PST: Vikings a 'trap game' for Eagles?

PST: Vikings a 'trap game' for Eagles?

Is the upcoming Vikings game a 'trap game'?

December 12, 2013, 10:00 am
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson blows past Asante Samuel in 2010. (AP)

The Eagles are on a roll. After surviving the snow and taking down the Detroit Lions, 34-20, on Sunday, the Birds have won five consecutive games.

At the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday, there was no talk of the team's winning streak or the NFC East standings. The Eagles are hitting the "reset button" as they prepare for the 3-9-1 Minnesota Vikings (see story).

Does Sunday's matchup in Minnesota have the potential to be a "trap loss" or a "trap game?" That was a topic of discussion on Wednesday's edition of "Philly Sports Talk."

"I think teams that fall into the 'trap loss' are teams that are veteran usually and have won something before and they get complacent," CSNPhilly.com Eagles Insider Geoff Mosher said. "You look up and down the roster, it's a bunch of young guys. They've proven nothing, they've won nothing. There are a couple guys that have been to the playoffs from the old regime, but the nucleus of this team is a bunch of guys who've never won anything.

"The fact that you've got first place, you're fighting for first place, you've got it there, you control your own destiny, I see that being their more motivational tactic or superseding the idea of them letting down against a bad team."

The Vikings' defense picked off Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco three times in a 29-26 loss to Baltimore last Sunday. That's something that shouldn't be overlooked. 

"I certainly don't think the Eagles are looking over the Vikings," Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer said. "There are certain matchups that might be advantageous for one team compared to the other, but I don't think this is going to be a 'trap game.'"

The Eagles can improve their chances of winning their first NFC East title since 2010 with a win in Minnesota, but that won't come easy.

"Minnesota is going to show up and play," Mosher said. "You always have to worry about any team that wants to prove something. Obviously being 3-9-1, they want to prove to people that they're not the worst team in football, although I think they are pretty close to having that record.

"You can't just show up and think even if I play half-effort, I'm going to win. It's at Minnesota. It's hard to win on the road in the NFL."