The Minnesota Vikings are coming off of a bye week, which means the team should be fully rested and ready to return to the field on Sunday afternoon. The Vikings will travel to the City of Brotherly Love to face off against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Vikings are coming into this game as the favorites against the Eagles, and Minnesota opened as a 2.5 point favorite to win the game. The matchup will be televised on FOX at 12:00 p.m. Central time on Sunday.
The last time the Vikings played, they defeated the Houston Texans, and Minnesota won that game 31-13. The Vikings defense flustered Brock Osweiler and the Texans’ offense. Osweiler completed only 19 passes out 42 attempts.
Many Vikings fans thought this season would be a lost year. Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson both went down with season-ending injuries.
Minnesota made a move to acquire Sam Bradford from the Eagles before the regular season started. The Vikings gave up a first round pick for the former number one overall selection.
Sam Bradford has done an amazing job for the Vikings this season, and he has started the past four games. Bradford has thrown for 990 yards to go with six touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Leading wide receiver Stefon Diggs was held out of practice so far this week after he missed the last game due to a lingering groin injury. There is still a chance Diggs could play this week against the Eagles.
Minnesota’s defense has done an amazing job this season. They have the second best defense in the NFL for total yards allowed, and the Vikings defense has forced six fumbles, seven interceptions, and 19 sacks.
Bold predictions for the Vikings begin with Sam Bradford, who will throw for 300 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Wide receiver Adam Thielen should have another big game if Stefon Diggs misses another contest. Minnesota’s defense will force a couple of turnovers and get to Carson Wentz.
The Eagles are coming off a loss to division rival Washington. The final score was 27-20 in favor of Washington.
Philadelphia’s defense had done an amazing job until last week’s matchup against Washington. The Eagles defense surrendered 493 yards with 230 yards coming from the Washington running game.
According to ESPN.com, the Eagles are coming into this game with some key injuries.
The Eagles’ offense did not account for any of the touchdowns last week.
Carson Wentz is having a terrific rookie year. He has thrown for 1,186 yards to go with seven touchdowns and one interception. Wentz has been very efficient. He has completed 102 passes out of 157 attempts.
New head coach Doug Pederson has worked wonders with the offense. He has spread the ball around to various players.
The Eagles almost have four running backs with over 100 yards rushing. They have five receivers with over 100 yards receiving.
Ryan Matthews led the running game for the Eagles. He has 206 yards on 53 carries to go with three touchdowns. Jordan Matthews has 344 yards on 22 receptions to go with two touchdowns.
Bold predictions for the Eagles begin with Carson Wentz, who will throw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns. Philadelphia will struggle to run the ball against the Vikings. Darren Sproles will be the top receiver.
Vikings’ cornerback Xavier Rhodes will shut down Eagles’ wide receiver Jordan Matthews. Rhodes has done a great job shutting down the opposing team’s receiver this season.
This matchup between the Vikings and Eagles could potentially come down to whoever has the ball to end the game. The Vikings defense will be the reason Minnesota wins the game against the Philadelphia. Final score prediction for this matchup is 24-17 in favor of the Vikings.
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