Among their biggest challenges is slowing down a guy named Sam Bradford, who until just before the regular season was their starting quarterback.
To do that, the Eagles are asking for a little help from their fans Sunday when they oppose Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field (1 p.m., Channel 29, WIP 94.1-FM).
The Vikings are a just a few years removed from going winless on the road, finishing 0-7-1 away from home in the 2013 season.
Robinson and Hunter are each tied for the Vikings' lead with four sacks this season. Vaitai had an terrible debut against the Redskins, allowing two sacks and several pressures that disrupted the offense's rhythm. "It'll be fun to get to play against him". That defense is the best in the National Football League, and will give any team they face fits. The loss of right tackle Lane Johnson to a 10-game suspension hurt against the Redskins.
Vaitai and his teammates on the line will have their hands full trying to block the double A-gap blitzes Vikings coach Mike Zimmer likes to either use or fake using to draw blocking help toward the middle, which can create openings on the outside. "There have been ups and down, but it feels like the Eagles finally have their guy". "Zimmer is the master of it". "It's his baby. He probably didn't invent it, but he's mastered it". They fly off the ball now. They're not afraid to take a check down. They know what teams have done to try to counter it. I think we only threw 22 times last game, and we only had 11 completions. The Vikings don't have an offensive turnover all season. He'll turn 35-years old next year and has had his share of injuries.
As for Bradford, he leads the National Football League in completion percentage (70.4), is second in passer rating (109.7) and has thrown 125 passes without an interception. But that's not what this game is about, even though the Eagles traded to draft Wentz with Bradford on the roster before trading him to the Vikings.
Within weeks, however, Bradford's future in Philadelphia was cast into question when the Eagles brokered a deal with the Cleveland Browns for second pick in the draft - and promptly snapped up highly rated rookie Carson Wentz. Also, Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed that rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai will retain the starting right tackle job despite struggling against the Redskins last week. He's getting better every week.
"From their standpoint, they got a good quarterback". This is a fascinating matchup that should tell us a lot about where both teams stand in the playoff hunt. The Vikings have stifled wide receivers this season, but they've allowed passing yardage to running backs and tight ends.
Bradford played well statistically down the homestretch with the Eagles last season. His acquisition meant the Eagles get a first-round pick next year and a conditional pick that can be as high as the second round if the Vikings advance to the Super Bowl. Wentz and company will have their work cut out for them this week, as the undefeated Minnesota Vikings come to town. But he threw a costly interception - his only one so far this season -on October 9 against Detroit in the Eagles' first loss after a 3-0 start.
In their last eight road games, the Vikings have posted a record of 7-1 record. We know a lot about him. He finished 2015 on a relatively strong note, though, as he distanced himself from the one-year anniversary of his most recent ACL reconstruction.
Minnesota and we'd be going back to play the Eagles, I would've thought I'd be on the other side of it. It was good that get that padded practice in on Wednesday.