Philadelphia Eagles Schedule: The Good and the Bad

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistApril 19, 2013

Dec 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field.  Th Redskins defeated the Eagles, 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Now that we know the Philadelphia Eagles' 2013 schedule, complete with dates and times, we've been able to add to our analysis regarding their opponents by taking momentum and scenarios into account in a game-by-game breakdown

Let's go macro now with a look at the good and the bad with regard to Philly's 2013 sked.

The Good: Easy-Looking Finish

Four of Philadelphia's final six games come at home, and four of its final five opponents after its Week 12 bye didn't make the playoffs last year. 

During that final five-game run, it gets Arizona, Detroit and Chicago at home. The Bears have struggled late each of the last two years, while the Cardinals and Lions were a combined 3-13 on the road last season. Minnesota on the road won't be easy, but it always plays the Cowboys tough in Dallas.

The Good: Well-Timed Bye

Playing 11 straight weeks to start the season won't be easy, but having such a late bye could be huge if the Eagles are competitive this year. This will give them a chance to get healthy and rest up before a potential playoff run in the wide-open NFC East.

The Bad: Tough Start

The Eagles will be adjusting to a completely new offense and defense in 2012, but they won't have a chance to make those adjustments against easy competition. Four of their first six games come on the road, and their first three games fall within a 10-day span. 

Three of those road games fall against teams that finished .500 or better last year (Washington, Denver and the Giants were 16-8 at home in 2012), with the fourth coming against the Bucs. They also get challenges against the Chargers and Chiefs

On the bright side of that, at least they get their one Thursday game out of the way in Week 3.