Vikings vs Giants… Good morning Horners! Here is your Good Morning Gjallarhorn Preview Show. The game is being played at US Bank Stadium, home of the most influential fans in the NFL. The guys talk about the relative even overall matchup of the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles, and how important the fans in the stands will be to get inside the head of Carson Wentz and help the vaunted Mike Zimmer defense.
Looking at the Eagles, their defensive front 7 is brutal against the run, #1 versus it in fact so far this 2019 season. However, they are ranked poorly against the pass. Like Drew says, “it doesn’t take a genius to see how to attack it” but it does depend on good Kirk Cousins showing up today and not bad Kirk Cousins. With the best wide receiver duo in the league with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, that should be easy. Throw in passes to Dalvin Cook in open space, Irv Smith Jr, Kyle Rudolph and Olabisi “Bisi” Johnson, and you have the makings of taking the top off the Eagles defense. The key will be for Cousins to gain confidence early, probably with quick passes to slow the pass rush. The O-line, missing Josh Kline, will have to step up their play too to help with that.
The Eagles have scored a lot of points so far on their way to a 3-2 record. The Vikings D has held teams to just a 14 point average. The Vikes’ defense is good. They thrive off of the home fans too, so be loud! The only question Dave had was, “when will Mike Hughes replace Xavier Rhodes?” That engendered interesting conversation. What is your answer?
The show wraps up with your Minnesota Vikings history trivia, the Eagles edition. Drew comes up with some great questions and Ted tries to answer them. Talk of Chuck Foreman, Fran Tarkenton, Wade Wilson, and Anthony Carter are just a few legends discussed, along with all those good games against the Eagles. How well you do with these trivia questions?
We hope you’re ready for a great Sunday and as always, GO VIKINGS!
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