Minnesota (1-0) at Philadelphia (1-0)
When: Monday, September 19th 2022
Where: Lincoln Financial Field,
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: ABC
Opening Odds: Philadelphia -2.5/47.5
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We have quite a treat on Monday night with not one, but two NFL games to bet, with Tennessee vs. Buffalo and the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Minnesota Vikings. Each team is coming off Week 1 victories, with the Vikings beating rival Green Bay at home 23-7, while the Eagles were involved in a shootout with the Detroit Lions. Philly led by 17 entering the fourth quarter and held on for a 38-35 win. The defense will need to make some adjustments with a high-powered Vikings offense coming to town. Minnesota gained nearly 400 yards and didn’t turn the ball over against the Packers. The Eagles are slight 2.5-point favorites with a high total set at 50.5.
The Vikings were very impressive Week 1, earning a key early head-to-head tiebreaker in the NFC North with Green Bay in the head coaching debut of Kevin O’Connell. Cousins threw for 277 yards and two scores, while Jefferson caught nine passes for 184 yards and two scores. According to ESPN research, Jefferson became only the second player since 2015 with at least 90 yards from both the slot (91) and the outside (93). Dalvin Cook contributed 108 yards from scrimmage and the O-line only allowed Cousins to be sacked once. Two offseason additions on the defensive side had great debuts, as Jordan Hicks finished with 14 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack, while Za’Darius Smith had a sack. The Vikings are 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games in September.
The Eagles held on last week in Detroit and needed a Jalen Hurts sneak on fourth-and-1 from the Detroit 40 with 50 seconds left to seal it. Hurts threw for 243 yards and rushed 17 times for 90 yards and a score. Tailback Miles Sanders had 96 yards and a score as well. Last year, Philly led the NFL in rushing at 159.7 yards per game and currently are third at 216.0 ypg. Receiver AJ Brown made his Philly debut with 10 catches for 155 yards, but no touchdowns. Fellow wideout DeVonta Smith, who had a very good rookie season, didn’t have a single catch. The bad news is pass-rusher Derek Barnett tore his ACL in the win and is done for the year. The Eagles are 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games as a home favorite.
This is a bad spot for Minnesota. They are coming off an emotional win at home over a rival and now they visit a hostile environment in Philly. Cousins has never won a game on Monday night that didn’t involve the Chicago Bears. I do expect a high-scoring game, but the Eagles will prevail in the end.
Pick: Eagles -2.5