Birds come out to beat Detroit Lions It was not as such Convincing as many had hoped. While there were a number of positives that could be taken from that game, there were still concerns about Philadelphia’s defense. Can Jonathan Gannon find a way to resist a quarterback who isn’t exactly terrible? Kirk Cousins has proven troublesome to birds in the past and it’s currently difficult to give Philly’s defensive coordinator the benefit of the doubt.
Vikings are looking to follow up on a big win over Green Bay Packers Another strong effort. The Minnesota defense limited the damage Aaron Rodgers could do in the first week. There could be pressure on the Eagles’ attack to put in a lot of points if Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook prove as challenging as they sound.
The winner of this game will feel good. They will have a 2-0 record and claim as one of the best teams in NFC. The loser may think they are good but not good enough.
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- The Eagles targeted DeVonta Smith in the first play, which went for a reception from five yards. Who would have guessed that the birds would try to get it early? Galen Hurts rolled right and found Dallas Goedert open for the first time. Miles Sanders’ first load went 12 yards. Pains were dealt with no gain to bring in a 3 and a 9. In third, Hurts found Kenneth Gainwell too short in the catch-and-run to move the chains…but the big play was eliminated by illegal Landon Dickerson a little lower. On 3 and 13, Hurts stood in the pocket with good protection and delivered a punch to AJ Brown for the first time. Nice throw! Hurts found Zach Pascal short to turn 3 and 3. Pascal also had a third downward turn in Detroit last week. He is a factor in those situations. Next, Hurts was run through contact to get him into the landing. Powerful unlocking motor. Weird sequence on the Eagles extra point where they had to bring back the extra point because the “Viking midwives” were on the field. How was this not a penalty then? Then the Vikings were punished for snooping…but the Eagles rejected the flag instead of trying to go two points off the 1-yard line. Eagle 7, Vikings 0.
- The Vikings’ first drive was a three-pointer with Darius Sly knocking down Kirk Cousins’ pass assigned to Justin Jefferson. Jefferson wanted to make a call that enters a pass but the stewards did not give it to him. Slay was quickly taken over by Jefferson…but the referees wouldn’t always call that out. Nick Siriani fired and ran to celebrate with the defense after the stop.
- DeVonta’s attacking pass overlap turned 3 and 2 into 3 and 12. Hurts was then sent off from behind after holding the ball to force a shot. Galen Regor booed as he lined up to replay the Eagles’ first kick…and then delivered a cheer after being saved by Zeke McPherson for just one yard gain.
- The Vikings finished third and fifth and knocked James Bradbury on the third throw in front of Irv Smith. Strong start to the defense of Jonathan Gannon.
- The Eagles were called up for their fourth offensive penalty in their third career. He was the third unqualified man with Isaac Sumalo called the perpetrator.
- Hurts threw deep into the wide-open Quez Watkins, which was released with a Vikings safety that incorrectly assisted with Goedert rather than staying with the fast, wide receiver. Eagle 14, Vikings 0.
The fourth quarter
- Quess Watkins returned to start the opening match.