Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/15/13
Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) at Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm (The Metrodome)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings +5 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings on Sunday.
The Eagles improved to 8-5 on the year after beating Detroit at home 34-20 last weekend. Snow began falling two hours before kickoff and intensified after the game started. Conditions were so poor, neither team tried a field goal, and there were 2-point conversion attempts after seven of eight touchdowns. The Eagles offense gained 478 total yards against the Lions and turned the ball over once. LeSean McCoy rushed for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards. Nick Foles threw for 179 yards with 1 touchdowns and his first interception of the year. The Eagles defense forced 3 turnovers and allowed only 228 total yards against Detroit. Philadelphia has won five straight games and sits atop the NFC East. The Eagles rank 13th in the league in passing yards with over 250 per game, while ranking 1st in rushing yards with 158.5 per contest. Foles has thrown for 1,970 yards with 20 touchdowns and 1 interception this year. McCoy has rushed for 1,305 yards and 7 touchdowns this season, while Jackson has caught 65 balls for 1,080 yards and 8 touchdowns for the Eagles. On defense, Philadelphia ranks 31st in passing yards, giving up over 285 yards per game, while the defense allows 112.8 yards on the ground per game, which ranks 15th in the league. The Eagles will try to keep their winning streak alive on the road this weekend, where Philadelphia is an impressive 5-1 on the season.
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The Minnesota Vikings dropped to 3-9-1 after losing at Baltimore 29-26 last weekend. It appeared the unrelenting snow would be a huge factor in this game as the score was 12-7 for 90% of the game. However, an incredible 5 touchdowns were scored in the final 2 minutes of play, ending with Joe Flaco’s 9 yard touchdown pass to rookie Marlon Brown for the win. Minnesota gained 379 total yards against the Ravens and turned the ball over once. The Vikings had 6 penalties for 90 yards and only 114 yards rushing, as Adrian Peterson went down with an injury. Peterson, the NFL’s leading rusher and 2012 MVP, hurt his foot in the second quarter and is questionable for this week’s game. On the year, the Vikings average 214.8 yards passing per game, 22nd in the league, and 131.3 rushing yards per game, which ranks 7th in the league. The Minnesota defense is allowing 282.5 yards per game thru the air, 30th in the league, while allowing 118.8 yards on the ground per contest, which ranks 22nd in the league. Peterson has rushed for 1,221 yards with 10 touchdowns this season, while Simpson has 43 catches for 670 yards and 1 score. The Vikings will try to win their third straight game at home this weekend; Minnesota is 3-3 on the year at Mall of America Field.
Philadelphia has won five out of the last six meetings between these two teams, but Minnesota won the last meeting back in 2010 by 10 in Philadelphia. Minnesota will not be the same without Peterson, which it looks like he won’t play on Sunday. The Vikings offensively will have to rely on Cassell and company to move the ball against an average Eagles secondary. On the other side, Minnesota will have trouble stopping the Eagles offense. The Eagles playing in a dome will help their speed both on the ground and throwing the ball down field. I see this being a high scoring game and the Eagles winning by at least 10 points.