Philadelphia Eagles versus Minnesota Vikings: Bold predictions for Week 2

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)
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Perhaps you’ve heard. The Philadelphia Eagles have a difficult test ahead of them in Week 2 on Monday Night Football.

Every team has its natural rivals. Normally, it’s the teams in their division. Nothing is more satisfying to a Philadelphia Eagles fan than seeing the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, or Washington Commanders lose. That will be true for as long as we all live. It will still be the case whenever we are gone.

Thanks to scheduling and the postseason, football has a way of manufacturing extended rivalries as well. It feels like the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs are headed in that direction. There’s also the New England Patriots versus the Indianapolis Colts, the Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers, and pretty much, Dallas and everybody.

They’re so easy to despise!

For Philly, there isn’t much of an extended rival, but for whatever reason, there’s this feeling of added irritation whenever the Minnesota Vikings pop up on the schedule. Reaching the Super Bowl to close the 2004-2005 NFL season meant the Eagles had to vanquish the Vikes in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. They’ve also beaten Minnesota on three other occasions during the postseason including the NFC Championship Game on January 21st of 2018.

All of that was business, but when Minnesota’s fans had the audacity to do that Skol chant on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, steps that were made famous by Rocky Balboa, things became personal. Since then, fans have gone back and forth on Twitter. Heck, the Eagles and Vikings have gone back and forth on Twitter. All that matters is what happens on the field though. Unfortunately, the Vikings have taken the last two meetings in this series.

A third straight win by Minnesota wouldn’t be a death sentence, but it would be painful. The outcome of Monday Night’s Football game won’t be known until it happens, but that won’t stop any of us from making some bold predictions. Here are four.