— The Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) are the only team in the with three consecutive road games on the schedule this season, and coach Doug Pederson is pumped up about it.

“I was excited [when I found out],” he joked. “Get on the road, three great hotels.”

The trip starts this week at the Minnesota Vikings (1 p.m. ET, Fox) and is followed by games at the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills. It’s a gauntlet of a stretch that could end up defining the Eagles’ 2019 season.

One of the primary reasons the Eagles are on the road for the rest of October? The Philadelphia Phillies. The Phils’ prospects of making a deep postseason push looked strong back in the spring amid an offseason spending spree highlighted by the Bryce Harper acquisition. When the league believes neighboring and football teams have a good chance of playing on the same day, they opt for a “stadium block” and don’t schedule a home game for that week.

“We usually ignore when it comes to stadium blocks,” senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations Howard Katz told Peter King in April, “but I don’t think we can this year.”

Having three consecutive road games is not all that rare in and of itself. Three teams — the Ravens, Rams and Saints — were on the road for three straight last season, and there were eight teams in 2017 with three consecutive away games.

And October coicts come with the territory for teams that share a downtown footprint and municipal services with their counterparts, a group that includes Dallas, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle, , Kansas City and, to a lesser extent, Detroit. Oakland is the lone remaining place where the teams share a stadium, which helps explain why the Raiders’ October schedule reads like this: 24-21 win vs. Chicago (London), Week 6 bye, at Green Bay, at Houston.

The learned from history when it comes to . Back in 2009, they had to move the Giants at Eagles game from the late to the early game as advanced deep into the postseason. They were trying to avoid similar scheduling gymnastics this time around.

The good news for the Eagles is that once they get through October, they will have to get on a plane only once the rest of the way (at in Week 13) and play five of their last eight at home.

So while the Eagles might be cursing under their breath for the next few weeks, and schedule-makers could be back in their good graces once the calendar flips — assuming this road swing doesn’t derail them.


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