The Eagles open the season at the Linc on Sept. 7 against almost-Eagles coach Gus Bradley and the Jaguars, the first time since 2010 they’ll open the season at home (see week-by-week breakdown).
Their road opener a week later is against the Colts in a Week 2 Monday night game at Lucas Oil Stadium, where they have never played.
DeSean Jackson returns to Philly in Week 3 for a 1 p.m. Eagles-Redskins game, and the Eagles are scheduled to face their three-time Pro Bowl wideout in Washington on Dec. 20, a Saturday. The time for the Dec. 20 game has yet to be announced, but it's something of a surprise right now that neither Eagles-Redskins game is in primetime.
The Nov. 27 game against the Cowboys will be the Eagles’ first against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day since 1989, when they intercepted Troy Aikman three times on the way to a 27-0 win. Thanksgiving Day kickoff is 4:30 p.m.
On Oct. 12, the Eagles host the Giants on a Sunday night, on Nov. 10, they host Ron Rivera and the Carolina Panthers in a Monday night game, and on Dec. 14, they face the Cowboys for the second time in three weeks, this one a Sunday night game at the Linc.
The Super Bowl-champion Seahawks will be in Philly for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff on Dec. 7.
The Eagles’ will be the second team to visit the 49ers in their new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., a 4:25 p.m. game on Sept. 28.
Other home dates: Rams at 1 p.m. on Oct. 5 and the Titans at 1 p.m. on Nov. 23.
Other road dates: at Arizona at 4:05 p.m. on Oct. 26, at Houston to face former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien at 1 p.m. on Nov. 2, at Green Bay at 1 p.m. on Nov. 16, and at the Meadowlands against the Giants at 1 p.m. on Dec. 28.
The Eagles have only seven 1 p.m. games this year.
It generally means very little, but based on last year’s win-loss records and counting division teams twice, the Eagles have the 13th-easiest 2014 schedule. Their 16 opponents – counting division teams twice – had a 2013 record of 122-133-1, a .479 winning percentage.
Only two of the Eagles’ first eight opponents – the Colts in Week 2 and the 49ers in Week 4 – reached the playoffs last year. From Week 5 through Week 8, they play four teams that were a combined 26-38 a year ago, with none reaching the postseason.
The toughest part of the schedule appears to be the start of the second half, with the Panthers (12-4 last year), Packers (presumably with a healthy Aaron Rodgers), Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving, and the Super Bowl-champion Seahawks (13-3 last year) all in a five-week period.
Only one of their first five opponents is within the division, but four of their last five are, including the Cowboys, Redskins and Giants to finish the season.