The Eagles are now 2-3 after losing to the Vikings on Sunday, 23-21. Too many mistakes. Read on for a recap of the game, I guess.
Vikings 10th drive: Elliott’s onside kick is bobbled by the Vikings. Eagles had a real chance to recover but Minnesota has it. That’s game.
Eagles 11th drive: Eagles drive down to the 8-yard line with 1:15 remaining in the game. Wentz hits Ertz for a touchdown. Really nice throw and catch. Need an onside kick now. Vikings lead, 23-21.
Vikings 9th drive: Vikings pounding the rock with Latavius Murray. Working the clock. Vikings get to 3rd-and-1 from their own 44-yard line. Vikings fake a run and hit Kyle Rudolph for a first. Ugh. Vikings get to 3rd-and-8 from the Eagles’ 36-yard line. Need the defense to come up big here. Cousins completes to Diggs but Darby tackles him short of the sticks. Eagles take their final timeout of the game with 2:51 remaining. Sidney Jones is hurt. Vikings line up for a 52-yard field. It’s good. Two possession game with 2:47 remaining. Eagles have no timeouts.
Eagles 10th drive: Shelton Gibsoncalled for an illegal formation on first down. Wentz’s second down pass to Jeffery is thrown a little short, though he had a chance to catch it. Would’ve been real difficult. Vikings get called for a neutral zone infraction to bring up 2nd-and-10. Wentz gets called for intentional grounding to bring up 3rd-and-20. Wentz hits Jeffery at the marker but the receiver drops it as he’s drilled in the back. Ugh. Really needed that. Eagles line up to go for it on 4th-and-20 but end up taking the penalty. Then a punt. Big wasted opportunity to get no points after starting on the Vikings’ 30-yard line. Maybe should’ve tried a 57-yarder with Elliott there.
Vikings 8th drive: Pederson makes a real dumb decision to throw the challenge flag on a play where Treadwell was clearly in bounds. No idea what triggered that decision. Eagles down to just one timeout remaining. Cousins throws a pass backwards to his running back in the back field, and it’s dropped! That’s a fumble! Nigel Bradham recovers! WOW.
Eagles 9th drive: Wentz keeps the ball and runs for an easy first. Agholor fights through contact to set up 3rd-and-1. Eagles call a pass and Wentz throws the ball away with nothing available for him. Eagles going for it on 4th-and-1. Wentz lines up in the gun. Pederson calls a timeout right before the ball is snapped. Wentz throws to Jeffery on a comeback and it’s complete. Wow. How many times does that play work out of 100? Risky. Wentz throws a fade to Smallwood and it’s good for a TOUCHDOWN. One ref say it’s incomplete but another say it’s a score. They conference and it’s called a touchdown. Eagles go for two points for some reason. Wentz tosses to Smallwood and the running back makes a defender miss before DIVING into the end zone. Big Balls Doug is BACK. Vikings lead, 20-14.
Eagles 9th drive: Wentz ducks from pressure and runs for a 2-yard gain. Wentz completes a pass to Ertz for a 21-yard gain. Smallwood runs to set up 2nd-and-1. Encouraging!
Vikings 7th drive: Eagles defense forces a three-and-out. Needed that.
Eagles 8th drive: Agholor called for a false start on first down. He was called for an illegal formation penalty earlier. Wentz hits Jeffery for a big catch-and-run over the middle. Harrison Smith got crossed over. Eagles get to the 15-yard line but Wentz is sacked for an 8-yard loss after holding on to the ball too long. Eagles have to settle for a field goal to make it two possession game once again. Vikings lead, 20-6.
Vikings 6th drive: Cousins airs it out deep despite facing pressure and it’s completed to Thielen. Jalen Mills beat. Thielen takes it down to the Eagles’ 27-yard line. Now the defense is falling apart. Cool! Vikings get to the 4-yard line but a pair of Mills pass breakups force Minnesota to settle for a field goal. Cox gets in Mills’ face after the corner starts to get into it with Thielen. Three possession game. Vikings lead, 20-3.
Eagles 7th drive: The Eagles’ first play of the second half is a 7-yard run by Ajayi. Pederson’s call earns sarcastic cheers. Ajayi’s second down run goes for a 4-yard loss. Trying to get a little too cute instead of taking what’s there. On 3rd-and-7, Wentz completes a pass to Smallwood for a first down. First Eagles third down conversion of the game! Smallwood then takes a carry up the middle for 13 yards. Ajayi runs for nine yards. Refs call an illegal formation on No. 19 on the Eagles. There is no No. 19 on the Eagles. Eagles move deep into scoring territory. Ajayi fumbles and the Vikings recover. Trying to do too much. What a nightmare.
Eagles 6th drive: Eagles run out the rest of the first half. Fans are now chanting “Refs you suck!”
Vikings 5th drive: Chris Long has Cousins dead in the backfield on third down but he falls for the pump fake and Cousins completes it for a first down. Woof. Cousins gets sack by Michael Bennett ... and the refs throw a flag for roughing the passer. Just an absolute garbage call. No idea what else he’s supposed to do there. Couple plays later, Cousins hits Thielen for a touchdown. Eagles fans are pissed off. Loud boos and “asshole” chants. Someone even threw a beer can on the field. Vikings lead, 17-3.
Putting the quarterback to bed like a baby.... too roughpic.twitter.com/QMqtRacvs0— Ben Livingston (@bliv94) October 7, 2018
Eagles 5th drive: Eagles can’t get anything going. Offense gets heavily booed after Zach Ertz commits a false start to bring up 3rd-and-12. Wentz’s third down pass to Alshon Jeffery over the middle of the field is incomplete. Difficult throw. Wentz had Agholor wide open but didn’t see him. Offense just sucks right now.
Eagles 4th drive: Wentz completes his first throw of the drive to Nelson Agholor for a first down. Nice to see Nelly’s hands are back. Jay Ajayi takes a toss for a first down. Then Wentz hits Dallas Goedert for another first. Offense starting to click here? NOPE. Wentz gets hit as he throws and the ball gets fumbled into the air. Linval Joseph recovers it in air and runs it back 64 yards for a Vikings touchdown. Eagles offense can’t catch a break. It was Lane Johnson who surrendered the pressure, by the way. Second week in a row he’s allowed a strip-sack. Shell of his 2017 form. Vikings lead, 10-3.
Vikings 4th drive: Vikings methodically move down the field thanks to some help from poor tackling by the Eagles defense. Corey Graham has to leave the field after getting banged up. Ronald Darby puts a big hit on a Vikings running back to bring up 3rd-and-10. He’s hurt and Rasul Douglas is in. Jim Schwartz sends the blitz on third down and Cousins’ throw is off target. Vikings settle for a 45-yard field goal attempt. BAILEY MISSES IT AGAIN. Lol Vikings.
Eagles 3rd drive: Wentz airs it out deep to Shelton Gibson (!) for a 48-yard gain. Hey, maybe play that guy more! Eagles have 1st-and-10 from the 19-yard line but can’t get a first down. Smallwood drops a pass despite the Vikings leaving him uncovered. Woof. Jake Elliott 30-yard field goal ties the game. Tie game, 3-3.
Vikings 3rd drive (continued): Fletcher Cox pressures Cousins into a short completion and the Vikings have to punt.
Vikings 3rd drive: Cousins has Diggs open down the field but just overthrows him by a lot. That sets up 3rd-and-8 from the Vikings’ own 12-yard line. Minnesota barely converts on a Laquon Treadwell reception. Graham comes up with his first sack of the year to set up 3rd-and-13.
Eagles 2nd drive: Eagles run play-action away from Seumalo’s side for a short completion to Ertz. Wendell Smallwood gets the first carry. On 3rd-and-inches, the Eagles run a toss to Josh Adams. He’s tackled for a loss. I mean, why not run him up the middle there? Or run a sneak with Wentz? Not a fan of that play call at all. C’mon, Doug.
Vikings 2nd drive: Cousins hits Stefon Diggs for a 24-yard gain. Vikings sure not struggling to move the ball early on. Vikings get to 3rd-and-3 in the red zone. Jalen Mills knocks it down and then gives a shrug after the play instead of his finger wag. Bailey comes in for the 37-yard field goal attempt. It’s good this time. Vikings lead, 3-0.
Eagles 1st drive: Isaac Seumalo gets the start at left guard. Carson Wentz’s first pass is ugly. Xavier Rhodes had a chance to pick him on a short throw meant for Alshon Jeffery. Wentz completes his second throw to Zach Ertz to bring up 3rd-and-7. Then Wentz is sacked on third down for a 15-yard loss. Guess which offensive lineman got beat on the play? Wait, how’d you guess it was Seumalo?
Vikings 1st drive: Kirk Cousins and the Vikings are welcomed to the field with very loud boos. He completes his first two passes of the game to move the chains. His third attempt is good for a 24-yard gain to Adam Thielen despite pressure bearing down on him. Cousins scrambles to set up 3rd-and-1. Vikings run the ball and it’s good for a first down. Brandon Graham bats Cousins’ third down pass at the line and it’s incomplete. Vikings have to settle for a field goal attempt. Dan Bailey comes in for the 28-yarder and ... IT’S NO GOOD! Doinks off the left upright.
Coin toss: Eagles win the toss and elect to defer, as they usually do. Vikings up first.
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The Eagles are back in Philadelphia this weekend for their biggest game of the season to date.
But the Eagles will hardly be the only desperate team in this matchup. The Minnesota Vikings will be looking to avoid dropping to 1-3-1.
Both sides have their warts. The Eagles’ secondary has been struggling. The Vikings’ defense hasn’t been able to replicate their peak 2017 form.
Minny’s defensive struggles date back to when the Eagles blew out Mike Zimmer’s unit earlier this year in the NFC Championship Game. Revenge may very well be on the Vikings’ mind, but it won’t be easy for the road challenges. Philadelphia has the best home record in the NFL since the beginning of the 2016 season.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch today’s game.
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: 4:25 PM ET
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews (field reporter)
Referee: Walt Coleman (Eagles 11-9 in 20 Coleman games)
Location: Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NFL Network replay: TBA
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | SIRIUS: 127 (Min), 83 (Phi) | XM: 383 (Min), 225 (Phi) | Full listings here
Per Bovada, the Eagles are standard home favorites.
Minnesota Vikings +3 (+100)
Philadelphia Eagles -3 (-120)
The Eagles are 10-13 in 23 regular season games against Minnesota. The Eagles are 4-0 in four playoff games against Minnesota. Dating back to 1989, the Vikings are 1-8 when playing in Philadelphia. You all know that one Vikings win. You also know that one of the Vikings losses happened earlier this year. 38 to 7.
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Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 - vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 - BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 - at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 - vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 - at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)