Vikings lose to Eagles 24-7, drop to 1-1 heading into Week 3 matchup hosting the Detroit Lions.
The Vikings continued their disappointing play in Monday Night Football games and against the Eagles, for some reason. Philadelphia was clicking on all cylinders in the first half. Jalen Hurts is starting to look like the real deal after helping lead the Eagles to the playoffs in his rookie season last year. The Eagles took a 24-7 lead into halftime, and the final score did not change as neither team was able to do anything in the second half. QB Cousins dropped to 2-10 in Monday Night Football games as he threw for 221 yards, 1 TD, and 3 INTs. The Vikings defense actually played pretty well, giving the Vikings offense some very good opportunities to keep them in the game. Unfortunately, the Vikings offense threw all 3 INTs on the Eagles side of the field (2 of them in the end zone). In the end, this is just 1 game. Most fans should be pretty happy with the Vikings starting 1-1 against the Packers and Eagles.
Next up, the 1-1 Vikings head home to square off against the 1-1 Detroit Lions. This should be a high-scoring affair as the Lions are a top-3 scoring offense and their defense has also allowed a bunch of points, so far. The Vikings do need to win this matchup because this isn't the same Lions that we are used to. This is a gritty, never give up type of Lions that finally have a fairly high-powered offense (I also have the Lions finishing 2nd in the North this season). The Vikings will need to get RB Dalvin Cook and WR Justin Jefferson back on track, and expect RB D'Andre Swift and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown to have big games for the Lions. I could really see this going either way, but my prediction is for the Vikings to have a bounce back win against a division foe with a solid 35-27 victory over the Lions. The Vikings usually do beat the Lions at home. Let's go, Vikings! Let's get this win and move to 2-1!
*Reminder of my end of season NFC North standings prediction:
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