In continuing our look at this Sunday’s contest at Lincoln Financial Field between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles [url=http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-riley-reiff-jersey]Youth Riley Reiff Jersey[/url] , we have once again called on Bleeding Green Nation lead blogger Brandon Gowton to give us three reasons why he thinks his team will lose. . .yes, lose. . .to the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.I’ve given Brandon three reasons why I think that the Vikings will lose as well, and as soon as they have that posted I will put it on our side over here. Here are the reasons that Brandon has given me as to why the Vikings can pull off what would have to be considered an upset over the Eagles on Sunday.Sorry about the delay here! Got caught up.THREE REASONS WHY THE EAGLES WILL LOSE TO THE VIKINGS1 - The Vikings’ biggest strength is the Eagles’ biggest weakness.The Vikings are quite capable of moving the ball through the air, as evidenced by the fact Minnesota ranks fifth in passing yards per game with 327.2. That’s bad news for an Eagles secondary that’s going through some issues. Eagles starting cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby have been inconsistent at best this season. Now they’re going up against the NFL’s best wide receiver duo in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Not great.It’s not just the corners, though. The Eagles’ secondary is also weak because they’re missing starting safety Rodney McLeod, who was playing well before he had to go on injured reserve. McLeod’s absence forced the Eagles to play 33-year-old Corey Graham, usually a sub-package player for Philly, for 100% of the team’s Week 4 defensive snaps. Even defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz admitted that’s too much. The potential “solution” to not have to rely on Graham as much is moving rookie fourth-round pick Avonte Maddox, who had never played safety in his life until last week, to the back end of the defense. Maddox is athletic enough to play the position but he’s also small (5-9, 183 pounds) and there could be communication issues. Kirk Cousins has always played well against the Eagles. He has a 99.7 passer rating in seven games against Philly. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him have another big day in this matchup. Cousins is one of only two quarterbacks who’s logged a win over the Eagles in Philly since the beginning of the 2016 season. 2 - The Eagles have some offensive line issues. The Eagles have failed to adequately protect Carson Wentz since he returned to the starting lineup in Week 3. Wentz has been hit 18 times and sacked six times in the Eagles’ last two games.Starting left tackle Jason Peters, who turns 37 in January, has been dealing with a quad issue. Left guard Stefen Wisniewski is reportedly being benched for Isaac Seumalo. Seumalo was the one who got benched for struggling early on last year. Center Jason Kelce clearly isn’t 100% as he’s dealing with some kind of knee issue. Right guard Brandon Brooks got banged up in Week 3. Right tackle Lane Johnson was dominant in 2017 but he doesn’t look close to that form right now.As Week 4 showed, Wentz is good enough to put up a strong performance even with less than ideal protection. But it’s hard for him to be completely dominant if he’s not getting adequate protection and that’s the case right now.3 - The Vikings could be more desperate. The Vikings must have a real bad taste in their mouth after losing in the NFC Championship Game by a final score of 38 to 7 earlier this year. They’re going to be hungry to avenge that loss.But even more than that [url=http://www.vikingscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-riley-reiff-jersey]Riley Reiff Jersey[/url] , they just really need this win to keep their hopes alive. The Eagles also really need this win, but the Vikings just might be even more desperate to avoid going 1-3-1.Thanks again to Brandon for this exchange of information on Sunday’s game. Here’s hoping for a good contest, and here’s hoping that Brandon is right and I’m wrong on this one.Thursday Open Thread: August 30th, 2018 Good Morning!Hope you’re having a great week and looking forward to the onset of the regular season. I know I am because I can watch all the regular season games (thank you Sunday Ticket) but in the meantime we have a preseason game tonight with the Vikings v the Titans. I’ll probably follow online as the replay isn’t scheduled until Sunday, September 2nd at 0400, (got the DVR setup just in case yo). Yeah I know it’s preseason and the final preseason game at that, good luck to the roster bubble guys as they battle for their future in football. In the meantime, while we’re waiting impatiently for the regular season we’ll continue with our daily thread full of beer recommendations, nap strategies, crock pot and smoker recipes. Have another cup of coffee and drop by for some fan wisdom and snark. Regarding the rules; follow them, I had to issue final warnings yesterday to three Open Thread regulars, I didn’t like doing that, but we are an all inclusive Open Thread, even if your favorite team is not the Vikings or you are new [url=http://www.vikingscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-xavier-rhodes-jersey]Xavier Rhodes Jersey[/url] , and as for politics?Check that shit at the door. With that, let’s do this.Around the DN since our last thread:In the news you don’t want to hear, Ted tell us WR Cayleb Jones arrested was arrested onmultiple charges, darn it.SB Nation has football therapy for your favorite football teams with numbers guy Bill Connelly, whose formula highlighted where squads can improve, and what they need to work on in their weekly sessions.Got a question for Ted and Di at Roughing The Podcast? Ask, what are you waiting for?Dan reads up on our division opponents so you don’t have to! Note to Dan, please never use the Packers picture again, thanks, all of us.Finally, Norse Code Podcast Episode 241: The Saltiest Kicker.Vikings news from other sources:From Vikings.com and their lunchbreak series: Vikings predicted as the NFC North Champions.Final Thoughts: Coaches emphasize importance of preseason game number four for the Vikings.DE Stephen Weatherly is bringing a new attitude to the Vikings defensive line.Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo addressed the media from the TCO Performance Center on Monday.League news: From NFL.com A-A-ron agrees to 4-year, $134M extension, should have gotten more in my opinion.The Jets traded former Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater to New Orleans Saints, yeah this is up top so I won’t put my personal feelings about the Saints up here [url=http://www.thevikingsfootballauthentic.com/ben-gedeon-jersey-authentic]Womens Ben Gedeon Jersey[/url] , look in the comments instead.The Green Bay Packers traded QB Brett Hundley to Seahawks.We come to today’s media selection: Ozzy Osbourne-Crazy TrainAgain, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:-No discussion of politics or religion-No feeding of the trolls-This isn’t a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the door-Keep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)-Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tags-No pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employer-If you can’t disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go away-While navigating the open thread, just assume it’s sarcasmWith that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up and tie one on. Don’t forget to tip your waitress, try the venison chili and as always, Welcome Aboard and Skol Vikings!
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