Eagles-Vikings Pregame ThoughtsBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Saturday, December 14th, 2013
The Vikings aren’t a great team, but they’ve got a couple of electric weapons that have big-play potential.
Running back Adrian Peterson is their heart and soul. However, after suffering an ankle injury last week he seems unlikely to suit up. If Peterson is infact good to go, he can bring a great deal of stability to the Minnesota offense and help open things up for other players. As dreadful as the quarterback situation has been for the Vikings, Peterson has still managed to put up over 1,200 yards and score 10 touchdowns.
Cordarelle Patterson is another guy to watch out for. Patterson has scored five touchdowns, and he’s picked them up in a variety of ways. He’s picked up two as a receiver, two as a kick returner, and one as a rusher. He’s got great speed, and he’s filled the void left by Percy Harvin as a dynamic offensive weapon that can do it all.
Why The Eagles Will Win
The Eagles’ offense has been on fire as of late, and they’ll get a juicy matchup against a team that averages over 30 points allowed per game.
The Vikings’ defense doesn’t do anything well. They’re ranked 30th against the pass and 22nd against the run. Against a passing defense this poor, Nick Foles should be able to pick this group apart. DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper have been making some big plays as of late, and I don’t think the Minnesota secondary is going to be the group that slows them down.
LeSean McCoy comes off of a record-setting performance against the Lions. Against a rush defense that has given up over 118 yards per game, McCoy could be in line for another big game.
The quarterback situation in Minnesota has been a disaster. Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman have all gotten opportunities and three of them have been brutal. Now with Adrian Peterson’s status in doubt, the weakness that is the Vikings’ quarterback position could become even more exposed. Cassel appears to be in line for another start this week. The now reliable Eagles defense should be able to force Cassel into several turnovers.
The Eagles are in such a good groove right now.
Offense, defense, special teams, every unit on this team is clicking right now.
Some may worry about this week’s match as a possible trap game, but I just don’t see it.
The Eagles have so much to play for right now. They’ve got to win to keep a step ahead of the Cowboys, and a loss to an opponent that they should beat handily is just not an option.
The Eagles have favorable matchups across the board in this game, and I think this is a week with little drama, and we should be able to sit back, put our feet up, and watch the team cruise to a solid victory tomorrow afternoon.
Pick: Philadelphia 33, Minnesota 13
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