Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Date and Time: Sunday, October 23, 2016, 1 p.m. ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Week 7 NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Vikings -2.5, O/U 40
Vikings vs. Eagles TV Coverage: FOX
Good on the Vikes for the way this season has started. Mike Zimmer is the hands down Coach of the Year as we near the halfway point of the season, and for good reason. He lost Adrian Peterson in Week 2 and lost Teddy Bridgewater before the start of the season, causing him to work in former Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford into the fold just a few days before the start of the season. And he's got the last undefeated team in the NFL standing. It's truly been remarkable.
But this team isn't doing anything special on offense. Averaging 302.6 yards per game is awful, and the fact that it's translating into 23.8 points per game is a testament to just how good this defense is.
And it's a legit unit for sure. The Vikings are allowing just 287.6 yards and 12.6 points per game, and there have been times when they've just looked flat out dominant. Now, they get a rookie quarterback for the first time this year, and this team is going to hope to come up with another strong showing.
Philly has been trending backwards for sure. The team lost narrow defeats against the Redskins and Lions over the course of the last two weeks, and it'll help to get back home after not being here since September 25.
Carson Wentz hasn't been flat out awesome, but he has certainly had his moments. Throwing just one pick in 157 attempts is great, and his 99.9 quarterback rating is 11 points higher than that of Aaron Rodgers. Of course, Wentz isn't Rodgers yet, but he's certainly got some of those same moves where he can get himself out of trouble and work the ball deep down the field.
Again, the receivers aren't overwhelming on this team, but six different men have at least one catch of at least 22 yards, and that's a big threat for Minnesota to handle. Anyone and everyone, including little Darren Sproles, can get vertical, and that's part of what's making this passing game work so well for the rook from North Dakota State.
Good bettors spend plenty of time analyzing the NFL odds and their movements before placing bets, and this game is a good study in sharps versus squares. Clearly, Minnesota is going to be the public side based on early betting patterns in Week 7. The Vikings have garnered 84 percent of the wagers as of Tuesday night on the odds at BookMaker.eu, and the second-highest total next to New England on the road against Pittsburgh.
However, this line hasn't gone anywhere either. The oddsmakers aren't ready to move this line to a flat three yet, and that's a really good sign that the thought is there that Philly can win this game outright. Remember that this is the same team that pounded Pittsburgh into submission on this field just a few weeks ago, so we know that the Eagles are capable.
Vikings vs. Eagles Free Picks
The Eagles don't look good right now, but we still like the way Wentz is playing, and we think he's going to be buoyed by having the home crowd behind him in this one. The Vikes have been a fantastic story, and they're still going to be one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl when this week is said and done with, but this team isn't the 1972 Miami Dolphins, and it's about time for the bubbly to be popped in South Beach.
Toss a great defense that, up until last week, was great against the run in with a suspect ground game and a passing attack that clearly has been playing over its head, and everything is ripe for the Eagles to cover the +2.5 on the odds at BookMaker.eu and win the game, too.
Vikings vs. Eagles Week 7 ATS Pick: Eagles +2.5 at BookMaker.eu
Vikings vs. Eagles Score Prediction: Eagles 23, Vikings 16