You have to hand it to the NFL. Just releasing the upcoming season's schedule seems to generate more interest than the actual playoffs in other sports.
This isn't going to be a huge breakdown of what lies ahead for the Eagles in 2012, just a quick posting of the dates and opponents. I will have a more thorough look through the schedule tomorrow.
Without further ado, here is the Philadelphia Eagles' 2012 schedule.
|Week 1||Sept. 9||@Cleveland Browns||1:00||Fox|
|Week 2||Sept. 16||Baltimore Ravens||1:00||CBS|
|Week 3||Sept. 23||@Arizona Cardinals||4:05||Fox|
|Week 4||Sept. 30||New York Giants||8:20||NBC|
|Week 5||Oct. 7||@Pittsburgh Steelers||1:00||Fox|
|Week 6||Oct. 14||Detroit Lions||1:00||Fox|
|Week 7||Oct. 21||BYE|
|Week 8||Oct. 28||Atlanta Falcons||1:00||Fox|
|Week 9||Nov. 5||@New Orleans Saints||8:30||ESPN/MNF|
|Week 10||Nov. 11||Dallas Cowboys||4:15||Fox|
|Week 11||Nov. 18||@Washington Redskins||1:00||Fox|
|Week 12||Nov. 26||Carolina Panthers||8:30||ESPN/MNF|
|Week 13||Dec. 2||@Dallas Cowboys||8:20||NBC|
|Week 14||Dec. 9||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1:00||Fox|
|Week 15||Dec. 13||Cincinnati Bengals||8:20||NFL Thurs.|
|Week 16||Dec. 23||Washington Redskins||1:00||Fox|
|Week 17||Dec. 30||@New York Giants||1:00||Fox|
Just some quick thoughts before I wrap it up. The Eagles have two Monday night games and two Sunday night games to go along with their Thursday night game.
This season's schedule looks significantly more difficult than last season's at first blush, but there are actually some favorable qualities to it.
Also, they get a midseason bye week, and then they get 10 days between games in late December. If anyone remembers, the Eagles got a huge boost in 2008 after their Thanksgiving night game and this little detail could be a huge help heading into the playoffs.
For any season ticket holders, you are fortunate enough to see Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton and Robert Griffin III. It may make things tough on the home team, but that is probably the best lineup of quarterbacks to enter any stadium in 2012.