It’s Week 2 in the NFL, and the final game of an intriguing slate comes on Monday Night Football featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings (the Titans/Bills game kicks off 75 minutes earlier). Expect the football universe to have two screens cranked up as we begin another week.
As far as the Birds and Vikes are concerned, they both enter this one on the heels of opening-day wins that contrast one another. Minnesota dominated an annual contender, their rivals, the Green Bay Packers. Philly struggled to vanquish what was supposed to be an inferior Detroit Lions squad. A win is a win though, and both sides have an opportunity to continue building momentum at the dawn of a new season.
We’ve seen the spread open at 2.5 points before dwindling to 1.5. Then, it rose back to the 2.5-point margin again. In short, no one knows how this game will turn out, but it also features some intriguing wagers if you’re thinking of placing a few. Here are three courtesy of FanDuel that you might see as being interesting.
Philadelphia Eagles Player Props: Jalen Hurts Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+125)
Say what you want about Jalen Hurts. We can debate whether there’s an ability to consistently beat teams with his arm and whether or not too many scrambles put him in harm’s way unnecessarily, but he isn’t going to stop running.
He’s good at it. At this point of his young career, he feels more comfortable when reacting to the opposing team’s blitz than he is when trying to diagnose it, and upon entering the red zone, that part of his game is of huge benefit to the Eagles’ offense.
As he did in Week 1, expect QB1 to reach the end zone at some point in the home opener as a runner.
Eagles Player Props: Jalen Hurts First Touchdown Scorer (+900)
In keeping with the above theory, if the Eagles win the coin toss, they’ll more than likely, defer, but if Jonathan Gannon’s defense can keep the Minnesota Vikings out of the end zone early, the Birds have shown us that they can move the ball; however, when Philadelphia approaches pay dirt, the field shrinks, and the throwing lanes get smaller, we expect QB1 to trust his legs more than he trusts his arm.
Eagles Player Props: Miles Sanders Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+140)
In Week 1, Miles Sanders scored a touchdown for the first time since Week 15 of the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles season. What does he do for an encore? He scores another one of course! We’ll take our chances by accepting any wager stating Miles Sanders is an anytime touchdown scorer, especially if the odds are +140.