In 2020 the Philadelphia Eagles went 1-4-1 to start their first six games and the 2021 Eagles went 2-4 in their first six games. It seems that despite coaching, the team is destined for slow starts most seasons.
Going into the 2022 NFL season, the Eagles have the second or third easiest strength of schedule and an improved roster. Let’s hope these are signs the tide is turning, and predict the first six games on their schedule for 2022.
The same old
Lions Kitty Cats?
In week one, the Eagles head to Ford Field to open their season against the Detroit Lions. If there’s another team notorious for slow starts or not starting at all for that matter, it’s the Lions.
The Lions are improving and Dan Campbell is a passionate coach, but he went 3-13-1 in his first season. There is yet to see proof that Campbell can actually coach or lead a team.
- Despite a great offseason of re-signing homegrown talent, adding wide receiver DJ Chark, and drafting Aidan Hutchinson, it won’t be enough.
- A great offseason won’t be able to mask Jared Goff’s shortcomings, especially with skill players and an offensive line inferior to the Eagles.
Kei’s Week 1 Prediction: ((Eagles 31, Lions 20)) – WIN
Hosting Kirk Cousins under the lights
Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings come to Philly in week 2, for the Eagles’ home opener.
The Vikings finished 8-9 in 2021, and now have a rookie head coach in Kevin O’Connell. Despite the Vikings having several tremendous skill players on each side of the ball – their offensive line, defense, and coaching are still giant question marks.
The Eagles’ newly-added talent at the defensive tackle and end positions could prove to be big trouble for Cousins and Minnesota’s unproven offensive line.
More bad news for SKOL: Kirk Cousins-led teams are 8-17 in primetime games.
Love those odds for the Eagles.
Kei’s Week 2 Prediction: ((Eagles 31, Vikings 24)) – WIN
Don’t call it a comeback. Hello, old friend.
The NFL is an unpredictable beast. After last season, the Colts made it quite clear they were shopping Carson Wentz around the league. But nobody would have guessed that the former Eagles QB and 2017 MVP candidate, would be suiting up with a division rival, the Washington Commanders.
Although I expect a gritty week 3 game in Landover, it feels like a letdown after an emotionally charged primetime win over Minnesota.
- Washington has an improved offensive line that can aid Carson Wentz’s talent level.
- In fact, this is the best quarterback Washington has put on the field in many years.
- Even with his flaws, we know the talent is there somewhere.
- Eagles fans saw the potential first-hand when Wentz carried the team on his back to NFC’s #1-seed.
Like it or not, without Carson Wentz’s MVP-level play in 2017, the road to Super Bowl LII would have been much harder. Perhaps things may have even panned out a bit differently.
But fortunately for us, it didn’t!
Even though I feel the Eagles will drop this game, I believe they will eventually get revenge in week 10 and split with the Commanders for the season.
Kei’s Week 3 Prediction: ((Commanders, 24, Eagles 21)) – LOSS
Welcome back, Dougie-P!
Many Birds fans are looking forward to the Eagles’ week 4 matchup this season and it has nothing to do with facing an unproven Jacksonville Jaguars team. Fans are already chomping at the bit to welcome former Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson, with a very warm, very loud, and very-deserved ovation.
Doug will always be a hero in this city for what he did. But don’t worry, after all, Eagles fans have a reputation to uphold.
So after the new head coach of the Jaguars receives his heartfelt tribute from the Eagles organization and is showered in love from the fans, the opening kickoff will signify that it’s time to get mean again.
Then, the boo-BIRDS will make their return and all will be ‘Sunny in Philadelphia’ again.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were actually pretty busy this offseason. They signed some key skill position players on offense, which may prove to be quite a challenge for the new and improved Eagles defense.
- With that said, the Jaguars were the worst team in 2021 for a reason.
- Doug Pederson is a huge upgrade over Urban Meyer and can make the most with what he has, but he’s not a miracle worker.
- Quarterback Trevor Lawrence showed flashes in 2021, but threw more interceptions than touchdowns.
- He could very much take a step forward, just not this early in the season.
Kei’s Week 4 Prediction: ((Eagles 35, Jaguars 17)) – WIN
A date in the desert. Birdgang.
In week 5, the Eagles head to Phoenix to take on the Arizona Cardinals. The Eagles will now have to defend Hollywood Brown, instead of All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who will be serving a suspension.
Kliff Kingsbury is also a huge concern for the Cardinals, but he does have a 67% win percentage in his first half-season. The Cardinals’ offseason left a lot to be desired as they watched Christian Kirk and Chandler Jones leave for other teams.
- One also wonders if the Kyler Murray situation will potentially distract the rest of the team.
- The improved Eagles defensive line and secondary hold Kyler Murray, the running backs, and Brown at bay here.
- No Hopkins takes the pressure off.
Kei’s Week 5 Prediction: ((Eagles 28, Cardinals 21)) – WIN
A prime-time rivalry. Birds vs Boys.
Prepare to sweat. Week 6 gives us a prime-time showdown at Lincoln Financial Field.
t’s the Philadelphia Eagles vs the HATED Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys lost key players in Randy Gregory, La’el Collins, and the Eagle-killer Amari Cooper this offseason.
- With Dallas arguably weaker on the defensive line, Jalen Hurts should use his legs to make plays.
- The Eagles must lean on the All-Pro (ALL WORLD!) offensive line and use the strength of their running game to control time of possession.
- Philadelphia defensive backs will see a different effort against Cowboy receivers, with no Cooper, and Gallup still recovering from an ACL injury.
- HOT TAKE >>> Jake Elliott is the Week-6 hero and the Birds win.
- Although a split likely happens with the Cowboys this year.
Kei’s Week 6 Prediction: ((Eagles 30, Cowboys 28)) – WIN
Keiana Williams Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles win/loss record after six weeks: 5 WINS – 1 LOSS
The Eagles will not be haunted by the ghosts of schedules past and start slow in 2022.
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