So says CBSSports.com:

Easiest stretch: The biggest advantage to winning the Super Bowl is that you get to open your season on a Thursday, which means you get 10 days off before Week 2. For the Eagles, that’s really going to come in handy, because their easiest stretch of the season starts with a Week 2 game in Tampa against a Bucs team that likely won;t have Jameis Winston.

After that, Philly has another very winnable game in Week 3 against the Colts. On the other hand, maybe we shouldn’t count the Colts as part of Philly’s easiest stretch since they had one big advantage the other teams don’t have: Frank Reich. Indy’s new coach — and former Eagles offensive coordinator — will be eager to beat his old team in Week 3. Of course, no one actually thinks that’s going to happen, especially the oddsmakers in Vegas. The Eagles are already favored by 10 points in that game.

Roughest stretch: If the Eagles are going to struggle at all this season, that will likely start in Week 4, when they have to play four 2017 playoff teams in five weeks, with three of those games coming on the road (at Tennessee, Minnesota, at Giants, Carolina, at Jacksonville).

For the Eagles, the most brutal part of that stretch could end up being the Thursday game they play in New York after playing the Vikings in Week 5. Oh, and they also have to make a 3,500 mile flight to London for that game against the Jaguars. The good news for the Eagles is that their roughest stretch of the season ends with a Week 9 bye.

Weird scheduling note: If it starts to seem like the Eagles are playing a 2017 playoff team nearly every week this season, that’s basically because they are. Not only will the Eagles be playing two teams that made the AFC playoffs last season (Titans and Jaguars), but they’ll also be facing every team that made the NFC playoffs:


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