After tying for the NFL’s best regular season record and meeting in the NFC Championship game, the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles have struggled out of the gate in 2018. One team will get back in the win column, but the way things have gone this year we could see another overtime game between clubs that are closely matched. The Vikings scooped up Kirk Cousins in free agency and he’s been solid behind center. However, the defense, which was one of the most feared groups last season, was been shredded. And Carson Wentz is getting his game back now that he’s returned from his knee injury.
Watch this Week 5 regular season matchup live on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 4:25 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field.
Opening NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu
Minnesota Vikings +3
Philadelphia Eagles -3
The Vikings added Cousins in the offseason to give them an added dimension on offense. Not that they were bad last season with Case Keenum at the helm, but the decision was made to go in another direction. One thing Mike Zimmer didn’t have to worry about was his defense after the group led the NFL in fewest yards and points allowed in 2017. And it’s not like last year was an aberration, they were a top-5 unit the previous year.
However, things change from season to season and the Vikings have been bad on that side of the football in the early going. Minnesota allowed more than 20 points in a game only four times during the 2017 regular season and they’ve surrendered at least 27 points in each of their last three outings. Jared Goff and the Rams had their way with them last week amassing over 550 yards of offense with Goff throwing five scoring passes and three receivers each totaling over 100 yards.
The big play has burned the Vikings this season and the Eagles have their big play performers back on the field. Minnesota has allowed 10 plays of 30 or more yards, the most in the NFL, and Wentz is a master at executing chunk plays. Taking a flyer at an in-game betting option at BookMaker for the Eagles to hit a few could be a money maker. Also, the opening game total is relatively low for two teams that can move the football and have had troubles stopping opponents.
This matchup will be all about the quarterback play. The two starters weren’t around when the clubs met last January with a Super Bowl appearance on the line. Cousins was on the golf course after his Redskins didn’t qualify for the postseason and Wentz was a little over a month removed from his season-ending knee injury. So, while it would be easy to make comparisons based on last year’s 38-7 Philly win, these are to vastly different teams.
Cousins has done everything the Vikings have asked, except win games. He has the third-most passing yards in the NFL and directs the fifth-best passing attack. He needs to be sharp with the Vikings unable to run the football and going over with a prop bet at BookMaker.eu on his passing yardage total is going to increase your bankroll.
His favorite target is Adam Thielen, who has over 100 receiving yards in every game this season. Those two are likely to hook up on a bunch of plays so hammer that duo on the in-game live betting at BookMaker.eu.
Wentz missed last postseason and wasn’t a part of the on-field celebrations as the Eagles rolled to their first Super Bowl title. He missed the first two games this year still recovering, but he’s been solid since returning to the starters role. Wentz has three touchdown passes in two games and was leading the NFL before his injury in Week 14. The Vikings just surrendered five scoring tosses to Goff and the Rams, so look for Wentz to exploit mismatches and get on the board as the Eagles and Vikings play over the scoring total on the NFL betting lines at BookMaker.eu.
Vikings at Eagles Live Betting
Both teams can throw the ball and the defenses have been leaky. That sets us up for a game that should play over the total. The Vikings scored 60 points in their first two road outings and cashed the over in both, and they are more than capable of denting Philly’s defense. With Wentz back in form and Alshon Jeffery in the lineup, the Eagles will match scores on the in-game betting feature at BookMaker.eu.
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