NFL Week 2 Game Preview: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles

Written By Derek Wagner on September 18, 2022 - Last Updated on September 19, 2022
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The Minnesota Vikings (1-0) visit the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) at 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept 19. Vikings Eagles odds have held fairly steady all week, with the Eagles currently spread favorites and on the moneyline. The over/under is set at .

In this article we will break down everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team matchups, key metrics, weather, and best available odds.

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VIKINGS vs. EAGLES ODDS: SPREAD, MONEYLINE, OVER/UNDER

When using the odds table above for Vikings Eagles odds, click the dropdown menu on the left side and select the type of bet you want to make.

Wagering on the point spread is when you wager how many points a team will win or lose by. A “plus sign in front of the spread is the underdog, and a minus sign is the favorite. The Eagles would need at least a three-point win if you bet on Philadelphia to cover the point spread (-2). A spread bet on the Vikings would result in a win if Minnesota wins the game or losses by one point. A push would be if Jalen Hurt and the Eagles win by exactly two points.

Betting the moneyline is simply betting on which team you think will win the game.

The total is the number of combined points the two teams will score.

VIKINGS VS. EAGLES PLAYER PROPS

In the props tool search bar, type the team or player of your choosing and hit enter. You will see various prop bets offered by numerous online sportsbooks. This is a valuable tool that allows bettors to compare odds and stats when considering a prop bet. It also saves time between switching back and forth between sportsbooks looking for the best numbers.

VIKINGS VS EAGLES BETTING NEWS

As of Friday, the Eagles can be found as -2.5 or -2 favorites depending on where you shop. Additional updates on the teams can be found below.

VIKINGS VS. EAGLES WEATHER REPORT

As of Friday, the forecast in Philadelphia calls for 60 degrees and 4 mph winds at kickoff. in Monday evening in Philadelphia. There is a 40% chance of rain in the forecast as well. Unless it is similar to the downpour we witnessed in Chicago Week 1, look for this to be a minimal factor in this game.

VIKINGS VS EAGLES BETTING INSIGHTS

Why the Eagles Can Cover The Spread

Unlike Week 1, the Eagles will have a plan to slow down Justin Jefferson. Following Week 1’s performance, Jaire Alexander said “why I wasn’t on him, that’s not my call”. Darius Slay will likely line up on Jefferson more than Alexander did in Week 1 in an attempt to limit his production.

The Eagles bolster one of the best running attacks in the NFL. If they can get a lead early, expect them to lean heavily on the run game as Minnesota provided little resistance to the Packers run game in Week 1. The Packers had to abandon the run in the 4th quarter because they were trailing by two scores.

Vikings vs Eagles injury Report

PlayerPositionInjuryThuFriSatGame Status
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Fletcher CoxDERestLPFPFP(-)
Landon DickersonGRestLPLPFP(-)
Brandon GrahamDERestLPFPFP(-)
Lane JohnsonOTRestLPFPFP(-)
Jason KelceCRestLPFPFP(-)
Isaac SeumaloGRestLPFPFP(-)
Jack StollTEAnkleLPFPFP(-)
Josh SweatDERestLPFPFP(-)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Andrew BoothCBQuadDNPDNPDNPOut
Jonathan BullardDEBicepsFPFPFP(-)
Lewis CineSAFKneeFPFPFP(-)
D.J. WonnumLBFoot(-)LPFP(-)
Patrick PetersonCBNot Injury Related - Personal(-)(-)DNP(-)

Eagles Offense vs. Vikings Defense

Eagles OStat (Rank)Vikings D
38.0 (1)Points/Game7.0 (2)
455 (2)Yards/Game338.0 (13)
0.528 (4)Points/Play0.115 (3)
6.3 (7)Yards/ Play5.5 (17)
58.82%3D Conv %33.33%
66.67 (9)4D Conv %(1)
80.00 (9)RZ Scoring % (TD)33.33% (5)
5 (1)TDs/Game1 (2)

Vikings Offense vs. Eagles Defense

Vikings OStat (Rank)Eagles D
23 (12)Points/Game35 (30)
395 (8)Yards/Game386.0 (22)
0.377 (9)Points/Play.530 (30)
6.5 (6)Yards/ Play5.8 (22)
30.77 (24)3D Conv %64.29% (30)
100.00% (1)4D Conv %100.00% (17)
33.33% (24)RZ Scoring % (TD)100.00 (24)
2 (13)TDs/Game5.0 (30)

VIKINGS VS. EAGLES BETTING INSIGHTS

Why Vikings Can Cover The Spread

Led by Kevin O’Connell, the Vikings came out of Week 1 ranked 6th in total DVOA (via Football Outsiders). This fresh change at head coach might just be what the Vikings and Kirk Cousins needed to finally mesh.

Given that the Lions and Jared Goff scored 35 points against the Eagles, there is no reason to believe that Vikings cannot cover this spread. The Eagles defense surprisingly ranked 16th overall (via PFF). By comparison the Vikings offense ranks first overall via PFF grading system.

While the Eagles offense had the second highest EPA per play in Week 1, a lot of that can be credited to the man coverage they faced against the Lions. Hurts was able to move the ball with his legs, running 17 times for 90 yards. One week is obviously not much of a sample size. The Eagles should expect to see more zone coverages in Week 2 from defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. This should prove more challenging for Hurts and the Eagles offense, especially in the passing game if Brown sees more double coverage with safety help over the top.

Why Eagles Can Cover The Spread

Despite holding the Packers to 7 points in Week 1, the Vikings surrendered the 7th highest rushing EPA in the league. The Packers were able to run the ball successfully, but game flow got away from them and forced them to pass in the second half. If the Eagles can control game flow and keep the ball on the ground, they can find themselves on top at the end of this game.

Jalen Hurts was able to connect with newly acquired A.J. Brown 10 times for 155 yards in his first game with the team. Head coach Nick Sirianni did a phenomenal job moving Brown around the field in Week 1 and designing different ways for him to get touches in open space. If the Vikings defense isn’t up to the task, A.J. Brown could have another big night.

Reasons To Bet The Over

These two teams bolster two of the most efficient offenses in NFL after Week 1, with both teams finishing in the top 10 in yards per play. The Eagles scored five touchdowns in Week 1 against a hapless Lions defense, so expect a little regression on that end however.

Although last week’s game against the Packers was low scoring, expect the pace of play to be faster in this game. The Vikings were ahead 17-0 at halftime in Week 1, and leaned on the ground attack heavily in the second half of that game. Consider that the Vikings would have given up a big touchdown to the Packers in Week 1 if rookie Christian Watson did not drop the pass down the right sideline.

Reasons to bet the under

The Eagles defense was porous in the redzone last week, allowing the Lions to score touchdowns on all five trips inside the 20. We should see some regression back to the norm this week.

The Vikings were 20th in pace of play according to Football Outsiders in Week 1 against the Packers . Furthermore, the Packers refused to shadow their top cornerback on Justin Jefferson. The Eagles will attempt to make someone else beat them on the Vikings. If they can slow down Jefferson and limit explosive plays from the Vikings offense, this under could be the right side.

It is worth noting that every prime time game this season has gone under the total.

Reasons to bet Vikings Team Total Over/Under 24.5 (via Jeffrey Schreiber)

After eight seasons under Mike Zimmer’s run-heavy offensive philosophy, the Vikings’ offense is in store for a pace and pass rate uptick in 2022. With an entirely new scheme on tap, incoming HC Kevin O’Connell spent the last two seasons as the Rams OC and was also Kirk Cousins’ position coach in 2017. In 2021, the Rams finished top five in overall pass and no-huddle rates. Minnesota was roughly league average in those areas last season.

The Rams led the league in 3-WR sets (86%), while the Vikings ranked 28th (47%). Week 1 proved that this pace-up philosophy would come to fruition in 2022, as the Vikings flat out dominated a strong Packers defense, scoring 20 points in 3 quarters before taking their foot off the gas in the 4th quarter due to a blowout. Packers games averaged the second and seventh fewest combined snaps over the past two years, as they deployed one of the league’s slowest paced offenses.

Green Bay’s slow pace clearly had an effect on Minnesota’s scoring total in Week 1. Week 2s matchup against the Eagles is bound to play faster than the Packers did. Minnesota’s weak defense in 2021 allowed the third most total yards and ninth most points. Their games became higher scoring for both sides, producing the fifth most combined plays.

Week 2 should produce fireworks for both offenses as Philadelphia’s defense surrendered 35 points to Detroit in Week 1, while also playing in a shootout. Combining a still questionable pass defense in Minnesota, the Vikings should have us thinking that they will score more points per game than a season ago, where they averaged 25 points per week.

Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, Eagles Vikings odds have not gone to +3 for the spread since the line opened. If it ever hits that, it would be a play on the Vikings for sure as 3 is a key number. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for this game. If the rain is expected to be heavier, we could see a push towards the under. Best of luck handicapping Vikings Eagles odds.

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