Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles 9/14/23 Free Pick, NFL Odds, NFL Predictions

Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-0)

Game Info: Thursday, September 14th, 2023 at  8:15 p.m. EST (Lincoln Financial Field)

Betting Odds: Eagles -6.5 (-110) - Over/Under (49)

Pick: Eagles -6.5 (-110)

Thursday night takes us to Philadelphia, where the defending NFC champions will play their second game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings to kick off week two of the National Football League season. This will be a pivotal early-season matchup for both of these expected NFC contending teams, both of them will be looking to pick up a victory here in this one, and build upon their momentum to open up the season. 

The Minnesota Vikings looked solid at the beginning of their game last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Minnesota was unable to maintain that consistent performance, and it led to them losing the opening game of the series against Baker Mayfield and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now they will be looking to regroup with a much tougher task because they will take on the defending NFC champions, the Philadelphia Eagles on the road at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. After Justin Jefferson recorded over 100 yards in the first half last Sunday they will find a way to feed him the football and get him into the endzone this week as well. 

They will be looking to bounce back here on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles as they look to pick up their first victory of the season against one of the best defenses in the entire league. It will take a nearly flawless game from Minnesota to grab the victory here on Thursday night against Philadelphia on the road. The Vikings will be looking to avoid starting the season with two consecutive losses to two contending teams in the NFC. As Minnesota is expected to be the top team in the NFC North division this season.

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The Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to pick up their second victory of the season after their solid win against the New England Patriots to open up the year. Philadelphia looks to be a prime contender to repeat as NFC champions, and they will be looking to lift the Lombardi trophy this time around as well. They looked solid in their opening game of the season as they picked up right where they left off, and Jalen Hurts continued to establish himself as a top quarterback in the National Football League. Now the Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to make it two for two here on Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Philadelphia will certainly have to do a better job of keeping their foot on the gas after they allowed New England back into the game last Sunday after going up by double digits heading into the second half. The Eagles will also have to find a way to shut down Justin Jefferson, and limit his production after his solid start to the season last week as well as find a way to keep running back Alexander Madison out of the endzone. If Philadelphia can shut down the production of Minnesota’s best players then the Eagles should grab themselves a comfortable victory here on Thursday night.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Philadelphia was 7-2 at home last season 

- Minnesota is 7-11 on the road against Philadelphia 

- Minnesota lost to Philadelphia last season 24-7 

I expect the Philadelphia Eagles to pick up the victory over the Minnesota Vikings here on Thursday night in primetime at home. As I look for Philadelphia to take control of this game early and put it away early as well as keep their foot on the gas unlike last weekend to prevent Minnesota from staging a solid comeback in the third and fourth quarter. In the end, I have the Philadelphia Eagles, grabbing the victory and covering the spread against the Minnesota Vikings here on Thursday night.

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