Intriguing Game- Week 7
Minnesota Vikings (5-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
Vikings: I know at the beginning of the season, I kept saying to just give Bill Belichick the coach of the year award for winning without some key guys which is remarkable to see. Now, I’ve changed my stance and if the season were to end today, Mike Zimmer would get my vote and here’s why. The Vikings have the best record in the NFC and they’ve done so without two key players. Teddy Bridgewater tore his ACL during training camp and Adrian Peterson tore his meniscus in week two and he’s kept them on the right track along with other guys stepping up. A lot of people I know for a fact were in shock when the Vikings traded for Sam Bradford, but the move paid off and he finally looks comfortable for a change. I really love what they do on defense. Everson Griffen is a solid pass rusher that can get to the quarterback with ease. The biggest difference maker has been Xavier Rhodes and each week, I’ve been so impressed with him and he’s developed into one of the best corners in all of football. It’s now a battle with the Eagles who are looking to snap their two-game losing streak.
Eagles: Carson Wentz has finally come down to earth. After winning his first three games, he’s finally looked like a rookie and he finally threw an interception, so we can finally get that out of the way. They could easily be undefeated right now but they aren’t after losing those last two games in rough fashion. I’ve been impressed with them. They actually look like a regular football team and they’ve slowed the game down considerably than we’ve always seen when Chip was running things. The issues with the Eagles in their last two games has been their pass rush and playing too much zone coverage. On Sunday afternoon, they will welcome a guy they know pretty well to the Linc. Sam Bradford will return to face the team that traded him just a week before the season started.
Vikings Player To Watch: Sam Bradford– He’s back to face the team that traded him and I’d be lying if I didn’t say he’d be playing with a chip on his shoulder. I think he can have a really big day in Philadelphia on Sunday. Every single week, he gets more and more on the same page with these receivers.
Eagles Player To Watch: Dorial Green-Beckham– I remember being so high on him during his college days and now he’s been used a lot more here in Philadelphia than he was with the Titans. He was on the field for more than half the snaps on Sunday against the Redskins, 81 percent to be exact. Use him in the red zone and over the middle of the field.
Prediction: I have a very strong feeling the Vikings will make life difficult for Carson Wentz on Sunday and the Eagles will try everything to beat another quality team. I like the Vikings on the road in this one. Vikings 31 Eagles 20