The Philadelphia Eagles are just one win away from winning the NFC East this year, and though the division title might already be in their possession by the time this one kicks off on Sunday night, the chase for the No. 2 seed in the conference against the Chicago Bears is still up in the air.
The Vikings don’t have a heck of a lot of fight left in them, and they are tremendous underdogs in this game. Can they beat the 14.5 point NFL betting odds on SNF? Check out the answers to these three questions to find out.
Vikings vs. Eagles Betting Key #1: What have you got, Joe Webb?
Alright, rook. The ball is in your hands now. With Tarvaris Jackson on IR and Brett Favre clearly in no shape to be playing right now, Webb really is the only man that can take snaps on this team, save for the newly signed Patrick Ramsey and former Oklahoma Sooner Rhett Bomar. Webb did come in and rush for a TD against the Chicago Bears last week on MNF, but he also tossed a pair of picks in limited action this year and looked totally lost at times. Unless something drastically improves, the Eagles should be able to bottle up this offense.
- Vikings vs. Eagles Point Spread: Eagles -14.5 points
- Vikings vs. Eagles Over-Under: 43 points
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Vikings vs. Eagles Betting Key #2: Does Michael Vick have another MVP type performance in him?
It’s quite possible, though odds have it, it probably won’t matter. Vick is coming off of a fantastic game in which he led the Eagles back from three TDs down to beat the New York Giants, and he has really put himself back into the discussion for the league’s MVP award with the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady. Vick has thrown for 2,755 yards and has a 20/5 TD/INT ratio, while rushing for 613 yards and eight more scores this year.
Vikings vs. Eagles Betting Key #3: Will Minnesota be foolish enough to punt to DeSean Jackson?
We’d certainly hope not! Jackson slammed the door shut on the G-Men last week with an electric 65 yard punt return for a TD with no time left that won the game. Though we can’t possibly picture Jackson getting his hands on a punt in this one, he is still averaging 22.8 yards per catch. One way or the other, Head Coach Andy Reid is going to make sure that the ball gets into his playmakers’ hands one way or another.
This one just will not be close. The Eagles are just too strong and are on too much of a roll to even remotely struggle with a team that just has no fight left in it and is playing with a third string quarterback. At UAB, many thought that Webb closely resembled Michael Vick, but unless he thinks he is outdoing the man that he resembled in college on Sunday Night Football, Webb and his mates have absolutely no chance of beating the NFL betting lines in this one.
Philadelphia 34 – Minnesota 13