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Experts make their Eagles-Vikings predictions
Jason Peters and Jared Allen are both five-time Pro Bowlers. (USA Today Images/AP)
Here are some bullet points before the Eagles take on the Vikings at the Metrodome this afternoon at 1 p.m. (see game notes):
• With 1,305 rushing yards, LeSean McCoy will easily break his career high of 1,309 he established in 2011.
• A key matchup up to keep an eye on Sunday is Eagles left tackle Jason Peters going at it with Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. Two grizzled vets butting helmets should be good entertainment.
• Nick Foles should have a field day passing. The Vikings are ranked 30th against the pass and have given up a league-high 29 touchdown passes.
• Since Week 9, the Eagles have averaged an NFC best 31.6 points per game.
• When DeSean Jackson scores a touchdown, the Eagles are 6-1.
• Riley Cooper picked a great time to have his finest pro season, this being the final year of his contract. Through the first five games, Cooper had just eight catches for 93 yds and a touchdown. In the last eight, he's had 29 catches for 621 yds and six scores.
• The Eagles had problems defending Detroit's Jeremy Ross last week in the return game, as Ross took a punt return and a kickoff return to the house. This Sunday, they must contain Vikings rookie Cordarelle Patterson, who leads the league with 1,199 kickoff return yards and has scored two TDs. His longest return is for an NFL record 109 yards.
• Rookie safety Earl Wolff told me on Wednesday that his knee was about 90 percent healthy. Wolff did make the trip to Minneapolis and we'll find out soon enough if he will be a spectator or participant.
• The Eagles are 4-6 on the road vs. the Vikings all time.
• It's always good to return to the Midwest, but this time of year is a perfect reminder of why I couldn't live there. The winters are brutally cold. The only time I'm stepping outside is to go to the stadium. That is all for now.