FILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles will host the Minnesota Vikings at their opening home Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The crowd should be electrifying at Linc following Eagles’ Week 1’s victory over the Detroit Lions.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts led the Eagles to victory by doing several clutch runs to extend the ride throughout the match. He has also teamed up with the new AJ Brown 10 times which was a good 155 yards.
As a result, the new teammates smashed their advantages in a hurry and picking up yards.
The books have adjusted their Hurts and Brown lines coming into Week 2. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite bets and game predictions below:
Vikings (+2, -110) in Eagles (-2, -110)
Over / Under: 50.5
September 19 at 8:30 pm at Lincoln Financial Field
Reception yards of Justin Jefferson
Last week, Jefferson scored nine catches, 184 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ opening win against the Green Bay Packers.
At the time of writing, Jefferson’s receive over / under is 97.5 yards.
The Eagles didn’t let any of the Lions wingers overshadow that number last week – and only three wingers surpassed that figure last season against Philadelphia – but Jefferson is a different type of player. He should hit that number.
First Year Head Coach Kevin O’Connell, former coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams Offensive, has Jefferson as Cooper Kupp in the Viking Offensive.
The LSU product had 11 targets and 70.2% of Viking air yards in week 1 according to NFL Next Gen statistics. The only video out to have more in week 1 was Brown with 72.83%.
Davante Adams came in third with 57.69% of his team’s air yards.
Jefferson should have plenty of opportunity to go 97.5 yards, especially against the soft back of defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.
Over / Under in Eagles-Vikings is currently 50.5 points. It opened at 48 after Philadelphia’s first-week victory, but has since jumped.
Despite the jump, I still feel comfortable playing 50.5.
So far, in the NFL 2022 season, prime-time matches have fallen below projected sums every time.
But with two powerful att*cks and a vulnerable defense, this game can break that trend.
If you don’t like simple bets, here’s a hand that you can play some money on:
- Justin Jefferson over 97.5 receiving yards
- AJ Brown over 75.5 receiving yards
- Jalen hurts TD anytime
As I wrote above, I think it is quite likely that Jefferson will exceed his receiving sum.
The books adjusted the total for Brown after his historic performance against the Lions. But I still expect him to score many goals in this high-scoring competition. In his home debut, he will once again have a big impact on the performance of Hurts and Orły.
Hurts scored a quick touchdown last week and carried the ball 17 times. Most of them broke away to avoid the Lions’ rush, but they would most likely get plenty of chances when the Eagles entered the red zone to strike one.
Hurts received four tries on the 20-yard line last week, a draw in third place in the league with Joe Mixon, Christian McCaffrey and Kareem Hunt. Two of the four entered the 5-yard line.
When the Eagles enter the red zone, the Hurts option is an Eagles option. And you can still get some pretty solid value on it to boost your parlay.
Vikings 31, Orły 28
Eagles fans will not like this prophecy, but I think they will lose on Monday night against the high-scoring Vikings. Minnesota may be the toughest team they play in until much later in the year.
Additionally, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has always had an Eagles number in his career. Cousins are 6-3 against Eagles with 104.9 passes, 2,756 passes, 21 touchdowns and 6 steals in nine games against Philadelphia.
Oh, and he has Jefferson to keep delivering the ball on the drive.
It will be an interesting game for Hurts. The Vikings will most likely try to take Brown after last week. If he does, will he be able to find other players with skills such as DeVonta Smith, Dallas Goedert, and Quez Watkins?
We’ll find out on Monday evening during the first Eagles game of the season.
All courses are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
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