NFL schedule 2018: Each team’s biggest game

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Philadelphia Eagles: at New Orleans Saints

There are some good options for what should be the biggest game on the reigning Super Bowl champions’ 2018 schedule, with a couple home playoff rematches from last year, a few difficult-looking road games and a trip to London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on the slate. I’m going with one of those traditional road games, against the Saints.

If not for the aforementioned “Minneapolis Miracle” in the Divisional Round against the Vikings, the Saints would have been headed to Lincoln Financial Field for the NFC Championship Game against Philadelphia. It’s easy to suggest New Orleans’ more-balanced offensive formula and an improved defense, along with a far superior signal caller in Drew Brees, would have been enough to beat the Eagles and effectively end the “Nick Foles-Super Bowl MVP” Cinderella story before it even started.

Particularly if Carson Wentz is available for Philadelphia coming off his torn ACL, there will plenty of offense on display for Eagles-Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It will surely be a “game of the year” candidate in that case, and a reference point for NFC playoff positioning when it’s all said and done regardless of Wentz’s playing status.