After a bundle of games against teams with winnings records, the Eagles finally catch a break, playing a team that sits towards the bottom of the NFC. The Minnesota Vikings are going to need to have their A game if they hope to put a stop to the Eagles 6 game winning streak.
Lesean McCoy is coming off of a franchise record-breaking game, as he rushed for 217 yards against the Detroit Lions amidst a furious downfall of snow.
While last week’s matchup against the NFC North leading Lions tested the offenses ability to produce points in unfortunate weather conditions, this weeks game will be played in a dome, allowing Foles and company to go to work.
If Foles and the Eagles offense is unable to get anything going, they will be punting the ball to two of the most dangerous return men in the league. The Vikings’ special team unit has been exceptional this season.
Cordarrelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels have created problems for opposing tacklers on both punt and kickoff returns. Both Patterson and Sherels rank in the top 5 in yards per return.
With Adrian Peterson listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, starting field position is going to be crucial for the Vikings to keep up with the hot Eagles offense.
Another matchup to watch will be the interior defensive line of the Vikings, made up of veteran and long time Viking Kevin Williams along with nose tackle Fred Evans against the Eagles offensive line. The Eagles O-line did an incredible job of paving the way for Lesean McCoy against the Lions and improved their pass blocking immensely in the second half.
Foles does not have the kind of mobility that we have become accustomed to seeing from NFL quarterbacks. Therefore, pass protection is going to be key for the Eagles to win this game. Jared Allen’s pass rushing abilities can potentially cause some issues for Lane Johnson, along with Brian Robison, who has 7 sacks on the season.
On paper, the Eagles are heavily favored. However, if the Eagles were to get ahead of themselves, they would run the risk of losing the lead in the division. This late in the season, when teams are making late season runs to win the division or catch a final wild card spot, every game counts. The Cowboys hold the tiebreaker in the NFC East, so this could be a trap game if the Eagles are not careful.