The Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings in their home opener on Monday Night Football. It is a relatively large match-up between two 1-0 teams at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Birds are coming off a win against the Detroit Lions that wasn’t as convincing as many hoped it would be. While there were some positives to be gained from that game, concerns about Philadelphia’s defense remain. Can Jonathan Gannon find a way to hold out against a quarterback who isn’t quite terrible? Kirk Cousins has proven tricky for the Birds in the past and it’s hard to give Philly’s defensive coordinator the benefit of the doubt right now.
The Vikings want to follow a big win over the Green Bay Packers with another strong effort. The Minnesota defense limited the damage Aaron Rodgers could do in Week 1. There could be pressure on the Eagles’ attack to score a lot of points if Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook prove to be as challenging as they appear.
The winner of this game will feel pretty good. They have a 2-0 record and a claim as one of the very best teams in the NFC. The loser may think they are good, but not quite good enough.
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- The Eagles targeted DeVonta Smith on the very first game, which went for a five-yard reception. Who could have guessed that the Birds would try to hit him early? Jalen Hurts rolled to the right and found an open Dallas Goedert for a first down. Miles Sanders’ first carry was over 12 yards. Hurts was tackled without a win to bring a 3rd-and-9. In third place, Hurts found Kenneth Gainwell too short for a catch-and-run to move the chains… but the big game was wiped out by Landon Dickerson who was downfield illegally for quite a bit. On 3rd and 13th, Hurts pocketed with good protection and struck out to AJ Brown for a first down. Nice throw! Hurts found Zach Pascal short to convert a 3rd and 3. Pascal also had a third down conversion in Detroit last week; he is a factor in those situations. Two plays later, Hurts powered by contact to press it in for a touchdown. Strong opening drive. Strange sequence on the extra point for the Eagles where they had to redo the extra point because there were “Vikings attendants” on the field. How was that not a penalty? The Vikings were then penalized for offside… but the Eagles refused the flag instead of trying to get two points off the 1-yard line. EAGLES 7, VIKINGS 0.
- The Vikings’ first drive was a three-and-out with Darius Slay knocking down a Kirk Cousins pass intended for Justin Jefferson. Jefferson wanted a pass interference call, but the refs didn’t give it to him. Slay quickly grabbed Jefferson’s hand… but the umpires won’t always mention that. Nick Sirianni caught fire and ran downstairs to celebrate with the defense after the stop.
- Offensive pass interference on DeVonta turned a 3rd-and-2 into a 3rd-and-12. Hurts was then fired from behind after holding the ball to force a punt. Jalen Reagor was booed as he lined up to return the Eagles’ first punt…
- The Vikings came to 3rd-and-5 and James Bradberry knocked the third down throw to Irv Smith. Strong start for Jonathan Gannon’s defence.
- The Eagles were called up for their fourth offensive penalty on their third drive. It was their third unfit man downfield with Isaac Seumalo being named as the culprit.
- Hurts threw deep to a wide open Quez Watkins, who was freed with a Vikings safety mistakenly helping with Goedert rather than sticking with the fast wide receiver. EAGLES 14, VIKINGS 0.
- Jalen Reagor jet sweep on 3rd-and-1 for a 17-yard gain…and booing from the crowd at the Linc. The Vikings drove into the red zone and Haason Reddick, who fell into cover against backup tight end Johnny Mundt, allowed a 17-yard reception to set up first-and-goal at the 2-yard line. Cousins then hit Irv Smith with a short pass for the score. Reddick in cover certainly feels like a waste. EAGLES 14, VIKINGS 7.
- The Eagles got to 3rd-and-12 and Hurts overran the line, but they were helped by a Vikings illegal contact penalty for another run of downs. Hurts’ first incompleteness came on a play where Goedert was tightly covered and almost made a flyout, but Cameron Dantlzer knocked the ball out before the tight end came into possession. Just a great defensive move to break a good throw in a tight window. Hurts’ third downpass was completed shortly before the sticks to force a punt. Second offensive ride of the night with no points.
- TJ Edwards hit a third down pass from Cousins over the middle to force another three-and-out.
LINE UP NOTES
- Quez Watkins was back to take the opening kick.
- Midway through the second quarter, AJ Brown was briefly viewed in the medical tent. However, he did not miss any time.