The Philadelphia Eagles could start their season 2-0 in 2022 if they win against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. It won’t be easy, as the Vikings are a much better team than the Lions, but it can certainly be done.
The Eagles struggled on defense in Week 1 against an offense that wasn’t great in Detroit. The Vikings’ offense is electric as they have one of the best receivers in the league.
On Sunday, the Eagles’ defense needs these three players to have a big game if they want to win.
Brandon Graham, EDGE
The Eagles only sacked the Lions once last week. Yes, the Lions’ offensive line is one of the best in the league, but the pass rush still has to be better. Graham is a big part of that as well. He and Fletcher Cox assisted each other in a sack, both getting 0.5 on the day.
The Vikings’ offensive line is good, but not nearly as good as the Lions. If they want to put pressure on the Vikings’ offense, it starts with the pass rush. Graham is a career 60-sack guy and has no issues getting to the quarterback. On Monday, I think we see some of that.
Haason Reddick, EDGE
The Eagles’ pass rush is another main focus with Reddick as well. He and Graham can be two of the best pass-rushing duos in the NFC. Last year with the Panthers, Reddick finished with 11 sacks in 2021 and 12.5 in 2020. He has been one of the better pass rushers over the last few years and we need to see that in an Eagles jersey.
The Vikings will struggle to contain both Graham and Reddick in the pass rush. They will either have to focus on one, or both will go off. Reddick has the ability to shed blocks and chop like no other. We will see some of that on Monday.
T.J. Edwards, MIKE LB
Last week it was Kyzir White of the linebacking group who played well in coverage. He was the one with the tipped pass that turned into a pick-six. Edwards is also great in coverage and can be on Monday.
The Vikings like to throw to players running routes in the flats more than people think. That is where T.J. Edwards will come into play. He is a great coverage linebacker and a better run stopper, something the Eagles will need help with when Dalvin Cook is on the field.
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