Philadelphia, PA - On Sunday, The Philadelphia Eagles return home following a disappointing road loss, to host the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC Championship rematch from a year ago.
Week 5: Philadelphia Eagles Vs Minnesota Vikings Predictions
The Eagles ran away with the game last time, sparked by a Patrick Robinson pick six and a dominant day from Nick Foles. Robinson has since moved to New Orleans, and Foles has returned to the bench due to the return of Carson Wentz. Similarly, Minnesota no longer has quarterback Case Keenum, as they obtained the gem of a good free agent class in Kirk Cousins. Cousins has faced the Eagle defense many times throughout his career and has had success, which does not bode well for an Eagles secondary that has struggled this year.
Jalen Mills has torched deep several times this year, and the tackling hasn’t been convincing from the corners and safeties. On a 4th down and 15 in overtime, what seemed like the final play of the game, safety Corey Graham was extremely lazy in coverage - if you can even call it that. He allowed Taywan Taylor to run a simple out route parallel with the first down marker and didn’t move an inch to try and defend the Mariota pass to him. The conversion kept the desperation drive going, and it would be capped off with a Corey Davis catch in the end zone. Victory slipped right through Philadelphia’s hands, in a bitter loss for Doug Pederson’s group.
As for the Vikings, they’re coming off a tough road loss against the Rams, on a day that they allowed Jared Goff to look like Kurt Warner. He passed for over 500 yards on an ordinarily fierce Viking defense. Kirk Cousins and his offense hung in the game through three quarters but ultimately could not keep up with a stampede of offensive firepower from the Rams. Expect two teams that will play angrily and aggressively, as it’s an effective must-win for the two Super Bowl contenders. I think at home, with the crowd behind them, the Eagles will take the victory in a lower scoring affair.
Final Score Prediction: Eagles: 20. Vikings: 18.