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Philadelphia Eagles vs Minnesota Vikings: Philadelphia Must Contain Cordarrelle Patterson

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The Philadelphia Eagles will run into a potential buzz saw on Sunday afternoon in the form of a trap game. They have two huge prime time tilts looming against the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys, so it is easy to see why the Eagles might look past or take this game for granted.

It would be a major mistake. Despite Adrian Peterson‘s potential absence, there are still a lot of dangerous playmakers on offense for the Minnesota Vikings. Greg Jennings is a solid receiver who has struggled this season, but he can make a team pay if unaccounted for. If Peterson is out, the Vikings also feature a big, bruising second running back in Toby Gerhart.

Then there is the rookie. Cordarrelle Patterson has been as explosive and deadly a player as there is in the league, rookies and veterans alike. Patterson must be accounted for at all times, whether it be as a  kick returner or receiver as he is always capable of breaking one.

We saw first hand last week just what he could do as he burst down the sideline for what looked like the game winning score against the world champion Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately, the Vikings couldn’t hold on.

Regardless, Patterson is a matchup nightmare for the Eagles’ special team unit and defense. The special teams will have to be much better this week, as it was a major weakness despite a win last Sunday.

If there is one guy that the Eagles must take out of this game, it is the rookie. If they can manage that, they just might survive this trap game.