Game 1 at Redskins
The Eagles’ defensive front seven got tossed around by the Redskins’ offensive line last year. Can a refurbished D-line win enough battles?
Game 2 at Chiefs
Andy Reid has assembled a stable of offensive playmakers. Will Jim Schwartz’s crew match up against Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and the like?
Game 3 vs. Giants
The Giants brought in new faces to take some of the receiving pressure off Odell Beckham Jr. But the offensive line is still a weak link.
Game 4 at Chargers
Lane Johnson might be at right tackle, but he’s getting paid like a premier left tackle. He’ll have to earn his keep against Joey Bosa, who rushes from the left.
Game 5 vs. Cardinals
The Cardinals are giving it another go with the aging Carson Palmer. Stopping multi-threat running back David Johnson, though, will be the key for the Eagles.
Game 6 at Panthers
The Eagles will be on the road for the fourth time in their first six games – this time on a short week. Will they see the 2015 Cam Newton or the 2016 version?
Game 7 vs. Redskins
If my earlier prediction is correct, the Eagles will have lost six straight against Washington heading into this meeting. Something’s gotta give.
Game 8 vs. 49ers
If the Birds can’t beat the Brian Hoyer-led, rebuilding 49ers, then they might have big long-term problems.
Game 9 vs. Broncos
Two years off their Super Bowl, the Broncos haven’t solved their quarterback problem. Trevor Siemian enters the season with the reins.
Game 10 at Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott is slated to come off his suspension well before this date, but could pending litigation push it back further?
Game 11 vs. Bears
Could Chicago have rookie Mitch Trubisky starting at quarterback by this point? With Mike Glennon ahead of him, it’s possible.
Game 12 at Seahawks
The Revenge of Marcus Smith game. OK, so the former Eagles defensive end isn’t likely to have an impact, but the rest of the Seahawks’ vaunted defense should.
Game 13 at Rams
The Eagles will spend the week before this game practicing in Orange County. They’ll get to stack Carson Wentz up against fellow 2016 draftee Jared Goff.
Game 14 at Giants
How will the comparisons between Doug Pederson and Ben McAdoo – finalists for the Eagles’ head job two years ago – look at this point?
Game 15 vs. Raiders
Oakland lost Derek Carr in the penultimate game of last season, and it doomed their postseason hopes. He could be the difference on Christmas night.
Game 16 vs. Cowboys
The Eagles and Cowboys were teams on polar sides by the time of last season’s finale. Was there that much disparity? This season should tell.