The Eagles return to Lincoln Financial Field for the first time in four weeks as they host the Vikings today. It could be ugly.
The Vikings enter the game as the only undefeated team in the league, and looking at the specific match ups against the Eagles, could easily leave the game undefeated. The Vikings strength is their defense, in specific their dominant line and linebackers. With Lane Johnson suspended, they should have another dominant game.
On the other side of the ball, Sam Bradford has been accurate and efficient, completing over 70% of his passes and has yet to turn the ball over. The Vikings running attack is one of the league’s worst, but we said that last week and the Redskins ran all over the Eagles.
Oh and they’re coming off their bye.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Minnesota might be missing their best receiver, Stefon Diggs. If the Vikings defense has a weakness, it’s defending RBs in the passing game. But even then, they’re not bad at it: they rank 17th in passing DVOA against RBs. That feeds into the Eagles game plan, as much as any team can actually match up well against the Vikings defense. And their 12 to 1 turnover ratio is simply unsustainable over the course of a season. In the last five seasons, only one team has turned the ball over fewer than 13 times (SF in 2011 with 10), and no team has gotten more than 44 turnovers on defense, the Vikings are on pace for 60. At some point, their turnover fortunes are going to change. Maybe that day is today.
Score: Vikings 23, Eagles 13
Halapoulivaati Vaitai does not give up a sack on the first play Darren Sproles receiving TD
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