Vikings Vs. Eagles Picks: NFC Championship Game Odds, Predictions, Analysis

by Leon Thompson January 21, 2018, 1:16
Vikings Vs. Eagles Picks: NFC Championship Game Odds, Predictions, Analysis

Philadelphia sports fans are among the most enthusiastic in American sports, so supposedly heartless they once infamously booed Santa Claus at an Eagles game.

Pederson stressed focus and consistency to his players this week, leading up to the most monumental game of the season. It was the Eagles first playoff win in a little more than nine years, but to get to their first Super Bowl since 2005, the Eagles are going to have to go through a daunting Minnesota Vikings team.

Governor Dayton has ordered that the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis to be lit purple from Friday through Sunday night, ahead of Sunday's game. The last two times the Eagles went to the Super Bowl, the Eagles beat the Vikings along the way. But with the lead and the closing minutes winding down, the Eagles chose to tweak their defense and give Jones cushion to catch the ball, just not beat them deep. Now he's the starter for the Eagles against his former backup with the St. Louis Rams in one of the biggest games in franchise history.

The Vikings are a very good team, and their defense is one of the NFL's best.

"Vikings quarterback Case Keenum seems to be the charmed passer this season, and I think he continues his success here", Pete Prisco said. "And sometimes even tempo, hurry-up, no-huddle offense can get your quarterback into that kind of rhythm". If the Eagles can get a few big runs here and there, it could open things up for Foles on play action, something he excelled at against the Falcons last week.

Diggs also ended that game with six catches, for 137 yards - and one really big touchdown, as time expired.

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"He continually has gotten better over the past three years", tight end Kyle Rudolph said.

The entire Vikings offensive line had a tough time run blocking against the Saints last week, with the running game only being able to muster up 3.2 yards per carry - running back Latavius Murray had 2.6 yards per carry. I haven't started watching their defense yet but their front guys are really good. On November 1, 2015, Jeffery had 10 receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown. At the time when we played him a year ago, he was a pretty young quarterback. Can Philadelphia's defense disrupt Keenum and protect any lead the offense can generate?

Smith led the team in passes defensed (12) and interceptions (5). Jenkins finished third on the team and first among secondary players with 76 tackles this season. That total would rank dead last in the National Football League if projected over a 16-game season. This week as 3.5-point underdogs to the Vikings, allowing the organization to play the "disrespect card" for another week. I have no idea who to give the credit, so I just want you to know this observation doesn't belong to me.

Shurmur will attack the flanks of Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's wide-9 alignment with RBs Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon, particularly behind LT Riley Reiff and converted LG Mike Remmers.

"He's got the running game that's been helping him take a lot of pressure off of him". This has nothing to do with Nick Foles' struggles in the passing game but more to the fact that the Eagles have three backs who can carry the weight.

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