2016 Philadelphia Eagles Season
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2016 Philadelphia Eagles Season
2016 Philadelphia Eagles season
OwnerJeffrey Lurie
Head coachDoug Pederson
General managerHowie Roseman
Home fieldLincoln Financial Field
Local radioWIP-FM
Division place4th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-ProsEDGE Brandon Graham (2nd team)
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The 2016 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 84th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Doug Pederson. The Eagles named 2nd overall pick Carson Wentz the starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. The Eagles started 3-0 including a 34-3 win over their intrastate rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Following their Week 4 bye week, the Eagles went 4-9, including a 2-4 record against their divisional rivals. Following a 27-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15, the Eagles were eliminated from playoff contention for the third consecutive season and fourth time in five seasons, however, as of 2019, this is the most recent season that the Eagles have missed the playoffs.

Roster changes

Free agents

Position Player Tag 2016 Team Notes
WR Seyi Ajirotutu UFA TBD
CB E.J. Biggers UFA New England Patriots Signed 1-year deal
QB Sam Bradford UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 2-year deal/$36 million deal
CB Nolan Carroll UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1-year deal
DE Vinny Curry UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 5-year deal/$47.25 million deal
ILB Najee Goode UFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1-year deal
QB Thad Lewis UFA San Francisco 49ers Signed 1-year deal
C David Molk RFA None Player Retired
DE Cedric Thornton UFA Dallas Cowboys Signed 4-year/$18 million deal
S Walter Thurmond UFA None Player Retired
OT Matt Tobin RFA Philadelphia Eagles Signed 1-year /$1.6 million deal
Player re-signed by the Eagles

Free agent signings

Position Player Tag 2015 Team Date signed Notes
RB Ross Scheuerman UFA Free Agent January 21 Signed[1]
WR Xavier Rush UFA None February 18
CB Aaron Grymes UFA Edmonton Eskimos February 18
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson UFA San Francisco 49ers February 18


CB Leodis McKelvin UFA Buffalo Bills March 8 Signed 2 year/$6 million deal
S Rodney McLeod UFA St. Louis Rams March 9 Signed 5 year/$37 million deal
QB Chase Daniel UFA Kansas City Chiefs March 9 Signed 3 year/$21 million deal
OG Brandon Brooks UFA Houston Texans March 9 Signed 5 year/$40 million deal
LB Nigel Bradham UFA Buffalo Bills March 9 Signed 2-year deal
CB Ron Brooks UFA Buffalo Bills March 9 Signed 3-year deal
WR Chris Givens UFA Baltimore Ravens March 16 Signed 1-year deal
WR Rueben Randle UFA New York Giants March 23 Signed 1-year deal
C Stefen Wisniewski UFA Jacksonville Jaguars April 4 Signed 1-year deal
P Ryan Quigley UFA New York Jets April 18 Signed 1-year deal
WR T. J. Graham UFA New Orleans Saints April 22 Signed 1-year deal


Roster changes

The Eagles cut wide receiver Riley Cooper on February 8, 2016.[3] They later cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans on February 24, 2016.[4]


2016 Philadelphia Eagles Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 2 Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
3 79 Isaac Seumalo OG Oregon State
5 153 Wendell Smallwood RB West Virginia
164 Halapoulivaati Vaitai OT TCU
6 196 Blake Countess CB Auburn
7 233 Jalen Mills S LSU
240 Alex McCalister DE Florida
251 Joe Walker LB Oregon
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


  • The Eagles traded their second-round selection, along with a 2015 fourth-round selection and quarterback Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the Rams' 2015 fifth-round selection and quarterback Sam Bradford.
  • The Eagles acquired an additional third-round selection in a trade that sent their 2015 fourth-round selection to the Detroit Lions.
  • The Eagles conditionally acquired an additional fifth-round selection in a trade that sent cornerback Brandon Boykin to the Pittsburgh Steelers; the condition could have upgraded to a fourth-rounder if Boykin played at least 60% of the snaps with the Steelers during the 2015 season, but he did not.
  • The Eagles conditionally acquired an additional seventh-round selection in a trade that sent quarterback Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals; the Eagles were to only receive this selection if Barkley was on the Cardinals' 2015 roster for at least six games, which was fulfilled on October 17, 2015.

Undrafted free agents


Final roster



Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 August 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17-9 1-0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
2 August 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 17-0 2-0 Heinz Field Recap
3 August 27 at Indianapolis Colts W 33-23 3-0 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 September 1 New York Jets W 14-6 4-0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
1 September 11 Cleveland Browns W 29-10 1-0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
2 September 19 at Chicago Bears W 29-14 2-0 Soldier Field Recap
3 September 25 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34-3 3-0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
4 Bye
5 October 9 at Detroit Lions L 23-24 3-1 Ford Field Recap
6 October 16 at Washington Redskins L 20-27 3-2 FedExField Recap
7 October 23 Minnesota Vikings W 21-10 4-2 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
8 October 30 at Dallas Cowboys L 23-29 (OT) 4-3 AT&T Stadium Recap
9 November 6 at New York Giants L 23-28 4-4 MetLife Stadium Recap
10 November 13 Atlanta Falcons W 24-15 5-4 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
11 November 20 at Seattle Seahawks L 15-26 5-5 CenturyLink Field Recap
12 November 28 Green Bay Packers L 13-27 5-6 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
13 December 4 at Cincinnati Bengals L 14-32 5-7 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
14 December 11 Washington Redskins L 22-27 5-8 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
15 December 18 at Baltimore Ravens L 26-27 5-9 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
16 December 22 New York Giants W 24-19 6-9 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
17 January 1 Dallas Cowboys W 27-13 7-9 Lincoln Financial Field Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Cleveland Browns

The Eagles kicked off the 2016 season against the Cleveland Browns. 2nd Overall pick Carson Wentz made his debut. The Eagles started off well. Wentz threw his 1st career TD to Jordan Matthews. Caleb Sturgis missed a field goal in the 1st Quarter but did made one early in the 2nd Quarter to extend the lead to 10-0. The Browns would respond early in the 2nd quarter with an Isaiah Crowell 1 yard TD to cut the Eagles lead to 10-7. The Eagles only managed to kick another Sturgis field goal in the 2nd Quarter which resulted in a 13-7 lead at halftime. The Browns then kicked another field goal to change the score to 13-10. Midway through the 3rd Quarter, a bad snap by Browns center Cameron Erving went over the head of Quarterback Robert Griffin III and into the end zone for a safety and it extended the Eagles lead to 15-10. Following that drive, Wentz and the offense went back to work . Wentz threw his 2nd TD to Nelson Agholor to change the score to 22-10. The Eagles mainly burned out the clock in the 4th quarter to weaken the Browns hopes of a comeback. Ryan Mathews sealed the game with a 1-yard TD to make the final score 29-10.

With the win, the Eagles opened the season 1-0.

Week 2: at Chicago Bears

Following their big win at home, the Eagles trailed to Illinois to square off Jay Cutler and the Bears in Soldier Field. The Bears scored a touchdown early in the 2nd Quarter by Jeremy Langford. The Eagles only got away with 3 field goals throughout the first half leading 9-7 at the half. However, things turned around in the 2nd half. Cutler fumbled early in the 3rd quarter setting up a Ryan Mathews 3 yard touchdown to increase the Eagles lead to 16-7. On the Bears' next drive, Cutler threw an interception to Linebacker Nigel Bradham to set up a touchdown from Carson Wentz to Tight End Trey Burton to increased their lead to 22-7. (Kicker Caleb Sturgis missed the extra point.) Cutler left the game with a thumb injury. Backup Brian Hoyer came to relief him. Early in the 4th quarter, Jeremy Langford fumbled giving the Eagles the ball at the Bears 47 yard line. The Eagles mainly burned out the clock throughout the 4th quarter. Mathews ran for another touchdown to extend their lead to 29-7. Eddie Royal returned a punt for a touchdown with 5 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. However, the Eagles pulled away the game to end their chances.

With the win, the Eagles moved to 2-0 and tying the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East.

Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Eagles returned home to face their long time state rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Eagles blocked a Chris Boswell field goal to deny 3 points. The Eagles drew first blood with a Caleb Strugis field goal to make the score 3-0. Early in the 2nd quarter, Rookie Quarterback Carson Wentz threw a 12-yard touchdown to Jordan Matthews to add to their lead. The Steelers finally got on board with a Chris Boswell field goal which turned out to be the only scoring play for the Steelers. Strugis notched another field goal to extend their lead to 13-3 at the half. Then, early in the 2nd Half, Wentz threw a 73-yard touchdown to running back Darren Sproles to extend their lead to 20-3. After a Steelers 3 and out, rookie running back Wendell Smallwood scored his first career rushing touchdown and it extend to Eagles lead to 27-3. On the Steelers next drive, veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fumbled the football which the Eagles recovered. The Eagles would score a Kenjon Barner rushing touchdown to create a stunning 31 point lead. The Eagles defense shut down the Steelers offense. Roethlisberger threw an interception to Rodney McLeod late in the game as the Eagles pulled away a huge 34-3 win.

With the win, The Eagles headed into their bye week with a commanding 3-0 record and 1st place in NFC East. (The Giants lost to the Redskins earlier in the day.)

Week 5: at Detroit Lions

Week 6: at Washington Redskins

Week 7: vs. Minnesota Vikings

This was the Eagles first blackout game of the year.

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

Week 9: at New York Giants

After a heartbreaking overtime loss in Dallas, the Eagles traveled to MetLife Stadium to take on the Giants. The Eagles started off slow. Wentz threw 2 interceptions and the defense allowed 2 touchdowns by Eli Manning to Odell Beckham Jr and to Roger Lewis. The Eagles defense struggled all day especially Leodis McKelvin until the 4th quarter when the Eagles intercepted Manning twice. But, they weren't able to comeback as the Eagles failed to score a touchdown. The loss dropped the Eagles to 4-4 and 4th place in the NFC East. After this loss, the Eagles would not lose to New York again until Week 10 of 2020 (November 15, 2020), after 8 consecutive wins.

Week 10: vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Eagles, with the win, stay alive in the NFC East and the wild card race as they take down the NFC South leaders and the NFL's best offense.

Week 11: at Seattle Seahawks

Week 12: vs. Green Bay Packers

Week 13: at Cincinnati Bengals

With the loss, the Eagles fell to 5-7. They also fell to 0-4-1 all time in Cincinnati.

Week 14: vs. Washington Redskins

Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens

The loss knocked the Eagles out of playoff contention for the third consecutive year. Despite a rushing touchdown by Carson Wentz in the final seconds, they failed the 2 point conversion; sealing a fifth straight loss and a playoff elimination.

Week 16: vs. New York Giants

After a heartbreaking loss that knocked the Eagles out of the playoffs, they came back home to square off the New York Giants for round 2. Prior to this game, the Eagles were 0-4 against division rivals. Playing with pride, the Eagles knocked off the Giants including a pick 6 by Malcolm Jenkins. With the win, the Eagles snapped their 5-game losing streak and won against the Giants at home for the 3rd consecutive season. The win allowed the Cowboys to clinch the NFC East. This started an 8 game winning streak for the Eagles against the Giants, ending Week 10 of 2020.

Week 17: vs. Dallas Cowboys

With the win, the Eagles finished the year at 7-9. Furthermore, they won their first game against the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field since 2011.



NFC East
13 3 0 .813 3-3 9-3 421 306 L1
11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 310 284 W1
Washington Redskins 8 7 1 .531 3-3 6-6 396 383 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 367 331 W2


Division leaders
1 Dallas Cowboys East 13 3 0 .813 3-3 9-3 .471 .440 L1
2 Atlanta Falcons South 11 5 0 .688 5-1 9-3 .480 .452 W4
3 Seattle Seahawks West 10 5 1 .656 3-2-1 6-5-1 .441 .425 W1
4 Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 5-1 8-4 .508 .453 W6
Wild Cards
5 New York Giants East 11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 .486 .455 W1
6[a] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 3-3 7-5 .475 .392 L3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[a] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 9 7 0 .563 4-2 7-5 .492 .434 W1
8 Washington Redskins East 8 7 1 .531 3-3 6-6 .516 .430 L1
9 Minnesota Vikings North 8 8 0 .500 2-4 5-7 .492 .457 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 7 8 1 .469 4-1-1 6-5-1 .463 .366 W2
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 2-4 6-6 .523 .393 L1
12[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 2-4 5-7 .559 .518 W2
13 Carolina Panthers South 6 10 0 .375 1-5 5-7 .518 .354 L2
14 Los Angeles Rams West 4 12 0 .250 2-4 3-9 .504 .500 L7
15 Chicago Bears North 3 13 0 .188 2-4 3-9 .521 .396 L4
16 San Francisco 49ers West 2 14 0 .125 2-4 2-10 .504 .250 L1
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents -- Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3-2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2-3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.


  1. ^ http://www.bleedinggreennation.com/2016/1/21/10806532/philadelphia-eagles-ross-scheuerman-lafayette-running-back-steelers-contract
  2. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Eagles-expected-to-sign-QB-McLeod-Bethel-Thompson.html
  3. ^ Sheridan, Phil (February 8, 2016). "Six weeks after Chip Kelly's firing, Riley Cooper cut by Eagles". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Eagles release veteran LB DeMeco Ryans, will save $3.5 million".

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