Boy, the NFL scheduling gods really didn’t do the Eagles any favors this season, huh?
That’s because this year, the NFC East just so happens to match up against the NFC West and the AFC North, two divisions with a combined record of 27-11-1 and a point differential of +203 (avg. +25.4/team). Meanwhile the NFC East is a miserable 4-15-1 with a -154 point differential (avg. -38.5/team). Yikes.
Luckily, the Eagles get to play six games against that dreadful NFC East, but unfortunately they’re already 0-1 in those games after dropping the opener to Washington. And against the only team in those other two divisions with a losing record or a negative point differential (the Bengals), the Birds managed just a tie. (Yes, their lone win did come against the 49ers, but San Fran was without its starting quarterback and top running back and is currently the worst team in the NFC West.)
After taking on the Steelers last week, and ultimately falling short despite keeping it close for most of the game, the Eagles will now face the Baltimore Ravens, who may be in second place in their own division to Pittsburgh, but still boast the best point differential in all of football (+73) by a fairly wide margin — and that includes their two-touchdown loss to the Chiefs earlier this season, their only defeat of the season.
Now, the Ravens will make the short trip up I-95 to play the Eagles in a game in which they’re favored by more than