2017 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule: Full Listing of Dates, Times and TV Info

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Following a 2016 season that began brightly but ended in underwhelming fashion, the Philadelphia Eagles will expect more in 2017. 

Through the first three weeks of last year, the Eagles were 3-0, and Carson Wentz had thrown for 769 yards and five touchdowns. Philadelphia proceeded to lose nine of its next 11 games, and Wentz fell back to earth following his hot start.

Before the start of the regular season, most Eagles fans likely would've settled for a 7-9 record, since 2016 was supposed to be more of a rebuilding year. Doug Pederson was in his first year as the head coach, and Wentz was largely considered to be more of a long-term NFL project rather than an immediate hit in the league.

However, Philadelphia finished below .500 despite ranking fourth in overall team efficiency, per Football Outsiders. Pederson had to answer questions about his job security by year's end.

The way the 2017 campaign unfolds will likely determine Pederson's long-term future in the City of Brotherly Love.

Schedule

Philadelphia Eagles' 2017 Regular-Season Schedule
WeekDateOpponentTime (ET)TV Info
1Sept. 10at Washington Redskins1 p.m.Fox
2Sept. 17at Kansas City Chiefs1 p.m.Fox
3Sept. 24New York Giants1 p.m.Fox
4Oct. 1at Los Angeles Chargers4:05 p.m.Fox
5Oct. 8Arizona Cardinals1 p.m.Fox
6Oct. 12at Carolina Panthers8:25 p.m.CBS/NFLN
7Oct. 23Washington Redskins8:30 p.m.ESPN
8Oct. 29San Francisco 49ers1 p.m.Fox
9Nov. 5Denver Broncos1 p.m.CBS
10N/ABye WeekN/AN/A
11Nov. 19at Dallas Cowboys8:30 p.m.NBC
12Nov. 26Chicago Bears1 p.m.Fox
13Dec. 3at Seattle Seahawks8:30 p.m.NBC
14Dec. 10at Los Angeles Rams4:25 p.m.Fox
15Dec. 17at New York Giants1 p.m.Fox
16Dec. 25Oakland Raiders8:30 p.m.ESPN
17Dec. 31Dallas Cowboys1 p.m.Fox
Source: NFL.com

Analysis

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 09:  Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers walks on the field in the third quarter against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field on October 9, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Eagles and their NFC East colleagues drew the short straw in 2017 as they face off with the AFC West—arguably the conference's toughest division.

Philadelphia did receive some good fortune in that it plays the AFC West's two best teams, the Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos, at home. A road game against the Kansas City Chiefs isn't ideal, but it's better than the alternative.

Outside of the division, the Eagles' toughest road trip will come on Dec. 3 against the Seattle Seahawks. Assuming Eddie Lacy will be closer to his 2014 self, the Seahawks will have a more balanced offense than they did a year ago to complement what remains one of the league's best defenses.

Bleacher Report's Doug Farrar outlined how he sees Lacy fitting into Seattle's running game:

Instead, I see Lacy at his hypothetical best having an effect on Seattle’s offense not unlike the one LeGarrette Blount had on the Patriots offense last season. New England wanted to re-establish its power running game, using a fullback in a two-back set on about a third of its total snaps (fullback James Develin was on the field for 30.8% of the Patriots' plays in 2016, per Pro Football Focus), and Blount had the power and foot speed to make that work to the tune of 1,161 yards and a league-leading 18 touchdowns on 299 carries. Blount wasn’t a transcendent part of the offense, but he was a force multiplier when asked to be.

Run defense was an issue for the Eagles in 2016. They allowed 103.3 yards per game, 15th in the NFL, and ranked 13th in run defense DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average), compared to second in pass defense DVOA, per Football Outsiders.

Should Lacy find a comfort zone in the Pacific Northwest, he'll be a handful for Philadelphia.

Pivotal Matchups

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30:  Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys throws in the second quarter of a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Image
Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Eagles' six NFC East clashes are obvious choices when pinpointing the team's most important games. Philadelphia went 2-4 against the teams in its division last year, and repeating that in 2017 would almost certainly doom the franchise's hopes of returning to the playoffs.

None of the 12 teams that reached the postseason in 2016 finished with a division record below .500. Especially with the AFC West on the docket, the Eagles can't afford to drop too many divisional matchups.

Outside of the NFC East, intraconference games against the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers could have playoff implications should the Eagles be fighting for a wild-card berth.

The Panthers have had a busy offseason, adding Matt Kalil, Julius Peppers, Captain Munnerlyn and Mike Adams. While Carolina is unlikely to match its 15-1 record from 2015, it will be an improved team over last season.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, are still reeling from the departures of Tony Jefferson, Calais Campbell and D.J. Swearinger. They retained Chandler Jones, though, and their aging offensive core should have one more year of playoff contention left before full-scale changes are needed.

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