The Eagles head back into Minnesota for the first time since claiming their first Super Bowl, right after knocking off the Vikings in the NFC Championship game. This time around both teams head into week six of the season at 3-2 and trying to continue their winning streaks. Here are the crew’s predictions for the game:
JOE FABIANI (4-1)
Something has to give in this game. The Vikings strength on offense is their run game and the Eagles strength on defense is their run defense. I think we’ll see another bend but don’t break game from the Eagles defense. I do think we’ll see Adam Thielen get his. However, building off of their last two wins the Eagles confidence is at an all-time high heading into the toughest stretch of games. Yes, they are banged up on both sides of the ball but confidence is key this time of year. I’ll be watching the Eagles defensive line after last week’s eruption of 10 sacks and 17 QB hits. If they can establish consistent pressure against Cousins he will crumble. I expect to hear Wentz to Ertz a lot in this one. Alshon is still getting back to 100% and DeSean is out again, look for the tight ends to take advantage of some opportunities.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Vikings 24
Eric Fenstermaker (2-3)
I finally picked an Eagles game right! The Eagles looked very good against the struggling Jets, but there are definitely areas the Eagles can improve. The self-inflicted injuries like penalties and fumbles are still major areas the Eagles need to clean up. The Vikings offer a very different feel than the Jets. The Vikings have a solid offense and defense, and they also have their share of hurtful, self-inflicted injuries. Both teams will need to do all the small things right, and this game won’t be won early. I expect this to be a game that comes down to key late 4th quarter plays. I want to see the Eagles continue to feed Jordan Howard, and I expect Carson Wentz to hopefully take some more shots downfield. I like the Eagles in this match-up, but this game will be just as tough as the Packers game, so the Eagles need to make sure they play their absolute best.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Vikings 24
Joey Kapusta (2-3)
Hello Minnesota, so nice to see you again. I think we all remember the last time the Eagles played a game in Minnesota. Tom Brady was walking off the field with his head down and the Birds were hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the first time ever. Now it is 2019 and the Eagles face a tough three-game road trip starting with the Vikings. The Eagles have the best rush defense in the NFL and the Vikings have a top-five rushing offense that features Dalvin Cook and his explosive running style. These two teams match up pretty well on paper. Where the Eagles are good, the Vikings are also good. Where the Eagles are below average, the Vikings are also below average. This game is going to come down to who wins in the trenches (cliche’ I know) and forces their opponent to abandon the run. I see the Eagles getting a late turnover to help swing the momentum in their favor for good in this one. A late Philly field goal followed by a defensive stop propels the Eagles to a very close victory.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Vikings 23
Tyler Edgerton (2-3)
This game to me comes down to three major areas for me. First, the Eagles number one rushing defense needs to show up again and hold Dalvin Cook in check. Cooks is having an incredible year averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Second, the Vikings will turn over the football. They have committed seven turnovers already, so if the Eagles can get a short field and capitalize it could be the difference in the game much like the game in Green Bay. Finally, Alshon Jeffery has more touchdowns against the Vikings than any other player in the NFL right now. With Desean Jackson out again, he’ll be leaned on heavily. I think the Eagles get two of these three and get a big win on the road to start this 3-game span.
Final Prediction: Eagles 27, Vikings 23
Alex Whitney (2-3)
This matchup will be a tough one to start a three-game road trip for the Eagles. However, if they win this one, it could set them up beautifully for the next two. Kirk Cousins has been inconsistent this season and relies heavily on Dalvin Cook and the running game. I’d like to see Cousins forced to make quick decisions today and have to dump the ball off underneath to Kyle Rudolph or Cook so the Eagles can swarm. If the Eagles can stop the run and not turn the ball over, I believe they can beat the Vikings in their own house.
Final Prediction: Eagles 28, Vikings 24