NFL Admits Eagles Got Screwed with Their Schedule This Year

I don’t know how Tim McManus does it, always getting someone to say something.

He always gets under Andy Reid’s skin at press conferences. He poked Michael Vick with his question about QB 7 owning a dog. And now, Philly Mag’s Eagles 24/7 blogger got the NFL to admit the Eagles drew the “short straw” this year with their schedule.

Yeah, he got the league to admit that the Eagles got screwed by having to play four teams coming off byes this season.

Here’s the statement the league issued to McManus:

The Eagles’ four games vs team coming off their byes includes this week’s game against ATL where the Eagles are also coming off their own bye.  Beginning in 2010, we began to focus specifically on ROAD games vs teams coming off their byes as that had proven to be a competitive disadvantage (.388 win pct in 2003-2009 as opposed to .426 for all road teams in those years), and have limited each team to a maximum of 2 road games per season vs a team coming off their bye.  This season, GB and BUF also play 2 road games vs teams off their byes.

We also try to keep in mind how recently these scheduling “inequities” have happened to a team, so while Philly has the short straw this season, their recent history is quite fair:
2011:  2 games vs teams off their bye (one home, one away)
2010:  1 game vs team off their bye (away)
2009:  no games vs teams off their bye

As far as having four total games vs teams coming off their byes in a single season, it happened to ATL in 2009 (2-2 in those games), to SD in 2005 (2-2), and to DAL in 2003 (3-1).


The Eagles playing four teams coming off byes are the least of their worries, because I’m not sure what their opponents did the week before really affects Vick’s ability to read a blitz, Reid’s ability to manage a clock, or Jason Babin’s ability to, you know, actually sack someone. Still, though, four games, including this Sunday against the Falcons, against teams coming off bye weeks is a tough draw. Some – the NFL – would call it a short straw.

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  • Hop Devil October 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    So over this season already. Best part now is waiting to see if Lurie was all talk. I’ll take the under.

  • k. October 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Local sports radio is eating this story up, so it was nice of Timmy to give everyone an easy line in the blame game should the Eagles lose again this week. More comforting, that, than admitting this team is nothing more than average, with an average quarterback, and an average head coach.

  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts October 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    excuses excuses

  • STFU October 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    just another fucking excuse
    Last year it was no camp
    – even though every team had the same issue.
    How many of those teams playing off-bye-week teams blew 10 point leads at home with 5:18 to go???
    get the fuck outta here

  • BigMikeySmallz October 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    It’s NOT four straight starting THIS Sunday. Come on Kyle… that’s just lazy. Didn’t the Steelers have a bye in Week 4… the week before they hosted the Eagles? Didn’t the Lions have a bye in Week 5… the week before they played the Eagles? This is actually the third of the four… and it’s kind of a wash because A) the Eagles had a bye week, too, and B) the Eagles are at home.
    BTW, the fourth is the Redskins… who have a bye in Week 10 befor hosting the Eagles.

  • Smack your face with your hand October 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Who’s using this as an excuse? What did I miss? Idiots…I swear some of you are fucking idiots sometimes.

  • Tom The Tie October 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Eagles player, organization & coaches love using excuses.

  • Tommy K October 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    It’s not an excuse, but what the NFL fails to realize in their explanation is Dallas, Atlanta, and San Diego did not play four straight games against teams coming oft the bye.

  • JZeus75 October 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Cry me a fucking river. When the Steelers had the hardest schedule IN NFL HISTORY, they won a super bowl. Don’t make excuses for this shitty team

  • JZeus75 October 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Hey smack your face with your hand, this whole article is an excuse you fucking idiot.

  • Tommy K October 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    And when I say bye, I mean four straight teams with extra rest in the form of a bye or playing on Thursday night the week before.

  • Candy from the Oak October 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    weak excuse, next they’re say Andy is a good father

  • Irwin R Schyster October 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Tim McMaManus needs to pay his fair share of taxes

  • Christian Stengal October 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    My TBC soccer team never made excuses when we played 3 road games in 5 days .. Weak Andy

  • BigMikeySmallz October 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Guys, it’s NOT four straight. It was/is Weeks 5, 6, 8, and 11… and you can’t really count Week 8 because the Eagles had a bye in Week 7, too. This is a total non-issue bullshit story. Bottom line is the O-line has to block and Vick has to stop putting the ball on the ground or it doesn’t matter who we play or when.

  • JMB October 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Um…the Eagles have an incredibly soft schedule this year. The Lions, the Browns and the Buccaneers? College teams could compete with those guys. The NFC East is extremely mediocre, that’s six games right there. So, basically 9 out of six games should have essentially been easy victories for them.
    They get the Falcons after the bye, after that a Saints team that the NFL decimated with suspensions. This schedule is cake. They should have had a 12-4 schedule just based on how weak their schedule is. Even now, they should finish no worse than 11-5. The schedule from here on out is extremely soft and, don’t forget, this is a Dynasty.
    Tim McManus should stop with his Eagles propaganda and actually try reporting objectively.

  • JMB October 24, 2012 at 9:16 am

    ***9 out of SIXTEEN….

  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts October 24, 2012 at 10:23 am


  • Al TRU October 24, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Atlanta hasnt played tough team yet. Matt Ryan is a good QB. Is this game a turning point for Reid & Co. ?
    ” Every time we call it a game, you call it a business; every time we call it a business, you call it a game…you’re all chickenshit cocksuckers”
    – North Dallas Forty

  • do a better job October 24, 2012 at 10:43 am

    does this site get ever get updated more than 3 times a day? do a better job

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