the last time they played here was C.J. Beathard, who spent most of that 2017 afternoon just trying to stay alive.
Biggest problem: Hoping Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t sour on his rookie backup like Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz did. Looks like Garoppolo is taking the high road and mentoring 20-year-old Trey Lance, whom the Niners traded up to No. 3 to get. They gave up two first-rounders and a third-round pick to Miami.
Where: At the Linc.
Last year: 11-5. St. Tom led them to the Super Bowl. Gronk was throwing the Lombardi Trophy around Tampa Bay during the aquatic championship parade.
History lesson: Jalen Hurts was 2 years old when Tom Brady made his NFL debut.
Biggest problem: All 22 starters are back, and the division got easier with Brees’ retirement. Brady turns 44 in August. What to get the man who has everything? Maybe an eighth championship.
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Where: At FedEx Field and at the Linc.
Last year: Went 7-9 to win the laughable NFC East.
History lesson: In two games against the Eagles, Washington defensive end Chase Young had 2½ sacks, four quarterback hits, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Ugh.
Biggest problem: It’s been 17 years since any team has repeated as this division’s champ.
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Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians, whose roots run back to his days at Temple in the 1980s, is 0-2 in Philadelphia as a head coach. Both of those games came when he was in charge of the Cardinals. His visit this season will be his first with the Buccaneers.
He recently shared a very refreshing outlook on the actual importance of football.