Week two in the National Football League was filled with ups, downs, and crazy comebacks, wrapping up with two games on Monday Night Football.
The first game will begin at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN, with the Tennesee Titans taking on the Buffalo Bills. That game will be followed by the Philadelphia Eagles’ home opener against the Minnesota Vikings at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Eagles will be at Lincoln Financial Field for the first time this season after opening the 2022 campaign on the road. It will be the home debuts for a few notable offseason acquisitions, including A.J. Brown, hometown kid Hassan Reddick, and first-round pick Jordan Davis.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 16, 2022
Philadelphia is coming off a high-scoring 38-35 victory in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Jalen Hurts was 18-of-32 for 243 yards while rushing for 90 yards on 17 carries and scoring a touchdown.
The Eagles’ newest weapon on offense — A.J. Brown, had a big debut reeling in 10 receptions for 155 yards and looks to build off that heading into Week 2.
However, the talk of the town revolved around the defense and defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon after the Eagles gave up 35 points to the Lions. The Eagles could not seem to slow down Jared Goff and the Lions’ offense, which put 386 yards of total offense with running back D’Andre Swift averaging 9.6 yards per carry.
Eagles defense gives up a 9 play, 75 yard drive to start the season 😱
Lions had 77 rushing yards
Jamaal Williams bounces off tackles from Marcus Epps, TJ Edwards, Nakobe Dean for TD
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 11, 2022
The Eagles’ defense will be tested again this week against a much more potent offense in the Kirk Cousins-led Vikings. Minnesota is coming off a huge Week 1 win against their division rival, the Green Bay Packers, where they did not allow Aaron Rodgers to throw a touchdown.
Cousins had a day throwing for 277 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers’ defense. More than half of those yards were from Pro Bowl wideout Justin Jefferson, who came away with nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
“Every mock draft had me going to Philly. So when Philly was on the board, getting the phone call, and it being Minnesota, it was definitely a shocker."
Justin Jefferson revenge game loading tonight 😈 pic.twitter.com/v5S7rWpXAA
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) September 19, 2022
The Eagles’ defense has a demanding task facing the new-look Vikings’ offense under first-year head coach Kevin O’Connell, who brings the creativity from the Sean McVay coaching tree. However, one thing the Eagles do have on their side is Cousins’ struggles in primetime with a record of 2-9 on Monday Night Football.
Heading into tonight’s matchup, both teams remain relatively healthy as the entire Eagles’ active roster is good to go. However, the Eagles did lose veteran defensive end Derek Barnett for the season last week (ACL injury) against Detroit.
As for the Vikings, they will be without rookie cornerback Andrew Booth, who is dealing with a quad injury but are healthy otherwise. Tonight’s game will be broadcasted by the new ESPN Monday Night Football crew with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Lisa Salters on the call.
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