The Philadelphia Eagles had no problem scoring points last week when they faced the Detroit Lions, as they finished with 38. However, they did start slow, but most teams did as it was the first week of the season.
Against a team like the Vikings, you can’t start slow, and you definitely can’t play badly. They are a team that will make you may with every little mistake you make.
So, with that being said, here are three players who can have a big game against the Vikings to help propel the team to a win.
DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver
The second-year receiver did not have a single touch last game. Not a catch, not a run, and not a touch. He was targeted just four times. According to coach Sirianni, that is going to change, as he said in a presser this week he “has to get the ball.”
All of the attention will be on A.J. Brown, who went off last week for 155 receiving yards. That will only give Smith some more opportunities to get open and snag some big catches. The Eagles will make it their mission to get Smith the ball this week, so watch out for that.
Jordan Mailata, Left Tackle
The Vikings have a very good pass rush. In fact, it is one of the more underrated ones in the league. Danielle Hunter is a very good pass rusher, and he can stop the run at the outside linebacker position as well.
Mailata will likely have to deal with Hunter, which is why he is highlighted here. I think Mailata wins the matchup, which is something we all love to see, our favorite offensive lineman locking up their matchups. If he wins a matchup like that and doesn’t allow a sack or pressure, he deserves to be highlighted.
Dallas Goedert, Tight end
The Eagles also need to use their tight ends more this week than they did last week against the Lions. Goedert was very effective when he got the ball. He finished with three catches on three targets for 60 yards.
If he can get more volume than that against the Vikings, the Eagles’ offensive attack will be great. Goedert will help the Eagles keep the Vikings on their toes with his efficient play. The Eagles will be forced to use their tight ends based on the coverages the Vikings show, as well.
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