Philadelphia Eagles Awarded Christmas Day Game As NFL Schedule Releases

Written By Corey Sharp on May 10, 2023 - Last Updated on May 12, 2023
The Eagles host the Giants on Christmas Day this season as the NFL schedule continues to release.

The Philadelphia Eagles 2023 schedule fully releases on Thursday night. Eagles fans can make plans to see their defending NFC champions, whether that’d be at Lincoln Financial Field or a road game.

Though the full schedule has not been unveiled, some of the top NFL reporters have been leaking key matchups during the season. The Eagles are already playing on the biggest holiday on the NFL calendar.

PA online sportsbooks also release odds for many of the games once the schedule is available. That means fans can bet on the Philadelphia Eagles when the full schedule is officially out.

Eagles host Giants on Christmas Day

The Eagles opened their playoff journey as a No. 1 seed in the NFC against the New York Giants. It wasn’t much of a contest, as the Eagles dominated in the Divisional Round 38-7.

On arguably the NFL’s biggest day of the season, the Eagles are hosting the Giants on Christmas Day at 4:30 p.m., according to reports.

The Eagles-Giants matchup is likely the second game of a holiday triple-header, which falls on a Monday this year. Last year, with Christmas on a Sunday, the NFL moved the majority of the slate to Saturday and had three games on Christmas Day starting at 1 p.m.

The Eagles are likely to get several more primetime games throughout the season, as well.

Philadelphia Eagles 2023 schedule

The Eagles had one of the easiest schedules last year, and took advantage of it by finishing 14-3 with the NFC’s No. 1 seed.

This season, they have the most difficult schedule in the NFL. The Eagles play nine teams that made the playoffs last year.

The NFL officially released the schedule. Here is the schedule from weeks 1-18:

  • Week 1: Sun. Sept. 10 at New England, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 2: Thurs. Sept. 14 vs. Minnesota, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 3: Mon. Sept. 25 at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 4: Sun. Oct. 1 vs. Washington, 1 p.m.
  • Week 5: Sun. Oct. 8 at L.A. Rams, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 6: Sun. Oct. 15 at N.Y. Jets, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 7: Sun. Oct. 22 vs. Miami, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 8: Sun. Oct. 29 at Washington, 1 p.m.
  • Week 9: Sun. Nov. 5 vs. Dallas, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 10: Bye
  • Week 11: Mon. Nov. 20 at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 12: Sun. Nov. 26 vs. Buffalo, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 13: Sun. Dec. 3 vs. San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 14: Sun. Dec. 10 at Dallas, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 15: Sun. Dec. 17 at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 16: Mon. Dec. 25 vs. N.Y. Giants, 4:30 p.m.
  • Week 17: Sun. Dec. 31 vs. Arizona, 1 p.m.
  • Week 18: TBD at N.Y. Giants, TBD

Schedule analysis and ranking 5 best Eagles games

On the surface, this Eagles schedule is significantly tougher than last season’s. Though the Eagles face nine playoff teams from last year, Tampa Bay is unlikely to be a threat after Tom Brady‘s retirement.

The Eagles play four night games and a fifth on Christmas Day, which essentially gives them five standalone games. They also play in the 4:25 p.m. time slot six times and only play three times at 1 p.m. As an east coast franchise, that’s the sign of a great team.

The Eagles are about dead center in the league when it comes to travel. They are traveling 17, 549 miles, which is 17th in the NFL. For perspective, the Seahawks are traveling 31,600 miles, the most in the league. The Eagles won’t have to get on the plane for the final three weeks of the season, playing two home games and traveling to North Jersey.

Ranking top 5 Eagles games in 2023

No. 5 – Week 14: Sun., Dec. 10 at Dallas, 8:20 p.m.

Any game against the Dallas Cowboys is automatically circled on the calendar. A Sunday night showdown in Jerry World with possible division implications is always must-see TV for Eagles fans, and football fans across the world.

No. 4 – Week 12: Sun., Nov. 26 vs. Buffalo, 4:25 p.m.

The Eagles hosting Josh Allen is another marquee matchup on the slate this season. It’ll mark the first contest against the Bills since 2019, when the Eagles won 31-13.

It’ll be Allen’s first time playing in Philadelphia, and the Eagles faithful will make sure he remembers what it’s like.

No. 3 – Week 13: Sun., Dec. 3 vs. San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

The Eagles dismantled the 49ers 31-7 in the NFC Championship. Although the 49ers essentially played without a quarterback for the majority of the game, credit the Eagles’ ferocious defense for injuring Brock Purdy and backup Josh Johnson.

Since the offseason, the 49ers have talked nonstop about the Eagles. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel has been on record calling Eagles first-team All-Pro cornerback James Bradberry “trash” and saying “we lost the NFC Championship because we played with 10 people.”

Samuel will have 12 weeks to be healthy and prove his point in Philadelphia in a NFC Championship rematch.

No. 2 – Week 11: Mon., Nov. 20 at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.

The Super Bowl rematch takes place right in the middle of the season in a Monday night showdown.

There doesn’t seem to be bad blood like there is between the Eagles and 49ers. Instead, this is simply a must-see matchup between Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes, as Andy Reid faces his former team he just beat in the Super Bowl.

The Eagles are getting extra rest coming off a bye, which should bode well for them.

No. 1 – Week 16: Mon., Dec. 25 vs. N.Y. Giants

It doesn’t matter who the Eagles go up against, playing on Christmas Day is special. The fact that it’s against the Giants does make it sweeter, especially after the NFC Divisional win last season.

The Eagles last played on Christmas Day in 2017, defeating the Raiders 19-10 on a Monday night. We all remember what happened that year. Perhaps the Eagles can channel their inner magic from 2017.

Photo by Matt Rourke / AP
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Corey Sharp is the Lead Writer at PlayPennsylvania bringing you comprehensive coverage of sports betting and gambling in Pennsylvania. Corey is a 4-for-4 Philly sports fan and previously worked as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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