The Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings in their Monday Night Football home opener. It’s a relatively important clash between two teams 1-0 at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Birds are coming off a win over the Detroit Lions that wasn’t as convincing as many hoped. While there are a number of positives to take away from this game, concerns remain about Philadelphia’s defense. Can Jonathan Gannon find a way to stand up to a quarterback who isn’t totally terrible? Kirk Cousins has proven troublesome for the Birds in the past and it’s currently difficult to give Philly’s defensive coordinator the benefit of the doubt.
The Vikings are looking to follow up a big win over the Green Bay Packers with another big effort. Minnesota’s defense limited the damage Aaron Rodgers could do in Week 1. There could be pressure on the Eagles offense to rack up a lot of points if Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook prove to be as tough as they are. they seem so.
The winner of this game will feel pretty good. They will have a 2-0 record and a claim as one of the best teams in the NFC. The loser might think he is good but not good enough.
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(NOTE: This is NOT a game thread; this is a live blog that will turn into a recap of the game. Use BGN’s designated game threads for each quarter to discuss events happening in the game. The thread of the first quarter is HERE.)
- The Eagles targeted DeVonta Smith on the very first play, which ended in a five-yard reception. Who would have guessed that the Birds would try to touch him sooner? Jalen Hurts rolled right and found an open Dallas Goedert for a first down. Miles Sanders’ first run was 12 yards. Hurts was tackled with no gain to bring in a 3rd and 9. On third down, Hurts found Kenneth Gainwell short for a catch-and-run to move the chains… but the big play was wiped out by Landon Dickerson who was illegally a bit back. On the 3rd and 13th, Hurts stood in the pocket with good protection and fired a strike at AJ Brown for a first down. Nice throw! Hurts found Zach Pascal short to convert a 3rd and 3. Pascal also had a third conversion in Detroit last week; he is a factor in these situations. Two plays later, Hurts powered through contact to hit it for a touchdown. Powerful opening drive. Bizarre sequence on the Eagles extra point where they had to redo the extra point because “waiting Vikings” were on the ground. How was that not a penalty, then? The DID Vikings were then penalized for being offside… but the Eagles refused the flag instead of trying to pick up two runs from the 1-yard line. EAGLES 7, VIKINGS 0.
- The Vikings’ first drive was a three-and-out with Darius Slay knocking down a Kirk Cousins pass intended for Justin Jefferson. Jefferson wanted a pass interference call but the referees didn’t give it to him. Slay quickly grabbed Jefferson’s hand … but the refs aren’t always going to call that. Nick Sirianni was sent off and ran to celebrate with the defense after the stoppage.
- Offensive pass interference on DeVonta turned a 3rd-and-2 into a 3rd-and-12. Hurts was then sacked from behind after holding the ball to force a punt. Jalen Reagor drew boos as he lined up to return the Eagles’ first punt … then drew cheers after being tackled by Zech McPhearson for a single yard gain.
- The Vikings came in 3rd and 5th and James Bradberry knocked down the third pitch to Irv Smith. Good start for the defense of Jonathan Gannon.
- The Eagles were called for their fourth offensive penalty on their third practice. It was their third ineligible man on the pitch with Isaac Seumalo named as the culprit.
- Hurts threw deep to a wide-open Quez Watkins, who was released with a Vikings safety mistakenly assisting Goedert instead of staying with the fast wide receiver. EAGLES 14, VIKINGS 0.
- Jalen Reagor’s throw sweeps 3rd-1 for a 17-yard gain … and the crowd boos at Linc. The Vikings entered the red zone and Haason Reddick, who got into cover against backup tight end Johnny Mundt, allowed a 17-yard reception to set up the first and the goal at the 2-yard line. The Cousins then hit Irv Smith with a short pass for the score. Reddick in the cover certainly looks like a waste. EAGLES 14, VIKINGS 7.
- The Eagles came in 3rd and 12th and Hurts went over the marker, but they were helped by a Vikings illegal contact penalty for another set of downs. Hurts’ first incompleteness came on a play where Goedert was tightly covered and nearly caught, but Cameron Dantlzer stunned the ball before the tight end established possession. Just great defensive play to break up a good pitch in a tight window. Hurts’ third pass was completed short of the sticks to force a punt. Second offensive drive of the night without points.
- TJ Edwards knocked down a Cousins third pass down the middle to force another three and out.
- Quez Watkins was back to kick off.
- AJ Brown was briefly examined in the medical tent midway through the second quarter. He didn’t run out of time, though.