TNF Preview: Minnesota vs Philadelphia

September 14, 2023 Articles Comments Off on TNF Preview: Minnesota vs Philadelphia


Tonight is Thursday Night Football and on the cards are two teams headed in vastly different directions.

The Minnesota Vikings are a team that has revamped their entire defense in an attempt to remain competitive after making the playoffs last year.

Unfortunately, the Vikings followed up their 11-0 record in one score games last year by losing a one score game in week one…. against one of the worst teams in the NFL…. the Buccaneers.

In truth, the Vikings were not a good team last year, instead they were a team that benefited from insane close game fortune, so they were bound to regress this year.

My prediction is that the week one loss will not be the last “reversion to the mean” moment we see from Minnesota this year.

Minnesota’s reward for that week one loss is a trip to Philadelphia, the reigning Super Bowl runners up.

The Eagles managed to pay Jalen Hurts the big bucks in the offseason, which locks him down as their franchise QB in the process.

Can he continue to lead this team to successful seasons now that the Eagles will no longer have the benefit of a rookie QB contract?

That is the million (millions) dollar question….

Philly got off to a good start in week one by winning against the Patriots in New England.

New England is always a tough place to play so getting a win albeit one that was gifted to them is a good enough to start the season.

Moving forward the question will be can Philadelphia repeat last years success?

In terms of an overall team, Philadelphia had the best team last year.

A major reason for that success was great injury luck combined with several players on affordable contracts (see CJ Gardner Johnson and Jalen Hurts).

Injury luck is bound to regress and they had to let a few important defensive players leave in free agency to compensate for the rising costs of certain players.

Interestingly, in week one it was the Eagles defense that largely dominated while the offense struggled.

I would not be too concerned by this because New England is always a good defensive team under Bill Belichick, and Philly largely retained the key pieces to their offensive unit from last year.

All of this news would lead one to believe that the Eagles are going to handle the Vikings fairly easily for tonight’s game right?

You would think that except the line opened at Philly -7.5 and is now down to Philly -6.

Needless to say it is important to remain cautious with your bets while we see how this one plays out.

Happy Betting!


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