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3 Reasons the Vikings Will Upset the Eagles in Week 2

Larry Rupp
Three reasons the Minnesota Vikings will upset the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2.
Three reasons the Minnesota Vikings will upset the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2. / AP Photos/Bruce Kluckhohn

The Minnesota Vikings handled the Green Bay Packers with ease in Week 1 and cruised to a 23-7 win in front of the home crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium. It was a great start to Kevin O'Connell's tenure as head coach, but winning on the road is a totally different beast (especially in Philadelphia). He'll have his first taste of a rowdy away crowd in Week 2.

The Vikings are slated as 1.5-point road underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds. The spread continues to move in Minnesota's favor, though. Here's a look at three reasons O'Connell's squad will be able to pull off an upset victory.

Vikings vs Eagles Week 2

1. Philadelphia's Rushing Defense

The Eagles were able to stave off the Detroit Lions in a 38-35 win in Week 1, but their problems became clear. Philadelphia could not stop the run, giving up 181 yards on the ground on 28 carries (6.5-yard average). Detroit scored three rushing touchdowns as well, so Minnesota's backfield of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison could be in for a big game as well. The two combined for 126 rushing yards on 28 carries against the Packers (4.5-yard average) and just missed breaking a few runs to the house. They may not miss those chances this time around.

2. Justin Jefferson

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson reminded everyone why he's one of the best pass-catchers in the league on Sunday by racking up 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. It's important to note that he has O'Connell's game plan to thank for some of that success, as the majority of his targets in Week 1 came when he was covered by a linebacker or a safety. Those are matchups where he has a distinct advantage as a shifty WR. If O'Connell can find a way to create more mismatches for Jefferson in Week 2, he could be in for another dominant performance.

3. An Improved Defensive Line

The offseason addition of defensive end Za'Darius Smith has already paid off in a big way for the Vikings. The two-time Pro Bowler logged one of Minnesota's four sacks on Sunday and stuffed running back AJ Dillon at the goal line on a huge fourth down stop. His efforts alongside those of Danielle Hunter (1.0 sack) and D.J. Wonnum (1.0 sack) were a big reason why the Vikings gave up just one scoring drive to the Packers in Week 1. With a mobile quarterback in Jalen Hurts next on the schedule, Minnesota is going to have to shine along the defensive line once again to win the game.

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