NFL 2019 (Week 6): Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

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NFL 2019 (Week 6): Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings

By Pete Fasulo

Special to Pro Football Guru

Neither one of these teams wants to fall back to .500, yet one of them will (barring a tie). The Eagles entered the season with hopes of returning to the Super Bowl, which they won after the 2016 season. Minnesota is eyeing a return to the playoffs after falling short last season. Both are a disappointing 3-2 at this juncture of the season and looking to get back on track. The Eagles are coming off a 31-6 thrashing of the lowly Jets, while the Vikings took care of the hapless Giants 28-10.

Vikings: Kirk Cousins leads a solid offense that features wide receivers Adam Thielen and the disgruntled Stefon Diggs and tight end Kyle Rudolph. Running backs Dalvin Cook and Ameer Abdullah should be able to run on a banged up Philly defense. The Vikings’ offensive line, led by Riley Reiff, should be able to open holes all day versus a Philadelphia front seven that has been suspect this far this season. Defensively, the Vikings are led by stalwarts Linval Joseph, Xavier Rhodes, and Anthony Barr. Expect the Vikings to have their hands full early on, but settle in and control the line of scrimmage against the Eagles. Everson Griffen should add to his team-leading sack total versus a Philly line that has at times been struggling this season.

Eagles: The Eagles offense, led by quarterback Carson Wentz, has looked out of sync thus far this season. Getting to face the lowly Jets last week may have been the cure for their ills as the Birds put up 31 points, their best total during this 2019 campaign. Wentz has thrown for 10 touchdowns to only two interceptions this year. Expect him to have a tougher time versus the Vikings’ secondary. The Eagles’ running game, led by Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders will need to do the heavy lifting as the Vikings’ secondary will be keying in on Wentz and the passing game. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor has had a case of the drops this season as he has been targeted 32 times, yet has only 19 receptions. On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles have injuries in the secondary that will hurt them. They have given up an average of 288 yards per game through the air this in their first five games this year.

Prediction: This is an important game for both of these teams. Expect the Eagles to stay close early, but the injuries in their secondary will eventually rear their ugly heads and Cousins will find Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph open often later in the game. On paper, these teams are better than their current records, yet in the end the Vikings will prevail.

Minnesota Vikings 28, Philadelphia Eagles 20

Pete Fasulo (@LISportsFans) is a freelance writer covering business, music, and sports. He has written for music publications such as Revolver and Aural Fix. His sports writing career has been resurrected here after numerous years at The Torch and The Long Island Tribune (many moons ago).

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