This past week, tickets for the Philadelphia Eagles regular-season games went on sale. As expected, the tickets sold out very quickly, despite the Eagles holding one of the hardest schedules in all the league. However, with a high strength of schedule comes exciting matchups for every football fans to look forward to. While every game is just as important as the one before it, there are certainly some match-ups that the players, fans and coaches will be preparing just a little-bit extra for.
Here are the top-five most hype-worthy Eagles games during the 2018 regular-season.
- Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (Week 1, September 6th)
On their way to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history. the Eagles had to first get through the high-powered Falcons offense. The game came down to the final minutes, which saw the Falcons offense take three consecutive shots at the end-zone, all of which came up short. The Eagles win saw them advance to the NFC Championship game, where they ultimately clinched a Super Bowl spot. This year, the two teams will meet once again. The Falcons ended their year in Philadelphia, and in 2018 find themselves back again to start off their new season. Certainly, retribution will be on the minds of the Falcons, but it may not be enough to topple the defending Super Bowl Champions who will certainly have momentum and a rowdy Philadelphia crowd on their side.
- Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants (Week 6, October 11th)
Sometimes the only thing more entertaining than a good-story, is a classic rivalry. After a disappointing 3-13 last season, the New York Giants are looking to rebound in 2018. In Week 6, they will host the first of two games with the Eagles. This game will be a special Thursday Night Football edition that will pit one of the league’s best defenses against a dynamic offense. Injuries plagued the Giants last season, but they are hoping that the returning Odell Beckham Jr. and second-overall draft pick Saquon Barkley will be enough to reignite the fire in New York. While it is certainly too early to say what the Giants will look like come Week 6, it is without question that both sides will be looking forward to this primetime matchup in the Meadowlands, where history has proven that anything can happen.
- Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagle (Week 5, October 7th)
In perhaps the biggest revenge game of the season, the Minnesota Vikings will return to the stadium in which they saw their Super Bowl hopes dashed. The Vikings were on the losing end of a 38-7 route, which saw Eagles quarterback Nick Foles throw for 352 yards and three scores. However, this time around it will most likely be a returning Carson Wentz under center for the Eagles. Unfortunately, an ACL injury caused Carson Wentz to be regulated to the sidelines for the teams last meeting. This time, he will be looking to prove that he too can lead the Eagles past one of their biggest threats in the conference. However, Carson Wentz will not be the only new quarterback for this game. Kirk Cousins signed a free-agent contract with the Vikings this offseason and replaces current Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. The number of story lines that will be talked about throughout the week leading up to it make this game a must-watch for any football fan.
- Philadelphia Eagles vs Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 8, October 28th)
Mid-way through the season, two of the most surprising teams from last year will do battle outside of the United States. NFL teams have played in annual international games every year since 2007. And in 2018 the Eagles and Jaguars will face off against each other in London, England. The Jaguars went from 3-13 to the AFC Championship game in just one year mostly due to their stellar defense and bruising rushing attack. The two teams now will meet for the first time since the opening week of the 2014 season where the Eagles won 34-17. This mid-season matchup should be a good one for all fans to enjoy, but will serve as a true test for both teams as they look to male their playoff runs.
- Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams (Week 15, December 16th)
In 2016, the Los Angeles Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the draft. The very next pick, the Eagles took their franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz. Fast forward only two years later and both have guided their respective teams to be potentially the two biggest Super Bowl threats in the NFC. With a matchup looming late in the year, both squads may be looking at this game as a must-win to solidify their playoff dreams. Additionally, it was around this exact time last season where Carson Wentz tore his ACL in Los Angeles, which ultimately ended his great season prematurely. This game will have enough drama, story lines, high-stake, and most importantly great football to make it one of the marquee games to watch in 2018.