the Eagles hosted by Vikings in a Week 2 prime-time spot for the second consecutive season.
Philadelphia dominated Minnesota in a 24-7 victory Monday Night Football almost exactly a year ago. Now, the Eagles are 7.5-point favorites over the Vikings Thursday Night Football at Lincoln Financial Field. The total is set at 48.5 points, according to SI Sportsbook.
In Week 1 of this season, Minnesota completely lost to the Buccaneers, 20-17, as a four-point favorite in its home opener. Kirk Cousins finished with 344 yards passing but lost two fumbles in the first quarter and threw a costly red-zone interception.
Philadelphia nearly squandered a 16-0 Patriots lead but hung on for a 25-20 win. The defending NFC champions produced just one offensive touchdown and produced less than 100 yards rushing. Still, the Eagles finished as 3.5-point favorites.
Both teams are on short rest heading into Thursday’s contest, which has one of the biggest spreads of Week 2.
Vikings vs. Eagles Odds and Game Information
Moneyline: Vikings (+250) | Eagle (-333)
Spread: MIN +7.5 (-125) | PHI -7.5 (+100)
Total: 48.5 — Over (-110) | Below (-110)
Game Information: Thursday, September 14, 8:15 pm ET | Main Video
Vikings vs. Eagles Best Bet: Eagles Over 28.5 Points (-105)
The Vikings’ offense was held under 300 total yards the last time these teams met. Cousins threw three interceptions, picked up two sacks and actually led the team in rushing with 20 yards on the ground. Justin Jefferson was limited to six catches for 48 yards on 12 targets.
Philadelphia lost several starters on defense in the offseason but still boasts one of the better units in the league. That was on full display Sunday when Darius Slay, who picked off Cousins twice last year, returned an interception 70 yards for a score against the Patriots. The Eagles also sacked Mac Jones twice, recorded seven quarterback hits and dropped 10 passes.
Injuries to Nakobe Dean (out with a foot injury) and James Bradberry (concussion issue) will see Philly enter Thursday’s game without action, but Minnesota’s offensive line is also struggling. with the injuries of Garrett Bradbury (back) and Christian Darrisaw (ankle), the two questions.
The Vikings didn’t show much on offense in Week 1 despite 150 yards on nine catches by Jefferson and 61 yards from rookie Jordan Addison with a touchdown in his debut. Cousins piled up the passing yards but turnovers and a nonexistent running game (17 carries for 41 yards) saw Tampa Bay hold one of the top scoring teams in 2022 down. of 20 points.
With new defensive coordinator Brian Flores in charge, Minnesota hasn’t stopped the Baker Mayfield-led Bucs much. The team gained just 73 yards on 33 carries and Mayfield finished with 173 yards passing. The former No. 1 pick, however, got Chase McLaughlin in range for a 57-yard field goal with less than five minutes left that ended up deciding the game.
The Eagles offense struggled to sustain long drives against New England early on, keeping kicker Jake Elliott busy. Jalen Hurts, who was limited to 170 yards passing, had three sacks and added just 37 yards on the ground. As a team, Philadelphia was held to under 4.0 yards per carry. D’Andre Swift accounted for just one carry and Rashaad Penny was a healthy scratch, a poor start for two offseason additions to the backfield.
AJ Brown finished with 79 yards receiving on seven catches and DeVonta Smith hauled in the team’s only offensive touchdown on a five-yard pass from Hurts. Dallas Goedert saw only one target and did not record a catch.
Count on a bounceback performance from the Eagles, who managed just nine points on their last 11 drives after a hot start against the Patriots. Hurts had one of his best games as a passer against Minnesota a season ago (26-31 for 333 yards) and Philadelphia had an easier time running against it. that front than Tampa Bay.
When Hurts was healthy last season, the Eagles scored 29 or more points in eleven outings (including the playoffs) and only three defenses allowed more points per game than the Vikings in 2022.
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