Sunday 1:00 Lincoln Financial Field PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania
NEEDS TO STEP UP:
WR Jordan Matthews: He has to start getting open earlier in his routes, to give QB Carson Wentz somewhere to go with the ball. In the last 3 games, Matthews has caught 3, 4, and 2 passes (respectively). An offense can’t thrive if it’s top WR is averaging less than 1 catch per quarter. Look, at some point Matthews will need a new contract. Games like this is where his play will set the value of his worth in this league. (Time to earn it, young man.)
WE MUST CONTAIN:
QB Sam Bradford: We average 27.0 points per game, with our lowest output so far being 20 points in a loss last week. If Minnesota is to stand a chance against us, they’ll need to pack their offense. Since they rank dead last in the NFL at running the ball, their offense is basically Sam Bradford. If we stop him, we stop them. Simple and plain.
EAGLES STORY LINE:
We are literally a Ryan Mathews fumble, and a Fletcher Cox roughing penalty, away from this being a battle of two 5-0 teams. On the outside the Vikings look like a tough nut to crack, but the truth is they are a very beatable team. It would be both unfair and unwise, to say or imply that the Vikings didn’t earn all five of their wins. However, it would be equally as foolhardy to let their record scare you into thinking this team is more than it is.
Since the preseason we’ve allowed 9, 6, 10, and 3 points at home. The 12th man matters here.
EAGLES 21 – Vikings 13