Monday, May 9, 2022

3 Key Matchups for Vikings @ Eagles


The NFL is slowing leaking their schedule leading up to the full release on Thursday, and they announced this morning the Vikings will traveling to Philly to take on the Jalen Hurts led Eagles. The Eagles snuck into the playoffs last season before losing in the wild card round. 

We are going to pinpoint three key matchups we are looking forward to.

AJ Brown vs the Vikings secondary

The Eagles acquired Brown on the opening day of the draft from the Titans and gave him a huge contract to boot. Will Brown elevate Hurts' game to the next level? It could take some time for the two to develop chemistry and this match up is early on in the season during week two, so it'll be interesting to see. Minnesota will have the tough assignment of defending Brown, and it'll be fun to watch who will matchup against him. Patrick Peterson is one year older so I'm not sure he will be able to constantly keep up with the young and physical wide receiver. The Vikings can also utilize Cam Dantzler, who has the length to cause fits. But I would love to see (if healthy) Andrew Booth Jr. get some reps against Brown and see what he's got early on in his career.

Eagles defense vs Kevin O'Connell's Offense

Kirk Cousins has a had a lot of success vs the Eagles in his past, going 6-3 against them with a 21:6 touchdown to interception ratio. Will Kevin O'Connell be able to cook up a masterful game plan to keep that success going. We will see. Vikings' fans are hoping the O'Connell and Cousins duo will be lethal, and this early season matchup will be an early test to find that out. The Eagles have a solid defense, but this offense under the direction of KOC has no ceiling for it's potential. With Jefferson and Thielen getting schemed open and Irv Smith doing damage up the seams, the Vikings offense could be in for a good day in Philly.

Jalen Hurts vs Vikings Pass Rush

The Vikings pass rush could be back to an elite level in 2022. Danielle Hunter will be healthy and ready to roll coming off of his pec injury and Zadarius Smith should be ready to wreak havoc coming off of a back injury in 2021. If those two players and 100% and playing at a high level, sorry NFL offenses, it's going to be rough day if you're going up against this defense. The Vikings also have the ability to create pressure up the middle with Dalvin Tomlinson, Harrison Phillips, and Armon Watts. Look for the Vikings to use blitz packages as well with Erick Kendricks, Jordan Hicks, and rookie Brian Asamoah. Minnesota also has the ability to blitz from the secondary with Harrison Smith and Cam Bynum, while first round pick Lewis Cine is a heat seeking missile all over the football field. Ed Donatell is going to have a hay day with all the options he has at hand on this defense.

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