We are now less than an hour away from kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, as your Minnesota Vikings get set to play host to the Philadelphia Eagles. This will serve as the Open Thread for the first quarter of action, with new threads coming up at the start of each quarter, so keep your eyes open for those.
Here is everything you need to know about today’s game:
Date and Time: Sunday, 13 October 2019, noon Central time
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Television coverage: KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities, FOX affiliates around the country, DirecTV Channel 710
Radio Coverage: Vikings Radio Network, Sirius Channel 82, XM Channel 227, SiriusXM App Channel 819
Line: Minnesota -3.5, Over/Under 44
Chris’ Prediction: Vikings 27, Eagles 20
1) Kirk Cousins needs to stay upright - The Eagles are coming off of a game where they had ten sacks, although that was against
Rutgers University the New York Jets, so take it with a bit of salt. Still, the Vikings’ offensive line has had their struggles in the passing game this year, and need more of what worked last week against the Giants against a Philadelphia secondary that has been awful against the pass. If the Vikings can protect Cousins, there are big plays to be had this afternoon.
2) Limit penalties - The first five weeks of this season have not been characteristic of what we’ve come to know from a Mike Zimmer team. The Vikings are one of the most penalized teams in the NFL this season, and some of those penalties have wiped out big plays. The Vikings need to be more disciplined on both sides of the ball this afternoon if they want to win.
3) Know where Zach Ertz is at all times - With the Eagles dealing with some injuries in their receiving corps, Ertz has become the go-to target for Carson Wentz. The Vikings have had their issues with tight ends, and Ertz is among the league’s best. I’m not sure what they can do to neutralize him, but they need to make every effort to slow him down this afternoon and make Wentz try to get his yardage elsewhere.
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There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. What do you say we all meet back here after the game is over to, hopefully, celebrate a Minnesota Vikings victory, eh?