4 reasons why the Vikings will beat the Eagles in Week 2

Minnesota Vikings linebacker D.J. Wonnum
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Reason No. 2

Minnesota's offense will bounce back

It's weird to say the Vikings' offense will bounce back when they weren't that bad. This team was an Ed Ingram forced fumble and a sequence in which K.J. Osborn had the ball quite literally stolen out of his hands away from starting the season 1-0.

It is clear the problem with Minnesota is the interior offensive line, and it has been for quite some time. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 344 yards and touchdowns, all while being pressured on almost every pass attempt. It makes one wonder how good Minnesota's offense could truly be with competent guard play.

Nevertheless, this Vikings' offense looked like a legit, top-10 unit, minus the turnovers and bottom-of-the-league guard play. Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison look like a lethal wide receiver duo, and with a former undrafted corner making his first start for Philadelphia, we could see a big game for both of Minnesota's top receivers on Thursday.

The Eagles will most likely look to phase Jefferson out of this game, putting Darius Slay on the Vikings' No. 1 pass-catcher as much as possible with safety help over the top. Addison should see quite a few targets, especially deep downfield.