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As I touched on in the very first slide, if you’re going to get to the Super Bowl you’ll be going through a combination of teams in the NFC. One of these is the San Francisco 49ers, who the Eagles meet with in Week 4.
The Eagles are going to have to work hard to overcome the very tough defense San Francisco brings to the table, especially without vertical threat DeSean Jackson.
The Niners will be a good early test for the Eagles defense as well, although until we see quarterback Colin Kaepernick beat a team through the air, it will probably see if the run defense, which ranked No. 10 in the NFL last year, is still up to snuff.
Another top team on the slate is the Green Bay Packers, who the Eagles will face on the road in Week 11.
This is a game which will fully test the secondary and give Malcolm Jenkins a lot of work both in the run game against Eddie Lacy and through the air with Aaron Rodgers and Company.
The Eagles secondary was a bend-but-don’t-break affair last season—its overall ranking looked bad for sure (No. 32 overall), but it was tied with the ninth-most interceptions and was in the middle of the league in passing touchdowns allowed with 25.
Rodgers will put that to the test.
Both of these games should have some impact on postseason seeding, depending on how each of the three teams involved does in actual football games.
However, one game we haven’t talked about yet has all that as well as a great revenge-factor storyline.
Yes, we’re talking about the two games against the Washington Redskins featuring hero-turned-heel DeSean Jackson. Both games are big and will help decide who is coming out of the NFC East as well as where it will be seeded. The first one, in Week 3, has the added bonus of being home at the Linc—Jackson’s first game home since the ugly divorce.
If you don’t think the Eagles have that date circled in red ink with stars around it, you’re nuts.
After those two games (the second of which is in Week 16), the Week 17 tilt against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium almost seems quaint.