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Vikings at Eagles Odds, Over/Under, Best Bets, for Monday Night Football

Two explosive offenses with the Eagles and Vikings meet in prime time on "Monday Night Football."

The second leg of the "Monday Night Football" doubleheader pits the Vikings against the Eagles in an NFC showdown that should feature plenty of points.

Philadelphia is a slim favorite at home and the point total is a tick above 50, both indications of a high-scoring competitive contest ahead. Both teams enter 1-0 though the quality and margins of those Week 1 wins differed dramatically.

The Eagles went into Detroit and jumped on the Lions early. They got out to a 17-point lead before they let Detroit claw back in the fourth. Philadelphia hung on for a 38-35 win but did not cover as a road favorite. The Vikings, though, handled the Packers at home, 23-7, almost entirely on the back of Justin Jefferson.

Minnesota’s performance against one of the top teams in the conference bodes well for their trip to Philadelphia where the Eagles were 3-4-1 ATS last season.

  • Moneyline: Vikings (+116) | Eagles (-136)
  • Spread: Vikings +2.5 (-110) | Eagles -2.5 (-110)
  • Total: 50.5 Over (-110) | Under (-110)

What worked last week for the Vikings was simple yet extremely effective: Get Jefferson the ball and get out of the way. Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw to his top target 11 times and they connected nine times for 184 yards and two scores. That was the difference in the game, which Minnesota won by two scores.

Dalvin Cook also romped for 90 yards on the ground and the defense deserves a lot of credit for forcing two turnovers from Aaron Rodgers and holding the Packers under 10 points. But in the end, the game came down to the Minnesota passing attack and the early returns under coach Kevin O’Connell are promising.

Philadelphia’s secondary will be tested time and time again by Cousins and Jefferson and it’s fair to expect more involvement for Adam Thielen in this contest.

The Eagles' offense runs through its ground game, which is led by quarterback Jalen Hurts and a stable of running backs who all found the end zone last week. Philadelphia totaled 216 yards on the ground last week, with 96 coming from Miles Sanders and another 90 from Hurts.

And even though the rushing attack is the heart of the offense, Hurts looked plenty comfortable throwing the ball last week. Offseason acquisition A.J. Brown hauled in 10 catches for 155 yards in his debut to lead the team. Expect more out of DeVonta Smith in this game, who was held without a catch in Week 1. The Vikings defended the run well last week, limiting both Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon to fewer than 50 yards each. Of course, Green Bay doesn’t have a mobile threat behind center, so defending Philadelphia’s crafty run game, which operates behind an excellent offensive line, is an entirely different story.

The total is one of the highest of the week, but when you consider what each offense is capable of, I'm comfortable with the over. The Vikings can beat defenses in a variety of ways and with Brown in place and already comfortable with Hurts, so can the Eagles. I’m tempted to pick Minnesota to win outright on the road (+120) but I’ll take the points for some added insurance.

It never hurts to back the team with the best player on the field, and in this matchup, that’s Jefferson.

The Pick:

Over 50.5

Vikings +2.5