Philadelphia Eagles vs. Minnesota Vikings: NFL Week 16 Pre-Game Analysis

With the Minnesota Vikings Metrodome still under repair from the blizzard, the Vikings may find it somewhat unfortunate to be playing elsewhere, but unfortunately, they are facing an explosive Eagles offense attempting to clinch a berth in the playoffs.  This will not fare well for incoming Vikings with an injured Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson coming into Lincoln Financial Field.

Quarterbacks

Whether it’s Brett Favre or Joe Webb of the Minnesota Vikings as quarterback, it’s not going to bode well for the Vikings in this game either, after losses to the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears.  Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has 11 touchdowns, 19 interceptions and a lowly 69.9 quarterback rating.  Joe Webb is no better with 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and an even lower 39.9 rating. Meanwhile, Michael Vick has been pretty much the Eagles offense.  He has 20 touchdowns, 5 interceptions and a 103.6 quarterback rating.  However you take it, it’s a huge edge for Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, the Vikings running back, has 11 touchdowns, 1,149 yards rushing and averaging 4.7 yards per carry.  However, he was out for the Chicago Bears, and Toby Gerhart took over his place.  He was quite successful on the ground nonetheless with 77 yards on the ground and averaging 4.8 yards per carry.  LeSean McCoy has 1,036 yards rushing, 7 touchdowns and averaging 5.4 yards per carry.  However, Michael Vick has 613 yards rushing, 8 touchdowns and averaging 6.7 yards per carry.  The Eagles and unfortunately, the quarterback/running back Michael Vick, get the rushing edge.

Wide Receivers

The Eagles wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson have a combined total yardage of 1,914, 16 touchdowns and averaging 18.4 yards per reception.  The Vikings wide receivers Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice have a combined 963 passing yards, 7 touchdowns and averaging 14.5 yards per reception. The edge goes to the Eagles on this one.

Tight Ends

The Eagles tight end Brent Celek has 414 yards, 4 touchdowns and averaging 12.9 yards per reception.  Meanwhile, the Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe has 485 yards, 2 touchdowns and averaging 11.5 yards per reception.  The edge goes to the Vikings, as they will use him more under Joe Webb or Brett Favre, although the current statistics say otherwise.

Defenses

The Minnesota Vikings defense is ranked 10th against the pass and 8th against the run.  Although currently, the Vikings defense has given lots of yardage to running backs of the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears.  The Eagles defense is ranked 21st against the pass and 11th against the run.  With the depleted defense and the Eagles relying on their offense to carry the game, the defense has been under-performing.  However, they will face Joe Webb or Brett Favre. Either option will give the Eagles defense the edge.

Coaches/Intangibles

Eagles head coach Andy Reid has been relying on explosive plays from his wide receivers and Michael Vick to win games.  However, coach Leslie Frazier is still a run-first coach, and his offensive playmakers are suffering through injuries.  The Eagles get the edge.

The Edge

Not going to be good for the Vikings — 41-7 Philadelphia Eagles.  The Minnesota Vikings will be able to score first, but they won’t be able to compete with this offense. 


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