Game-by-game Eagles predictions for the 2022 season

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The 2022 schedule has arrived — and just like last year, the Eagles should benefit greatly from it.

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Anything can change, but first look at the 2022 schedule shows that once again the Eagles seem to have an easy path to the playoffs.

Their opening slate of games is easy. Their closing slate isn’t that hard. They have a good enough Bye Week. Their Thursday night game is against one of the worst teams in the league. Their first shot at the Cowboys is at home.

The schedule also seems to indicate the NFL believes the Eagles will improve this seasons, not take a step back. The Eagles are featured in six prime time games, including Christmas Eve. If you include the 4:25 starts as prime time, they are in seven.

Sure, they will lose one they are supposed to win. They will win one they are supposed to lose. Everybody knows that. But the bottom line is when you go through the games, there aren’t many that you can point to as a clear loss — in fact, their might only be one or two at most.

Here is a week-by-week look at the schedule, with an early prediction for each game.

Week 1: Eagles at Detroit (Sunday, Sept. 11th, 1:00 pm)
Last year the Eagles went to Detroit and turned their season around. This year, they will go back to Detroit and get their season off with a big win. If there is one downside to Lions in Week 1 it is that they will still have some hope, as opposed to late in the season when they will be completely out of it. WIN (1-0)

Week 2: Eagles vs. Vikings (Monday Night Football, Sept. 19th, 8:30 pm)
Howie Roseman’s nightmare is watching Justin Jefferson put up big numbers his Eagles while Jalen Reagor sits on the sideline. Roseman will do everything he can to help the Eagles secondary make sure that doesn’t happen. Getting Kirk Cousins in primetime is a good outcome for the Eagles. WIN (2-0)

Week 3: Eagles at Washington (Sunday, Sept 25th, 1:00 pm)
The first matchup against Carson Wentz comes early in the season as most predicted, but surprisingly Wentz gets his first shot at his former team at home, not in Philadelphia. The Eagle are better than Washington. The only way Washington wins is if Wentz has a special game, but as Eagles fans saw over the years, that doesn’t often happen in big games. WIN (3-0)

Week 4: Eagles vs. Jacksonville (Sunday, Oct. 2nd, 1:00 pm)
Doug Pederson returns to Philadelphia with a much improved Jacksonville team. Each year there is a game on the schedule that looks like a win, but ends up being much more difficult than expected. This year it seems like Jacksonville has the best chance of being that game — especially if Trevor Lawrence improves. Plus, Pederson has a knack for coming away with wins in games that really matter — and this one will really matter to him. LOSS (3-1)

Week 5: Eagles at Arizona (Sunday, Oct. 9th, 4:25 pm)
Arizona seems set for a down season, considering the contract issues between the team and Kyler Murray, as well as the six-game suspension for DeAndre Hopkins. The Eagles luck out by getting the Cardinals during Hopkins’ suspension. This could feel like a home game for the Eagles. WIN (4-1)

Week 6: Eagles vs. Dallas (Sunday Night Football, Oct 16th, 8:20 pm)
The Cowboys are the favorite to win the NFC East and the Eagles biggest roadblock to getting a division title. Getting the first shot at the Cowboys at home is a big benefit for the Eagles. This one could be close, but in prime time, the Eagles get their biggest win of the young season. WIN (5-1)

Week 7: BYE WEEK
The Eagles sit at 5-1 at the Bye Week, a big turnaround from the 2-5 start they had last season.

Week 8: Eagles vs. Pittsburgh (Sunday, Oct. 30th, 1 pm)
Who is going to be the Steelers quarterback for this game? Getting Kenny Pickett in one of his first starts would be ideal. Either way, Jonathan Gannon showed last season he knows how to beat bad quarterbacks — and chances are the Steelers will be starting a bad quarterback, especially coming off of their Bye Week. WIN (6-1)

Week 9: Eagles at Houston (Thursday Night, Nov 3rd, 8:15 pm)
Houston is going to be one of the worst teams in the NFL again this season. If the Eagles are going to be competing for the NFC East title, and one of the top playoff spots, they need to win this game. Getting the Texans on the road on a short week is a bit of a tough draw, but the Eagles will have been home for the three weeks prior. WIN (7-1)

Week 10: Eagles vs. Washington (Monday Night Football, Nov. 14, 8:15 pm)
This is the game every Eagles fan will have circled on their schedule — the return of Wentz to Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles losing to Wentz at home in prime time seems extremely unlikely. If they do, and Wentz outplays Jalen Hurts, it is going to be an ugly week in Philadelphia. WIN (8-1)

Week 11: Eagles at Indianapolis (Sunday, Nov 20th, 1 pm)
This game is going to be a tough on. The Colts have a major upgrade at quarterback with Matt Ryan taking over for Carson Wentz. Plus, Frank Reich losing to his protege Nick Sirianni seems unlikely. LOSS (8-2)

Week 12: Eagles vs. Green Bay (Sunday Night Football, Nov 27th, 8:20 pm)
There really is no ideal time to get the Packers. Until Jonathan Gannon shows his defense can beat a good quarterback, however, picking the Eagles to beat Aaron Rodgers is unrealistic. The Eagles go through their first losing streak of the season with back-to-back losses. It will be their last losing streak of the season. LOSS (8-3)

Week 13: Eagles vs. Tennessee (Sunday, Dec. 4th, 1:00 pm)
The Eagles are built to beat the Titans. They had one of the best run defenses in the NFL last season and that should only improve with the additions of Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean. Plus, A.J. Brown isn’t losing his first game against his former team. The Titans aren’t an easy team to beat but no shot the Eagles lose all three to the Colts, Packers and Titans. WIN (9-3)

Week 14: Eagles at New York Giants (Sunday, Dec. 11th, 1:00 pm)
The Giants are going to improve now that they don’t have Joe Judge on the sideline. It might not be this season, however, as they still have major offensive line issues. This is a game the Eagles’ defensive line has to dominate. WIN (10-3)

Week 15: Eagles at Chicago (Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm)
Chicago has a rookie head coach and a quarterback in Justin Fields that still doesn’t have a full season of starting experience. It is going to be a rough year for Chicago, who should have nothing to play for but a better draft pick at this point of the season. WIN (11-3)

Week 16: Eagles at Dallas (Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th, 4:25 pm)
The Eagles always get smoked in Dallas. They are an improved team this year, but Jalen Hurts still has to prove he can go to Dallas be competitive — something he hasn’t done so far in his career.. Getting the Cowboys on the road this late in the season, especially as a third-straight road game, is maybe the only tough hand the Eagles were dealt by the schedule makers. LOSS (11-4)

Week 17: Eagles vs. New Orleans (Sunday, Jan 1st, 1:00 pm)
The Eagles have every incentive to win this game, considering a win not only helps them in the standings (duh), but it also improves the 1st-round draft pick the Saints will be giving them next year. Jalen Hurts is 2-0 in his career against the Saints. WIN (12-4)

Week 18: Eagles vs. New York Giants (Sat/Sun, Jan. 7th/8th, TBD)
The Eagles get their final game of the season against the worst team in the division. There is a good chance by now the Giants will have given up on the season, and if the Eagles need a win, this is perhaps the game they could have asked for to get it. WIN (13-4)

Overall: Are the Eagles actually going to win 13 games? Probably not. But one thing is very clear looking at the schedule — they have been given a chance to have a special season. Last season the Eagle showed they know how to win game they are supposed to win. For all of the criticism of Jonathan Gannon, his defense rarely struggled against bad quarterbacks, of which there are plenty of on the schedule this season. If Jalen Hurts improves, and the defensive line is better than last season, the Eagles are going to win a lot more games than they lose.

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at esp@94wip.com