If there is one knock on the uber-talented Philadelphia Eagles it’s their disciple, or lack thereof.

Head coach Nick Sirianni desperately needs to clean up the Eagles’ penalty problems if his team is to successfully make the transition from good to great.

The Eagles held on to defeat the Detroit Lions in Week 1 despite committing 10 infractions for a total of 61 penalty yards.

Even veteran right tackle Lane Johnson said his team played sloppily.

Last season the Eagles faced the same dilemma. Philadelphia averaged 11 penalties through the team’s first four games, which led to a 1-3 start.

Philly would go on to clean those issues up as the season chugged along, but they still finished 11th in penalties in 2021.

Teams in this league do not any extra help to sneak away with a win.

Sirianni’s team will be challenged in this evening’s Monday Night Football showdown with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are one of the more disciplined teams in the NFL, as seen in Week 1 when they committed just three infractions in a win over the Green Bay Packers.

Stops will be critical tonight with two of the most explosive offenses going head-to-head.

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins’ struggles in primetime are well documented. The Birds must refrain from giving Cousins and this quick-strike Vikings offense extra opportunities.

If the Eagles can limit the freebies there is no reason as to why Philadelphia can’t walk out of the Linc with a 2-0 record, and tied with the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East.

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