Our Eagles vs.  Vikings predictions for Week 2 of the NFL season

Our Eagles vs. Vikings predictions for Week 2 of the NFL season

Our Eagles vs.  Vikings predictions for Week 2 of the NFL season

The Eagles (1-0) host the Vikings (1-0) at the Linc on Monday night in their home opener.

To the predictions:

Reuben Frank (1-0)

I know one thing. If the Eagles play the Vikings like they did the Lions, they won’t win this game. There are many trends that favor the Eagles. Kirk Cousins ​​is 10-17 in his career in prime time and 2-9 on Monday nights. The Vikings are 6-13 in their last 19 road games and 2-16 in their last 18 road games against a winning team. It’s a game the Eagles should win, but until I see this defense play against a good quarterback, I can’t pick them. It was a pathetic performance Sunday in Detroit. After all the roster additions and all the talk about upgraded pass pressure and more playmaking to allow 35 points to a team that had scored 35 points twice in the last four years? Miss 15 tackles? Allowing five 70-yard touchdown drives? To nearly blow a 17-point lead in the second half? Cousins ​​may not be a great quarterback—he’s only won one playoff game in 10 seasons—but he’s a terrific passer, and his 98.8 passer rating is the 5th highest in history—behind only Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. If this defense doesn’t play significantly better, he and Justin Jefferson will tear them apart. And they have an elite running back as well in Dalvin Cook. I don’t see a win unless a lot of things change on the defensive side.

Vikings 33, Eagles 31

Dave Zangaro (1-0)

This is a hard game to figure out. On one hand, the Vikings have a pretty good roster and their weapons on offense are scary, especially after we saw the Eagles really struggle against the Lions last week. But the Vikings are coming off an emotional Week 1 win over the Packers, and sometimes I wonder if teams come off those kinds of games. As for the Eagles defense, I was certainly concerned about what we saw in Week 1, but I still have confidence that the unit will turn it around. There is too much talent on that side of the ball for them not to.

And offensively, I have no reason to believe the Eagles can’t duplicate their success in Week 1. The Vikings’ best defenders are their two edge rushers Za’Darius Smith and Danielle Hunter. Well, I’m still taking the Eagles in the matchup with Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata. If the Eagles can keep Jalen Hurts clean and balance their offense, they have a chance to put up a lot of points again. This one should be close, but I’m going with my gut here and giving the home team the win on Monday Night Football.

Eagles 27, Vikings 24

Barrett Brooks (1-0)

Monday night under the lights! This is a benchmark game for the defence. This will be an accurate assessment of whether the Birds invested enough talent on that side of the ball. The Vikings are full of talent offensively. The run game sets everything up and Dalvin Cook is such a special player. He has size, speed, explosiveness and elusiveness. The weak link in the Viking offense is the OL. If they get the running game going, it’s easier for the offense to throw the deep passes to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Kirk Cousins ​​can light it up if he has protection. The easiest way to get protection is with play action. Play action also allows OL to play more aggressively and provides extra protection by using TEs and RBs. OC Wes Phillips orchestrated the game plan that allowed the record-breaking connection between Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp, (145 catches, 1,945 yards, 16 TD.)

DC Jonathan Gannon will have his work cut out for him. How will he adjust to the scheme that threw the Packers defense last week? No. 1, DL needs to get to work. DL must stop the run. No. 2, the front four must get a great pass rush on Cousins ​​and make him uncomfortable. I have no doubt the secondary will be able to slow down Jefferson, but it all starts with the DL bringing it on Monday night.

Offensively, Jalen Hurts and the Olympics are coming to play. The attack will be able to score with the run and the pass on the Vikings’ defence. The Olympics know they didn’t play up to standard last week. Miles Sanders and Jordan Hicks will be my main matchup for the game. If Sanders has a big day, the offense will rule the day.

Eagles 34, Vikings 26

Mike Mulhern (1-0)

The atmosphere is high for the Vikings. They are no longer ruled by the iron fist of Mike Zimmer, and after strangling their bitter rivals from Green Bay, a division title seems well within reach this season.

New head coach Kevin O’Connell is the latest marvel from the Sean McVay coaching tree, bringing with him a high-tempo, air-it-out offense. Just don’t get carried away by their opening week returns. The Packers blew coverage after coverage, leaving Justin Jefferson (who needs no favors) disappearing. Can Jonathan Gannon’s group avoid the self-inflicted wounds? Their performance against the Lions would indicate a definite ‘no’.

Giving up 35 points is terrible. The pass rush was non-existent and the run defense may have been worse. In particular, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson had issues with his running fits and tackle angles when he switched from nickel corner to safety. It should be fixed with more reps. Still, the defense put together four straight drives that included three 3-and-outs and a pick-six by James Bradberry. So maybe there is something to build on.

Offensively, I wouldn’t expect the Vikings to mimic the Lions game plan of pressure, pressure and more pressure. Detroit largely played to Jalen Hurts’ strengths by forcing him to run, and he certainly made them pay. Hurts will still make some plays with his legs, but the Vikings will try to force him to win from the pocket. He should be able to with AJ Brown proving to be a threat and DeVonta Smith hungry to get his after being shut out in the opener. Throw in a couple of explosive Miles Sanders plays and the offense should put up some points.

A win on Monday night sets the table for what could be a truly special season.

Eagles 31, Vikings 28

Adam Hermann (1-0)

Is this the year the Vikings finally figure things out? We’re only one game in, but the Week 1 win over the Packers was convincing. Justin Jefferson is terrifying. Kirk Cousins ​​is… serviceable-to-good. And Kevin O’Connell appears to have unlocked an offense that was always brimming with potential. It is reasonable to be afraid that the Vikings will come on Monday night.

All that said: I think the Eagles win. I expect the offensive line to bounce back from a shaky performance — Jason Kelce and Jeff Stoutland have too much pride and too much talent — and give Jalen Hurts enough time to see the field against a questionable Minnesota secondary. Hopefully, Jonathan Gannon will allow Jordan Davis to do his job and Haason Reddick will start to do his.

Plus at home at the Linc Monday night, in a season of high expectations, at the scene of the 38-7 offense? The atmosphere in South Philly will be extremely strong. If the Eagles win this game, something special could be about to happen this year.

Eagles 24, Vikings 23

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