It may be hard to believe, but we’re already entering Week 7 of the 2016 NFL Season. It seems as if the season just started and yet we already see some teams falling out of the playoff race and others distancing themselves from the competition.
One of those teams distancing itself from the competition are the 5-0 Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings were dealt a massive blow less than two weeks before the season when starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater blew out his knee at practice. Instead of panicking, Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman traded a first-round pick and a conditional fourth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford.
Since arriving in Minnesota, Bradford has been playing some of the best football of his career as he’s completing 70.4 percent of his passes for 990 yards and six touchdowns threw four starts. Even more impressive is that Bradford has yet to throw an interception through 125 pass attempts and is currently second in the NFL with a 109.8 passer rating.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 4, 2016
This week, Bradford heads back to Philadelphia where he spent one season with the Eagles and led the team to a 7-9 record. He was set to be the starting quarterback again this season until Spielman made the trade offer to Eagles general manager Howie Roseman eight days prior to the season. Philadelphia then decided to make No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz the starting quarterback for the 2016 season.
Incredible play from Carson Wentz here to extend play and get the first down https://t.co/kZycSl8wVD
— Patrick (@pcausey3) October 16, 2016
After leading the Eagles to an impressive 3-0 start, Wentz has come back down to Earth a little bit over the team’s current two-game losing streak. In Week 5 against the Lions, Carson was 25-of-32 for 238 yards with two touchdowns and an interception as the Eagles lost 24-23. This past week against the Redskins, Wentz was only 11-of-22 for 179 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Will Sam Bradford lead his new team to a victory over his old team and keep the Minnesota Vikings undefeated? Or will the rookie Carson Wentz put an end to the Philadelphia Eagles’ losing streak and hand the Vikings their first loss?
Let’s find out in these bold predictions.
Vikings’ Defensive Line Will Make Life Rough For Carson Wentz
The Minnesota Vikings boast the No. 2 in the NFL in terms of total yards allowed per game and are No. 3 in sacks with 19 despite playing one less game than most teams. While the Eagles had been decent protecting Wentz through the first four games, the team allowed five sacks in Week 6 against the Redskins. With right tackle Lane Johnson out due to suspension, the Vikings should have a field day with Wentz.
Jerick McKinnon/Matt Asiata Will Combine For 150 Yards Rushing
The Eagles had been pretty good at stopping the run until last week against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins ran for 230 yards on 33 carries as they laid out the blueprint for the Vikings to run it down the throats of the Eagles.
Sam Bradford Will Throw For 300 Yards And 3 Touchdowns
Bradford was never really happy in Philadelphia as the organization never truly backed him as the unquestioned starter. Expect him to come to Lincoln Financial Field with a chip on his shoulder Sunday and put on his best display of the season.
Stefon Diggs Will Have 100 Yards Receiving And 2 Touchdowns
Stefon Diggs about to tear it up tonight???? https://t.co/CiB9O5xcJe
— Everything Football (@DaFootballStart) October 3, 2016
It didn’t take long for Bradford to find his favorite receiver in Minnesota as he’s completed 18 passes for 269 yards in three games throwing to Diggs. Diggs missed the Vikings’ Week 5 win over the Houston Texans with a groin injury and although he missed practice on Monday, he’s expected to return against the Eagles, according to ESPN‘s Britt McHenry. Expect a big day from the Vikings’ No. 1 receiver.
Bradford Gets His Revenge, Minnesota Vikings Win Handily
As impressive as the Eagles’ 3-0 start was, two of their three wins were over the Browns and the Bears. While I will admit their Week 3 win over the Steelers was rather impressive, this Vikings team is a different animal. This defense flies around and makes plays. They can stop the run, the pass, force turnovers and get sacks. It’s going to be a long day for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles.
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