Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Date and Time: Sunday, January 21, 2018, 6:40 p.m. ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Opening NFL Odds: Vikings -3.5, O/U 38
Eagles vs. Vikings TV Coverage: FOX
The Vikings blew a 17-0 lead, came back from down 21-20 to take a 23-21 lead, fell behind 24-23 with 0:25 to go, then came up with the biggest player in their history.
The box score will say that Case Keenum completed a 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs with 0:00 left on the clock, but that isn't doing it justice. Keenum was under pressure, threw the ball out towards the sidelines just praying that Diggs can make a play, catch the ball and get out of bounds to setup a long field goal attempt at the gun. Instead, Diggs leapt, and when he came down, Marcus Williams was on the ground and out of the play.
He essentially walked to the end zone from there.
And with that, the Vikings were 29-24 winners and were unpredictably on their way to the NFC Championship Game.
The same sort of drama ensued in the City of Brotherly Love. On a day the Eagles became the first No. 1 seed to ever be an underdog in their first playoff game, the defense held the fort, keeping the Falcons out of the end zone on the final drive of the game to wrap up a 15-10 victory.
Foles didn't play the flashiest game ever, but he's doing what is tasked of him. He went 23-for-30 for 246 yards, and he didn't turn the ball over. If that's the way he's going to play, the Eagles are going to be really tough to take out, especially here at Lincoln Financial Field.
It isn't often that we talk about the big, ugly guys on the defensive line, but there's no doubt that the superstars in this game are going to be harassing quarterbacks. Neither one of these offensive line is going to be able to handle a pass rush with an inexperienced quarterback playing from behind, thus whichever one of Fletcher Cox or Everson Griffen can have the biggest impact on this game in the early going is probably going to set the stage for a huge statistical day.
Cox was a monster against Atlanta, blowing up Devonta Freeman in the ground game time and time again while holding his own in the middle to collapse the pocket around Matt Ryan a ton of times.
Griffen picked up a sack and a pass deflection against the Saints last week, but the fact that he was slowed down in the second half is what allowed New Orleans to get back in the game. Mike Zimmer hates blitzing and prefers to let his four-man front do the job getting after the quarterback. Griffen is one of the very best in the NFL at his trait, and he's going to need to be all over Foles for the full 60 minutes to give the Vikings their best chance of winning.
Vikings vs. Eagles Free Picks
Doug Pederson said it best when he said that the Eagles have been disrespected by the media ever since Carson Wentz went down with his ACL injury. This is the second-straight week in which Philadelphia is an underdog, and all of the top NFL sportsbooks have decided that it will be a dog in the Super Bowl regardless of the foe as well.
But we still love this Philadelphia team. The Eagles have the best defense in the NFL in our eyes, and it's like the whole city of Philly has a chip on its shoulder. That's bad news for the Vikings.
NFL ATS Pick: Eagles +3.5 at BookMaker.eu
NFL Score Prediction: Eagles 20, Vikings 16