Eagles unveil 2022 schedule; Wentz comes to Philly in Week 10

The Philadelphia Eagles will begin the season in Detroit against the Lions, the league announced on Thursday night. Two of Philadelphia’s first three games will be on the road as they travel to Washington to battle Carson Wentz and the Commanders in Week 3.

In Week 4, Philadelphia will host Doug Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Back to Wentz, he and the Commanders will come to Philadelphia for the first time since the trade on Monday Night Football in Week 10. 

2022 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule

Preseason
Friday, August 12 New York Jets 7:30 p.m. NBC10
Sunday, August 21 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. NBC10
Saturday, August 27 at Miami Dolphins 7:00 p.m. NBC10

Regular Season

Sunday, September 11 at Detroit Lions 1:00 p.m. FO

Monday, September 19 Minnesota Vikings 8:30 p.m. ABC^

Sunday, September 25 at Washington Commanders 1:00 p.m. FOX

Sunday, October 2 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 p.m. CBS

Sunday, October 9 at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 p.m.+ FOX

Sunday, October 16 Dallas Cowboys 8:20 p.m.+ NBC^

Sunday, October 23 BYE

Sunday, October 30 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 p.m.+ CBS

Thursday, November 3 at Houston Texans 8:15 p.m. Prime Video^

Monday, November 14 Washington Commanders 8:15 p.m. ESPN^

Sunday, November 20 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 p.m.+ CBS

Sunday, November 27 Green Bay Packers 8:20 p.m.+ NBC^

Sunday, December 4 Tennessee Titans 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Sunday, December 11 at New York Giants 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Sunday, December 18 at Chicago Bears 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Saturday, December 24 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 p.m. FOX

Sunday, January 1 New Orleans Saints 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Sat., Jan. 7 / Sun., Jan. 8* New York Giants TBD TBD

 Below are other scheduling notes for the Eagles:

 Philadelphia will open the 2022 campaign against Detroit on the road at Ford Field, marking the club’s first ever game against the Lions on kickoff weekend. Additionally, the Eagles will begin the season with an away game for a third consecutive year, which is the team’s longest such streak since 2011-13.

Philadelphia’s five scheduled primetime contests are its most in a season since 2018. Dating back to 2000, the Eagles have appeared in the second-most primetime games (94) in the NFL, behind Dallas (100).

A national audience will once again be treated to an Eagles-Cowboys matchup in Week 6 on Sunday Night Football. With the exception of a nationally televised 2014 Thanksgiving afternoon contest, the division rivals have squared off in primetime every season dating back to the 2007 campaign.

Philadelphia will not play consecutive road games through the first 13 weeks of the season. Furthermore, the Eagles will close the year with back-to-back home outings for the first time since 2017.

Philadelphia’s Week 7 bye marks the Eagles’ earliest break since 2016 (Week 4).

Eagles’ Dean: ‘I’m just ready to play’

The Philadelphia Eagles may have gotten one of the steals of the 2022 NFL Draft when they selected former Georgia LB Nakobe Dean(5-11, 229 pounds) in the third round on Friday. 

Dean was one of the 21 players invited to Las Vegas, and many expected him to be selected in Round 1. However, injury concerns may have caused him to drop, which surprised Dean.

“It was definitely nerve-wracking, especially not knowing exactly all the way why I was falling like that,” he said via video conference call. “But, at the end of the day, I feel like I got picked by a great organization, and I’m just ready to get to work…

“I’d be remiss to say that I wasn’t surprised. But at the end of the day, you know, thank God for the whole process. It’s done nothing but make my chip grow bigger, and I’m just ready to play. Ready to get to work.”

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Dean suffered a strained pectoral muscle during his prep for the draft, which he did not get repaired surgically.  According to reports, the decision not to get surgery concerned some teams, but according to Dean, none of his doctors said he needed surgery.

“That was the thing that was so surprising and mind-boggling,” Dean said. “It was never … I went to doctors, got second opinions and everything, and nobody, nobody said I should have surgery. Nobody had told me I had to have surgery.

“So, for that to come up and for teams to be saying that and waiting until the day of the Draft to say something like that, that was kind of crazy to me.”

The 2021 Butkus Award winner(given to college football’s best linebacker) and All-American played with the newest Eagle, Jordan Davis, at Georgia, and he is excited to play with Davis again on the NFL level.

“He kind of clears things up for me,” Dean said. “Had me run a little bit more. He makes it easy for everybody, if you ask me, not just for the linebackers but for the rest of the [defensive line] and for the secondary. I feel like having him there is going to be great.”

Dean, who many called a great leader at Georgia, wished he would have gone earlier in the draft, but, in the end, he’s looking forward to the opportunity to play in Philadelphia.

“I’m ready to go,” he said. “I know mini-camp is next week, and I expect to be a full participant for that. And why I dropped, it’s not in my control—nothing I can do. I couldn’t – there was nothing I could do to make them pick me earlier. Just grateful and pleased that I have this opportunity.”

The Eagles needed linebacker help, and getting maybe one of the best linebackers in the draft in Dean could definitely strengthen that unit and the defense in 2022.

NFL reveals the 21 players that will be in attendance at 2022 Draft

Twenty-one prospects are confirmed to attend the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas, Nevada, the NFL announced today.

Georgia leads all colleges with three players in attendance while Alabama and Ohio State will each have two players on-site. The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with seven prospects confirmed to attend, followed by the Big Ten (four players), Pac-12 (four) and Atlantic Coast Conference (three).

The draft begins with the first round on Thursday night, April 28, and continues Friday, April 29, with Rounds 2-3. The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 30, with Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft, which was held in Cleveland last year, will be hosted in the state of Nevada for the first time.

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1)

Matt Corral

QB

Mississippi

2)

Charles Cross

OL

Mississippi State

3)

Jordan Davis

DL

Georgia

4)

Nakobe Dean

LB

Georgia

5)

Ikem Ekwonu

OL

North Carolina State

6)

Sauce Gardner

CB

Cincinnati

7)

Kyler Gordon

CB

Washington

8)

Kyle Hamilton

S

Notre Dame

9)

Aidan Hutchinson

DE

Michigan

10)

Zion Johnson

OL

Boston College

11)

Jermaine Johnson

DE

Florida State

12)

George Karlaftis

DE

Purdue

13)

Devin Lloyd

LB

Utah

14)

Drake London

WR

Southern California

15)

Evan Neal

OL

Alabama

16)

Chris Olave

WR

Ohio State

17)

Kayvon Thibodeaux

DE

Oregon

18)

Jameson Williams

WR

Alabama

19)

Malik Willis

QB

Liberty

20)

Garrett Wilson

WR

Ohio State

21)

Devonte Wyatt

DL

Georgia

2022 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES

WHAT:

87th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.

WHERE:

Las Vegas, Nevada.

WHEN:

5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 28 (Round 1).

4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 29 (Rounds 2-3).

9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, April 30 (Rounds 4-7).

The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 8:30 PM PT (11:30 PM ET). In 2021, the first round consumed three hours and 44 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 8:00 PM PT (11:00 PM ET). The second and third rounds took a combined four hours and 26 minutes in 2021. The draft will conclude by approximately 3:30 PM PT (6:30 PM ET) on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took six hours and 42 minutes in 2021.

ROUNDS:

Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 28; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 29; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 30.

There will be 262 selections, including 39 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 16 teams that either experienced a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year or received special selections under a 2020 amendment to the League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA to promote equal employment opportunities and an inclusive workforce within NFL clubs.

The following 39 compensatory choices will supplement the 223 regular choices in the seven rounds:

Round 3: Detroit, 33; New Orleans, 34; Cleveland, 35; Baltimore, 36; Philadelphia (from New Orleans), 37; Miami (from San Francisco), 38; Kansas City, 39; Los Angeles Rams, 40; San Francisco, 41.

Round 4: Pittsburgh, 33; Baltimore, 34; Green Bay, 35; Baltimore, 36; Los Angeles Rams, 37; Tennessee, 38.

Round 5: Dallas, 33; Detroit, 34; Dallas, 35; Indianapolis, 36.

Round 6: Los Angeles Rams, 33; Los Angeles Rams, 34; Atlanta, 35; Los Angeles Chargers, 36; Arizona, 37; Indianapolis, 38; Detroit, 39; Los Angeles Rams, 40; Tennessee, 41; San Francisco, 42; San Francisco, 43.

Round 7: Los Angeles Chargers, 33; Los Angeles Chargers, 34; Arizona, 35; Arizona, 36; Green Bay, 37; Kansas City, 38; Los Angeles Chargers, 39; Tampa Bay, 40; San Francisco, 41.

TIME LIMITS:

Round 1: 10 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 6, including compensatory picks: Five minutes per selection. Rounds 7, including compensatory picks: Four minutes per selection.

TELEVISION & RADIO:

The 2022 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio and ESPN Radio.

INTERNET:

On Thursday, April 28Draft Today airs on NFL.com, the NFL app and YouTube immediately following the conclusion of NFL Network’s coverage of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft with Matt “Money” SmithCynthia Frelund and Lance Zierlein.

Draft Today continues Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 following each day of the 2022 NFL Draft.

On Sunday, May 1Draft Today recaps the 2022 NFL Draft and passes out Draft Grades for each team with Smith, Zierlein and Bucky Brooks. This edition streams at 5:00 PM ET on NFL.com, the NFL app and YouTube, and airs at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Additionally, NFL.com’s Draft Tracker has live coverage of every selection in the draft, including video and analysis of the picks as they happen.

MOBILE:

Live NFL Network coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

2022 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

(as of April 14, 2022)

#

Team

1.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2.

Detroit Lions

3.

Houston Texans

4.

New York Jets

5.

New York Giants

6.

Carolina Panthers

7.

New York Giants (from Chicago)

8.

Atlanta Falcons

9.

Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)

10.

New York Jets (from Seattle)

11.

Washington Commanders

12.

Minnesota Vikings

13.

Houston Texans (from Cleveland)

14.

Baltimore Ravens

15.

Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami)

16.

New Orleans Saints (from Indianapolis via Philadelphia)

17.

Los Angeles Chargers

18.

Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans)

19.

New Orleans Saints (from Philadelphia)

20.

Pittsburgh Steelers

21.

New England Patriots

22.

Green Bay Packers (from Las Vegas)

23

Arizona Cardinals

24.

Dallas Cowboys

25.

Buffalo Bills

26.

Tennessee Titans

27.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

28.

Green Bay Packers

29.

Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco via Miami)

30.

Kansas City Chiefs

31.

Cincinnati Bengals

32.

Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams)

Jaguars hire Doug Pederson as head coach

The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, the team announced Thursday night.  

Jacksonville had interviewed several candidates, including Buccaneers OC and former Jaguars QB Byron Leftwich, who reportedly took himself out of consideration for the job.

Pederson will take over for Urban Meyer, who the team fired in December after less than one season. Darrell Bevell was named the interim head coach for the rest of the 2021 season.

“Doug Pederson four years ago won a Super Bowl as head coach of a franchise in pursuit of its first world championship,” owner Shad Khan said via a press release from the team. “I hope Doug can replicate that magic here in Jacksonville, but what is certain is his proven leadership and experience as a winning head coach in the National Football League. It’s exactly what our players deserve. Nothing less.

“Combine this with his acumen on the offensive side of the ball, and you have why I am proud to name Doug Pederson the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. I know our fans will warmly welcome Doug and his family to Duval, and I personally look forward to having Doug as part of everything we envision for the team, downtown, and community in the years ahead.”

Pederson, 54, joins the Jaguars after most recently spending five seasons as the head coach (2016-20) of the Philadelphia Eagles, compiling a 46-39-1 record during the regular season and postseason. During his time in Philadelphia, the Eagles made the postseason in three consecutive seasons (2017-19) and won two NFC East titles (2017 and 2019). In 2017, Pederson led the Eagles to their first-ever Super Bowl Championship in Super Bowl LII with a 41-33 victory against the Patriots. 

Ultimately, Pederson was fired by the Eagles following the 2020 season after Philadelphia finished 4-11-1. He would sit out the 2021 season.

Before arriving in Philadelphia, Pederson served as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-15, helping the team post a 31-17 regular-season record over three seasons.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Pederson played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Cleveland Browns.

 

2022 opponents for all 32 NFL teams

A complete list of home and away matchups for the 2022 regular season was issued Thursday by the NFL.

Each team will play 17 regular-season games (and three preseason games) as follows:

  • Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).

  • The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating, three-year cycle (four games).

  • The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating, four-year cycle (four games).

  • Two intraconference opponents based on the prior year’s standings (two games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.

  • One interconference opponent based on the prior year’s standings on a rotating four-year cycle (one game). These games match a first-place team from one division against a first-place team in an opposite-conference division that the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place and fourth-place teams in each division are matched in the same way each year.

    The home conference for this game will rotate each season, with the NFC teams hosting the game in 2022.

    The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

    The 2022 schedule, with playing dates and times, will be announced in the spring.

The following are the 2022 scheduling rotation and team-by-team opponents.

2022 SCHEDULING ROTATION BY DIVISION

AFC

EAST

Intraconference

AFC NORTH

Interconference

NFC NORTH

17th game

NFC WEST

 

AFC

NORTH

Intraconference

AFC EAST

Interconference

NFC SOUTH

17th game

NFC EAST

AFC

SOUTH

Intraconference

AFC WEST

Interconference

NFC EAST

17th game

NFC NORTH

AFC

WEST

Intraconference

AFC SOUTH

Interconference

NFC WEST

17th game

NFC SOUTH

 

NFC

EAST

Intraconference

NFC NORTH

Interconference

AFC SOUTH

17th game

AFC NORTH

NFC

NORTH

Intraconference

NFC EAST

Interconference

AFC EAST

17th game

AFC SOUTH

NFC

SOUTH

Intraconference

NFC WEST

Interconference

AFC NORTH

17th game

AFC WEST

NFC

WEST

Intraconference

NFC SOUTH

Interconference

AFC WEST

17th game

AFC EAST

2022 OPPONENTS

AFC EAST

  1. Buffalo Bills: Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets,Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

       Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago  Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams

  1.  New England Patriots: Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts

   Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns,          Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers

  1.  Miami Dolphins Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers

      Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears,         Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers

  1.  New York Jets Home: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars

   Away: Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Denver       Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks

                                                                                               

AFC NORTH:

  1. Cincinnati Bengals Home:  Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins

   Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New  England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers  Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

  1. Cleveland Browns Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Washington Football Team

  1. Baltimore Ravens  Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins

 Away:  Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC SOUTH 

  1.  Tennessee Titans Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants

 Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

  1.  Indianapolis Colts Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Football Team

   Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, New England Patriots

  1. Houston Texans Home: Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

  Away:  Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars Home:  Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants

 Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

AFC WEST

  1. Kansas City Chiefs Home: Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

  Away: Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1.  Las Vegas Raiders  Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

  1.  Los Angeles Chargers Home: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins

Away: Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

  1.  Denver Broncos. Home: Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

NFC EAST

  1.  Dallas Cowboys Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

        Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans

  1.  Philadelphia Eagles Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans

  Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Football Team, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

  1.  Washington Football Team Home: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans

       Away: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers

  1.  New York Giants Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

    Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

NFC NORTH

  1.  Green Bay Packers Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans

      Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins,           Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team

  1. Minnesota Vikings Home: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets

    Away: Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

  1.  Chicago Bears Home: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, San Francisco 49ers

   Away: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets

  1. Detroit Lions  Home: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team

   Away: Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets

NFC SOUTH

  1.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks

   Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

  1. New Orleans Saints  Home: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks

    Away: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

  1. Atlanta Falcons  Home: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team

  1.  Carolina Panthers Home: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers

 Away: Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks

NFC WEST

  1.  Los Angeles Rams Home: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders

 Away: Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  1. Arizona Cardinals Home: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 Away: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings

  1.  San Francisco 49ers  Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Football Team

Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders

  1. Seattle Seahawks Home: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, New York Jets

 Away: Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Eagles’ Roseman on Hurts: ‘I think for us, we have to do whatever we can to continue to help him develop’

As of January 19, 2022, it appears Jalen Hurts will be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022.

At their end-of-season press conference, Eagles GM Howie Roseman said Hurts, who led the team to the playoffs in his first year as a starter, had done enough to be Philly’s QB1 next season.

“We talk about [QB] Jalen [Hurts] and the growth he had, really as a first-year starter and second-year player and leading this team to the playoffs,” Roseman said. “I’m tremendously impressed by his work ethic and his leadership. The last time we talked was during camp, and we said we wanted to see him take the bull by the horn, and he certainly did that.”

The second-year quarterback had one of his worst performances of the season against the Buccaneers on Sunday, which seemed to have opened the door for the Eagles to look in another direction. However, Roseman, who has three first-round picks to play with in the upcoming draft, feels he needs to build a better team around the 23-year-old Hurts. 

“I think for us, we have to do whatever we can to continue to help him develop,” Roseman said about Hurts. “And how do we do that? By surrounding him with really good players, players who continue to grow. That’s a huge part of developing; they grow. How they are in their second year is not how they are going to be in year four, five, six, and seven. And they are also products of the people around them. That’s on us to continue to build this team.”

This season, Philadelphia finished the season 9-8 and was the seventh-seed in NFC. Going forward, Roseman wants the Eagles to be in a position to have home playoff games.  

“We are not happy about the fact that our season ended in the playoffs,” he said. “We want to build a team that has home playoff games, gets to play in front of our fan base, and really build a team that gets a bye.

“Those opportunities, those assets you talk about, allow us to continue to build and really helps us add good players to this team. Our job is to look at everything, to evaluate every position, every player. We do that not only for right now in this moment, but we also do it, so we have information when players become available at any position.”

A lot can happen from now until the start of next season. Hurts is the guy for now, but if the Eagles could still upgrade the position, I’m sure Roseman will do everything in his power to do so.

 

 

 

Eagles’ Hurts: ‘We’re going to come back hungry, but this season was far from a failure’

For the Philadelphia Eagles to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Sunday, they needed to play close to a perfect game. Unfortunately, they were far from perfect. Philadelphia turned the ball over three times, leading to 14 points for Tampa Bay. 

After three quarters, the Buccaneers led 31-0 and would defeat the Eagles 31-15 in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. 

Tom Brady completed 29-of-37 passes in the game for 271 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions.

With the win, Tampa Bay will host the winner of Cardinals-Rams in the divisional round, while the Eagles go home and think about next season.

In his first career playoff start, the 23-year-old Jalen Hurts, the youngest Eagles quarterback to start a playoff game, struggled. He was 23/43 for 258 yards, a touchdown, two interceptions. Many of those 258 yards came when the game was out of reach. 

“We didn’t do our jobs good enough, I didn’t do my job good enough – communicating and doing the little things,” Hurts said. “I could have been better, definitely, and I think there are a ton of different areas where we can kind of shoulder this as a team, but I take accountability for my actions and everything.”

The biggest question for the Eagles coming into the season, and the biggest question as the season ends, is Hurts, the team’s franchise quarterback. The second-year quarterback got a ringing endorsement from his head coach postgame.

“Again, we’re all going to say for today’s game he didn’t play his best game, as we all know,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said. “But you don’t take the body of work that he had for 17 weeks – and I know he didn’t play two games, so 15 weeks – and put everything on this game. I know we’re all judged on the last game that we play, I understand that and fully get that, but I felt like Jalen grew throughout the year, and he got better as a passer, and he got better reading the defenses, getting the ball to the right place. 

“He developed so much in his ability to extend plays of not only making plays with his feet but also making plays downfield on the scramble. I know the one today; he scrambled and threw the interception. He had some other scrambles that were good throws. So, I feel really good with what we have in place right here at the quarterback position. I thought he had a great year, and he came a long way, and that’s what I expect from Jalen because of the type of football character he has, the type of character he has, the toughness that he has, the love for football that he has. I can’t say enough good things about Jalen, the person, and the player, so I feel good about him. I know again, this wasn’t the game that any of us are going to be satisfied with – me, him, multiple guys on that football team, but I’m really pleased with how he came along this year and the leader he is on this football team.”

Despite the loss, Hurts feels the future is bright in Philadelphia.

“I’m not going to make any expectations for anything, but I know for us as a football team, the sky is the limit,” Hurt said. “And I’ll reiterate, nobody likes this feeling. Nobody likes this feeling. Nobody likes this feeling. We’ll do the things we need to do so we don’t feel this feeling again. I think with the guys that we have, especially in the youth, the young guys we have, we’re hungry. We’re going to come back hungry, but this season was far from a failure. It’s only a failure if you don’t learn from it. So, we’ll take it as a lesson; I’ll definitely take it as a lesson. My third year starts tomorrow.”

The Eagles’ 2021 NFL season was a success, but Philadelphia will have an interesting offseason. They have three first-round picks in the upcoming draft. Do they use those assets to trade for a quarterback, or do they use them to build a team around Hurts? 

After the way he played against Tampa Bay, there will be questions about Hurts, and the Eagles will have to answer those questions in the offseason.

Eagles’ Sirianni on Hurts: ‘I know he’s ready for the next game, which just so happens to be a playoff game’

On Sunday, Jalen Hurts and the upstart Philadelphia Eagles(9-8) will try to go on the road and defeat Tom Brady and the world champion Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Before losing a meaningless game to the Cowboys in Week 18, the second-year quarterback had the Eagles on a four-game winning streak, and after starting 3-6, the Eagles have won six of their final eight games.

In Week 6, Hurts and the Eagles fell to the Buccaneers 28-22 at Lincoln Financial Field. In that game, Philadelphia was down 28-7, but the Eagles trimmed the lead to 28-22 with just under six minutes left, but they could not get the ball back. 

Hurts, who was 12/26 for 115 yards, touchdown, interception and two rushing touchdowns in the regular season matchup against Tampa Bay, won big on the collegiate level, including winning a National Championship at Alabama, but this is the NFL, and he’s playing Brady in the playoffs, so it won’t be easy.

According to Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia will have to play very good football to defeat Tampa Bay.

“It’s going to take everybody’s best effort, but the process remains the same of how we go about our business, right? When it’s about the process when you’re process-driven, and you’re results-aware, then you don’t ride the highs and lows of the season,” Sirianni said on Monday. 

Sirianni expects Hurts to be ready against the Buccaneers when it’s all said and done.

“I know he’s ready for the next game, which just so happens to be a playoff game, and he’s going to prepare the same way he has prepared,” he said. “I know, from the outside, it looks like it’s a bigger game and everything, but to us, we understand the consequences of losing, and when you win – you’re done if you lose, so we understand that.

“But our process remains the same through it all, and I’m confident in our process. I’m confident in [QB] Jalen [Hurts’] process that he’s going to go out and be ready to play in this game.”

On paper, the Buccaneers are the better team, and for the Eagles to defeat Tampa Bay, they will need Hurts to be at his best, and they will need the team to be at their best.

However, no matter what happens, 2021 is a successful season for the Eagles.

NFL announces schedule for Super Wild Card Weekend

The NFL announced Sunday night the schedule of sites, dates, and times for Super Wild Card Weekend on January 15-17.

With the addition of a Monday night game to the 2021 playoffs, Super Wild Card Weekend will now have two Wild Card games on Saturday (4:30 PM and 8:15 PM ET), three on Sunday (1:00 PM, 4:30 PM, and 8:15 PM ET), and one on Monday (8:15 PM ET).

SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND

Saturday, January 15

AFC:    4:30 PM (ET)  5 (Las Vegas/New England) at 4 Cincinnati (NBC, Peacock, Universo)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  6 (Los Angeles Chargers/New England) at 3 Buffalo (CBS, Paramount+)

Sunday, January 16

NFC:    1:00 PM (ET)  7 Philadelphia at 2 Tampa Bay (FOX, FOX Deportes)

NFC:    4:30 PM (ET)  6 San Francisco at 3 Dallas (CBS, Paramount+, Nickelodeon, Amazon Prime Video)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  7 (Las Vegas/Pittsburgh) at 2 Kansas City (NBC, Peacock, Telemundo)

Monday, January 17

NFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  5 Arizona at 4 Los Angeles Rams (ESPN/ABC, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes)

The Divisional Playoffs schedule will be announced next weekend.

The 2021 NFL Playoff field:

American Football Conference

National Football Conference

1.

Tennessee Titans (12-5), AFC South champion

1.

Green Bay Packers (13-4), NFC North champion

2.

Kansas City Chiefs (12-5), AFC West champion

2.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4), NFC South champion

3.

Buffalo Bills (11-6), AFC East champion

3.

Dallas Cowboys (12-5), NFC East champion

4.

Cincinnati Bengals (10-7), AFC North champion

4.

Los Angeles Rams (12-5), NFC West champion

5.

Las Vegas Raiders or New England Patriots (10-7)

5.

Arizona Cardinals (11-6)

6.

Los Angeles Chargers or New England Patriots (10-7)

6.

San Francisco 49ers (10-7)

7.

Las Vegas Raiders or Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)

7.

Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)

Team records fell as Cowboys blowout Eagles in season-finale

The regular-season finale was about milestones for the Cowboys(12-5) and  Eagles(9-8). Both the Cowboys(NFC East champs) and Eagles(wild card) had already clinched playoff spots.

The Eagles would play many of its backups, while the Cowboys played many of their starters. The result did not mean much to both teams, but with a win, the Cowboys(12-5) could still move up in the standings. 

Dak Prescott was 21/27 for 295 yards and threw a career-high five touchdowns passes as the Cowboys routed the Eagles 51-26 at Lincoln Financial Field Saturday night.

Dallas went 6-0 in the NFC East this season.

Prescott, who threw 37 touchdown passes in 2021, also set the Cowboys’ record for touchdown passes in a season. In addition, Dallas broke their team record for points in a season(530). 

Dallas, who is currently the fourth seed in the NFC, could go as high as number two in the conference, but they would need the Cardinals, Rams, and Buccaneers to lose for that to happen.  More than likely, Dallas will probably be the fourth-seeded team in the NFC.

Philadelphia rested their starting QB Jalen Hurts, and Gardner Minshew made his second start of the season. However, for Philly, it was about milestones. Rookie WR DeVonta Smith caught three passes for 41 yards against the Cowboys and finished the season with 916 receiving yards, the most receiving yards for a rookie in team history. The previous record was held by DeSean Jackson, who produced 912 receiving yards during the 2008 campaign.

Also, Jason Kelce made history as he started his 122nd consecutive regular-season game, which marks the longest active streak among NFL centers.

Furthermore, with 149 rushing yards, Philadelphia finished the season with a franchise record 2,714 rushing yards, breaking the previous all-time mark of 2,607 set in 1949.

Philadelphia had 11 players on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, including Fletcher Cox, Dallas Goedert, Jordan Howard, Boston Scott, and Rodney McLeod.

After the game, Sirianni explained his decision to rest many of his starters:

“Some of those decisions, with the COVID stuff, were kind of made for me on that,” Sirianni said. “As far as with [QB] Jalen [Hurts], we thought a lot about that. He has done a really good job these last three games playing within the pocket, and we have done a little bit less with running with him and everything like that. We just thought this was an opportunity to get him back to 100%. I know we have talked a lot about how we have to be our full arsenal of offense and not have any limitations to do what we want to do in the playoffs. So, that’s what went into that.”

This game is in the books, and now it’s time to focus on the playoffs!