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Previewing The 2017 Eagles Opponents


Next season, the Eagles will play six games against their NFC East opponents, while also taking on all of the NFC West and AFC West teams to go along with the same-place finishers from the NFC South and NFC North.

The NFL announced on Tuesday that the schedule will be revealed on Thursday at 8 p.m. Here's a preview of each team ...


NFC East, Home And Away

Dallas Cowboys

2016 Record: 13-3, first in NFC East

The Cowboys were the top team in the NFC heading into the 2016 postseason at 13-3 with an .813 win percentage. Together, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott led the way for a potent offensive attack, helping Dallas clinch the division and homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. However, Dallas' trip to the postseason was short-lived as the Packers beat the Cowboys in the Divisional Round. The Eagles split the season series with Dallas, and the matchup of Carson Wentz vs. Prescott could be one of the most entertaining divisional quarterback battles for years to come.

New York Giants

2016 Record: 11-5, second in NFC East

Under first-year head coach Ben McAdoo, the Giants successfully clinched a Wild Card spot in the playoffs. While Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. get most of the attention, the Giants were led by a defense that drastically turned things around from previous seasons to be one of the best scoring defenses in the NFL.

Washington Redskins

2016 Record: 8-7-1, third in NFC East

The Redskins were on a four-game win streak midseason, but were unable to make the playoffs thanks to a Week 17 loss to the Giants. Quarterback Kirk Cousins returns under the franchise tag once again, but he will not have wide receivers Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson. Washington's high-powered offense could be in for a step backwards in 2017.


Arizona Cardinals

2016 Record: 7-8-1, second in NFC West

After two consecutive postseason appearances, the Cardinals finished 2016 under .500 and in second place behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. The Cardinals have been offensive juggernauts in years past, but is Carson Palmer still the answer at quarterback? The 37-year-old compiled his lowest completion percentage (61.0) since joining the Cardinals in 2013.

Chicago Bears

2016 Record: 3-13, fourth in NFC North

It was a struggling year for the Bears as they failed to record more than three wins, their worst record since 1982. The Bears enter 2017 with a new quarterback as Mike Glennon replaces Jay Cutler. The Eagles handed Chicago a 29-14 defeat in Week 2 of the 2016 season, Carson Wentz's first win on the road in his NFL career.

Denver Broncos

2016 Record: 9-7, third in AFC West

The Broncos will be playing under a new head coach next season in former Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, as Gary Kubiak unexpectedly resigned due to health concerns following 2016. The other big question for the Broncos – who will be under center? Trevor Siemian had a decent season, but the Broncos also used a first-round pick in 2016 on Paxton Lynch.

Oakland Raiders

2016 Record: 12-4, second in AFC West

The Raiders returned to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years. However, quarterback Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula toward the end of the season, and rookie Connor Cook made his first NFL start in the Wild Card loss to Houston.

San Francisco 49ers

2016 Record: 2-14, fourth in NFC West

Under head coach Chip Kelly, the Niners struggled all season long. Offensively, neither Blaine Gabbert nor Colin Kaepernick could lead the team to any sustained success. After winning just two games, the Niners cleaned house, firing both Kelly and GM Trent Baalke and bringing in John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan.


Carolina Panthers

2016 Record: 6-10, fourth in NFC West

The 2015 NFC champs did not return to the postseason after finishing in fourth place in the NFC South. Cam Newton's presence always makes the Panthers' offense one of the most challenging to game plan for, so it's up for the Eagles to find a way to slow Carolina down and get some revenge for a 27-16 loss in Charlotte in 2015.

Kansas City Chiefs

2016 Record: 12-4, first in AFC West

The Chiefs began the 2016 season by defeating the division-rival San Diego Chargers, and went on to sweep the Raiders and the Broncos as they put together a perfect division record. The Chiefs entered the 2016 postseason as the No. 2 seed behind the Patriots, securing a first-round bye, before falling to Pittsburgh in the Divisional Round. The Eagles will face former head coach Andy Reid on the road for the first time (and the second time overall) since Reid joined the Chiefs in 2013.

Los Angeles Chargers

2016 Record: 5-11, fourth in AFC West The Chargers ended their 2016 season in fourth place in the AFC West. Quarterback Philip Rivers threw 21 interceptions this season, a career high. The Chargers fired head coach Mike McCoy after a second consecutive sub-.500 season, so the Chargers will be going in a new direction when they host the Eagles in 2017 with former Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn as their new head coach. Oh, and the team is relocating to Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Rams

2016 Record: 4-12, third in NFC West

The 2016 season was the year of change for the Rams as they returned to Los Angeles, welcomed rookie quarterback Jared Goff, and eventually parted ways with head coach Jeff Fisher. The Rams struggled on both sides of the ball, resulting in a four-win season. Los Angeles hired the youngest head coach in NFL history in former Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVey to develop Goff. The last time the Eagles played a game in Los Angeles was September 1990.

Seattle Seahawks

2016 Record: 10-5-1, first in NFC West

Seattle entered the 2016 playoffs as the third seed in the NFC after winning their division with a 10-5-1 record. The Seahawks beat the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card Round before losing at Atlanta. Wentz and the Eagles got a good taste of what it's like to play in Seattle in 2016, as they fell to the Seahawks 26-15 in Week 11. The Seahawks continue to be one of the most balanced teams in the NFL, and that shouldn't change any time soon.

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