Since football has finally returned, I figured it would be fun to dive into the Philadelphia Eagles’ grueling schedule and rank the five most intriguing games. This is a season that the Eagles and their fans are not used to. The franchise is coming off of it’s first Super Bowl victory and it will be interesting to see how they respond to the all the hype and if they have a Super Bowl hangover like some teams suffer from. I have high hopes that they will not go through that. Doug Pederson does a great job at keeping his men grounded.

5. First up on the list is the Week 6 brawl on October 11th against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Thursday night games tend to be pretty ugly and I expected nothing less in this game between these NFC East rivals. The Birds will be coming off of an emotional game against the Minnesota Vikings just four days prior. And for one reason or another, the Giants just played the Eagles very tough last season. With a revamped offensive line and a healthy Odell Beckham, it will be interesting to see how this Eagles squad responds.

4. Next up will be the Week 11 matchup against the Saints in New Orleans. Thanks to Doug Pederson winning a bet with Sean Payton, the Eagles will wear their home green jerseys that day. A jersey they were 8-1 in last season. Let’s be real, though. In my opinion, the team in the NFC that truly scares me the most as an Eagles fan, is Drew Brees and the Saints. I like the Vikings and the Rams, but with Brees not getting any younger and the way their season ended last year makes me feel that they will be even hungrier this year. This game will tell us a lot if we have to face them again in January.

3. We all love the Eagles/Cowboys rivalry. We call it “Dallas Week” here in Philly. The first time these two teams face off will be on November 11th, a Sunday night showdown at Lincoln Financial Field. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a meaningful Cowboys game at the Linc since September of 2015, so this one will be special. The crowd will be JUMPING. We couldn’t really enjoy this rivalry last season because the Eagles thrashed a Zeek-less Cowboys team and then Dallas slept walked to a 6-0 victory against the Birds’ 3rd stringers in Week 17. But with running back Ezekiel Elliott expected to play all 16 games this year, it should make for some more exciting games.

2. I have to go Week 5 here. “America’s Game of the Week” on Fox is always great. This time, it will be the rematch of the NFC Championship from a season ago. The Minnesota Vikings will strut into Lincoln Financial Field with their new QB in Kirk Cousins. Cousins is familiar with the Eagles and the Eagles are familiar with Cousins. Given his career record against teams above .500 is less than impressive, I like the Eagles’ chances in this one.

1. At #1 on my list is just what you guessed, the banner game. The Eagles will take on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, September 6th to kick their season off. That’s the day where it will finally feel real that the Eagles are Super Bowl champions. That banner will be a beautiful edition to the Linc. What makes it even better is that you get to drop it in front of a team you beat in the Divisional round of the playoffs. The same team that blew a 28-3 lead in Super LI.