With all sports (and life in general) on hold, this year's football offseason has felt the longest it's ever been. Thankfully draft weekend was a bit of a distraction from everyday life and gave football fans something to talk about. Now fans will have something new to talk about -- the 2020 football schedule.
The NFL officially announced its 2020 schedule Thursday evening. Here's what the Eagles' schedule will look like:
Philadelphia's schedule is certainly going to be a tough one, as they will be facing four teams that won their division last year. In all the madness, there are certainly some interesting matchups and storylines for the Birds in 2020:
• Week 3 has the Birds hosting the Bengals and #1 overall pick Joe Burrow. The last time the Eagles played Cincinnati was in 2016, which ended in a disastrous 32-14 defeat that put the Eagles at 5-7 on the season and effectively ended any playoff hopes.
•In Week 4 the Eagles will face the reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are still projected to be one of the top contenders in the NFC this season, so this game will show just how well the Birds measure up to one of the best-projected teams in football.
•In Week 6 they will host the AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens led by reigning MVP Lamar Jackson. The Ravens were known for their rushing attack in 2019, and the Eagles are set to have a dominant defensive line that will help mitigate opponents' rushing games.
•The Eagles have beaten the Browns five straight times, with their last loss coming in 1994 (which was the Browns team that became the Baltimore Ravens in 1995). They'll be favored to beat Cleveland again in Week 11, but this could be one of those late-season trap games.
•The Eagles will try to get revenge on the Seattle Seahawks when they come to town in Week 12 on Monday Night Football. Last season the Eagles lost to the Seahawks at home on two separate occasions, both by a score of 17-9. In five tries the Eagles have yet to defeat Russell Wilson's Seahawks. In fact, the last time they beat Seattle was in 2008. It's time for this trend to come to an end and get some revenge on those west coast birds.
•It's hard to go into Lambeau Field and escape with a victory, but that's exactly what happened last season for the Eagles. They'll now try to do the unthinkable and win there in back-to-back seasons when they head to Green Bay in Week 13. Hopefully the tundra isn't too frozen by then.
Of course with the COVID-19 crisis still in the fold for the foreseeable future, it is unclear yet if the season will go as planned in a normal fashion, or if there will be games played without fans or some sort of delays or shortened season involved.