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NFL Schedule Release: The Philadelphia Eagles’ 5 Biggest Games of 2014

The Philadelphia Eagles' 5 Biggest Games of 2014

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The Philadelphia Eagles made the playoffs in 2013. With the 2014 schedule officially released, the Eagles' fans are already making their predictions. The Eagles have some easy victories, on paper, against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans. However, there are some tough games that will give them trouble. Another division title is not out of the question. Here are the Eagles top five biggest games for the 2014 season.

Week 3 vs. Washington Redskins

DeSean Jackson
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Week 3 vs. Washington Redskins

DeSean Jackson
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This is the first game Eagles fans were looking forward to when the schedules were released. This will be DeSean Jackson's homecoming (if you can call it that) and will be a very emotional game. Jackson will be set out to show off against the team that let him go. The Eagles need to make a statement for the first meeting.

Week 4 at San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick
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Week 4 at San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick
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If the Eagles plan to go back to the playoffs, they need to prove that they can defeat the top teams. The 49ers will be the first team on that list. The 49ers have one of the toughest defenses in the league, while the Eagles have a top offense now that Chip Kelly is at the helm. This will be a telling game for the Eagles offense to show if they can compete with the top defenses. LeSean McCoy should be the No. 1 player for this game.

Week 10 vs. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton
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Week 10 vs. Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton
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While it's not to the level of Jackson's return, but Jason Avant will be returning to Philly in Week 10. The Panthers are another playoff team that the Eagles need to prove themselves against. The Eagles will play many mobile quarterbacks and need to have the defense step up. Newton led the league with 585 rushing yards. The Eagles allowed over 4,600 yards to opposing quarterbacks in 16 games. Newton will be a big mid-season test for the Eagles.

Week 14 vs. Seattle Seahawks

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Week 14 vs. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks
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In Week 14, the Eagles will welcome in the defending Super Bowl champions. If the Eagles can defeat the champs, then they will be the team to beat in the NFC. Russell Wilson doesn't have the best receiving corps, but he's another mobile quarterback that can extend plays. Oh, I forgot to mention "Beast Mode" Marshawn Lynch. Lynch finished sixth in rushing yards with 1,257 and led the league with 12 touchdowns.

Week 16 at Redskins

Nick Foles
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Week 16 at Redskins

Nick Foles
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The first meeting between these teams will get the emotions out of the way. The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants have plenty of flaws on both sides to be any competition for the Eagles and Redskins. This game will most likely decide who wins the NFC East. The Eagles took both meetings from the Redskins in 2013. However, with a healthy Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, they can pop a bubble into the Eagles playoff hopes.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy sports writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BPiv_Sports.