Minnesota Vikings (0-1) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
As we head into Week 2 of the NFL season, all eyes will be on the Minnesota Vikings (0-1) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) in a matchup that promises both excitement and ample opportunities for NFL betting picks. Both teams are off to diverging starts, with the Eagles boasting an early-season win, while the Vikings are looking to bounce back from their initial loss.
The Minnesota Vikings find themselves in a challenging position after a Week 1 loss. Running back Alexander Mattison has so far delivered a mixed performance. In one game played, he had 11 rushing attempts but was only able to amass 34 rushing yards with an average of 3.1 yards per carry. The lack of explosive plays and a rushing touchdown puts pressure on the Vikings’ offensive scheme. Wide Receiver Justin Jefferson has been a silver lining for the Vikings. With nine receptions and 150 receiving yards in just one game, he is a clear threat in the air. His 16.7 yards per reception and four plays over 20 yards show his capacity for big plays, and he will be pivotal for Minnesota’s chance at redemption this week.
The Philadelphia Eagles are riding high on the momentum of a Week 1 victory. Kenneth Gainwell, the running back, had 14 rushing attempts with 54 rushing yards and an average of 3.9 yards per rush. While not spectacular, Gainwell has shown reliability that can supplement the Eagles’ offense. Wide receiver A.J. Brown is another player who has stood out. He had seven receptions from 10 targets and accumulated 79 receiving yards in one game. Brown’s 11.3 yards per reception indicate a more conservative passing game, but his reliability could be key in critical situations.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles Game Info
|Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 8:15 PM ET
|Lincoln Financial Field
|NFL Game Pass
Kirk Cousins QB vs. Jalen Hurts QB
In the quarterback realm, Kirk Cousins of the Vikings goes head-to-head with Jalen Hurts of the Eagles. Cousins had an impressive Week 1 despite the loss, completing 33 of his 44 passing attempts, netting 344 passing yards with a 75% completion rate. He threw for two touchdowns but also had one interception. His passer rating of 102.8 shows his efficiency, even under pressure.
On the other side, Jalen Hurts had a more conservative approach. He completed 22 out of 33 passes, with 170 passing yards and one touchdown. The lack of interceptions speaks to his game management skills, but with a passer rating of 89.2, there is room for improvement.
NFL Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia Eagles -325, Total Odds: 48.5
The betting odds for this game are intriguing. The Minnesota Vikings have a spread of +7.5 at -122, a Moneyline of +270, and the total is 48.5 over at -110. On the other hand, the Philadelphia Eagles are at a spread of -7.5 at +102, with a Moneyline of -325, and the total is 48.5 under at -110.
Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends
Minnesota has had a hard time against the spread, going 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games. Moreover, they have been particularly weak against Philadelphia, with a 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games against them. However, their 12-5 SU in their last 17 games can’t be ignored.
Philadelphia Eagles Betting Trends
The Eagles have shown strong trends, especially at home. They are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games and have seen the total go UNDER in 4 of their last 5 games at home. Philadelphia seems to be a particularly difficult opponent for teams from the NFC North, with a 5-0 SU record in their last 5 games against the division.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles 9/14/23 Betting Picks
Based on all the data provided, the best betting sites would likely favor the Eagles, given their stronger betting trends and better initial performance this season. While the Vikings have some key players who can change the tide, their poor record against Philadelphia cannot be ignored. Make your picks wisely, but if the data and trends are any indicators, the Eagles have the upper hand in this NFL Week 2 matchup.
Free Pick and Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles will win 27-20