Vikings Seek Win Streak With Eagles Coming to Town
Written by Tony Schultz on October 10, 2019
The Vikings went on the road last week and came away with a win. A win they should have come home with considering the shape the New York Giants are in. They seemed to control the entire game and embattled quarterback, Kirk Cousins had a spectacular game while Dan Bailey earned NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week for being perfect on four field goals and two extra points. The defense was aggressive in their attack scoring a safety and having an interception while stifling the Giants run game and putting constant pressure on rookie quarterback, Daniel Jones. The team had about as perfect a game as you can have. As I said before: they should have. In the past the Vikings would go to a scenario like this and lay an egg, but Mike Zimmer has his team better prepared for these types of games. What now?
Next up is the Philadelphia Eagles back home at US Bank Stadium. The Eagles are a team of unknowns as well. Meaning the team looks good at times and not so good at others. They lost to the Detroit Lions at home, but then beat the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. They are at a bit of a turning point for their season as they have three road games in a row against the Vikings, Cowboys, and Buffalo Bills then come home to face the Bears, Patriots and Seahawks. That’s a tough schedule. The Eagles need a win in Minnesota or it could be the start to them going into a tailspin and missing the playoffs. The Eagles have several key injuries including to their starting cornerbacks and backups at the position. Some of their defensive line is also banged up with Tim Jernigan nursing a foot injury, and having the best wide receiver tandem in the league playing across from them doesn’t bode well. Dalvin Cook has also been tearing up defenses in the ground game and through the air. Some will point to the fact that the Eagles have a really good run defense anchored by Fletcher Cox. The only problem there is that many teams have abandoned the run against them attacking those injured positions or playing from behind where they have to play catch up. Carson Wentz is back at quarterback again this year, but he has proven to be inconsistent. His career started strong, but an injury opened the door for Nick Foles to lead the team to a Super Bowl win two years ago. Last year Wentz looked out of sorts and the Vikings went to Philly and beat them with Cousins putting on a show and Linval Joespeh rumbling in a fumble for a touchdown and Dan Bailey’s foot securing the win.
After the drama before last week’s game with Stephon Diggs and Cousins apologizing to Adam Thielen on a radio broadcast things have started to swing back in the Vikings favor. The fans were thrilled to see Kirk throw around the field and not have any turnovers. The defense did just what it was supposed to do by tormenting the Giants. With the win things seem to be back to a positive vibe around the team. The thing is that it has to continue this week and through a dicey schedule for the Vikings. If Coach Zimmer and his squad can go out and beat the Eagles and have momentum in their favor heading to Detroit things should be settled. They have an opportunity to not only run, but pass against the Eagles in this game and some fans who are still cool on their starting QB might need to see an offensive explosion before letting Kirk off the schneid. Some might need to see him hoist the Lombardi Trophy, and even that might not be enough. Cousins has historically had great games against the Eagles when he played them twice a year on the Washington squad. As long as the Vikings come out firing on all cylinders on defense and the offense works within itself, and what works best for their personnel they should get another win this Sunday. It all comes down to which teams show up on both sides.