Eagles vs Vikings Prediction NFL Picks Today 9/14

Eagles vs Vikings Prediction NFL Picks Today 9/14

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Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles - NFL Predictions

Introduction

Thursday night football brings us a thrilling clash between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings, coming off a 13-4 season in 2022 with a first-round playoff exit, seek redemption. Meanwhile, the Eagles, who finished last season 14-3 and NFC champions but lost in the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs, are eager to continue their success in the 2023 season. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 PM EST.

 

Minnesota Vikings

For the second consecutive season, the Vikings find themselves in Philadelphia for a prime-time game in week two. In the previous season, they entered Philadelphia following a resounding win over the Green Bay Packers but were met with a disappointing loss. This year, their journey to Philadelphia comes on the heels of a frustrating 20-17 defeat at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Offensive Recap

In their recent game against the Buccaneers, the Vikings leaned heavily on their passing game, managing only 41 rushing yards on 17 carries. Quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 33 of 44 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns but also threw an interception. Star receiver Justin Jefferson contributed significantly with nine catches for 150 yards, while T.J. Hockenson added eight receptions for 35 yards.

Defensive Performance

Defensively, the Vikings allowed just 242 total yards, including 168 passing yards, and limited the Buccaneers to only nine first downs. However, they couldn't force any turnovers and recorded only one sack and two tackles for loss against the Bucs.

Key Points

The Vikings' performance in week one highlighted their reliance on the passing game and the need to establish a more effective ground attack, especially with Alexander Mattison stepping in as the new starting running back. The Eagles' formidable defensive front poses a significant challenge in this regard.

Defensive Outlook

On the defensive side, the Vikings face the task of creating turnovers to secure an upset victory on the road. Their defense ranked 31st in total defense in 2022, making it crucial to step up against the Eagles, who possess a potent passing attack.

 

Eagles Performance

The Eagles opened their 2023 season with a hard-fought 25-20 victory against New England. While the offensive output was modest with 251 total yards, the defense shone with two turnovers, including a pick-six by Darius Slay.

Offensive Challenges

Offensively, the Eagles faced challenges, gaining just 154 passing yards and 97 rushing yards. Quarterback Jalen Hurts went 22-of-33 for 170 yards and a touchdown but was sacked three times. Running back Kenneth Gainwell led the ground game with 14 carries for 54 yards.

Defensive Strengths

Defensively, the Eagles forced turnovers and recorded two sacks and five tackles for loss, despite allowing 382 total yards of offense. The return of cornerback Darius Slay had an immediate impact with a pick-six.

 

Prediction

As the Vikings take on the Eagles, there's a compelling case for betting on the over of 48.5 points. Both teams showcased strong offensive performances in week one, and key defensive players are listed as questionable or missing. With the potential for explosive plays and scoring opportunities, the over appears to be the best bet for this matchup.

Expect an exciting Thursday night game with plenty of action on both sides of the ball. Stay tuned for a high-scoring affair, and don't miss out on the opportunity to bet on the over of 48.5 points.

 

Pick: Over 48.5 Points

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