Eagles-Vikings: Our (cough) expert predictions

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Eagles-Vikings: Our (cough) expert predictions
December 14, 2013, 5:30 pm
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LeSean McCoy rushed for only 44 yards on 13 carries against the Vikings in 2010. (AP)

LeSean McCoy and the Eagles plowed through eight inches of snow last Sunday to run away from the Lions, 34-20, at Lincoln Financial Field (see last week's predictions).

Now the Eagles are on the road and set for their first dome game of the season. Will the offense look even more explosive on turf and will the Eagles' winning streak continue?

Our (cough) experts weigh in:

Geoff Mosher
I'm not a real big believer in the "trap game" concept, or the SI cover jinx. I just don't think the Vikings have enough talent or stability on either side of the ball to keep up with the Eagles, whose offense should rev up an extra notch on the Metrodome surface. Minnesota's only chance was to ride Adrian Peterson and hope he breaks a few long TD runs to keep the Vikes in the game. With Peterson's foot injury, even if he plays, it's hard to imagine that he can carry the team on its shoulders.

Eagles 37, Vikings 17

Reuben Frank
We've all thought about the Joe Webb game this week (see story), but you know what? I just don't think this team is going to fall into that trap. They truly do seem focused every day, they truly do seem to approach every game with the same level of intensity, they truly do seem to not look beyond the task at hand. All of those things can take a team a long way. The Vikings are allowing 30.4 points per game, second-most in the NFL (the Redskins are at 31.3), and the Eagles are scoring 31.6 during their five-game winning streak. I'm thinking 40 points Sunday, as the Eagles to get to 9-5 and clinch their first winning season since 2010.

Eagles 40, Vikings 14

Ray Didinger
The "trap game" alarm has been sounded all week. The Vikings are 3-9-1, coming off a heartbreaking loss to Baltimore, now with Adrian Peterson questionable with a foot injury. The Eagles have won five in a row, taken over first place in the NFC East and now find themselves on the cover of Sports Illustrated. This is the perfect setup for the Eagles to look past the Vikings and take a tumble on the road. Except I don't see it happening. I really believe this team has bought into Chip Kelly's "one-game-at-a-time" approach.

Eagles 30, Vikings 17

Derrick Gunn
I don't care if Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart are both in the Vikings' backfield -- this is too big of a game for the Eagles to suffer a letdown.

The Vikings' defense is a sieve and the Eagles' offense couldn't be stopped in the snow, so certainly they should do plenty of damage on carpet.

Why waste any more words? Nick Foles will thrive in the face of the so-called Sports Illustrated jinx and the Birds' first dome game of the season will be a smashing success.

Eagles 34, Vikings 20

John Gonzalez
The Vikings are 22nd in passing yards. They're 22nd against the run and 30th against the pass. They've lost or tied seven of their last nine games. Adrian Peterson, their best player, is questionable with a foot injury. And Matt Cassel, not Joe Webb, will be their quarterback. Also, the game will be indoors on Sunday, not delayed until Tuesday because of a huge snowstorm. Eagles win in a walk.

Eagles 35, Vikings 20

Andy Schwartz
Here's why this is an interesting game.

You think the Eagles are supposed to win. You don't want to say it out loud, but you're thinking this should be easy.

In August, did you ever think you'd be saying that at any point this season?

Yes, the Eagles went into Oakland and crushed the Raiders, but that was a surprise.

They went into Green Bay and handled the Packers, but you still weren't sure about Nick Foles. Was that seven-TD performance in Oakland a mirage or not?

Now we know more.

Now Foles has shown that the Dallas game was the real mirage. Now the Eagles have won five straight. Now they're alone in first place in the NFC East. Now they're considered legitimate playoff contenders.

How will they handle this scenario? Matt Cassel at QB. A hobbled Adrian Peterson (maybe) at RB. Will the Eagles go into the Metrodome and take care of business? Or will they throw in a clunker, as every team (see the Broncos Thursday night) is prone to do.

They might, but given their winning streak, given their resiliency last week against the Lions -- you thought it was over at 14-0, right? -- I can't predict it.

I can't see another 49-20 romp, but let's go with this.

Eagles 30, Vikings 17