Eagles vs Vikings Week 2 odds, prediction (all eyes on Jonathan Gannon)

Jonathan Gannon, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jonathan Gannon, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

We’ve known for quite some time that a little more than eight days separated the Philadelphia Eagles‘ first game of the regular season from their second. Hopefully, the time is spent wisely because, based on that opening-day performance, some might argue that this team isn’t as ready for a deep playoff run as some might have believed. Then again, overreaction always runs rampant following Week 1 of every NFL season.

Most have resigned themselves to the theory that a similar performance versus a better team would have resulted in a much different outcome. Jonathan Gannon‘s defensive scheme wasn’t very impressive, nor were many of the guys who were on the field and carrying out the game plan. Still, as you’ve probably heard thousands of times by now, a win is a win in the National Football League.

The 24-hour rule is most certainly in effect here. We’re moving on, and you should as well. Next up on the schedule is a date with one of those better teams, one of the opening weekend’s surprises, the Minnesota Vikings.

Eagles versus Vikings Odds Week 2

According to FanDuel, the Eagles are 2.5-point favorites versus the Vikings on Monday Night Football. The moneyline is -136 for Philadelphia compared to +116 for Minnesota. The over/under in this one has been set at 51.5 points.

Eagles versus Vikings Prediction Week 2

Throw Week 1 out. There’s a high chance that two different versions of these proud franchises take the field for kickoff at 8:30 p.m. EST. We hope the defense gets the memo that there’s a game to play and that they’re supposed to be present for all four quarters.

Guarantees can’t be made. We still expect that the Birds will be in better ‘game shape’ than they were on September 11th. We’d hope that, if presented with a similar late-game scenario, entering the fourth quarter with a 17-point lead, the defense wouldn’t again surrender 14 points in the final 15 minutes. Then again, you never know.

Again, the Vikings are a better team than the Lions are. They’re loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, and after dismantling the defending NFC North Champions, the Green Bay Packers, in Week 1, the guys in purple walk into Week 2 with some momentum.

Regardless, of what we just saw, we’ll avoid the temptation to make proclamations that are based on emotions. The Eagles own the superior roster, even now, and if Gannon’s unit can step up, which they should, that plus the advantage of playing this one in the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field should carry Philly ‘on the road to victory’.

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Expect another contest with a few tense moments as the Birds rarely make things easy on themselves. As was the case last week, J.G.’s defense will give up more big plays than expected, but the Eagles will win this one by a point total that’s somewhere in the area of three to seven points and improve to a 2-0 mark on the season.