Good morning, Eagles fans. The Eagles being practicing for the Oakland Raiders on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The players will speak to reporters after practice.
— Zach Berman
The worst matchup would be the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is a proven big-game quarterback who can take advantage of the Eagles' secondary and release the ball quickly against the Eagles' pass rush. They have two Pro Bowl running backs that can help running the ball and also catching the ball out of the backfield, challenging the Eagles' linebackers. And their defense is aggressive, although it helps the Eagles that Cameron Jordan rushes from Lane Johnson's side. It would be a good game and the Eagles would have a home-field advantage, but I think that's the toughest matchup.
The best matchup? The Minnesota Vikings are the second-best team in the NFC, but Case Keenum is the quarterback I'd want to play the most out of the five other likely playoff teams.
For the first weekend, I guess I'll say the Carolina Panthers because the Eagles already beat them on the road without some key pieces. It wasn't an easy game, but the Eagles put pressure on Cam Newton and forced turnovers. That's a tough defense, though, and the game might be different with Nick Foles instead of Carson Wentz.