The official schedule for the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles has been released.
The games are as follows:
Week 1, Sunday, 9-9-12: at Cleveland, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Week 2, Sunday, 9-16-12: Baltimore, 1:00 p.m., CBS
Week 3, Sunday, 9-23-12: at Arizona, 4:05 p.m., FOX
Week 4, Sunday, 9-30-12: NY Giants, 8:20 p.m., NBC
Week 5, Sunday, 10-7-12: at Pittsburgh, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Week 6, Sunday, 10-14-12: Detroit, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Week 7: BYE
Week 8, Sunday, 10-28-12: Atlanta, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Week 9, Monday, 11-5-12: at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Week 10, Sunday, 11-11-12: Dallas, 4:15 p.m., FOX
Week 11, Sunday, 11-18-12: at Washington, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Week 12, Monday, 11-26-12: Carolina, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Week 13, Sunday, 12-2-12: at Dallas, 8:20 p.m., NBC
Week 14, Sunday, 12-9-12: at Tampa Bay, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Week 15, Thursday, 12-13-12: Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m., NFL
Week 16, Sunday, 12-23-12: Washington, 1:00 p.m., FOX
Week 17, Sunday, 12-30-12: at NY Giants, 1:00 p.m., FOX
The Eagles are one of eight teams in the National Football League to play five prime-time games in 2012: week 4 against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, week 9 against the defending NFC South champion New Orleans Saints, week 12 against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, week 13 against the hated Dallas Cowboys, and week 15 against Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals.
They start off the season with two AFC games. The Cleveland game should be an easy win and a good start to the 2012 season.
The Eagles end the season against the Giants for the first time since the 2002 season, when the Giants won 10-7 in overtime (and almost prevented the Eagles from securing home-field advantage throughout the playoffs).
The schedule looks to be a little easier than last year’s. The Pittsburgh and Baltimore games will obviously be challenging, as will both Giants games and the Atlanta and New Orleans games.
But I have confidence in the Eagles to beat up and coming teams like Carolina and Cincinnati and Detroit, and I don’t think Robert Griffin III will have a great rookie season.
My way, way, way, way too early prediction (and yes, this will change 14,378 times in the next five months) is an 11-5 record and another NFC East division title.