The 1982Philadelphia Eagles season resulted in a losing season. This season would mark the end of an era under head coach Dick Vermeil. While under Vermeil the Eagles had the most successful period of their existence up to that time, making the playoffs four straight seasons (1978–1981) and having a record of 54–47 in six seasons with Vermeil (1976–1982) whilst making the Super Bowl in 1980. Vermeil retired due to burnout but would return to coaching in 1997 with the St. Louis Rams and would lead them to a Super Bowl victory in 1999.
The 1981 season schedule was set by how the Eagles finished in 1981, 2nd in NFC East. The way it was laid out, 4 of the 5 teams in the same 5 team division could end up having 10 to 14 common opponents during the 1981 season. Also, when the last regular season game is over you know who you play the following year.
A home and home series vs Dallas, New York Giants, St. Louis and Washington = 8 games
The top 4 teams in the NFC East play the 4 teams in the AFC Central = 4 games
The 2nd and 3rd place team in NFC Central and NFC West in the 1980 Season
Eagles lose 4 games due to strike. (Dallas, St Louis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh) – the latter was actually planned for Monday Night Football (they have yet to meet in primetime to this day)