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Carson Wentz | Danielle Hunter
© James Lang | 2018 Oct 7

Carson Wentz | Danielle Hunter © James Lang | 2018 Oct 7

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Philadelphia (3-2; 2-3 ATS) at Minnesota (3-2; 3-2 ATS)

Early line: Vikings (minus-3 points). Total: (43.5)

PHI 24TH OFF; MIN 4TH DEF

PHI 18TH RUN; MIN 9TH vs. RUN

PHI 22ND PASS; MIN 5TH vs. PASS

PHI 7TH PTS; MIN 4TH PTS ALLOWED

MIN 19TH OFF; PHI 10TH DEF

MIN 3RD RUN; PHI 1ST vs. RUN

MIN 29TH PASS; PHI 27TH vs. PASS

MIN 16TH PTS; PHI 13TH PTS ALLOWED

PHI T8TH TO/TA; MIN T15TH TO-TA

All-time series is tied 14-14-0. Vikings won most recent game in series 23-21 at Philadelphia in Week 5 game last season (Vikings outgained Eagles 375-364).

EAGLES defense smothered Jets while offense was just so-so in 31-6 Week 5 rout. Eagles became the first team in NFL history to record 10 sacks and score two defensive touchdowns in a single game.

EAGLES’ defense dominated the Jets from the start, holding an opponent to no points on an opening drive for the first time this season. Jets were limited to a minuscule 128 total yards with only 3-of-14 3rd-down conversions.

DE Brandon Graham had a career-high 3 of EAGLES’ 10 sacks after he only had 4 last season. In addition, CB Orlando Scandrick, playing his first game with the Eagles, had two sacks on corner blitzes and stole the ball on the second one and ran it back 44 yards to make it 31-6 in the fourth quarter, and OLB Nate Gerry returned an INT for a score.

EAGLES’ offense that managed only 265 total yards scored TDs on their first two possessions inside the red zone to extend their streak to nine straight before settling for a field goal on the next trip inside New York's 20 in Week 5 win.

EAGLES QB Carson Wentz threw for 189 yards and one touchdown (89.6 QB rating), RB Jordan Howard ran for 62 yards and one TD on 13 carries with a long of 15, TE Zach Ertz had 5-57-1 receiving on 7 targets with a long of 21 and WR Alshon Jeffery had 6-52 receiving on 8 targets with a long of 13 in Week 5 rout.

EAGLES RB/PR Darren Sproles moved past Tim Brown into fifth place on the NFL's all-time list for all-purpose yards before leaving game with quad injury in 2nd half (check status).

In addition to Sproles, Check status of EAGLES WR DeSean Jackson, who remains out with abdomen injury; CBs Ronald Darby (DNP in Week 5; hamstring) and Avonte Maddox (DNP in Week 5; concussion); and DT Tim Jernigan, who remains out with foot injury.

In EAGLES’ Week 5 loss to Vikings last season, Wentz had 24-35-311-2 TDs-0 INTs (115.3 QB rating), 5-26 rushing with a long of 11 and a lost fumble; RB Jay Ajayi (released) had 8-29 rushing and a lost fumble; and Ertz had 10-110-1 receiving on 11 targets with a long of 23.

VIKINGS passing game came alive big-time in Week Five 28-10 road win over Giants, as QB Kirk Cousins threw a pair of TDs to WR Adam Thielen, RB Dalvin Cook ran for 132 yards and defense limited Giants to 211 yards.

VIKINGS’ Cousins, who had his best performance in some time (22-27-306-2 TDs-0 INTs-138.6 QB rating), threw TD passes of 15 and 9 yards to WR Adam Thielen, who complained about the one-sided nature of the offense after a two-catch, 6-yard game the previous week vs. Chicago. Thielen finished with seven catches for 130 yards.

VIKINGS’ Thielen has a habit of rebounding after bad games. His two-catch game in Week 4 was his second lowest since 2016. He went without a reception once, on Dec. 18, 2016, vs. Colts. He followed with career-high 202 yards on 12 catches for two TDs vs. Packers.

VIKINGS’ Cook, who failed to score a TD in a game for the first time this season, had 21-132 rushing with a long of 41 (6.3 ypc) and 6-86 receiving on 6 targets with a long of 24 to spearhead 211-yard ground game in Week 5.

WR Shelton Diggs, who also had voiced his displeasure with VIKINGS’ one-dimensional offense heavily titled toward ground game in first 4 games, had 3-44 receiving on 4 targets with a long of 20, but shot down trade rumors after the game, saying he wanted to remain a Viking.

VIKINGS PK Dan Bailey hit FGs of 31, 48, 32 and 45 yards for Minnesota, which scored on four of its six possessions in the first half. The fifth ended in a fumble inside the 5-yard line, and the sixth on a last play Hail Mary.

VIKINGS defense that registered 4 sacks was led by DE Danielle Hunter, who had seven tackles, two sacks and two QB hurries; and LB Anthony Barr, who had an INT and a TFL in endzone that resulted in a safety in Week 5 win.

Check status of VIKINGS LB Kentrell Brothers (DNP in Week 5; wrist/hamstring) and CB Mackensie Alexander (DNP in Week 5; elbow).

In VIKINGS’Week 5 win over Eagles last season, Cousins had 30-37-301-1 TD-0 INTs (109.6 QB rating); Diggs had 10-91 receiving on 11 targets with a long of 25 and 2-25 rushing with a long of 20; Thielen had 7-116-1 on 10 targets with a long of 68; and NT Linval Joseph had a 64-yard FR for a TD, a sack and 5 tackles.

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