DeSean Jackson and the Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 21, and the Birds are to play four night games in 2014.
The Philadelphia Eagles 2014 schedule released last night puts them right back in the NFL’s prime-time elite. It doesn’t matter if DeSean Jackson is there or not.
Jackson, who was released from the Eagles last month unexpectedly, wasted no time after signing with the Washington Redskins only a few days after.
The NFL did not look past this series of events when completing the 2014 schedule, as the Eagles will face Jackson in a nationally televised game.
For the Eagles, the result is four night games, a Thanksgiving away game against the Dallas Cowboys and a special Saturday afternoon national telecast on December 20 at the Redskins.
It seems that the NFL saved the more meaningful games for the Eagles later in the season, playing their final three games against each of their NFC East rivals. On December 14 they play Dallas at home, followed by two away games at Washington and the New York Giants.
The Eagles will get to keep still for a while after the Thanksgiving game but that means they will travel to Green Bay after a Monday night game, visit Dallas on Thanksgiving and visit the Redskins on a Saturday.
The Eagles will play five games against 2013 season playoff qualifiers and that includes a December 7 home game against Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
After the schedule released, owner Jeffrey Lurie released a statement and said, “We are all looking forward to this season and getting the schedule finalized today makes it all the more exciting for all of us and the fans. We have six scheduled nationally televised games this season and of those, two are on Sunday night and two are on Monday night.
“And for the sixth time in franchise history the Eagles will be playing on Thanksgiving — this time in Dallas. We even finish the season with three NFC East rivals in a row. I can’t wait.”
As the Eagles home stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, has undergone many renovations for the upcoming season, the opening game will be on September 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars then they will visit the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night, September 15.
The Eagles open at home with many spectacular renovations to Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, then visit the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night, Sept. 15.
The following week, they return home for a Sunday game against Jackson and the Redskins right before they visit the 49ers on September 28. The 49ers will be playing in their brand-new Levi’s Stadium.
They will host the St. Louis Rams on October 5 right before they compete against the New York Giants on October 5 on Sunday Night Football.
They will see an off week but that will be followed by back-to-back road trips at Arizona on October 26 and Houston on November 2.
On November 10, the Eagles will return to prime time when they host the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football.
For the sixth time in history and the first time since 2008, the Eagles will play on Thanksgiving against rival Dallas Cowboys. They will then host the Seahawks on December 7 before the rematches against all of their division opponents begins.
The league has seen some revisions, as the flexible-scheduling policy is different this year. Flex scheduling now applies starting in Week 5. This means that the start time of all the games, beginning with their home matchup against the Rams, are subject to change. This does not include the Thanksgiving game at Dallas or the December 20 game at Washington.
Below is the complete schedule for the Philadelphia Eagles 2014 season:
Sept. 7: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.
Sept. 15: at Indianapolis Colts, 8:30 p.m.
Sept. 21: vs. Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.
Sept. 28: at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
Oct. 5: vs. St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.
Oct. 12: vs. New York Giants, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 26: at Arizona Cardinals, 4:04 p.m.
Nov. 2: at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Nov. 10: vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 16: at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.
Nov. 23: vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.
Nov. 27: at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 7: vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.
Dec. 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 20: at Washington Redskins, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 28: at New York Giants, 1 p.m.