As the Philadelphia Eagles try to revive their quest to return to the Super Bowl, the Minnesota Vikings are taking the pressure off a losing start to the year as they try to make a deep playoff run. Minnesota and Kirk Cousins face questions after a disappointing first week.
The Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings meet on Thursday night in the best matchup of the second week of the season – live on Sky Sports NFL from 1.15am on Friday morning. A year ago Monday night, the Vikings defeated a raging Eagles team 24-7 in the midst of an eight-game winning streak that opened the season and eventually led them to the Super Bowl. For the Vikings, it was a familiar failure at quarterback Kirk Cousins. His career record in such games is 12-21.
And come to think of it, that could be stretched to 13-24 if Cousins has just one Finals in four tries. However, the concern for Minnesota right now is the possibility that the team won’t even return to the 2023 postseason after a disappointing 20-17 opening week loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Lincoln Financial Field isn’t the place you’d travel to next on your schedule, but the reigning NFC champion Eagles didn’t appear to be the shenanigans many expected, as evidenced by their hard-fought 25-20 victory. last weekend at the New England Patriots.
The early results weren’t very encouraging, however, as the new-look D allowed a fourth-down conversion that extended Tampa Bay’s effort to tie the game and then allowed the Pirates to punt for the final score with 3:52 left. 15-yard facemask penalty and two-thirds.
As for Cousins and the offense, they have the scary prospect of facing a big Philadelphia front with Jordan Davis and Brandon Graham, with rookie defensive end Jalen Carter added to the mix. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Carter’s pass start time of 0.68 seconds against New England was tops among defensive players with at least 15 carries.
And he had six squeezes – the most since 2019. Use Chrome as a simpler video player. Jefferson: I want to be the best in the NFL Minnesota Vikings linebacker Justin Jefferson explains why he likes to show the fans and how the high expectations are extra motivation.