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Vikings writer gives three reasons why the Eagles will win on Sunday

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Vikings writer gives three reasons why the Eagles will win on Sunday

The confidence level of Eagles fans has taken a hit following Philadelphia’s Week 4 loss to the Titans. SB Nation’s FanPulse results show BGN readers were at a 97% confidence level last week before dropping to 65% heading into Week 5.If you’re among the worried ones Youth Jordan Hicks Jersey , today’s post might have you feeling a little better about the reigning Super Bowl champs.BGN already took some time to chat with Daily Norseman in order to preview this week’s matchup. (You can read that here.) Today, we’re back with three reasons why each team might lose. This format forces us to consider each team’s weaknesses, rather than just being homers.So, below are three reasons why the Vikings could lose, as written by Daily Norseman’s Christopher Gates. To see why I think the Eagles could lose, check out DN.1) The Vikings haven’t stopped anybody since Week 1We don’t know the reason behind why the Vikings’ defense has suddenly fallen to the bottom of the league after being one of the NFL’s best in 2017. The players are the same (mostly), the scheme is the same, but the results have not been. The Eagles were the team that pretty much started the downslide for this defense last season, and they could very well continue that trend on Sunday. We’ll have to keep an eye on the practice report for Friday to see the status of Trae Waynes (who is still not out of the NFL’s concussion protocol), but if he’s out it’s just going to make things worse on that side of the ball for the Vikings.Throw in the absence of Everson Griffen, and it doesn’t look good defensively for the Vikings. Unless the defense can somehow recapture the magic of 2017, it could be a high-scoring game on Sunday, and I’m not sure if the Vikings can keep up in that scenario. They did it last week against the Rams, but it’s probably not realistic to expect them to keep doing it.2) The Vikings’ offensive line is still offensiveIn each of the last two weeks Color Rush Nick Foles Jersey , the Vikings’ offensive line has allowed 29 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. The Eagles have no problem getting pressure with just their front four, so that’s going to make things difficult for Kirk Cousins on Sunday. If he has time, there are going to be plays to be made against a suspect Eagles’ secondary, but I’m not sure if the Vikings’ offensive line is capable of giving him that time against the Eagles’ front four. That was a key to the Eagles’ victory last January, and it could prove to be the key on Sunday as well.3) The Vikings are too one-dimensional on offense anywayThe Vikings have the worst rush offense in the National Football League through four games, while the Eagles have the best defense in the NFL against the run. If the Eagles know that they don’t have to worry about stopping the run and that Cousins is going to be dropping back to pass 50 times again, they’ll just be able to pin their ears back and come after him, and that would bleed into problem #2 that we’ve already gone over. The Vikings need to get their run game going, but I don’t think this is the week to expect them to do that.Carson Wentz assesses his first game back and talks about the potential return of Alshon Jeffery Eagles head coach Doug Pederson spoke to the media early on Wednesday and announced that Alshon Jeffery was medically cleared, but the team will have to see how he performs at practice before determining if he’ll play Sunday. Whether Jeffery is back against the Titans or not, quarterback Carson Wentz should at least have one of his favorite targets back during team drills this week. Wentz spoke to reporters on Wednesday about what it’ll mean to get some of his offensive weapons back in the upcoming weeks, his first performance after nine months, and what he’s working on as the team prepares for Tennessee in Week 4.[img][/img]
Here’s what the quarterback had to say:On his first game backWentz admitted that he’s very hard on himself and he does go back and watch the tape , but that he has to turn the page really fast to shift focus to the next opponent rather than dwelling on mistakes. He said he works to put the things he can improve and fix in the back of his mind, but by mid-week is focused on what’s next.On things he can improve, Wentz was quick to note that protecting the ball and limiting turnovers is the top priority — especially pushed up against their endzone. But he was ultimately encouraged by how quickly they started against the Colts, and having that no huddle hurry-up tempo is something they can build on.He also was asked to talk about where he is emotionally heading into his second game back. Wentz admitted he felt good against the Colts, and after he took the field, those emotions sort of faded away and he was back to playing football like he always has.On utilizing tight endsHe talked a little about the tight ends and how much the team puts on their plates in terms of run and pass blocking and route running, and that rookie Dallas Goedert, along with Zach Ertz and Josh Perkins, do a great job stepping up into those roles.Wentz also talked about building a rapport with newcomers Kamar Aiken and Jordan Matthews, but that in Week 3 he was really trying to get the tight ends involved and open up some more of those 12 and 13 personnel packages.He lauded the team’s tight ends for not only being great pass catchers, but also putting a lot of pressure on defenses and creating some mismatch for their opponents.On Titans prepThe QB admitted that he had watched Marcus Mariota’s film a little bit back during his Heisman year, and noted that he’s really athletic although unsure of Mariota’s injury status. Wentz quipped that he isn’t really that familiar with the Titans offense, and is focusing on watching their team’s defensive film instead.On the defense, Wentz said “they’re good” and pointed out that the Titans defense is a veteran group who are pretty smart and instinctual. He also noted that they adjust really well and mix up their fronts and coverages , and will be a challenge on Sunday.He wouldn’t say that it’s more difficult preparing for those different type of looks and protections, but just that they need to put in extra time and work to make sure they are prepared. Wentz also didn’t name a particular player that he’s been watching, but said that they are a stacked team from the line to the secondary. He said rather than there being one stand-out player, the film shows a bunch of smart players what are always in position and always flying around the field making plays.On getting injured offensive players backWentz talked about hoping that Alshon Jeffery would be good enough to play on Sunday, but that overall the wide receiver adds a boost to the offense and opens up some different options down field.He was asked about Pederson’s assertion that even once all the offensive pieces are back together, it’s going to take time to get back into a rhythm. Wentz agreed and said each season they’d like to come out swinging, but team’s have schemed them and they have some new faces in the locker room, so they’re hoping to start clicking sooner rather than later but that’s what they’re working on in the early parts of the season.The quarterback also talked about Jay Ajayi providing a bit of a spark for the team’s offense last season. He noted that you have a guy who runs violent and hard, and a guy who bounces off tackles and picking up big plays, so anytime Ajayi is on the field, they know the potential is there for a break-out play.