This is going to be a physical match. Both of these clubs play football, especially. Who controls the line of scrimmage will be the secret. Both teams will definitely need to attempt impose their physicality and to establish a run game. Philadelphia is coming off a win over the New York Jets. Philly dominated the Jets that were depleted and managed to get 10 sacks. Philadelphias run defense is the most powerful in the NFL, having allowed just 63.0 rushing yards per game.
Minnesota also won in New York a week throttling the Giants. Minnesotas defense ranks 4th in yards allowed a game (292.4) and 5th in points allowed per game (14.6). The Vikings are tied for second in the NFL with 31 tackles for loss. The Vikings defense has allowed one rushing touchdown. Minnesota also ranks fifth in rushing yards allowed per play (3.59).
Minnesota looked and quarterback Kirk Cousins managed to get in touch to attempt to repair their relationship. Minnesota was able to run the ball, control the clock, but most importantly their stout defense allowed the Giants to only 10 points. Two defenses that are top face off this week in a game which may have playoff implications.
Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz includes a range of weapons and his coach Doug Pederson is an innovative play-caller. That may be the difference that this week. Wentz and Pederson possess an advantage on Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and Kirk Cousins. Wentz will likely be without ball threat WR DeSean Jackson, however, Wentz will look to Mack Hollins Nelson Agholor, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside for his dangers.
TE Zach Ertz had 10 catches for 110 yards and a TD the last time that the Eagles played with the Vikings and hes more than six receptions in three to four career games against Minnesota. Wentz will be helped this past week Jordan Howard along with by RB Miles Sanders, that could see an uptick in action. Howard was explosive a week.
Zimmer wants to operate the ball , take the lead, and try to set up play action and is considerably more old school. Zimmer enjoys to restrain the clock to maintain his shield. Zimmers plan is to stop the other team, not outscore them. Minnesota team is currently 16th in the NFL at 22.4 points per match. They are 29th in passing, averaging 191 yards passing per game and 3rd in rushing, averaging 166.4 yards rushing per game.
Because he traditionally does not succeed against better defenses the concern for Minnesota will be quarterback Kirk Cousins. Philadelphia has a strong plot. They can provide various protection and appearances. They mainly rely to find pressure if the quarterback gets time as their secondary can be manipulated. Schwartz makes certain quarterbacks do not get time.
Their front applies pressure permitting seven to fall into coverage, so his defense can be difficult to read as he relies on a combination of man and zone and is continually switching looks up.
Cousins, a veteran cop, should be utilized as he had been a Washington Redskin to play against the Eagles. I dont think it will be sufficient, although cousins ought to be knowledgeable about the Eagles. The Eagles will be comfortable enough with Cousins to understand that hes rattled. They ought to be able to destroy his confidence if they are in a position to receive pressure.
Minnesota relies on a run attack led by RB Dalvin Cook whos 2nd in the NFL along also 742 yards. The Minnesota group has not shown confidence in Cousins, also this might resurface, when things fail. It is going to be important to start powerful early to try to exploit this lack of confidence which Cousins teammates have him.
I do not anticipate Kirk Cousins to do well against the Philadelphia defense that is powerful. Quarterback Carson Wentz has choices and the Eagles should be able to place points on the board easier. Both teams have a solid run game so whoever needs to be in a position to do exactly what they desire, and receives the lead will probably be in a large benefit , which can run the ball. If Minnesota drops behind and cant rely on RB Dalvin Cook that they will be in trouble. The Vikings have been 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games against the Eagles.
Free NFL Pick: Eagles at +3 (+102) in Pinnacle
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