A win is a win, but the Eagles’ Week 1 victory over the Patriots wasn’t pretty. We appeared on our way to a blowout after going up 16-0 early, but barely held on and we’re lucky to escape Foxborough with a 25-20 win.
Now, we have a quick turnaround before we host the Vikings in our home opener on Thursday Night Football. Here’s a look at what the odds are saying about the Week 2 NFC showdown between Philadelphia and Minnesota.
Eagles vs. Vikings Week 2 Opening Odds
Despite barely beating a shorthanded Patriots squad last week, the Eagles are expected to have an easier time in Week 2. The oddsmakers are projecting Philly to win by at least a touchdown, setting the spread at 7.5 points.
Based on how we played in Week 1, however, that feels a bit generous. Our offense was pretty quiet for most of Sunday afternoon, managing just 9 points after the first quarter. Minnesota’s defense isn’t as strong as New England’s, of course, but the offense looked rusty after not playing much during preseason. A short week means there won’t be much time to shake off that rust, either.
The defense played fairly well against the Patriots, but somehow managed to let Mac Jones torch them for 316 yards and 3 TDs. Kirk Cousins is a much better quarterback (statistically-speaking) than Jone and has much better weapons, so that doesn’t bode well for the unit’s performance in Week 2, especially with only a few days to prepare for the Vikings’ offense.
Minnesota will also be looking to make a statement after suffering a humiliating 20-17 loss to the Buccaneers at home in Week 1. The Vikings know they’re better than that and will want to prove it in primetime on Thursday.
The Eagles are the better team and should still win, but 7.5 points feels like a trap. Even if they win by a touchdown, that still won’t be enough to cover. Unless the spread comes down below 7 points, I’d recommend going with an alternate spread instead.
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