The bookend to the "Monday Night Football" doubleheader projects to be one of its more exciting matchups of Week 2.
Vikings-Eagles has a high point total, a slim spread, and stars on both offenses. That’s all we can ask for as fans, and this game offers some betting intrigue as well. Beyond investing in Minnesota or Philadelphia to cover or win outright or landing on one side or the other of the 50.5-point total, you can pick and choose your players to root for with a few prop bets.
A.J. Brown Over 73.5 Receiving Yards (-114)
Bet on Brown to deliver at least half of what he put up last week? I’m in. Philadelphia’s offseason addition had a whopping 40 percent target share in his first game as an Eagle and he made every look worth it. Jalen Hurts threw his way 13 times and the duo connected 11 times for 155 yards. Of course, Minnesota’s secondary will be keyed in on Brown, but the Eagles have other threats in the receiving game that must be accounted for. Brown has the speed, size and strength to beat defenses over the top and to turn intermediate catches into big gains. Lastly, Brown averaged 15.5 yards per catch last week and 16.2 for his career. That means five catches should put him over this total and his receptions prop is set at 5.5.
Dalvin Cook Over 71.5 Rushing Yards (-114)
Philadelphia allowed D'Andre Swift and the Lions to run all over them last week. Detroit rushed for 6.5 yards per carry and Swift totaled 144 yards on the ground, including a 50-yard sprint. That bodes well for Cook’s outlook on the ground against the Eagles. He had 20 carries and rumbled for 90 yards last week against Green Bay. It wasn’t Cook’s best day running the ball overall and he still came close to 100 rushing yards. The game script will decide if he gets fed as many carries this week to ensure he hits the over, but Minnesota rarely leaves its lead wanting for more work.
Kirk Cousins Over 36.5 Pass Attempts (-130)
This is a bet on these teams trading points early and often. The Vikings have a star receiver in Justin Jefferson who demands double-digit targets and talented pass catchers behind him who Cousins will need to hit with the entire defense geared toward slowing Jefferson down. Even in a game where the Vikings won by 16 points, Cousins aired the ball out 32 times last week. He would need just five more attempts this week in what’s projected to be a much higher-scoring contest to hit the over. A few more checkdowns to Cook and some extra looks for Adam Thielen is all it takes.