HERE’S WHY EAGLES WILL BEAT THE VIKES AND COVER THE 3!

By Lewis Gould

The Eagles are 3-point underdogs this Sunday against the Vikes in Minny, where they won Super Bowl 52.

They’ll replicate that victory and go 4-2 in the NFC East.

Here’s why:

The Eagles have been underdogs 14 times in the last three seasons under Doug Pederson, according to the Athletic.com. They’ve gone 9-5 straight up in those games, and Pederson has had standout performances against some of the league’s brightest defensive minds.

The Eagles scored 43 and 30, respectively, in two wins on the road against Wade Phillips and the Rams. They dropped 38 on Mike Zimmer and the Vikings in the NFC title game during the 2017 season and followed that up with a 41-point performance against Bill Belichick in the Super Bowl.

Even two weeks ago, against a Packers defense that had been playing well, the Eagles scored 34 in a an upset win.

One matchup to watch here: the Vikings in 21 personnel (two RBs, one TE, two WRs) against the Eagles’ base defense. The Vikings averaged 12.1 yards per play out of 21 personnel last week against the Giants — the highest average of any grouping in Week 5. The Eagles have mediocre to below-average linebackers who are vulnerable to play-action. This should be a fun game that’s close down the stretch, but the Eagles pull the upset.

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