If the Philadelphia Eagles want to continue building momentum and beat the Vikings, they will need to focus on shutting down Stefon Diggs.
The Philadelphia Eagles have currently won two games in a row and will look to make it a three-game win streak against the Minnesota Vikings. In order for them to do this, they will need to shut down the Vikings’ biggest home run threat, Stefon Diggs.
Big plays have been a big problem for Eagles.
When you look at the Vikings, it’s not hard to see that the team revolves around running back, Dalvin Cook. He is one of the best young backs in the league and is a threat to take it to the house on every carry.
However, he is not the player that the Eagle defense should be keying in on this Sunday. It’s no secret that the weakest link on this Eagles team is their pass defense.
More specifically, they have been gashed through the air at least once in almost every game, with the New York Jets being the exception. Terry McLaurin, Marvin Jones, and Julio Jones all had huge days against the Eagles. If they aren’t careful, then Diggs might join that group as well.
The Eagles’ run defense is currently ranked first in the NFL, giving up only 63 rushing yards per game. On the flip-side, they are ranked 27th against the pass, giving up a little over 270 yards per game through the air. The defense has shown that they can shut down the run, now they have to prove that they can contain the long ball.
Diggs’ slow start shouldn’t be discounted
Diggs may not be off to the best start this season, but that has more to do with his quarterback play than it does his talent. Even though he has only put up 253 yards receiving, he is still averaging almost 16 yards a reception.
While Adam Thielen may be the guy that moves the sticks and catches the intermediate balls, Diggs is the receiver that can take the top off. If the Eagles want to prove that they are legitimate contenders, they will need to show that they can limit the big play.