NFL Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles live streaming Free NFL Playoffs Week 05 Online, Sunday 07 October 2018, NFL online live with HD quality on PC, Laptop, iPhone, Ipad and Android over the Internet.It’s Will be kick of at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Time 04:25 PM (ET) broadcast on NFL Network, CBS, Fox Sports, NBC, ESPN and and online.
The Eagles and Vikings last met in the NFC Championship game in January, when Philadelphia dominated 38-7. Both teams now have different quarterbacks: The Vikings acquired Kirk Cousins, while Carson Wentz is back from injury to lead the Eagles.
This time around, the Eagles are coming off a 26-23 loss to the Titans, when they fell behind the inactive Redskins to second place in the NFC East.
The Vikings lost to the powerful Rams, 38-31, in the Week 4 Thursday Night Football matchup.
This one is a Week 5 confrontation with the same team the Eagles disposed of in the NFC Championship Game, the Minnesota Vikings.
Philly’s franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, makes his third start of the season. Hopefully, the plan doesn’t consist of 50-plus pass attempts. Hopefully, the Eagles can find their running game. Hopefully, Wendell Smallwood continues to improve. Hopefully, the offensive line can get their groove back and Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi will play.
For some inside information on the visiting team, we reached out to our friends at The Viking Age, and Adam Carlson was there to help out.
The Minnesota Vikings remember the Philadelphia Eagles nightmare all too well. Their dream to both host and play in a Super Bowl in the same year ended with the awkward reality of a 38-7 drubbing at Lincoln Financial Field this past January. A Vikings defense known for its tenacity looked timid as once-backup QB Nick Foles torched the secondary for 352 yards and three touchdowns. Vikings QB Case Keenum threw a pick-six with a 7-0 lead, a momentum-changer that led to 38 unanswered points. The sea of visiting purple turned red with embarrassment as the Eagles set the stage for what would become a dramatic Super Bowl LII victory against the Patriots.
Nine months later, these Super Bowl-contending teams return to the battlefield but their leadership already looks drastically different. Keenum is now in Denver with familiar NFC East foe Kirk Cousins under center for the Vikings; meanwhile, primary Eagles QB Carson Wentz has fully recovered from a torn ACL that kept him out of last year’s playoff matchup. The cast of characters supporting each team has also changed slightly, the result of free agency and injuries that have forced crucial early-season adjustments.
The Vikings, on paper, seek revenge but both teams are simply seeking stability. They’re sporting a combined record of 3-4-1 heading into Sunday’s game, victimized by uncharacteristically sloppy defensive play.
But both are still very much expected to shake out as NFC contenders, battling in the thick of competitive division races. So this game maintains its importance, serving as an important tiebreaker for home-field advantage or perhaps a wild card berth in a conference where 10-6 might be a necessity to make the postseason.
Two of the top defenses in the league this year are 10th and 20th, respectively, through four weeks of play. Both the Eagles and Vikings have had embarrassing performances from their units that stand out. Last week, the Eagles allowed three fourth-down conversions in overtime as their secondary was torched by the Titans. A 17-3 lead in the second half turned into a discouraging 26-23 defeat that left them 0-2 on the road so far this season.
Some of that could be blamed on the momentum caused by Titans head coach Mike Vrabel’s aggressive calls. He refused to settle for a game-tying, 50-yard field goal and kept his team marching down the field instead, building confidence in a young offense with each conversion. But the Eagles’ secondary has clearly been suspect. Cornerback Jalen Mills, in particular is getting criticism at home for blowing coverages and the Eagles have clearly been victimized by explosive pass plays.
Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz firmly came out in Mills’ corner this week, entrenching him as the starter but the Vikings’ passing offense will serve as a major test. Adam Thielen has quietly emerged as one of the most talented wide receivers in the league no one knows about while quarterback Kirk Cousins has also developed a strong rapport with Stefon Diggs. Both had more than 120 receiving yards in the Vikings’ 38-31 loss to the Rams last week.
One plus has been the Eagles’ run defense, currently leading the league at 63.8 rushing yards allowed. The Vikings’ run game ranks dead last, which will put even more pressure on Cousins to get the job done. Forget 100 yards; no Viking has rushed for more than 50 so far this year.
Last week also showed how vulnerable the Vikings have been on defense. They allowed an eye-popping 465 passing yards to the Rams’ Jared Goff, who also threw a career-high five touchdown passes and posted a perfect 158.3 QB rating. A secondary that ranked second in passing defense last year is outside the top 20 thus far in 2018. Roughly half-a-dozen defensive players on the roster are dealing with injuries and they’ve lost starting defensive lineman Everson Griffen as he deals with some off-the-field problems.
Head coach Mike Zimmer has built his career as a defensive guru, making the Vikings’ struggles particularly alarming. The fact that their opposing quarterback this week, Carson Wentz, has looked spectacular since his return from injury (348 yards last week vs. the Titans) won’t help their cause any.