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NFL Week 5 FOX Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles Preview - PFF
The Vikings have had severe problems protecting the quarterback through the first four games of the season. The unit has allowed 81 total pressures, by far the most in the NFL, and their 78.9 pass-blocking efficiency rating ranks third-lowest in the league. The Vikings are averaging over 20 pressures allowed per game. During the past two games, the team has surrendered 13 pressures each to Jerry Hughes and Aaron Donald, who now rank tied-for-sixth in terms of most pressures generated in a single game during the PFF era.

Vikings writer gives three reasons why the Eagles will win on Sunday - BGN
We don’t know the reason behind why the Vikings’ defense has suddenly fallen to the bottom of the league after being one of the NFL’s best in 2017. The players are the same (mostly), the scheme is the same, but the results have not been. The Eagles were the team that pretty much started the downslide for this defense last season, and they could very well continue that trend on Sunday. We’ll have to keep an eye on the practice report for Friday to see the status of Trae Waynes (who is still not out of the NFL’s concussion protocol), but if he’s out it’s just going to make things worse on that side of the ball for the Vikings.

Bleeding Green Nation’s three reasons why the Eagles will lose - Daily Norseman
The Vikings are quite capable of moving the ball through the air, as evidenced by the fact Minnesota ranks fifth in passing yards per game with 327.2. That’s bad news for an Eagles secondary that’s going through some issues. Eagles starting cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby have been inconsistent at best this season. Now they’re going up against the NFL’s best wide receiver duo in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Not great.

The Kist & Solak Show #22: Eagles O vs Vikings D Preview - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have you covered with their preview of the Eagles’ offense going up against a once proud Vikings defense that has been a shell of its former self. PLUS Isaac Seumalo is starter now?!

Analysis of the Eagles’ sacks allowed through the first four games - PhillyVoice
And so, I took a look at all 14 sacks to see what the issues are. What I found was that the Eagles aren’t giving up a lot of sacks because individual players are losing one-on-one battles. They’ve been more related to the inability of the Eagles to pick up blitzes, which is all about recognition and communication, a surprising development given the Eagles’ continuity along the line.

So Let It Be Written - Iggles Blitz
Just because it gets written in the spring and summer doesn’t mean it will happen. The Vikings looked great on paper, but here they sit at 1-2-1. The biggest shocker is that their defense is struggling. The Vikings were #1 in points and yards allowed last year. They had one of the best 3rd down defenses in the last 50 years. That was a legitimately great defense. Not this year. The Vikings are 21st in points allowed and 20th in yards. The hapless Buffalo Bills scored 27 points on them. Last year the Vikings gave up 27 or more points just twice in the regular season. This year? They have done that three straight weeks. Ouch.

Playoff chances for all 32 NFL teams after Week 4 - ESPN In$ider
The Eagles have essentially played half of a really good game this year. Not half as in 30 minutes, but half as in one unit: the defense against Atlanta in Week 1. Take that game out, and their defensive DVOA drops from eighth in the league to 24th. Their offense is 24th on the season, and the special teams are 26th. Not only do the Eagles have to improve, they’ll have to do it against tougher competition: Philadelphia’s schedule so far ranks fifth easiest, but its remaining schedule ranks seventh toughest if we consider only 2018 performance and fourth toughest if we also consider preseason projections. On the other hand, the Eagles have higher odds than the NFC’s other 2-2 teams because there was plenty of evidence going into the season that they were better than this, and we’re still accounting for that preseason forecast in the ratings we use in the simulation. Also, the Eagles are only a half-game behind Washington, and they haven’t played any division games yet.

Off The Beat: Hats Off To The Head Coach -
Here’s the real Eureka! moment of this investigation: The Eagles are undefeated at home when Pederson wears a visor (13-0). On the flip side, the Eagles are winless in the two road games he has worn a hat. Here’s a complete record breakdown.

The Four Must-See Matchups for NFL Week 5 - The Ringer
Last year’s two NFC finalists have not quite picked up where they left off: The Eagles are 2-2, and the Vikings are 1-2-1. It would be silly to suggest that either team’s season is done if they lose Sunday, but another defeat would mean they have an especially tough road to get back to where they were in January. A third defeat so early in the season will put the losing team behind in the race for a playoff bye or home-field advantage. It is hard to think of a more dull conference-championship rematch in recent history. It’s concerning that both of these teams seem incapable of doing the things that made them great last season. Last year’s Eagles offense was an efficient machine; it’s now 24th in the NFL in offensive DVOA. In 2017, no team turned the hardest situations in football into positive plays as consistently as the Eagles did. But this year they’ve lost that edge.

Why the Eagles remain so loyal to embattled Jalen Mills - Inquirer
On one hand, it’s easy to look at the Eagles’ cornerback situation and conclude that Sidney Jones has starting potential on the outside, Mills has experience playing the slot and at safety, and it would be an easy move to make. But Pederson must consider the human element, too, and the long-term ramifications. If Pederson makes a lineup change, it’s not usually for a one-week spark. It’s how the team wants to play. (An exception was Nelson Agholor’s one-week benching in 2016, but that was done to try to give Agholor a chance to catch his breath away from the heat.) The Eagles would still need Mills to be a contributing player. Pederson insisted the Eagles cannot afford to make knee-jerk reactions and must realize the corresponding moving parts. Mills is not the type of player who needs a week away to regain his confidence..

Jason Peters’ health, Kirk Cousins in Philadelphia, and more in Roob’s Eagles observations - NBCSP
It’s only Week 5, but Sunday’s game against the Vikings really feels like one of those pivotal games for the Eagles. The Vikings are coming in seeking revenge after getting humiliated 38-7 in last year’s NFC Championship Game. Kirk Cousins has always put up big numbers against the Eagles, especially in Philly. The Eagles’ secondary and offensive line are reeling after Sunday’s loss to the Titans. They’re banged up in several key spots. Their best outside pass rusher, Derek Barnett, is out. And looming after the Vikings and before the bye are a nationally televised Thursday night road game against the Giants, the 2-1 Panthers at home and the 3-1 Jaguars in London. Rough stretch. I still think the Eagles are a playoff team, but a loss Sunday and things could get away from them. We know the 2017 Eagles were tremendous at handling adversity. Can this team do it too? We’ll have a good idea by Thursday evening.

Cheat sheet: Lineup changes, numbers and predictions for the Eagles-Vikings matchup - The Athletic
The Eagles are in sub packages nearly 70 percent of the time anyway. Even if they started Jones on the outside in place of Mills, they’d both have to be on the field for most of the game. Many readers have asked about Rasul Douglas, but all I can say is that if the Eagles felt like Douglas would be an upgrade, they’d play him. Douglas flashed but was inconsistent in limited action last year, and the same was true about this year’s preseason. For now, expect the same rotation at cornerback.

Jalen Mills takes on bullying, has confidence in defense despite Eagles’ 2-2 start - CBS Sports
“I think our confidence is high regardless of our record right now,” he says. “Being 2-2, I think it kind of stirs things up on the team, and when I say stirs things up, I mean in a good way. It gets guys hungry. Some guys are angry. We’ve got guys who block out everything and go into complete focus. Our confidence is super, super high, and we’re ready for this Sunday.”

Preview: Eagles host Vikings - KYW
The Eagles are getting ready for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at home. KYW Newsradio’s Matt Leon spoke with Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation about what to look for in this one.

Grading the NFL’s 3-1 teams, from the legit (Jaguars) to the ... less legit (Titans) - SB Nation
Wins are wins, and the Titans have three of them, but we have a pretty good idea of who’s more likely to keep winning going forward.


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