Eagles Defeat the Vikings on Monday Night Football- Week 2 Summary


Matt Slocum, AP

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Vikings vs. Eagles @ Lincoln Financial Field.
The Philadelphia Eagles opened their first home game against the Minnesota Vikings, a team that brutally crushed the Green Bay Packers, another team that holds expectations to win the NFC North once again, 23 -7. In week 1, the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense had significant concerns over keeping the opponent from putting up points, especially in the second half of the game. The offensive side of the ball was something to be noted, especially after Detroit let up an astounding 155 yards to a single receiver in AJ Brown and four touchdowns on the ground. Looking at both Week 1 performances, many expected the game to be close, as both offenses came in with a blazing start.

Jalen Hurts was unfazed from the beginning, throwing 251 yards for 17 completions for 20 attempts (including a 53-yard bomb to Quez Watkins), rushing for 50 yards, and scoring three total touchdowns in just the first half. He showed great poise and strength on his two rushing touchdowns and seemed comfortable in the pocket. The defense played very well in the first half of the game, only allowing seven points when Kirk Cousins hit Irv Smith for a 2-yard touchdown pass. In the second half of the game, however, the defense that we hoped to see in week 1 showed itself. Darius Slay ended the second half with two interceptions, both of which were on passes intended for Justin Jefferson.

The Eagles shut down the Vikings’ offense as they went just 1-4 in the red zone. The Eagles’ defense ended the night with three turnovers (two from Slay, one from Maddox) and two sacks, only allowing them to score 7 points in the game. The Eagles’ offense embarrassed the Vikings’ defense, passing for 323 yards, rushing for 163 yards, and scoring 24 points. The Eagles defiantly won this Monday-Night game to move onto 2-0 on the season, the first 2-0 start for the Eagles since 2016.

Eagles Player of the Week*:
Darius Slay locked down the NFL Player of the Week from last week (Justin Jefferson). Darius Slay locked Justin Jefferson down while picking off Kirk Cousins twice and defending five passes. Kirk Cousins targeted Slay as if he was a Vikings receiver; Darius “Big Play” Slay demonstrated that his moniker was no joke, as he was the only cornerback in the league in the past three seasons to have such a stat-line in one game.