Vikings-Eagles game plan

NBC may have been hoping to promote a Vick-Favre showdown, but that looks unlikely to happen. Plus, get a few of the top matchups to watch Sunday night as the Vikings take on the Eagles.


The Vikings-Eagles game was "flexed" to Sunday night in part because NBC was hoping to get a matchup featuring Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick and the Vikings' Brett Favre in one of his final games.

The reality is that the network could end up with a complete blowout.

Favre's status is doubtful — he suffered a concussion last Monday night against Chicago and he already is dealing with an injury to his throwing arm — and with the Vikings offensive line this could turn into a very long day for rookie Joe Webb.

The Eagles, who lead the NFL in interceptions, figure to bring plenty of pressure and shutting the Vikings running game down might not be all that tough if Adrian Peterson misses a second consecutive game because of a bruised knee (he is questionsable).

Philadelphia's offense will present all types of trouble for the Vikings defense. It's ranked No. 1 in the NFL, including fourth in rushing and sixth in passing.

Containing MVP candidate Michael Vick will be tough enough for the Vikings but if they try to stop the run the pass defense will be prone to give up big plays.

That means DeSean Jackson could have another huge game.


The Vikings have problems in their secondary. They were down to two healthy safeties by the end of the Chicago game last week, and with the exception of Antoine Winfield, they haven't gotten very good cornerback play this season. With that in mind, the Eagles are expected to come out throwing on them Sunday night.


Vikings CB Asher Allen vs. Eagles WR DeSean Jackson. There is little doubt that the Eagles will go at the Vikings' starting right cornerback and Jackson would be a good candidate for the Eagles to isolate on Allen. The Eagles wide receiver is eighth in the NFL with 1,024 receiving yards and has six touchdowns and 20 catches of 20 or more yards. Allen has two interceptions in the past two games but that won't stop Michael Vick from throwing in his direction.

Vikings DE Jared Allen vs. Eagles LT Jason Peters. Allen has 9.5 sacks this season after having 14.5 each of the past two years. He had 8.5 sacks in his previous six games before Monday night but was held without one against the Bears. Containing Michael Vick won't be an easy assignment for the Vikings, or any defensive line, but Allen is going to have to play well if Minnesota is going to have any success against the Eagles. With one more sack, Allen can reach double digits for a fourth consecutive season.

Eagles MLB Jamar Chaney vs. Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Chaney still is a work in progress as far as his coverage skills. Shiancoe is a very athletic tight end who was targeted nine times last week.

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