clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles: First Quarter Open Thread

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Date: 21 January 2018
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Time: 5:40 PM Central Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
TV: FOX Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 83
Sirius Ch 83
TV Announcers: Joe Buck
Troy Aikman
Know Thy Foe: Bleeding Green Nation
Weather: 46 degrees, winds from S at 5 MPH, 10% chance of precipitation
Line: Minnesota -3.5, Over/Under 39 (Thanks to the SB Nation odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 20, Eagles 17
Final Score: Eagles 38, Vikings 7 (oops)

Here are the ground rules for the Game Threads:

-Thou shalt not link illegal feeds of today's game, or I shall kick thy arse to the curb until the game is over. Do not promote then, do not mention them, do not even hint at them. Thou hast been warned.

-Thou shalt make an attempt to keep the swearing to a minimum. Understandable that it will slip occasionally, but do try to limit it. If you really feel the need to curse, use the spoiler tags to keep it covered up. We'll get the sentiment.

-Thou shalt not feed the trolls. Rather, thou shall simply point them out, and they shall be banished to the fires of Mordor. Or Wisconsin. Whichever we feel is more harsh at the time.

-Thou shalt not engage in racist, sexist, or other such insulting rhetoric. Somebody disagreeing with you does not make them racist or sexist. It means they disagree with you. Talk it out like adults.

-Thou shalt not bait the fans of other teams into trolling.

-Basically, thou shalt not be a jackwagon in the game thread.

Well, folks, this is the biggest one since the last one. It's time for the 2017 NFC Championship Game, and it will be contested between your Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles. The winner of this one will advance to play one more game at U.S. Bank Stadium on the first Sunday of February, and the loser will be able to start their offseason.

So, what does Minnesota have to do in order to punch their ticket to. . .ummmmmm, U.S. Bank Stadium?

1) Maintain focus - We're a week removed from the Minneapolis Miracle, and while the fans are still buzzing about it, you can bet that the players and coaches have put it in the rear view mirror. Everyone on both sides of the ball in this one is going to have to keep themselves focused on the task at hand. The Eagles are the #1 seed in the NFC for a reason, after all, and if the Vikings aren't totally ready for this one, they could see it slip away.

2) Stop the run - The Eagles have a very talented trio of running backs in Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, and Corey Clement. It is imperative that the Minnesota defense, which was #2 in the NFL against the run this season, put the clamps down on that group. That will keep the Eagles "behind the chains" and means that Nick Foles will be forced to shoulder more of the load. One would have to think that's a potentially winning formula for this Minnesota team.

3) Avoid the big mistake - The Vikings gave up 24 points to New Orleans last week, but 14 of those points came as a direct result of giving them short fields. . .one on a blocked punt and one on an interception by Case Keenum. As we've said numerous times this season, when teams are forced to go long distances and maintain drives against this Minnesota defense, more often than not they can't do it. The Vikings need to avoid big, game-changing mistakes like the ones we saw last weekend.

We are less than an hour away from kickoff, ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy the game, and keep your eyes peeled for the new thread at the start of each quarter.

Let's do this, y'all.