This week, the 3-2 Eagles travel to Minnesota to take on the 3-2 Minnesota Vikings, who are coming off a win over the New York Giants.
The Eagles are 2-3 against the spread this year, while the Vikings are 3-2, and both teams are looking to keep their seasons moving in positive directions.
The line on this week’s game has the Vikings as the favorites, laying the Eagles three points. The over/under is set at 44, and the Eagles are +136 on the money line, which may end up being the best bet to take.
The Vikings have had a very up and down season, including a loss to the Bears where they scored only six points. This could contribute to the game going under, despite the Vikings scoring 28 points last week.
There are some fun and interesting prop bets to take a look at for this well as well. According to FanDuel Sportsbook, you can get running back Jordan Howard to be the first touch down scorer in the game for +850, and tight end Zach Ertz has +950 odds to be the first touchdown scorer.
Can you only watch the first half? Well the Eagles are +1.5 for half number one, and the money line is +154. Quarterback Carson Wentz’s over/under on touchdowns is 1.5 and so is Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Keys to the game for the Eagles
- If the Eagles want to win what should be a close battle, Zach Ertz will need to have another good game. Last week the tight end had 57 yards and a touchdown, in a game where the scoring wasn’t needed. He needs to play a role in the passing offense again.
- Howard has been a key to the offense for the Eagles this season. He may be held in check considering the Vikings have a scary run defense, but if either him or rookie running back Miles Sanders can break off a big one for a touchdown, the game could be drastically altered.
- Cousins makes mistakes and plays badly against good teams. If the Eagles defense is for real, he should struggle this week. Now he isn’t as shaky as Jets QB Luke Falk from last week, and the Eagles defense will have to cause some turnovers, rather than be gifted them.