Vikings vs. Eagles: Nick Foles Needs To Expose Minnesota Defense

By Ryan Wenzell
Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Foles has a juicy matchup this Sunday against a weak Minnesota Vikings secondary. Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles offense should be licking their chops to face this defense. The Vikings are ranked 30th in passing defense as they have been torched on a regular basis.

A lot of it can be chalked up to their inexperience. They have three extremely young cornerbacks playing meaningful snaps in Josh Robinson, Chris Cook and rookie first-rounder Xavier Rhodes.

All three, especially Rhodes, have certainly taken their lumps. The safety play has also been inconsistent. The absence of Harrison Smith at safety due to injury has really hurt the Vikings in the back end. He looks to return this Sunday, but rust will certainly be a factor.

Foles and company should certainly take advantage of the inconsistency and inexperience. Veteran pass rusher Jared Allen is definitely a force to be reckoned, with but other than him, there isn’t a lot to fear about this Vikings’ defensive crew. This is a trap game for the Eagles though. They could easily overlook a mediocre Vikings squad with two potential prime time matchups with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys in later weeks.

This would be a foolish mistake. The Eagles control their destiny right now as long as they take care of business. Looking over an opponent could ruin their season. I have a feeling head coach Chip Kelly won’t let this happen. This game may not seem as important as the final two, but make no mistake: they are all equally important. The Eagles’ offense needs to show up on Sunday. If they do, they will still be in the driver’s seat in the NFC East.

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