5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Week 2

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /
3 of 6
Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Jalen Hurts /

Jalen Hurts will throw at least two interceptions

Jalen Hurts was a mixed bag against the Lions. On the bright side, Hurts threw for 243 yards and was able to make enough big plays in the passing game. On the downside, Hurts was hit 20 times and had to run 17 times in order to get the victory.

Some may see Hurts’ effort as a player that is willing to do whatever it takes to get a win. Others may see it as an effort that made up for his discrepancies.

Hurts has been inconsistent through his first two seasons, but one of his big weaknesses has come when he’s been under pressure. He ranked 15th among quarterbacks with at least 20 percent of the league lead in snaps with a 71.9 quarterback rating when pressured. He also ranked 24th when pressured in 2020 with a 59.1 passer rating.

The Vikings may have an area to attack, but the biggest question is whether they can exploit it. Aaron Rodgers was under pressure on just 28.9 percent of his snaps in Week 1 and Minnesota will need to generate more pressure in order to stop Jalen Hurts.

Za’Darius Smith and Danielle Hunter should be able to take advantage of the Eagles’ offensive line, but Ed Donatell will have to get creative in order to make Hurts play to their strength.