Is it too early to consider tonight’s Minnesota vs. Philadephia Thursday Night Football game a must-win for the Vikings? After one week of play, Minnesota has gone from the preseason favorites to win the NFC North to being on the cusp of dropping into an 0-2 hole.
Lines at legal NFL betting sites favor the Eagles to win by just under a touchdown, and they’ll need the win to keep pace in the uber-competitive NFC East. The New York Giants appear suspect after a Sunday night Week 1 beat down from the Dallas Cowboys, but all other divisional teams appear poised for a postseason run.
Kickoff is set for tonight at 8:15 PM on Amazon Prime.
Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles
- Vikings Point Spread: +6.5
- Vikings Moneyline: +230
- Eagles Point Spread: -6.5
- Eagles Moneyline: -280
- Over/Under: 49.5
NFL prop bets are posted for most major stat categories for tonight’s game. Here are what the odds suggest in regard to individual performances from Eagles and Vikings Players.
Eagles Stat Projections Based On The Odds
- Jalen Hurts – 31 attempts, 21 completions, 251 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 46 yards rushing
- AJ Brown – 3 receptions, 72 yards receiving
- Dallas Goedert – 5 receptions, 58 yards receiving
- DeVonta Smith – 4 receptions, 48 yards receiving
Vikings Stat Projections Based On The Odds
- Kirk Cousins – 37 attempts, 24 competitions, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
- Alexander Mattison – 50 yards rushing, 15 yards receiving
- Justin Jefferson – 5 receptions, 93 yards receiving
- TJ Hockenson – 6 receptions, 49 yards receiving
What these NFL bet types have not disclosed is how the touchdowns will be distributed among the skill position players for each team. Based on the point spread and the over/under total, it can be assumed that the Eagles will score four touchdowns while the Vikings will score three.
In Week 1, the Eagles beat the New England Patriots 25-20. Philadelphia was favored by -3.5 and covered. Last weekend, the Vikings lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-17. Minnesota had been favored to win by 4 points.
Minnesota may need to reevaluate how they communicate play calls from the sidelines. Apparently, Tampa Bay QB Baker Mayfield was able to learn the hand signals of the Vikings offense and relayed his findings to his coaching staff.
Vikings vs. Eagles Injury Report
- Garrett Bradbury, Center, Back, Out
- Christian Darrisaw, Tackle, Ankle, Questionable
- Marcus Davenport, Linebacker, Ankle, Questionable
- Reed Blankenship, Safety, Ribs, Out
James Bradberry, Corner, Concussion, Out
Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Ribs, Questionable
Nakobe Dean, Linebacker, Foot, Injured Reserve
Kenneth Gainwell, Running Back, Ribs, Out
Ultimately, we do not believe that the Vikings’ defense has what it takes to keep the Eagles from scoring routinely. Expect the Eagles to cover.