Eagles vs Vikings Picks, NFL Predictions & Free Bets
Philadelphia takes on Minnesota in Week 6 and we have Eagles vs Vikings Picks, NFL Predictions & Free Bets available.
Two years ago, the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles met in the NFC Championship Game. This week, they’ll meet again with both teams trying to prove once again that they’re among the elite teams in the NFC.
The early betting line lists the Vikings as 3-point favorites at home with an over/under of 44 points.
Philadelphia Eagles Form
After a rough 1-2 start to the season that had some people questioning how good the Eagles are this year, they’ve responded with back-to-back wins over the Packers and Jets.
The Thursday night road win against Green Bay was particularly impressive, not to mention a game they had to win. It was also nice for the Eagles to follow it up with a convincing 31-6 win over the short-handed Jets.
With Dallas winning two in a row, the Eagles are now tied with the Cowboys atop the NFC East. However, this week’s trip to Minnesota is the first of three straight road games for Philadelphia.
It includes a road game with the Cowboys next week, so the schedule for the rest of October is not overly friendly.
On paper, the Eagles have scored over 30 points in back-to-back games. However, the Philadelphia defense was responsible for 14 of the team’s 31 points against the Jets.
The offense only produced 265 total yards and 17 points against the undermanned Jets. The passing attack, in particular, has been a little underwhelming throughout the season.
Tight end Zach Ertz is the team’s leading receiver with no wide receiver reaching 200 yards on the season. Meanwhile, Carson Wentz has gone back-to-back games with less than 200 yards passing.
He’s also completed fewer than 60% of his passes in four of five games. He’s protected the ball well and the running game has been good at times, but the Philadelphia offense as a whole remains a little underwhelming.
Of course, the Philadelphia defense is coming off a strong performance last week. But dominating the Jets with third-string quarterback Luke Falk starting isn’t necessarily an accomplishment.
Prior to that game, the Eagles were giving up over 26 points per game, so it’s fair to say that the jury is still out on the Philadelphia defense this season.
The Eagles can’t rely on getting two defensive scores every week.
Minnesota Vikings Form
Minnesota’s goal this week is to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Vikings were dominant on the road last week, beating the Giants 28-10 to notch their first win away from home in 2019.
Now they get to come back home and go for consecutive wins. Most teams would be satisfied at going 3-2 early in the year, but it actually puts the Vikings last in the NFC North standings.
All four teams in that division have a winning record. That puts plenty of pressure on the Vikings to keep winning in order to keep pace.
After an uneven start to the season, Kirk Cousins had himself a day against the Giants, completing 22 of his 27 passes for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.
Of course, he got plenty of help from a rushing attack that gained over 200 yards. Cousins also put up big numbers against a defense that was missing a few key guys to injury and isn’t that good in the first place.
The challenge for Cousins is to show some consistency and maintain a high level of performance in consecutive weeks.
The other concern for the Minnesota offense is that Cousins has been sacked nine times over the last two weeks.
Defensively, the Vikings will feel like they’re in good shape. They were the first team of three that have tried to slow down rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
The Vikings sacked him four times and were able to take full advantage of the Giants playing without Saquon Barkley.
On the season, the Vikings are allowing less than 15 points per game, as the Minnesota defense looks to be approaching the same level it played at when they reached the NFC Championship Game two years ago.
Eagles vs Vikings Head-to-Head
Of course, the first rematch of the NFC Championship Game came last season when the Vikings snuck out of Philadelphia with a 23-21 win.
This will also be the second time the Eagles have traveled to Minnesota since 2013. The first game was their Super Bowl win over the Patriots after knocking off the Vikings in the NFC Championship Game.
But this will be the first time Philadelphia plays the Vikings in U.S. Bank Stadium.
Eagles vs. Vikings Betting Trends
- Vikings are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
- Eagles are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
Eagles vs Vikings Picks & NFL Predictions
The Vikings have been a different team at home this year than they’ve been on the road. The home crowd makes the Minnesota defense that much better.
Given Philadelphia’s concerns on both sides of the ball, they have a steep mountain to climb. While it’s not a sure thing, the Vikings are a good candidate to cover the 3-point spread at home against the Eagles.
Eagles vs Vikings Picks & NFL Predictions: Vikings -3 @ SportsBetting