The 3-9-1 Minnesota Vikings host the 8-5 Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, December 15. Kick-off is at Noon CT from Mall of America Field at Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The game will be televised on FOX (visit 506 Sports to see what games are scheduled in your area).
Point Spread: Philadelphia -5.5
|John Carlson||TE||Concussion||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Brandon Fusco||G||Knee||Did Not Participate In Practice||Doubtful|
|Chad Greenway||LB||Wrist||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Adrian Peterson||RB||Groin||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Larry Dean||LB||Knee||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Xavier Rhodes||CB||Ankle||Did Not Participate In Practice||Doubtful|
|Chris Cook||CB||Knee||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Toby Gerhart||RB||Hamstring||Limited Participation in Practice||Questionable|
|Josh Robinson||CB||Chest||Did Not Participate In Practice||Out|
|Brandon Boykin||CB||Hip||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
|Najee Goode||LB||Hamstring||Full Participation in Practice||Doubtful|
|Earl Wolff||S||Knee||Full Participation in Practice||Doubtful|
|Cary Williams||CB||Hamstring||Full Participation in Practice||Probable|
The Vikings are coming off another soul-crushing late loss brought about by a defensive meltdown. If it’s possible to get used to that sort of thing, the Vikings are used to it. They will shake it off again and likely give the Eagles a good contest.
Minnesota has been in the spoiler role for several weeks in a row now and have given some playoff contending teams all they could ask for, tying the Packers in Green Bay, beating the Bears in Minnesota and taking Baltimore down to the wire in Baltimore. The Eagles are aware of this and will not taking the Vikings lightly.
Philly is flying high offensively behind quarterback Nick Foles, who had thrown zero interceptions all season until getting picked off in miserable conditions last week vs. Detroit. The Vikes will once again be short-handed on defense with Xavier Rhodes probably sitting out. They will be challenged offensively with John Carlson out and likely Adrian Peterson as well.
Matt Cassel, coming off two straight solid performances, will get the start in place of Christian Ponder. Greg Jennings has been the main beneficiary of the offense’s increased passing efficiency under Cassel. Cordarrelle Patterson had his best game of the year last week and figures to be a more-and-more potent weapon as time goes on.
Prediction: Philadelphia 28, Minnesota 24