Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings are set to square off with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football this week.
Here is a look at Vikings vs. Eagles odds and an MNF prediction for the Week 2 finale.
Can the Vikings slow down the Eagles’ ground game?
MNF Odds: Point Spread, Moneyline, Total
NFL · Mon (9/19) @ 8:31pm ET
|Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
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Philadelphia’s ground game, behind five-time Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce and three-time Pro Bowl right tackle Lane Johnson, helped the Eagles roll to 216 rushing yards in a hang-on-at-the-end 38-35 win at Detroit last week as a six-point favorite.
It was the sixth 200-yard-plus running game in the past 12 outings for second-year head coach Nick Sirianni’s Eagles. He was the only rookie sideline boss to make the postseason last year.
Helping to keep the offense percolating was QB Jalen Hurts, who had 90 yards on the ground on 17 rushes and six chain-moving first downs.
The Vikings might have had an even more impressive victory thanks largely to the passing game in a 23-7 home win over Green Bay in rookie coach Kevin O’Connell’s Minnesota debut.
Third-year WR Justin Jefferson was the hero, running free in the Packers’ secondary for a career-best 184 receiving yards from QB Kirk Cousins.
And finally, what to make of Cousins’ record in MNF games? He’s 2-9 straight up (SU) overall but won his last two outings. But both were against Chicago the past two years.
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Vikings vs. Eagles MNF Prediction
Minnesota is going to have to figure out a way to slow that relentless Philadelphia ground game, and probably the best solution would be to jump to an early lead. Tampa Bay did that last year in the wild-card round, and Philly ran only nine plays in which its RBs had a carry in a 31-15 defeat. Of course, the Bucs’ third-ranked rush defense had plenty to do with that.
But this year, the Eagles also have former Titans standout WR A.J. Brown, who caught 10 passes for 155 yards last week. Meanwhile, Minnesota ranked 26th last year in rush defense and in its win vs. Green Bay last week, the Vikings allowed the Packers to average 6.4 yards on 18 non-Aaron Rodgers carries. Edge: Philly.
But the Eagles will have their wings full with Jefferson in addition to RB Dalvin Cook, who finished fifth on the rushing chart despite missing five games last year.
The Vikings probably will have success against a poor-tackling Eagles unit that allowed Detroit’s D’Andre Swift to churn for 144 rushing yards, including one 50-yard burst.
The hunch here, though, is that Hurts’ running ability far outmatches that of Cousins, which will put Philly over the top.
Prediction: Eagles 27, Vikings 19