3. Brian O’Neill, right tackle
After being taken in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, 62nd overall, Brian O’Neill paid immediate dividends, or pretty close to it. He’s 20 games into his career with 16 starts, and he’s helped pave the way for Minnesota’s running game while keeping Kirk Cousins upright.
On Sunday, he’ll try to help make a dent in Philly’s stout run defense by clearing a few paths for Dalvin Cook while trying to keep that Eagles pass rush off of a quarterback that’s given the Eagles so many issues in the past.
4. Kyle Rudolph, tight end
Kyle Rudolph holds a very special place in the hearts of Eagles fans. He opened the scoring of the NFC Championship Game that sent the Eagles to their third Super Bowl appearance, one they’d win.
By now, if you’re an Eagles fan, you’ve played or heard Joe Buck’s call in your head over a thousand times. ‘This one floated for Rudolph. Touchdown! What a start.’ That fired the Eagles defense up, Patrick Robinson gets a pick, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Philly went on to outscore the Vikings by putting up 38 unanswered points the rest of the way. Rudolph will get the start on Sunday, and it will be up to the Eagles linebackers and safeties to make sure that he doesn’t run wild.