Eagles Fly Past the Vikings, Hand Minnesota First Loss of Season

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If someone were to tell the Minnesota Vikings that they would hold Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie quarterback Carson Wentz to under 150 passing yards and cause him to throw two interceptions, they would probably think the result would be their sixth win of the 2016 season.

However, that is not exactly what happened on Sunday in Philadelphia. The Vikings looked rusty and flustered throughout the day as they lost to the Eagles 21-10.

With the loss, Minnesota is now 5-1 on the year and any dreams of an undefeated season have been dashed.

It seemed as though no matter what the Vikings tried to do on Sunday, nothing was going to work. They were just outplayed. There is really no other way to describe it.

It was a sloppy game played by both teams, as they combined to commit eight turnovers. Philadelphia just made more plays than Minnesota did Sunday and it ended in the Eagles coming out on top.

The Vikings only managed to score 10 points against Philadelphia and it likely had to do with the lack of blocking on the field by their pathetic display of an offensive line. Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford was pressured all day and the Eagles ended the day with six sacks.

Speaking of Bradford, the quarterback had his worst game in a Minnesota uniform by far on Sunday. Philadelphia’s constant pressure caused Bradford to only complete 24 of his 41 passes for 224 yards, one touchdown, one interception.

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson continued his career revival Sunday against the Eagles. The fourth-year receiver finished the day with seven catches for 67 yards and one touchdown.

Minnesota may need to send out a search party for wide receiver Stefon Diggs because he was nowhere to be found in Philadelphia. In his first game back from a groin injury, Diggs caught just two passes for 18 yards on five targets.

On the other side of the ball, the Vikings defense still played pretty well. They held the Eagles to just 239 total yards and just four 3rd-down conversions.

However, Minnesota’s defense was unable to register a sack for the second time in three games. Getting to the quarterback is a huge part of the Vikings’ defense and it certainly would have helped their chances on Sunday if they could have brought more pressure.

With their next game being on a Monday against the Chicago Bears, Minnesota has an extra day to prepare this week. Based on their performance in Philadelphia, the Vikings could use as much time as possible in order to prevent their second straight loss this season.