Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles - 1/21/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Vikings (14-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 6:40 pm (Lincoln Financial Field)
The Line: Philadelphia Eagles +3 -- Over/Under: 39.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in the NFC Championship with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line.
The Vikings look to continue their miracle playoff run after an improbable finish at home last weekend against the New Orleans Saints as they head into Philadelphia as a three point favourite against the top-seeded Eagles who escaped last weekend with a win against the Atlanta Falcons. The Vikings blew a big lead that made the last three minutes of the fourth quarter one of the greatest back and forth affairs in league history and now they have a chance to play in the Super Bowl on home soil and after the way things ended last weekend it seems like it is only fate that they qualify for the big dance and face off for the Lombardi Trophy against the winner of the Patriots-Jaguars game in the AFC Championship. The Vikings are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and a very impressive 20-6 ATS in their last 26 following a game in which they conceded more than 250 yards through the air and with the Vikings defense being so stingy and the Eagles offense limited by the play of Nick Foles it makes sense that Minny is a road favourite in this game.
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The Eagles meanwhile outlasted the Falcons at home last weekend and have already eclipsed the expectations some people had for them in these playoffs after the ineptitude the offense displayed in the final few weeks of the season. However, the Eagles are playing a conference championship game at home and that is always the spot you want to be in heading into a season and with Philly being in the middle of the pack over the last few seasons and this already being a huge accomplishment you can be sure they will build on this season regardless of what happens on Sunday. However, they are still very much alive this season and with a 6-2 mark ATS in their last eight games at home and a 6-2 mark ATS in their last eight with the Vikings this shapes up to be a good spot for the Eagles with or without Carson Wentz.
The Vikings are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road playoff games while the Eagles are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 against the NFC and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 against a team with a winning record. The Vikings to me have the edge as they have the deeper offense and defense and while it is in Philly I think it will be a homecoming for the Vikes as they qualify for the Super Bowl and cover to boot.