25 Brief & Essential Facts: Eagles-Vikings

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Oct 13, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports.

Each week, VikingsTerritory details 25 statistical or interesting facts about the upcoming Minnesota Vikings game. This week’s edition involves the Philadelphia Eagles, who are two-point favorites to down the Vikings in Week 2.

The game is Monday at 7:30 pm CST at Lincon Financial Field and is on ABC and ESPN.

These are the 25 random facts to know about Eagles-Vikings:

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Eagles Jalen Mills (31) and Avonte Maddox (29) confront Minnesota’s Adam Thielen. © Jerry Habraken, The News Journal.

1. The Eagles haven’t won a football game in Week 2 since 2016.

2. The Vikings haven’t started 2-0 since 2016.

3. Jalen Hurts has thrown just one touchdown pass in three career games against NFC North opponents en route to a 79.3 passer rating.

4. The Eagles scored more points than anybody in Week 1, tossing up 38 on the Detroit Lions.

5. Philadelphia allowed Detroit to convert 64.2% of 3rd Downs in Week 1, the third-worst percentage in the league.

6. Neither the Vikings nor the Eagles turned over the ball in Week 1, and they’re the only turnover-less teams playing each other in Week 2.

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7. The Eagles ran the football 54.1% of the time in Week 1, the fourth-most in the NFL.

8. Kirk Cousins leads the NFL in 40+ yard touchdown passes (32) since the start of 2015.

9. The Vikings Super Bowl odds climbed from +3600 to +2400 from Week 1 to Week 2. The shift is substantial.

10. As of September 17th, Minnesota ranks fourth in the NFL per defensive EPA/Play and seventh in offensive EPA/Play.

11. Against the Packers, the Vikings allowed seven points or fewer in a game for the first time since 2019.

12. Justin Jefferson now has the most single games with 175+ receiving yards in Vikings history (3).

13. Of the 56 Super Bowl-winning teams in NFL history, 45 of them won their Week 1 game (80%).

14. The Vikings haven’t won a Monday night game on the road against a team not named ‘Chicago Bears’ since 2008.

Dec 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports.

15. The last time Minnesota won a road Monday night game against a non-Bears opponent, Gus Frerotte was the quarterback.

16. After one game, the Vikings now employ the frontrunner to win the Coach of the Year award (Kevin O’Connell, +800) and the frontrunner to win the Offensive Player of the Year award (Justin Jefferson, +650).

17. The Vikings defense was called for zero penalties against the Packers. They ranked seventh-worst in defensive penalties last year.

18. Minnesota surrendered 6.2 yards per rush attempt in Week 1, which ranked 28th in the NFL after Week 1. And the rushing defense DVOA ranks 29th for now.

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19. The Vikings have started seasons 2-0 on 15 occasions. They reached the postseason in 11 of those seasons (73%).

20. As an opponent at Philadelphia, Kirk Cousins has the highest passer rating in NFL history (min. 75 pass attempts) with a 112.1. No quarterback has played better as a visitor in Philadelphia per passer rating.

21. The NFL record for most receiving yards in a Monday Night Football game is 289. Jerry Rice holds the record, setting it against the Vikings in 1995.

22. Adam Thielen’s 36 receiving yards last weekend were the lowest of his career (as a starter) in a Week 1 game.

23. Teams led by Kirk Cousins are 6-3 (.666) against the Eagles.

24. Kirk Cousins is the 10th-likeliest NFL player to win the 2022 MVP award, per sportsbooks.

25. The Vikings have never defeated the Eagles on Monday Night Football, losing twice (1990 and 2004).


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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