Monday Night Football on NFL Week 2 Betting Pick and Prediction: Vikings vs. Eagles

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Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images/AFP

The Eagles will welcome the Vikings to the City of Brotherly Love in what is the second of two Monday Night Football games.

Let’s check out the NFL odds and get on the right side of this NFC clash.

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Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Monday, September 19, 2022 – 08:30 PM EDT at Lincoln Financial Field

A New Era for the Vikings

The Kevin O'Connell era has arrived in Minnesota and the new head coach’s star wide receiver, Justin Jefferson, was a one-man welcoming committee by catching nine passes for 184 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 23-7 Vikings victory over their archrivals from Green Bay.

"I live for these type of big games," Jefferson said. "I was definitely excited to get out there. I'm glad I had this kind of start."

Most teams would be salivating at the prospect of having Minnesota’s No. 2 wideout, Adam Thielen, as their main target but the Vikings enjoy an embarrassment of riches on offense with that dynamic duo in addition to Kirk Cousins slinging and Dalvin Cook running the rock.

"I've never been part of an offense that just was attacking and attacking and attacking," Thielen said. "It didn't matter the score. It didn't matter the situation."

And let’s not forget about the Minnesota defense holding Aaron Rodgers off the board and limiting him to just 195 yards and picking him off in the process. Even the Packers’ rushing attack was stalled due to the intense pressure from Minnesota’s big uglies in the trenches, containing their top rusher, Aaron Jones, to just 49 yards on the ground.


Eagles Balanced Attack Soars in Debut

Jalen Hurts is desperately trying to prove he is the long-term solution in Philadelphia, and although he was without a passing touchdown in the Eagles’ 38-35 win over the Lions last week, he made intelligent decisions throughout, and his mobility allowed him to rack up 90 yards and a touchdown.

Hurts kept the chains moving with 239 yards and no interceptions, while the Philadelphia ground attack saw four different rushers score a touchdown including:

  • Jalen Hurts
  • Miles Sanders
  • Kenneth Gainwell
  • Boston Scott

Combined, the Eagles chewed up 216 rushing yards, which kept the Detroit defense on their heels all afternoon. It wasn’t perfect but the Eagles showed more depth than last season and are holding themselves to a higher standard this year.

“We talk about a standard for ourselves, and the standard only rises,” Hurts told reporters. “We know we didn’t play to the standard we wanted to play to consistently all afternoon. We know we didn’t meet our standard but it’s a great feeling knowing that you didn’t meet the standard, but you were still resilient enough, had enough ‘dawg’ in you to get the win.”

However, the defense became suspect as the game wore on and the Lions took advantage of what appeared to be a gassed defensive unit. After the Eagles built what seemed to be an insurmountable 31-14 lead in the third quarter, Detroit began its march toward the end zone and struck for 21 points in the second half of play.


Vikings vs. Eagles: Pick and Prediction

All I can think of is that if the Lions can score 35 off of the Eagles, then what in the world are the Vikings going to do? I’m not sure the Eagles have the defensive chops to hang with the likes of Jefferson, Thielen, and Cook all night long.

And on the flip side, the Minnesota defense did a stellar job of blanketing Rodgers’ targets and keeping that Green Bay offense in check. Yet, Jalen Hurts looks like he is ready to ascend to the next level and now he has a bona fide burner in AJ Brown who can light it up and torch corners all game long.

As good as the Minnesota defense was last week, they will not contain the Hurts-to-Brown connection.

So where does that leave us? Well, I think the Vikings are a team on the precipice of greatness and I’m not a bandwagon-jumper, as I was convinced in the preseason that Minnesota’s Super Bowl odds of +4000 was pretty good value. For my NFL pick, I like the Vikings in this spot and the trends are backing me up as well.


Trends

  • Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
  • Eagles are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games in Week 2.
  • Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
  • Eagles are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
  • Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NFC.

Score Prediction: Vikings 31 – Eagles 26

NFL Pick: Vikings +2 ½ (-110) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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