This is going to be a game. These two teams play physical football, particularly. Who controls the line of scrimmage is going to be the secret. Both teams will need to try inflict their physicality and to set a run game. Philadelphia is coming off a win on the New York Jets. Philly completely ruled the Jets that were depleted and managed to receive 10 sacks. Philadelphias run defense is the strongest in the NFL, with allowed just 63.0 rushing yards per game.
Minnesota also won in New York last week throttling the Giants. Minnesotas defense ranks 4th in yards allowed a game (292.4) and 5th in points allowed per game (14.6). The Vikings are tied for second in the NFL. The Vikings defense has let one rushing touchdown. Minnesota also ranks fifth in rushing yards allowed per play (3.59).
Minnesota looked last week and quarterback Kirk Cousins managed to attach with wide receiver Adam Thielen to attempt to repair their relationship. Minnesota managed to run the ball, control the clock, but most importantly their stout defense allowed the Giants to only 10 points. Two top defenses confront this week at a game that may have playoff implications.
Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz includes a lot of weapons to choose from and his trainer Doug Pederson is a innovative play-caller. This could be the difference this week. Pederson and wentz possess an advantage on Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Kirk Cousins. Wentz will soon be without ball threat WR DeSean Jackson, but Wentz will look to Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside for his dangers.
TE Zach Ertz had 10 catches for 110 yards and a TD the last time that the Eagles played with the Vikings and hes more than six receptions in three of four career games against Minnesota. RB Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard, that may see an uptick in activity will aids wentz. Howard was volatile last week rushing 13 times for 62 yards and a TD.
Take the lead , zimmer is school and prefers to conduct the ball, and attempt to establish play action. Zimmer likes to restrain the clock to keep his defense. Zimmers plan would be to stop the other team, not outscore them. Minnesota staff is currently 16th in the NFL at 22.4 points per game. Theyre 29th in passing, averaging 191 yards passing per game and 3rd in rushing, averaging 166.4 yards rushing per game.
Because he doesnt succeed against better defenses the dilemma for Minnesota would be quarterback Kirk Cousins. Philadelphia has a solid plot intended by defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. They can provide various protection and looks. As their secondary can be manipulated if the quarterback gets time they mainly rely to get pressure. Schwartz makes certain quarterbacks do not get time.
Their front four often applies pressure permitting them to fall seven to coverage, which means his shield can be tricky to read as he is continually switching looks up and relies on a combination of zone and man.
A quarterback, cousins, ought to be used because he had been a Washington Redskin, to play against the Eagles. I do not think itll be sufficient, although cousins should be somewhat familiar with the Eagles. The Eagles will probably likely be comfortable to understand that hes rattled easily. If theyre ready to get pressure they need to be able to destroy his confidence.
Minnesota is based on a streak heavy attack directed by RB Dalvin Cook whos 2nd in the NFL with racing yards along also 742 yards. The Minnesota staff has not demonstrated assurance in Cousins, also when things go wrong, this could resurface. It will be important for Philly to start strong to try and exploit this kind of confidence that Cousins teammates have him.
I do not expect Kirk Cousins to do well against the Philadelphia defense that is strong. Quarterback Carson Wentz has choices and the Eagles should have the ability to put points on the board a lot easier. Both teams possess a run sport so whoever should be able to do what they desire, and gets the lead first will probably be at a large benefit , which is run the ball. If Minnesota falls behind and can not rely on RB Dalvin Cook they will be in issue. The Vikings are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games against the Eagles.
Free NFL Pick: Eagles in +3 (+102) at Pinnacle
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