Ever since their NFC Championship matchup within the 2017 season, the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles have their video games circled on the calendar. With the Vikings taking the final two wins (2018, 2019) the Eagles shall be in search of revenge.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni on Monday Night time Soccer vs. Minnesota: “I bear in mind there was a reasonably particular recreation right here again in 2017 — Vikings vs. the Eagles within the NFC Championship recreation. [Defensive coordinator Jonathan] Gannon nonetheless talks about it, about how loud it was, how intense it was.”
Needless to say that is the primary residence recreation on the ‘The Linc’, Lincoln Monetary Subject for the Eagles. It will possibly get fairly intimidating taking part in in entrance of the Eagles followers, particularly with the expectations that include the 2022 season.
There are a couple of gamers to look out for on each side of the ball, so let’s get to it!
Jalen Reagor, WR, Minnesota Vikings
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We’re going to get the obvious participant out of the best way first, and that’s Jalen Reagor. He was traded after two solely seasons with the Eagles regardless of being a first-round choice. Most individuals within the metropolis of Philadelphia imagine that the group ought to have chosen his now teammate, Justin Jefferson, who was out there at his choice within the 2020 draft.
He doesn’t essentially play an enormous function within the Vikings offense proper now, as he’s solely retrieved one punt to this point.
Since this shall be Reagor’s first recreation again in Philadelphia. It must be an attention-grabbing revenge recreation for him and he’s definitely a man to observe.
Patrick Peterson, CB, Minnesota Vikings
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After final week’s protection efficiency, Patrick Peterson goes to need redemption. Towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers, Peterson was focused six instances and allowed 4 catches for 51 yards.
These stats might have been worse. Within the clip under, we see how Peterson acquired burned by Packers rookie receiver Christian Watson, however fortunately for the eight-time Professional Bowler, Watson let the ball go proper by way of his palms.
Let’s face it, we all know that Peterson just isn’t the identical participant he was. In line with PFF, he was the Vikings’ lowest-graded cornerback final week and this week whereas he’s up in opposition to higher expertise, in A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, so he may have lots to show.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Security, Philadelphia Eagles
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One of many latest additions for the Philadelphia Eagles was the much-needed security, CJ Gardner-Johnson. Final week in opposition to the Lions, Gardner-Johnson really ended up being the lowest-graded defender at 45.5, in response to PFF.
Gardner-Johnson has constructed fame constructed on his tenacity, and he ought to come out together with his hair on fireplace this week in opposition to the Vikings. Gardner-Johnson is a defensive again who could be moved throughout the sector on protection.
Marcus Epps and Gardner-Johnson should comprise the large playmakers on the Vikings offense, and they need to have their palms full staying in entrance of Jefferson.
On high of final week’s protection efficiency, one more reason why Gardner-Johnson is a participant to observe on this matchup is as a result of Kirk Cousins is definitely at the moment holding an atrocious document of 2-9 when taking part in on Monday Night time Soccer. Cousins will need to redeem himself, and it is going to be as much as Gardner-Johnson to cease him.
Shane Steichen, OC, Philadelphia Eagles
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With head coach Nick Sirianni giving up the play calling function after final season, offensive coordinator Shane Steichen may have an attention-grabbing second recreation forward of him. The Vikings aren’t recognized to blitz as a lot however they play extra of a passive protection that may pressure Jalen Hurts to undergo his reads down subject. In distinction to what they noticed final week in opposition to the Detroit Lions, who blitzed on the highest proportion of all groups of their Week 1 matchup.
With the Eagles operating principally a Run-Move-Choice offense, the play calls shall be essential relating to taking part in to Hurts’ strengths and forcing him to throw his receivers open.