Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Vikings and Eagles Fans, Look Away

Vikings and Eagles Fans, Look Away

When the Vikings have the ball: The Eagles' antennae will be up for "Seven Heaven", the play call that gave us the Case Keenum-to-Stefon Diggs walk-off touchdown to change Minnesota's postseason misfortunes. They're well-balanced all across the board - that's what I see in those guys. And so, after a moment that triggered jubilation across the state, a team that seems to relish the grind of an National Football League season moves on.

To the extent that ratings drops are a product of cable TV cord-cutters, Colin Kaepernick's anthem protest, Kaepernick's forced absence, concussion lawsuits and the game's inherent violence or even the shift toward creating a safer environment for players that now mandates more attention to possible concussions, I will let Goodell and his many vice presidents sort through that mess. I look at three players to watch for in the game, two from the Eagles and one from the Vikings, and I also give my game prediction. At this point, unless his lower back pain is unbearable, it's highly unlikely that he misses this week's game.

"Oh, yeah, you can't take nobody lightly and I think Case does a good job as far as moving in the pocket, being able to extend plays with his legs and you know just being able to trust himself going out there", he said.

Are the Eagles really going to the Super Bowl with Nick Foles at the helm?

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Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles, 6:40 p.m. Prior to the injury, he had made an impressive interception on a deep pass from Drew Brees in the first quarter. The point spread has been hovering around -3 in favor of the road Vikings.

Keenum leads the Minnesota Vikings to Philadelphia, where they'll take on the Eagles and Foles, who took over after second-year star quarterback Carson Wentz went out with a torn ACL in Week 14. Foles is back with the Eagles, and unlike these first two games, he'll be at home this week. If applied to a full season, it would be the NFL's worst offense this season. The Eagles held Matt Ryan and the defending conference champs to just 10 points, stopping them near the goal line in Atlanta's final drive of the game. For the Minnesota Vikings, on Thursday, both wide receiver Adam Thielen and safety Andrew Sendejo practiced but were limited.

If Sendejo can't go, Anthony Harris will likely start in his place.

Thielen is one of those stories that really makes you question all the draft prep teams do - undrafted out of Divison II Minnesota State (Mankato), not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, 160 catches for 2,243 yards and nine touchdowns the past two seasons. And as Mike said, the Vikings just don't turn the ball over.

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So here's the thing: The Vikings used to struggle when they had to play outside. Many teams have ridden impressive defenses to Super Bowl titles in the past, and the Vikings look like one of those teams. Spending 32 seasons in the Metrodome will do that to a team.

Apparently, that routine includes practicing in the Eagles' home stadium.

The Vikings are a very good team, and their defense is one of the NFL's best. The Vikings ended the regular season ranked No.1 in total defense and the Eagles No. 4. Both are guided by quarterbacks who were backups on their depth charts when this long journey began.

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