Philadelphia Eagles 2022 schedule: Easy first month could lead to fast start

Jalen Hurts and the Eagles have the third-easiest schedule based on opponents' 2021 winning percentage. Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles' 2022 schedule was released along with the rest of the NFL slate Thursday.

The 2022 NFL season will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 8 with the Buffalo Bills vs. the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. ESPN opens its schedule with Monday Night Football on Sept. 12 featuring the Denver Broncos at the Seattle Seahawks.

The NFL expanded to 17 regular-season games last season. The final regular-season games for the 2022 season will be played Jan. 8, 2023. The playoffs begin Jan. 14 and continue through Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona.

Here's what's in store for the Eagles:


Sept. 11: at Detroit

Sept. 19: vs. Minnesota (MNF)

Sept. 25: at Washington

Oct. 2: vs. Jacksonville

Oct. 9: at Arizona

Oct. 16: vs. Dallas (SNF)

Oct. 23: Bye

Oct. 30: vs. Pittsburgh

Nov. 3: at Houston (TNF)

Nov. 14: vs. Washington (MNF)

Nov. 20: at Indianapolis

Nov. 27: vs. Green Bay (SNF)

Dec. 4: vs. Tennessee

Dec. 11: at N.Y. Giants

Dec. 18: at Chicago

Dec. 24: at Dallas

Jan. 1: vs. New Orleans

Jan. 9: vs. New York Giants

Strength of schedule: 30th, .464

Biggest takeaway

The Eagles have a chance to get off to a fast start, which has been a problem since winning the Super Bowl in 2017. Through seven games in each of the last four season, the Eagles’ best record is 3-4. They were 2-4-1 in former coach Doug Pederson’s final season and they were 2-5 in Nick Sirianni’s first, although they rallied to make the playoffs. Philadelphia’s first four games come against teams with losing records a year ago, and while their next two games are against 2021 playoff teams, they are winnable against Arizona and Dallas. With a three-game road swing in December, the Eagles will want to get off to the fast start -- even if two of those three road games are against the Giants (4-13 in 2021) and Chicago (6-11).

Revenge game

There are plenty to choose from. New wide receiver A.J. Brown seeing his former team, the Titans, in December. Pederson’s return to Philadelphia with the Jaguars in October. Two games against former starting Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. His first game back in Philadelphia after his trade last year to the Indianapolis Colts on Nov. 14 will be, shall we say, interesting. With a Monday Night Football audience, will Eagles fans be kind to their former first-round pick or will they roast him for not living up to the massive contract he signed in 2019? And given how Wentz has performed recently, will he even be the Commanders’ starting quarterback by that point of the season?

What the oddsmakers think

The oddsmakers have the Eagles’ win total at nine. Considering the strength of schedule based off last year’s win percentages and the fact they won nine games last season, it might be a little low, especially since the trade for Brown that should help quarterback Jalen Hurts in his second full-season as the starting quarterback.

Bold prediction

The Saints (whose 2023 first-round pick belongs to Philly) will miss the playoffs and the Eagles will have a 2023 first-round pick inside the top 16, allowing GM Howie Roseman the chance to make a major play for a quarterback should Hurts not get the job done this season.