We will still have to wait a few more weeks until the NFL releases this year's regular season schedule, but the opponents for the Eagles' four preseason games have been set. Three of the four contests will feature some of the usual suspects that the Birds traditionally face in their tune-up games including New England and the New York Jets from the AFC East.
Philadelphia's preseason will get underway against Chicago with a trip to Soldier Field in Week 1. The last time these two got together was last December at Lincoln Financial Field in Week 16 of the regular season and the Eagles put on a clinic in how the game is supposed to be played with their most dominant victory of the 2013 season. When the smoke cleared the Birds ended-up on top 54-11.
Last year, Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly joined forces with New England's Bill Belichick to stage a series of inter-squad practices before both teams opened the preseason at the Linc. Look for the same arrangement this August as the two teams will mots likely get together for a few days before a Week 2 tilt in Foxboro this time around.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are back on the schedule after a one-year hiatus in the Eagles' preseason home opener at the Linc. The third week of preseason games is traditionally the final dress rehearsal in which the starters tend to play deeper into the second half. The Eagles will be going up against a Steelers' team that has missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000.
The Jets are the lone staple on the Birds' preseason schedule. This year's annual clash will take place in Philadelphia in the final outing before the games start counting for real the first weekend in September.