Eagles vs Vikings: Best bets, TV schedule & betting preview for NFL week 2
The Philadelphia Eagles return home to host the Minnesota Vikings this Thursday for a primetime clash after defeating the Patriots this past weekend.
We’ve made a handy guide for anyone looking to bet on Eagles vs Vikings this weekend.
Eagles vs Vikings: week 2 info
Date: Thursday, September 14th
Time: 8:20PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
TV channel: Prime Video, FOX 29, NFL Gamepass (DAZN)
NFL Week 2 odds: Eagles vs Vikings
Spread: Philadelphia Eagles -7.5 | Minnesota Vikings +7.5
Moneyline: Philadelphia Eagles -355 | Minnesota Vikings +280
Total: Over/Under 48.5
Eagles vs Vikings: week 2 injury report
Eagles: James Bradberry, Reed Blankenship, Nakobe Dean, Fletcher Cox, Kenny Gainwell
Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, Marcus Davenport, Christian Darrisaw
Both teams will go into week 2 a little banged up, but the Eagles are going to be suffering more.
Nakobe Dean is likely headed to IR and while the team did sign former Seahawks first-rounder Rashaan Evans and have Nicholas Morrow at their disposal, it’s a tall order to expect an instant impact.
If James Bradberry is going to miss Thursday’s contest, we’ll likely see Josh Jobe or Kelee Ringo start outside in his place. It is a significant downgrade, especially with Justin Jefferson moving across the line of scrimmage. Losing Reed Blankenship for this matchup would also be a huge loss for that same reason.
As for the Vikings, C Garrett Bradbury left the opener with an injury and didn’t practice on Monday. Given how bad the OL was in week 1 (Kirk Cousins was sacked SIXTEEN TIMES), this is a huge concern.
Marcus Davenport missed the season opener but might well be ready for Thursday’s contest. His presence will be needed against a tenacious Eagles front.
Eagles vs Vikings: Week 2 analysis
Week 1 was a sluggish affair for both the Eagles and the Vikings, but only one team was able to emerge victorious. The Vikings ended up dropping a game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kirk Cousins was brutally assaulted from the get-go. He had next to no time to throw due to shoddy offensive line play, but still somehow completed 33/44 passes for 344 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Eagles will need to apply that same formula on Thursday and hope that the secondary fares slightly better against the best receiver in the NFL.
The Philadelphia Eagles come into this matchup looking for a bounceback. Their week 1 win was anything but convincing and the Vikings have a roster that’s much more intimidating than New England’s. Now, in front of their home crowd, the Eagles will need a performance far more reminiscent of the team that dominated Minnesota 24-7 when they clashed last year.
Why you should back the Eagles
Top to bottom, the Eagles have the better roster and the main advantage they have lies where Minnesota is weakest. While Kirky C was sacked 16 times in week 1 alone, the Eagles defense saw rookie Jalen Carter rally to 8 hurries and a sack on Mac Jones. With Haason Reddick and Nolan Smith in the wings, this could be a devastating day for the Vikings quarterback.
Jalen Hurts isn’t going to be as rusty as he was in the opener and I’d like to think both the offense and defense will be a little more disciplined. The unforced errors and lackadaisical approach should be dusted off by the time the Birds return home and we should get a much more efficient team on both sides of the ball.
Why you should back the Vikings
The Eagles could be without two key members of the secondary and Justin Jefferson is coming to town. With that said, Darius Slay blanketed the wonderkid when the two teams last clashed, but there’s no guarantee that history will repeat itself.
The Eagles were lucky to win against the Pats and if they continue to throw away possession, make bad decisions, and call conservative plays, this is an offense that will punish mistakes and keep the pressure on.
Much like Philadelphia, we should expect Minnesota to bounce back and they would love to finally get a win over a team that has been living rent free since 2017.
Eagles vs Vikings betting pick
I’m going to take the OVER here. 7.5 feels like a bit much for this game. Minnesota’s defense has taken a huge step forward and while the Eagles should at least improve on their disappointing week 1 effort and win the matchup, the Vikes have more than enough talent to cover and keep a cap on the Philly offense.
Eagles vs Vikings Pick: Minnesota Vikings +7.5
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