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Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles Predictions: WHO YA GOT!?

Time for everyone to call their shots for this weekend’s contest at Lincoln Financial Field.

Philadelphia Eagles v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

As we do for every Minnesota Vikings’ game, we have our opportunity to make our predictions for this week’s contest. This weekend, the Vikings will be traveling east to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the first matchup between these two teams since 2013.

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A couple of weeks ago, both of these teams were sitting at 3-0 and coming off of impressive victories. Since then, however, both teams have gone through their bye week, and the Vikings have kept their momentum going to get their record to 5-0. The Eagles, on the other hand, have lost two straight following their bye and have fallen to 3-2 and into third place in the NFC East.

Quarterbacks have been the big stories for both of these teams this season. For the Vikings, Sam Bradford has gotten off to an outstanding start after being acquired from the Eagles just a week before the season. Since being inserted into the starting lineup in Week 2, Bradford has put together the best stretch of football he’s ever played. He’s completed 70% of his passes and thrown six touchdown passes against zero interceptions. He’s done this despite missing a couple of pieces, such as wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and having an offensive line that can generously be described as being “in flux.”

One of the keys to keeping Bradford on his hot streak might be the play of the running game. The Vikings’ running game, with Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata splitting the workload, has shown some signs of life over the past couple of weeks. The numbers haven’t necessarily been there, but hopefully the bye week has given the Vikings’ offensive line a little time to heal and get some of their issues worked out. It appears that the Eagles will be without Bennie Logan in this one, which should also help to provide a boost for the Minnesota run game.

For the Eagles, rookie Carson Wentz has had an outstanding rookie campaign through his first five games, but has come down to earth somewhat over the past couple of weeks. Last week, the Eagles lost starting right tackle Lane Johnson to a 10-game suspension, and the Washington Redskins were able to take advantage of his replacement, fellow rookie Halapoulvaati Vaitai, to move Wentz off of the spot and really make things miserable for him in general. Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson has stated that Vaitai will start again at right tackle this week, and he’s likely going to require a lot of help against guys like Brian Robison and Danielle Hunter. With the Minnesota secondary continuing to play at a very high level, if the Vikings’ front seven can get some pressure on the rookie, it could be another long afternoon for him and his teammates.

It feels strange to feel that the Vikings have an outstanding chance of securing a road victory, but I just don’t know if I can find a really good reason to pick against the Vikings in this one. Having a week off to prepare to face a rookie quarterback seems like the ideal scenario for a Mike Zimmer-coached football team. I think the Vikings will come out firing and get ahead early so they can turn the dogs loose on Wentz and company.

I’ll go Vikings 24, Eagles 13 in this one, just like I said in my talk with Bleeding Green Nation earlier this week.

Who ya got this week, folks?