Tip Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles
The first game day is in the books, but on Friday night it continues with the next firecracker. The Vikings will meet the Eagles in Philadelphia.
In a gripping match against the New England Patriots, Philly was particularly convincing in the first quarter. The visitors shocked the Pats with an incredible 16 points, but then let up a bit and opened the door again for their opponents. Nevertheless, in the end it was just enough for the first “W” on the table.
Due to the heavy rain in Boston, Jalen Hurts was doomed to let short passes fly through the air. The QB’s stats read accordingly unspectacular. Besides Hurts, there were also a few surprises. Especially D’Andre Swift remained completely below his potential. This was mainly due to the fact that Kenneth Gainwell got the main volume in the running game (14 carries/ 54 yards and four catches). However, Head Coach Nick Sirianni has already noted that we will get to see much more of Swift in Week 2.
Everything the same with Justin Jefferson? He remains one of the best players in the league and proved that impressively on Sunday. Even if the Buccs were able to win the game in the end, the wide receiver was definitely not to blame for the defeat. Only the missing touchdown of the 24-year-old disturbed the otherwise perfect statistics. Tampa Bay couldn’t find an answer to the explosive wide receiver, but that could be different against Philadelphia. Unlike Jefferson, however, T.J. Hockenson’s production could be contained by the opposition. The Vikings still need to work on a solution to make better use of the tight end in the offense.
The Philadelphia defense features tens of elite pass rushers, like linebacker Haason Reddick. The Eagles also shine in the secondary with cornerbacks Darius Slay and James Bradberry. Seeing them go head-to-head with the Vikings’ receiving corps is just one of the highlights of this matchup.
Our conclusion? The Eagles have the complete package, while we can still see one or two problems with the Vikings. That’s why we’re betting on a Philadelphia win.