4 ways the Vikings can avoid complacency in Week 2 at Eagles

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How can the Minnesota Vikings avoid complacency during their Week 2 showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles?

After destroying the Green Bay Packers during their regular season opener, another stern test awaits the Minnesota Vikings under the bright lights of Monday Night Football in Week 2. Things couldn’t have gone much better for Kevin O’Connell in his first competitive contest as head coach, but we’ll find out much more about what this team is capable of at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Philadelphia Eagles made some tremendous additions to their roster this offseason and look primed for significant strides. They began the season with a hard-fought victory over the Detroit Lions and should improve with further familiarity.

Minnesota has its work cut out on the national stage in pursuit of going 2-0 to begin its quest for playoff football. Going on the road to Philadelphia is one of the more intimidating propositions in the NFL, which is something this roster must be ready for with the spotlight glaring.

There is renewed optimism surrounding the Vikings, and rightfully so. But here are some ways the team can avoid complacency in Week 2 at the Eagles.

Way No. 1

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Take things one game at a time

Getting one over on our NFC North rivals was the best way possible to begin the season. But the Vikings must recognize that it was just one game and there are 16 more to go before their fate is determined.

Thankfully, the Vikings have enough in the way of experience on their roster to ensure this doesn’t become a problem. Remaining fully focused and taking things one game at a time is the message, which should be understood loud and clear.

Morale is rightfully high within the fanbase. However, it wasn’t that long ago that Minnesota started the season 5-0 before getting carried away with themselves, finishing with an 8-8 record, and missing the postseason entirely.