NFL Experts Doubt Vikings’ Chances vs Eagles

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After witnessing a big opening week victory over the Green Bay Packers in week one, Minnesota Vikings fans are being forced to wait until the very end of week two, before seeing their football team take the field again. But on Monday night (7:30PM CT), the purple will finally take to the gridiron in Philadelphia, to face the Eagles.

Philly is 1-0 as well, after defeating the Detroit Lions last week. How did they look in that matchup? Pretty good, until they got up 31-14, after scoring a TD on their first 2nd-half drive. Then, the Lions roared back to within three points and nearly handed the Eagles an L.

It was a strong first half showing. In the 2nd half, however, Philly looked tired and lethargic. Lions RB, D’Andre Swift, did most of the damage, running wild for 144 yards on just 15 carries. Even Jared Goff looked formidable, at times late, posting 215 yards and 2 touchdowns of his own.

Experts Like Eagles over Vikings

Still, much of the “NFL Expert” world is on the Eagles bandwagon this week. Philadelphia enters Monday night as 2.5-point favorites. Many national media members do not trust Kirk Cousins in primetime and doubt whether the Vikings’ offense can find success in a hostile environment like what they’ll see tonight.

Picking the Eagles isn’t near unanimous, though. The Minnesota Vikings have their fair share of believers out there too. Out of 55 Eagles vs Vikings predictions below, just 21 NFL experts have the Vikings winning. That means 34 are going Eagles.

Just 3/10 experts at The Athletic picked Minnesota to defeat Philadelphia tonight. They’re an unpopular pick over at CBS Sports, too, where just 2/7 experts picked the Vikings to win. Bleacher Report (5/7 picked Vikings) and USA Today (4/7 picked Vikings) are the most confident in Minnesota’s chances.

National Prediction Roundup

Here is a roundup of how major media outlets/personalities across the NFL are picking tonight’s game between the Vikings and Eagles.

ESPN

  • Stephania Bell: Eagles
  • Matt Bowen: Eagles
  • Mike Clay: Eagles
  • Jeremy Fowler: Eagles
  • Domonique Foxworth: Eagles
  • Dan Graziano: Vikings
  • Jason Reid: Eagles
  • Laura Rutledge: Vikings
  • Seth Wickersham: Eagles
  • Damien Woody: Vikings
  • Stephen A. Smith: Eagles
  • Michael Irvin: Vikings

The Athletic

  • Jay Morrison: Eagles
  • Josh Kendall: Vikings
  • Michael-Shawn Dugar: Eagles
  • Tashan Reed: Eagles
  • Ben Standig: Eagles
  • Larry Holder: Eagles
  • Mark Kaboly: Vikings
  • Zach Berman: Eagles
  • Austin Mock: Vikings
  • Nick Kosmider: Eagles

CBS Sports

  • Pete Prisco: Eagles
  • Jason La Canfora: Vikings
  • Will Brinson: Eagles
  • Jared Dubin: Eagles
  • Ryan Wilson: Eagles
  • John Breech: Vikings
  • Dave Richard: Eagles
  • Jamey Eisenberg: Eagles

Sports Illustrated (MMQB)

  • Albert Breer: Vikings
  • Mitch Goldich: Vikings
  • Gary Gramling: Eagles
  • Conor Orr: Eagles
  • John Pluym: Eagles

USA Today

  • Jarrett Bell: Eagles
  • Nate Davis: Eagles
  • Safid Deen: Vikings
  • Tyler Dragon: Eagles
  • Parker Gabriel: Vikings
  • Mike Jones: Vikings
  • Lorenzo Reyes: Vikings

Pro Football Talk

  • Mike Florio: Eagles
  • Michael David Smith: Vikings

Bleacher Report

  • Greg Ivory: Vikings
  • Maurice Moton: Vikings
  • Wes O’Donnell: Vikings
  • Ian Kenyon: Eagles
  • Kris Knox: Eagles
  • Gary Davenport: Vikings
  • Brent Sobieski: Vikings

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan