I expect them to try and stay committed to the run game on Sunday, even against the Eagles' stout front.
Despite having the two best records in the NFC in 2017, that does not mean that the Eagles and Vikings go unscathed throughout the season. Meaning if Philly can repeat their execution from last week, it could easily be enough to crank out another ugly-as-the-dickens win. Underdogs blah blah blah.
There are multiple charters headed to Philadelphia from Minneapolis. That, I will never say. I made it 10 yards into the parking lot before a Philly fan called out to my buddy (who was wearing a Tampa Bay Rays hat lol) and told him to go fuck himself.
Now, I'm the insane one. As the Eagles take the field against Minnesota this weekend for the last stop before the Super Bowl, Dallas sports bars will be packed with a wave of Vikings fans. The oddity on the latter stat is that the Vikings won anyway.
The Vikings are 0-3 against the Eagles in the postseason - three double-digit defeats under three different coaches (Bud Grant, Mike Tice and Brad Childress).
"They literally need to walk around with posters saying 'Tom Brady, please save us, '" Smith said.
Jacksonville's defense is devastating against widespread, pass-happy formations. I think the defense clamps down at home. Heck, millennials may join their forefathers in living and dying without seeing a Super Bowl parade down Woodward Ave.
Certainly, there are varying factors in how much better a game performs as teams are eliminated. Both with identical records. Minnesota could end its 41-year Super Bowl drought and become the first team in the 52 years of America's biggest game to play in its home stadium on Feb 4.
After doing the unthinkable against the New Orleans Saints during the divisional round of the playoffs last weekend with a last-second touchdown to win the game, the question has to be asked if the Vikings can do it all again against the Eagles this weekend. In terms of total QBR, Keenum ranks first in one-score games, when pressured and against the blitz.
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Case Keenum and Blake Bortles get no respect! Keenum is excellent in his ability to throw on the run. What a matchup up this is.
Minnesota found it equally hard to get any ground attack going. Eagles win and dance their way to the Super Bowl. But now we're in the post-season and this is when the defense flexes its muscles.
The Vikings, the NFL's No. 2 rush defense and No. 1 overall, will dare Foles to beat them. The Vikings allowed the fewest points (15.8 per game) and fewest yards (276 per game) during the regular season. Minnesota led the National Football League in third-down defense, as opponents converted only 25 percent of their attempts. A sack, a penalty, anything that creates a third-and-long situation will kill a drive. The ski area will display the game on TVs inside, offer ski lift specials and pour purple cocktails. However, the "Next Man Up" approach has guided the Eagles and Vikings to success regardless.
The Vikings became the first team in National Football League history to go 15-1 in the regular season and not reach the Super Bowl.
"I can't imagine that any city anywhere has a greater desire for a championship".
Foles will confront a carnivorous defense that Bud Grant's old Purple People Eaters would have admired, and Keenum won't be able to count on some epic last-second magic against an indefatigable defense that the late Chuck Bednarik and Reggie White would have applauded. The fans are what move the needle here.
The pre-Spygate days, which would go from the 2001 season to the summer of 2008, started when the Pats shocked the world and defeated the then-St. They love to line up heavy, showing two tight ends and two backs at times, which allows Gronk to take advantage of bigger defensive personnel.
Vikings WR Adam Thielen is listed as questionable with a lower back issue which has limited him in practice this week.
Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon vs. Eagles defensive line. Vikings have the better secondary. It feels like one will come down to whoever has last possession.