Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds, Analysis, NFL Pick
Oct 21 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has no regrets trading Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings a few weeks ago, even though Bradford is returning to Philadelphia Sunday with a flawless record and the highest completion percentage in the NFL. Bradford landed on his feet and said he has recovered from the ego bruising that comes from being traded for the second time in three years. "This is the player Sam is". The long, floppy sleeves that make it look as if he's wearing a jersey that has to be returned to the equipment shed at the end of the season. They haven't made very many mistakes and I think that has led and as well as their defense is playing, that's been a good formula for those guys. "Felt things were really coming together on offense for us", Bradford told reporters in Minnesota on Wednesday.
So everything is going according to plan. Not only did the Eagles trade Dennis Kelly, Johnson's backup, over the of season, but they were forced to start Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a rookie tackle out of TCU selected in the fifth round of this year's draft. Wentz's initial arrival on the team following a trade that netted the Eagles the second overall pick in the 2016 draft didn't sit well with Bradford, who took some time away from the team and asked for a trade that didn't come until the Vikings had a major hole to fill on their offense. Traded by the Eagles to the Vikings eight days before the season started, Bradford has played almost ideal.
FILE - In this October 11, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Sam Bradford walks off the field ...
All Bradford has done has led the Vikings to an undefeated start, and Wentz has taken the National Football League by storm, becoming a potential Rookie of the Year. "All of us have to find ways to get into third-and-manageable, especially against this team this week". Though he has exceeded expectations so far, Wentz has also shown his inexperience. The Eagles have the most penalties in team history to start a season and the offense did not score a touchdown last week. "Not mentally tough? That's the furthest from the truth when you talk about Sam. It's very minimal stuff". I don't want to overload him with a lot of information, a lot of new plays, a lot of new designs - this and that.
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FAST FACTS: Dating to last season, the Vikings have a streak of nine games without allowing more than 18 points. He's continued the run in his first four games for the Vikings, and in his past 11 starts, Bradford has the seventh-best passer rating (101.2) in the NFL. "That's the great thing about Carson is how well he is able to just remember something, fix it, move on and then not do that again". Just ask Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton and Eli Manning. This is not to say that Wentz will regress, but as more information is available on both the quarterback and his new head coach, the parameters will change and we will get the opportunity to see how talented he truly is. They'll pass it, in close fashion: Vikings 23, Eagles 21. We still have to get ready.
Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks is the older brother of Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks, who is having a better season right now than Mychal. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles faced third-and-9 from their 36-yard-line with 3:13 remaining. The Eagles raced out to three straight wins to open the season, including a dominant performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When his name is announced before games at U.S. Bank Stadium, he jogs out of the Viking-ship facade without so much as a fist pump. That game helped Leslie Frazier eliminate the interim tag he held after stepping in for the fired Brad Childress earlier in the season. Don't look for the Sam Bradford angle from Zimmer either, he says it's Minnesota vs. Philly. The No. 1 scoring defense (12.6) is healthy and expected to do what it does: Terrorize quarterbacks and shut down No. 1 receivers. Smith will play a vital role in coach Mike Zimmer's attempt to confuse the rookie quarterback. In four games for the 5-0 Vikings, he has completed 70.4 percent of his passes, thrown for 990 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions, and has a passer rating of 109.7.