Vikings at Eagles: Picks, predictions and odds

Vikings at Eagles: Picks, predictions and odds

The Eagles are coming off a 15-10 home payout over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Divisional round last week. They dropped a 32-25 decision to the Arizona Cardinals in that contest.

Isolating just that one stat about the Vikings' road struggles in the playoffs magnifies a narrative that was true: During the Metrodome era, the Vikings were a much better indoor team than outdoor team.

Against the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings conceded just 80 yards on the ground, while Drew Brees threw for 278 yards.

For the second week in a row, the betting line has been the topic of conversation for an Eagles playoff game.

The Minnesota D limited opponents to just 3.6 yards per rush and 83.6 yards rushing per game. They are three-point underdogs to the Vikings as well. They also have a better chance of matching the coaching of Doug Pederson and his coordinators (with Mike Zimmer and his), than the group last week that included Steve Sarkisian. After sitting out the next two weeks - during which Foles filled in - Keenum took over for the remaining four weeks, leading the Rams to three straight wins and a loss in overtime. "They just stick together and find a way and it's been that way all season".

With backup quarterback Nick Foles directing the offense, Pederson adjusted the playbook, and catered it to Foles' strengths. All who suddenly have been forced to scramble for a backstory on these two career backups. Even if he doesn't win another game this season, he'll nearly certainly get offered a job to be the No. 1 guy on some team. "I think everyone pretty much assumed the last 30 seconds or so that we would be playing the Saints". Just answering questions, and just hearing about it. This Eagles' team has captured the imagination of the city and has turned us into kids again in the way we believe and root for this team. "He's done such an unbelievable job in his two years in the National Football League of continuing to create this atmosphere, of going out there and making electric plays, but really just making everyone believe".

Of course, if the hand injury Brady suffered at Wednesday's practice is serious, the Patriots - along with wishing they hadn't traded Jimmy Garoppolo - will turn to Brian Hoyer. So we are grateful for that.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Rhodes earned first-team All-Pro honors this season. The Eagles scored more than 28 points per game, and were 4th in the league allowing 18.4 per game. Griffen had 13 sacks during the regular season and was disruptive on a consistent basis against the run.

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Jeffery has accumulated 685 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 45 receptions in nine games against the Vikings.

"We should celebrate this and enjoy this", tight end Kyle Rudolph told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

One of those guys is Wentz, who helps with game planning while his injured knee mends. But it's just the beginning. We've got to get some takeaways. Obviously, we've got to go out there on defense to get some takeaways.

The incredible final play will be etched in viewers' minds forever.

"I'm feeling like it's going to be a physical game", said Graham. Something like that that you can't take away from any player that's in this room right now.

"We always have that mindset", Graham said. That, however, won't happen unless the Vikings can beat the Eagles in Sunday's NFC title game to advance to Super Bowl LII. Both Keenum and Foles are surrounded by a serviceable-to-decent (at times) running game, good but slightly depleted offensive lines, and two very good defenses. Twice, in 1980 and 2004, Philadelphia went on to the Super Bowl.

During Keenum's media session Wednesday, a reporter lightheartedly asked if he was aware of circulating flow charts illustrating the two quarterbacks' journeys to where they are now.