Eagles Wary Of Vikings' Attack

The Philadelphia Eagles know the Vikings can be a dangerous team, but the Eagles are also trying to avoid repeating history. For them, that means ending their playoff run at the hands of a team they beat in the regular season.

In each of the last two years, the Eagles' Super Bowl dreams have been destroyed by a team that they had beaten during the regular season.

Two years ago, they lost to the Tampa Bay Bucs in the NFC Championship Game after easily beating them earlier in the year. Last season, they lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game after beating them during the regular season.

They sincerely hope that trend won't continue Sunday when they play host to the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the playoffs.

Four months ago, in the second week of the season, the Eagles gave up 410 yards and 25 first downs to the Vikings, but did a good job of keeping them out of the end zone and won by 11 points, 27-16.

The Vikings earned another trip to Philly Sunday by upsetting the Green Bay Packers in the wild card round, 31-17.

"They're really not that hard to figure out," Eagles linebacker Ike Reese said of the Vikings. "The only thing that surprised me about the (Packers) game was that Brett Favre threw four interceptions. I expected it to be a 34-31 shootout. I didn't think Green Bay would play as bad as they did."

Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper threw for 343 yards against the Eagles in Week 2, but was sacked four times and turned the ball over twice (an interception and fumble).

"Anytime you can put up plays like they are capable of putting up, you're dangerous," Reese said. "I said earlier that Daunte, outside of Peyton Manning, is the MVP of the league. What we have to do is keep the touchdowns off the board. We can't let them score 35 points and get into a shoot-out with them."

The Eagles allowed more than 21 points in a game just twice this season, including their meaningless regular-season finale against Cincinnati when they rested most of their starters and lost, 38-10. The Eagles gave up just 16 passing touchdowns and three of the four members of their defensive secondary earned Pro Bowl invitations.





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