Minnesota Vikings Vs Philadelphia Eagles: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Sunday, October 7th, 4:25 pm Eastern Time
Lincoln Financial Field
The Eagles have struggled to take flight, and may be in the midst of a Super Bowl hangover. The Vikings could also be losing sight of any possible Super Bowl run that they may have envisioned for themselves.
Philadelphia has not manhandled the league this season the way they did a season ago. Still, at 2-2 and with Carson Wentz improving each and every week, they should be gearing up for a mid to late season run to contend for a divisional title. The Vikings defense has been one of the most disappointing units in all of football this season. With Wentz finally having his full arsenal of weapons at his disposal, defensive struggles could continue this week for Minnesota.
The Vikings may be angry about the way their season started, but they should be happy with their $84 million investment at quarterback. Kirk Cousins and his star-studded receiving unit should have many opportunities to put points on the board vs. a Philly defense that has dropped from a top 7 unit a year ago to the 18th best total defense this season. Unfortunately running back Dalvin Cook is still dealing with an injury that left him essentially non-existent in Minnesota’s week 4 loss. If Cook misses this game, the one-dimensional Vikings offense may not be enough to top an Eagles team led by a healthy Carson Wentz, who are looking to put the league on notice that they are still a premier team.
Score prediction: Eagles win 28-27
Minnesota has had their fair share of disappointments this season, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still an extremely talented team. Kirk Cousins has taken Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs’ games to a new level, and they still have one of the better defensive units in football.
Wentz is still trying to recapture his pre-injury form, and while he’s constantly improving, it won’t come without some mishaps. Look for a highly contested game that comes down to the wire.
Both defensive units are a shadow of what they were a season ago. They also face off against two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Look for Wentz and Cousins to put their teams on their backs, and in the midst of it, light up the scoreboard.
Head to Head
Philadelphia has owned Minnesota over the last 10 meetings, with a 7-3 record. They most recently met up in the NFC Championship game only 8 months ago, during which Philly dismantled Minnesota to the score of 38-7.
Minnesota is 13-4-1 SU in last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 road games.
Philadelphia is 17-4 SU in last 21 games.
Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz has thrown for 603 yards with 3 TDs and 1 int., since returning from injury in week 3, good for a passer rating of 93.2%.
Minnesota WR Adam Thielen ranks 2nd in the NFL in both receptions (40) and receiving yards (473).