NFL Betting Picks: Best Bets for Vikings vs Eagles
Mike Ortiz Jr. makes his TNF picks and predictions for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles game in Week 2 of the NFL 2023 season.
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NFL Schedule Week 2 – Game info
2023 NFL Regular Season Game
Minnesota Vikings (0-1, 0-0 Away) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0, 0-0 Home)
Date: Thursday, Sept. 14
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field — Philadelphia, PA
TV Channel: Amazon
Live Stream: Amazon
Thursday Night Football is back with games shown exclusively on Amazon Prime. Fans in the competing teams’ local markets will be able to watch Thursday games on regular broadcast networks, but out-of-market fans can only see these games on Amazon Prime, which has announced some pretty cool features for this year’s broadcasts. Amazon will be adding AI-driven features such as defensive alerts, prime targets, fourth-down territory, field-goal target zones and key plays. Get ready, because these features will enhance and change the viewing experience for everyone -- even if the game ends up being a barn burner.
Vikings vs. Eagles Odds, Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under - NFL Odds Week 2
Moneyline: Minnesota Vikings +240, Philadelphia Eagles -300
Spread: Vikings +7 (-110)>, Eagles -7 (-110)
Total: Over/Under 48.5 points
Vikings vs. Eagles Preview
The Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles got their seasons started in opposite directions last Sunday, as the Vikings lost a heartbreaker to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while the Eagles avoided a letdown against the New England Patriots. Although fans’ Week 1 overreactions tend to be a bit extreme, this is the only true sample size that we have to base predictions on when looking ahead to this Thursday night game.
Despite losing Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, the Buccaneers showed their defense is still a problem for opponents, and it played a key role in Sunday’s victory over Minnesota. Although Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield technically set up the game-winning drive, it was only a 10-play, 38 yard-drive. Mayfield was ultimately bailed out by kicker Chase McLaughlin, who nailed a 57-yard field goal to give Tampa the lead.
The Eagles, meanwhile, started off their Week 1 game on fire – returning an interception for a touchdown and recovering a fumble to set up another touchdown that gave them a 16-0 lead. It looked as if Philadelphia would cruise to a rout in New England until the Eagles offense stalled -- going three-and-out on three straight drives. The Patriots kept chipping away at Philadelphia’s lead, and quarterback Mac Jones had his offense threatening in the red zone before the Eagles’ defense finally prevailed.
Vikings vs. Eagles Predictions and NFL Picks Week 2
We all know about Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins’ history in primetime games. Even Cousins probably knows about it, because it gets brought up every time he plays in prime time. Since joining the Vikings, Cousins has lost nine of 16 such games. Now, having just faced a tough Buccaneers defense in Week 1, Cousins and the Vikings will go up against an even tougher defense at Philadelphia on Thursday night.
New England’s Mac Jones had success against Philadelphia last Sunday, which leads me to believe that the Vikings will also find success against the Eagles on Thursday night. Minnesota wide receiver Justin Jefferson will be a matchup nightmare for this Eagles secondary. The Eagles were a middle-of-the-road team last season when it came to defending against tight ends, so it was no surprise that the Patriots’ Jones had great success finding tight end Hunter Henry. I expect that Minnesota’s passing attack will be able to move the ball which will cause problems for this Eagles defense and put even more pressure on a Philadelphia offense that looked very rusty in Week 1.
Defensively, the Vikings weren’t awful in their opener, but they played a watered-down Buccaneers offense that will still be trying to find its stride over the next few weeks. One thing that really stood out was the Bucs’ ability to find success with intermediate passing routes -- a speciality for both Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts, who practically ran that type of system in Alabama, and wide receiver A.J. Brown, who’s one of the more lethal intermediate-route runners in the NFL. While it’s a high total, give me the over in this one.
The Pick: Over 48.5 (-115)
Both of these teams still have a lot to prove – as do many teams just one week into a new NFL season. Given that fact, the spread for this game seems to be off the mark. When it comes to primetime games, oddsmakers tend to throw in or trap the public based on the hype surrounding only one scheduled game as compared to 10 or more on a typical NFL slate. With that fact in mind, taking the Vikings with the points is the play here. Yes, Kirk Cousins has struggled in primetime games throughout his career, but this one will be different.
The Pick: Minnesota Vikings +7.5 (-120)
Best NFL Player Prop Bets for Vikings vs. Eagles: Thursday Night Football Week 2
As mentioned above, the Vikings’ defense struggled to defend against intermediate throws from Baker Mayfield and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1. With the Eagles still trying to find their running game, I expect Philadelphia’s offense to lean on Hurts a bit more in Week 2 as the Eagles play in front of their home crowd for the first time this season. This feels like a game where A.J. Brown will have 10-plus catches, even though his line is set at 5.5 receptions for this game. Look for Hurts to continue to target his No. 1 receiver Brown, who will be a matchup nightmare when running intermediate routes. I therefore expect that Hurts will surpass his over/under for passing completions on Thursday night.
Best Same-Game Parlay Week 2 bets for Vikings vs. Eagles: 4-Leg Parlay Pick (+425)
Jalen Hurts Passing TDs
This game shapes up to be a shootout with both defenses still trying to find their stride. The Eagles only made it inside the red zone twice in Week 1, which will certainly not be the case on Thursday night. Both times Philadelphia got into the red zone against New England, it failed to establish the run. That focus will certainly change on Thursday night, because when they did score their sole touchdown against the Pats, it was a result of Jalen Hurts throwing the ball. Look for Hurts to get two-plus passing touchdowns in this game against Minnesota.
Leg-1 SGP Pick: Jalen Hurts 2+ Passing Touchdowns (-155)
Kirk Cousins Passing TDs
Despite being upset by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, the Vikings were able to have success through the air, thanks to Kirk Cousins and the overall passing attack. Expect Minnesota to continue to be successful throwing the ball against Philadelphia. If Mac Jones and the Patriots were able to capitalize against this Eagles defense, then so will Cousins and the Vikings.
Leg-2 SGP Pick: Kirk Cousins 2+ Passing Touchdonws (-120)
T.J. Hockenson Receiving Yards
Justin Jefferson led the Vikings with 12 targets in Week 1, but tight end T.J. Hockenson was right behind him with nine and finished the game with eight receptions for 35 yards. The Patriots were effective against this Eagles defense in getting the ball to tight end Hunter Henry, who had five receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. Philadelphia lost last season’s defensive leader in the middle when T.J. Edwards went to the Chicago Bears, and it doesn’t seem like the Eagles have managed to fill that void just yet. Hockenson’s targets will continue to be there on Thursday night. Even though he did not reach 40 receiving yards in Week 1, Hockenson will get there on Thursday night -- especially if he sees nearly 10 targets again.
Leg-3 SGP Pick: T.J. Hockenson 40+ Receiving Yards (-200)
A.J. Brown Receiving Yards
As I touched on above, A.J. Brown is again going to be a big factor in this game -- just as he has been ever since joining the Eagles. After seeing the Vikings defense struggle against intermediate routes in Week 1, look for the Eagles to exploit that Minnesota deficiency on Thursday night because Brown is one of the best in the league on intermediate routes. Expect Hurts to also be looking to go deep to Brown a few times in this game, so give me Brown to easily go over 60 receiving yards.
Leg-4 SGP Pick: A.J. Brown 60+ Receiving Yards (-200)
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