The 7 most important games on the Eagles board

Jalen Hurts enters his third season as a pro and second year as a full-time starter for Philadelphia with increased expectations for 2022.

Hurts has guns following the addition of AJ Brown and a franchise that has reaffirmed its trust in him several times this offseason.

The Eagles have one of the more favorable game schedules in the NFL, and Hurts is the biggest winner, with a setup that should allow the talented quarterback to build on leading the franchise to a postseason performance.

All games matter, but the seven games listed below could have a significant impact on Philadelphia’s postseason plans for 2022 and beyond.

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The season opener against a rebuilding franchise that has had back-to-back top 7 picks is the perfect opportunity to build continuity and confidence on offense.

Philadelphia dominated Detroit in 2021 and anything but a repeat performance could raise concerns about the looming Vikings and Commanders early in the season.

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The Vikings are a solid organization, and if the Eagles are looking to make the next move under quarterback Jalen Hurts, Monday night’s matchup offers a physical preseason preview of what Jonathan Gannon’s retooled defense against explosive and dynamic attacks will look like.

Philadelphia fans and staff will get an up-close look at All-Pro wide receiver Justin Jefferson for the first time.

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The NFC East is running through Dallas and Philadelphia is 1-3 in their last four matchups against Dak Prescott and co. The Eagles are fast becoming division favorites, but they have to prove it on the field and a home game is prime time the perfect opportunity.

The Philadelphia Eagles have an all-time record of 53-69 against the Cowboys.

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Carson Wentz is returning to Philadelphia for the first time since moving to Indianapolis and will be looking for one of his best performances against his former team on Monday Night Football.

Washington is a dark horse team in the NFC East and the Eagles, particularly quarterback Jalen Hurts, can’t afford a clunky performance in front of home fans.

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The Packers are always the benchmark in the NFC, and if the Eagles want home field advantage or a high seed in the playoffs, they need to face their NFC North rival in late November.

The Philadelphia Eagles have an all-time 15-28 record against the Packers and have lost two of their last five.

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In a revenge matchup for AJ Brown against his former team, the Titans, Philadelphia will look impressive against a tough and physical AFC opponent.

For his part, Brown will look to dominate his former teammates while outplaying first-round Treylon Burks.

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If all goes according to plan, the Eagles should be in the middle of the NFC East and NFC playoff race, with Philadelphia likely to have to keep up with Dallas and Green Bay for a potential third or fourth seed.

The Giants are improving, but 2022 should be a year of growth and the season finale could mean a lot for both teams.

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