Week 5 NFC power rankings: Eagles take a big slide

Annette Crawford
October 8, 2018

Cousins was signed to a three-year, $84 million contract in March as the Vikings made a move that screamed of being all in. Kirk Cousins and the Vikings have gotten off to a sluggish start this season as well and are looking to prove a point against the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last season in the NFC Championship Game.

So when Minnesota makes a return trip to face Philadelphia (2-2) on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field, the revenge factor will obviously be a factor - even though both teams have struggled through the first quarter of the season.

The Eagles biggest concern heading into this game will be protecting their quarterback. "But with our backs up against the wall, we'll be hungry, too". The Minnesota Vikings didn't expect to stroll into Philly at 1-1-2 either. If they had, life would feel much differently at 3-1.

"We just kind of keep moving forward because every opportunity is crucial for us and the only opportunity you get is the next one and you got to make it". "We'll just keep fighting and playing". The Falcon defense has allowed a 100 yard receiver in each of their last three games, and Brown expects to join that list this week. Rams quarterback Jared Goff passed for five touchdowns without an interception and was sacked once.

Diggs said he's picked up on how much Sunday's game means to his coach. Some observers note that the defensive downfall started in Philadelphia.

"We had a great season previous year, " he said.

"The fans are die-hard fans of their team and it's an atmosphere that we've got to handle and make sure we go in and take care of business", fullback C.J. Ham said. So, I feel good where I'm at as far as seeing all that stuff. "They've given up some runs, but they get a lot of negative runs". This will be a shootout, and I think we'll come out on top.

Tennessee successfully blitzed the Eagles and kept Wentz on the move, a much different expectation for an offense that hoped to pick up where it left off last season when, with Wentz at the controls, led the National Football League in scoring and in red zone touchdown efficiency and was so successful on third downs.

Philadelphia is dealing with issues of its own on defense. But they have only one fumble recovered this season, which (like the Vikings defense) is tied for last, as the Eagles defensive front has focused on stopping the run and has not put a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is familiar to the Eagles from his days with the Washington Redskins. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen could be poised for big days.

Philadelphia's pass defense already has been torched by Atlanta's Julio Jones (169 yards), Tampa Bay's DeSean Jackson (129) and Tennessee's Corey Davis (161). "He's played well against us in the past. It doesn't really matter what you did in the past, you have to bring it each week", Thielen added. "They're going to give you some different looks off of that, but they're aggressive, especially in the core".

The Vikings rank 24th in run blocking, according to PFF, which has a direct correlation with how well they're able to run the ball. He's going to call the best play in that moment.

The Vikings did go down on their first offensive drive of the game and score a touchdown.

Wentz takes an undefeated record in his last nine home games into Sunday's matchup and remains wary of the Vikings' defense despite what the statistics say. They're the most complete team in the National Football League right now. "They do quite a bit". The Eagles were fourth past year. "We know we'll get their best, obviously with the way it ended past year".

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