Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
The NFL officially unveiled their 2023 schedules, and these three teams have tough hills to climb if they plan on making the playoffs.
Not too long after the NFL Draft was held, fans got an idea of their team’s chances heading into the 2023 season. Last Thursday, the NFL officially unveiled its schedules for the upcoming campaign. All 32 teams flexed their creative muscles to reveal their schedules to their respective fanbases.
With this, fans and media members can dive deep into the upcoming season and see who has a realistic chance of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the season’s end.
Sure, fans already knew their favorite team’s opponents, but now they know the exact order, the time and day of the game, and how long they will be on the road or at home. Those factors hold significance to seeing which teams will have an easy path to the big game or will have to scratch and claw to make it to the playoffs.
Here are three teams that were screwed over by the NFL over their schedules.
3 teams screwed the hardest by the 2023 NFL schedule, No. 3: Philadelphia Eagles
Even in a losing effort in Super Bowl 57, the future looked bright for the Philadelphia Eagles. They have a superstar at quarterback in Jalen Hurts, one of the top offensive lines in the league, and a relatively deep roster despite losing some big-name players in the offseason (i.e. Javon Hargrave, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, etc.). But their schedule is pretty brutal.
In terms of strength of schedule, the Eagles have the toughest. Their opponents have a combined record of 161-123-4 last season. The middle of the season until its conclusion will be rough. Just take a look for yourselves:
- Week 6: at New York Jets
- Week 7: vs. Miami Dolphins
- Week 8: at Washington Commanders
- Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys
- Week 10: BYE
- Week 11: at Kansas City Chiefs
- Week 12: vs. Buffalo Bills
- Week 13: vs. San Francisco 49ers
- Week 14: at Dallas Cowboys
- Week 15: at Seattle Seahawks
- Week 16: vs. New York Giants
- Week 17: vs. Arizona Cardinals
- Week 18: at New York Giants
So from Week 6 onwards, the Eagles will be playing 9 of their final 12 games against teams that made the playoffs last season. Not to mention, the Jets are going to be a tougher opponent, considering they have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, and if he’s healthy, he could be a problem for the Eagles.
Don’t get us wrong, the Eagles are still a stacked team that will more likely than not clinch a top seed in the NFC. But that stretch of games is absolutely brutal.