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Early in final week’s sport between the Eagles and the Detroit Lions, it appeared as if the Eagles would coast to a win. Nonetheless, the Lions got here again and made the sport shut within the fourth quarter earlier than the Eagles got here away with a 38-35 win, giving them their first victory of the season.
The Eagles are actually turning their consideration to the Minnesota Vikings, getting ready for his or her Monday evening matchup to be held at Lincoln Monetary Area, making it the primary dwelling sport of the season for the Eagles.
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The Vikings additionally enter the sport with a 1-0 file, due to a 23-7 win over the Inexperienced Bay Packers, their NFC North division rivals. The Vikings put up 395 yards of offense, most of it behind standout large receiver Justin Jefferson who had 184 receiving yards. The Vikings have been additionally in a position to sack Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers 4 instances.
With each groups evenly matched, it ought to make for a very good sport. Will the Eagles win their dwelling opener? Here’s what NJ Advance Media’s NFL writers suppose:
Chris Franklin, Eagles beat reporter
Within the Eagles’ dwelling opener, quarterback Jalen Hurts throws a few touchdowns, one to DeVonta Smith, who was held and not using a catch final Sunday towards the Lions. Vikings working again Dalvin Cook dinner additionally has some success working the ball, making issues robust once more for the Eagles protection, however Eagles kicker Jake Elliott makes a late area aim, giving Philadelphia the win.
Eagles 30, Vikings 28
Les Bowen, Eagles columnist
The environment can be electrical for the Eagles’ Monday Evening dwelling opener. However Kirk Cousins has an odd historical past of short-circuiting the Birds. The Eagles can be a greater workforce than the Vikings by the tip of the season, I feel. This, nevertheless, is Week 2.
Justin Jefferson will once more draw consideration to Howie Roseman’s large 2020 draft gaffe.
My solely caveat in choosing the upset: The Vikings benefited from some large drops by Packers receivers. If Jalen Hurts can discover the identical mismatches, that might change my thoughts in a rush.
Vikings 33, Eagles 31
Darryl Slater, Giants beat reporter
Two spectacular Week 1 performances from these groups, although the Vikings clearly beat the higher NFC North workforce (Packers, in comparison with the Eagles topping the Lions by three factors). Justin Jefferson and A.J. Brown on the identical area ought to make for excellent theater on Monday evening in Philadelphia. Let’s see a thriller with a number of factors. Why not?
Vikings 48, Eagles 45
Bob Brookover, Giants beat reporter
Kirk Cousins has a ton of weapons – Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook dinner and Adam Thielen – at his disposal and an important resume towards the Eagles – 6-3 with 21 landing passes and 6 interceptions. The Eagles, nevertheless, have much more offensive firepower with A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, Miles Sanders and the legs of Jalen Hurts.
Andy Vasquez, Jets beat reporter
The Vikings appeared superb towards the Packers and poised to make an early-season assertion with wins over two NFC playoff contenders. Within the latest previous the Vikings would have laid an egg in a sport like this, however they flip over a brand new leaf below Kevin O’Connell with a giant win.
Vikings 31, Eagles 28
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