January 16th, 2018
The Minnesota Vikings (14-3 SU, 11-6 ATS) were up against the wall, but after a historic walk-off touchdown against the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota is one win away from playing in the Super Bowl at home. The Vikings visit the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3 SU, 11-6 ATS) this Sunday at 6:40 PM ET on FOX; Minnesota opened as a 3.5-point favorite on the NFL betting lines with a total of 38.
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Playing outdoors on a January evening won’t be comfortable for either team, but the long-range forecast for Sunday doesn’t look too bad: partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 40s at kick-off. That’s good news for the Vikings, who have the better passing game of the two teams – especially with Nick Foles taking over at QB for the Eagles in place of the injured Carson Wentz.
These are two outstanding defensive teams, but Minnesota’s secondary may be compromised this Sunday after safety Andrew Sendejo was flattened by Saints WR Michael Thomas. Sendejo will have to clear concussion protocol; meanwhile, back-up DT Shamar Stephen is probably done for the season after suffering a high-ankle sprain. The Eagles are relatively healthy after beating the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round.
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