There are a couple tantalizing football games during this Week 7 NFL slate, and Minnesota travelling to Philadelphia, certainly counts as one of them. The Vikings have been quite the revelation so far this season. Following the injury to their star quarterback in training camp, nobody could have anticipated this kind of opening to the season. Without Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings look fine under Sam Bradford, and look well on their way to an NFC North divisional title. They’ve been tested this season, but they’ll get yet another one as they take on a solid Eagles squad on Sunday.
Philly has been better than most people could have imagined. Carson Wentz has looked great so far, and as a result people around the Eagles are talking post-season football. That said, they’re coming off a bad loss and enter a little banged up. The Vikings present a big challenge for a team like Philadelphia, and it will be interesting to see if they’re ready for it.
This should be a great way to continue a solid Sunday of NFL betting action. Read on below for full game details and an official betting selection for Vikes/Eagles.
Vikings vs. Eagles Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings -3 (-115)
@ Philadelphia Eagles +3 (-105)
Over 40 (-110)
Under 40 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Vikings vs. Eagles Pick:
One of the reasons Wentz and the Eagles have struggled of late entering this contest, has been the play of their offensive line. When Lane Johnson was suspended for ten games, things sort of just crumbled, and as a result Wentz’s play has slipped. He’s no longer getting the protection he was accustomed to earlier in the season, and opposing pass rushes are taking full advantage. This game will be no different. Minnesota possesses an explosive front – and with Danielle Hunter and Linval Joseph dressed in purple, Wentz will be in trouble often on Sunday afternoon. Expect very limited time and space for the Eagles on offense.
It also does not help that Philly’s top wideout in Jordan Matthews is clearly banged up. He is expected to play, but at less than 100%. He’ll have the blanket-like Xavier Rhodes covering him all game, and it’s impossible to expect anything big out of the Eagles’ passing attack. Though it has brought them success this season, facing the Vikings is just too big of a step up, and I am not sure the Eagles are ready for the challenge just yet. On the ground, similarly, do not expect much. Ryan Mathews is in the midst of yet another dull season, and going against this Vikings’ stout front is too much to ask. Philly will struggle heavily to move the chains.
This isn’t anything to be ashamed about, as that’s how the Vikings have remained undefeated. An efficient offensive unit, and a spectacular defence. When Minnesota has the football, expect them to be able to get some success against the Eagles. Without Boone Logan on Philly’s defensive line, holes should be there for the Vikings. This should open up the passing game against the Eagles’ secondary, one in which Sam Bradford is quite familiar with, mind you. He knows the Eagles’ defensive backfield is a disaster, and he’ll be able to take full advantage. They cannot cover anybody right now and with a rested Stefon Diggs returning this week, he is in for a monster outing.
There is admittedly a ton of action on the Vikings as it seems like the entire betting community is on them at this short road price. But that said, there are a ton of reasons to like them. This is a bad match-up at the wrong time for the Eagles, and after having two weeks to prepare, you can bet Vikes’ head coach Mike Zimmer will be ready to run his record to 6-0. Bradford will also be eager to ‘stick it’ to his old group, and his teammates will surely be motivated to get him this victory. These teams are in different categories right now, and expect the Vikings to make yet another statement on Sunday.
PICK = Vikings -3 (-115)