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NFL Betting Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles

September 14, 2023


This matchup features two teams that made the playoffs in the 2022 NFL season as the Minnesota Vikings travel to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2 of the NFL season. Minnesota lost at home in week 1 of the NFL season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 17-20 while the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots on the road by a score of 25-20. 

Will the Eagles improve their record to 2-0 or will the Vikings bounce back from their week 1 loss? Let’s take a look at how these teams fared in week 1.

The Minnesota Vikings enter this game with a record of 0-1 following a 17-20 loss at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while also failing to cover the 4-point spread as a home favorite in week 1 of the NFL season. Minnesota scored 17 points while compiling 369 total yards offensively which included 344 passing yards and 41 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 242 total yards defensively which included 173 passing yards and 73 rushing yards. 

Kirk Cousins led the team in passing, completing 33 of 44 attempts for 344 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Alexander Mattison led the team in rushing with 11 carries for 34 yards while adding three receptions for 10 yards and a touchdown. Justin Jefferson led the team in receiving, catching nine of 12 targets for 150 yards.

Philadelphia is 1-0 this season following a 25-20 win on the road against the New England Patriots while covering the 3.5 spread as a road favorite in week 1 of the NFL season. The Eagles scored 25 points while compiling 251 total yards offensively which included 170 passing yards and 97 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 382 total yards defensively which included 316 passing yards and 76 rushing yards. 

Jalen Hurts led the team in passing, completing 22 of 33 attempts for 170 yards and a touchdown while adding 37 rushing yards on nine attempts. Kenneth Gainwell led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 54 yards while adding four receptions for 20 yards. A.J. Brown led the team in receiving, catching seven of ten targets for 79 yards.

BookMaker has the Philadelphia Eagles listed as 8-point favorites at home against the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday in week 2 of the NFL season. Philadelphia has won six of the last ten while Minnesota has won two of the last three games in the series. The Eagles are 6-4 ATS in the last ten while the Vikings are 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. 

Minnesota is 0-1 ATS overall this season after finishing last season with a record of 7-10-1 ATS overall, 3-3-1 ATS on the road, and 1-4 ATS as an underdog while the Philadelphia Eagles are 1-0 ATS overall and 1-0 ATS as a favorite this season after finishing last year with a record of 10-10 ATS overall, 8-3 ATS at home, and 10-9 ATS as a favorite.

Philadelphia is the more talented team and has been the better team overall in the last ten games of the series, winning six of the last ten games while going 6-4 ATS in those matchups. I look for those trends to continue which is why I am taking the Philadelphia Eagles -8 on BookMaker for this matchup on Thursday night in week 2 of the NFL season.

Spooky Express Pick: Philadelphia Eagles -8